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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Egyptian Coiled Bracelet Class with Jeanette

I just opened the Reston Community Center Program Guide http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/ and Jeanette Blix http://www.jeanetteblix.com/ has scheduled 3 wire working classes for ths fall; earrings and 2 bracelets. I have already taken 2 of these classes, but I plan on enrolling and taking them again. I always have fun in a jewelry class and sometimes I make a new friend. Plus the more I practice the better I will be at these advanced techniques. She is teaching the Egyptian Coil for making a bracelet which I really can use. This past weekend I practiced this techique for a couple of frustrating hours in the studio. I have the coil down, somehow the folding and connecting didn't work out to a beautiful piece of jewelry. I was planning on calling Jeanette to get some advise or to see when she was planning on teaching the Egyptian Coil, but there she is with the class already scheduled. Now I just need to enroll and wait until September 20th.

Here's a picture of Jeanettes bracelet. ------------->

Oh, drat! I just realized I have a calendar conflict on the 20th. I have already committed to participating in the Spiritual outdoor event on that same day. Who knew that this would happen so early in my wire wrapping chapter. Now what?! I'm disappointed that I can't take Jeanette's class, yet very excited about the creative event I'll be participating in.

Great News! I spoke with Jeanette and she is teaching this class in Alexandria. So, I'll call and enroll. This makes me very happy.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Pictures for the Slideshow

Amber came to my rescue and showed me how to get a slideshow up and running. She's the best! I still need to put some finishing touches on the slideshow, but for today it's a good start.

Yesterday I received my photo cloud/tent. This qizmo is to help me take better pictures for the web, by enclosing the jewelry in a cloth 'box'. The light shows through the tent and keeps the glare of the lights from reflecting. So I'll experiment this weekend and take some cleaner pictures for the blog and of course for the slideshow.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Photo Stream Attempt

The keyword in the title is attempt. I am doing my best, which apparently isn't good enough, to create a photo-stream on my blog. The idea is for the pictures I have taken of some of the items I've made will show on the blog, each for a second or two and then the next picture will automatically appear. How cool is that?!

Once I have mastered the technical side, the blog will be have an element that I believe will be visually interesting and maybe even entertaining. All I have been able to create so far is frustration. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day. Maybe I can ask my friend Amber for her experience. After all, she is now mentioned on my blog so that makes her internationally known.

Amber - plllllllllllllllllease! Would you help me?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Invited to Participate in Creative Spiritual Program

Here’s some very exciting news. An invitation to participate in a special fall program arrived in my e-mail. It will be held outdoors. (I love Mother Nature.) The theme for the program is ‘Fulfilling Your Spiritual Destiny: Aligning Dreams and Action.’ As part of the program the organizers are planning on having jewelry making, collage, music, and other art forms that relate to the theme.

I am thrilled and grateful to be invited to help to plan and participate in this event. I’m excited to meet the other people who will be part of the program. It’s so much fun to see and hear what other people are doing for their creative expression. The day sounds perfect. All surrounded by Mother Nature and the changing colors of autumn in the great outdoors.

I’m waiting for a call back to let me know more of the details and I’ll bet there are meetings planned. There are always meetings. What would we do without meetings? I think they can be viewed as another form of creative expression. Add some humor, refreshments and there’s a party!

Coiled Bracelet Class

Wow! Things are really manifesting and quickly. Jeanette Blix my extra special wire jewelry teacher has asked me to help her during her up and coming coil bracelet class that is being held at the Reston Community Center in August. I was going to take the class, but she wants to teach me the technique earlier so I can help her with the students. I am honored.

It is helpful to have someone close by when a new technique is being learned. The hands are attempting to do what the ears hear and the eyes see, and of course Jeanette is excellent not only with her verbal instructions, but with her demonstrations. But, sometimes, at least for me, it can be a lot to take in and have the hands coordinate. I can’t wait to learn to do this bracelet and then to help others to make it.

Here is a picture of Jeanette’s bracelet that she made. You can see more of her amazing work at http://www.jeanetteblix.com/.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Pot Painting Party

This past Sunday a group of us fun seekers got together in the Artyzen Studio and had a great time painting terra cotta pots. This is not my forte' and I won't be listing my painted pots on Etsy. At least not in the near future. However, the ladies in our group are absolutely fantastic and creative. I can certainly learn a few things from these gifted and talented friends. I am being very, very brave and posting the picture of my 'work of art'. Ha! But I can honestly say I think it will benefit 'a lot' by having a flower planted in it. Perhaps something that hangs down the sides? I better get back to jewelry where I belong!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Finished Pendants

This wire spiral technique took about a dozen drafts for me to finally be happy with the result. The wire spirals 'down' from the top and wraps around 4 mult-colored beads of different sizes. It's hanging from a shiney silver cloth cord.
As I promised during an earlier post I have finished this herringbone earring and pendant set. The beads are rose colored rondells that were left over from a wire working class I took with my favorite and very talented teacher Jeanette Blix. Her web-site has lots of eye candy http://www.jeanetteblix.com/

Fun Face Bead

Face it! (Did you groan?) This is a darling pendant. There is something curious about a face on a bead. It has been wrapped with a herringbone wire weave and hangs from a black silk ribbon. I can't wait to wear this one. Maybe tomorrow on a black tee shirt.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Book Suggestion for Learning Wire Work

Bead on a Wire
by Sharilyn Miller is my favorite wire book. I love looking at her designs. She is an exceptional teacher and writer. Her instructions are very clear and easy to follow. She offers suggestions on which tools to use, wire and their different charateristics. Her turtorials are specific and have step by step pictures from start to end. The only thing you will need is patience and a desire to learn. I have the desire, but sometimes my patience runs thin, but that's not a reflection of Sharilyn Miller, that's all me.

Herringbone Wire Wrap

Last evening I escaped to the workshop/studio and practiced the herringbone wire wrap. After a few disappointments I finally got the hang of it. Keeping the wire tight while moving it around the bead is the secret to having wire that ends up tight and straight. My first attempts left me frustrated because the wire was wavy and lose. This was just not the look I was going for and it certainly didn't look professional. Finally, a pair of herringbone wire wrapped earrings have emerged with black round gems in the center. Mine! All mine! I then went ahead and made a pair that I will list on Etsy. Now that I have the hang of this technique I'll make a matching bracelet and a pendant and yes, of course I'll make a set for the Artyzen Studio store at Etsy.

Now what to do with all those misfits that aren't presentable....I guess it's time to clip the wire off into the trash (sad) and put those lovely beads back to use again.

Monday, July 7, 2008

New Banner and Pictures

The weekend didn't run quite the way I had planned. Instead of getting some new creations finished to list at artyzenstudio.etsy.com my time was spent overseeing the workers that were removing the huge tree stump out front. A few weeks ago a large tree needed to be removed before it removed itself. To my surprise the tree crew returned on a Sunday morning to grind the tree stump. My neighbors love me!

Today I learned how to link the pictures of my Etsy listings to this blog. I feel so technical. But, as anyone can tell you, that is not the case.

I had a lot of success with www.bannerbee.etsy.com We worked together to get my Etsy banner finished. I love it! Go take a peek if you have time at www.artyzenstudio.etsy.com

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The studio now accepts PayPal

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Etsy Shoppe is Open

I have recently listed 3 items on Etsy. It is a beginning. This weekend I'll be putting the finishing touches on the next listings. Then I'll be in the photo lab taking their pictures. You would laugh if you saw 'the photo lab'. I have transformed an unused bathroom. The display and photo area rest on top of a small chest of drawers. The tri-pod is in front of that, and just enough room for me. I don't know if I can stand the glamour of it all - ha!

So check out http://www.etsy.com/ and of course my little shoppe at http://www.artyzenstudio.etsy.com/

Oh, and enjoy the 4th of July!