Sunday, November 1, 2009
I am a bit bummed about the quality of this picture, because the beads are so lovely in person. They are a vibrant violet. But, my lack of photography skills is really apparent with this photo. Trust me when I say that this is a lovely bead with a slight variation in the coloring, with some marbling.
I was looking through the January 2010 issue of Easy Wire and came across this terrific wire link by Cindy Wimmer. What a happy surprise to see her published. I have never met or spoken with Cindy, but I love to follow her blog www.sweetbeadstudio.com Please take a peak at her blog I'm sure that you will agree with me that she is very talented.
I followed her tutorial thatis printed in the magazine,then I antiqued my piece in liver of sulphur and spent some time with fine steel wool (0000) removing the black and revealing the copper color and leaving the antiqueing in the nooks and cranies. This bead is exactly the color that is prominate in my favorite blouse. I'm excited about wearing this new piece tomorrow.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This picture was taken out front of Sandy's home on top of St. George Mountain. Everywhere you look there are more mountain tops. Here's the reason John Denver wrote the song 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia'.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Originally, I thought that a wire ring project was going to be a class that I would teach, because I thought it would be easy. Perhaps it will get easier after I make a few, but I'm not sure I want to teach a ring class. First there is the sizing issue. When a ring starts out a size on the mandrel, the finished size is smaller. So I thought, well all I had to do is start 1/2 size larger than my final product, but nooooooooooo that is not always true. The final size will depend on how may times there are wraps on each side of the stone/bead; if there is more than one bead and if I decided to wire wrap the complete ring circle. So, once I have mastered making rings I think I will make them for selling only. It won't be a big deal if the ring changes size because I'll sell it as the final size whatever that turns out to be.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The first class was the herringbone wire weave pendant and earrings. The ladies all completed their practice pendants, using their choice of stone beads. Then they used 12mm round clear AB Swarovski crystals for their final pendant and 8mm round clear AB crystals for their matching earrings. They all did a fantastic job and they are excited about making more sets as Christmas gifts.
The classes filled my day and it was exhilerating, but I crashed as soon as I got home and slept and slept through the night. As much as I loved the entire day I'm going to avoid that much teaching in one day. I'm not the chickie I used to be! ha!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
All of the ladies were smiling, again. Go figure! They even enjoyed the class trip to the patio where we got out the stinky liver of sulphur and patina'd our earrings.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
In this introductory wire work class the student will create a crystal bracelet, with bead caps, from simple wire loops, which are the foundation to all wire work. Plus, you will learn the correct way to open and close jump rings, types of wire, wire gauges and learn about wire working tools. If class time allows, you will learn to make a perfect spiral charm and a matching pair of earrings.
Instructor: Jeanette Blix Ryan
Date: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
Level: All levels
Class Fee: $20
Kit Fee: $10 (Includes copper wire and beads)
Tools will be provided for class
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn how to make perfect spirals and then create these Egyptian Spiral Earrings. In addition, students will learn how to make fish-hook ear wires and how to make a wrapped bead dangle to attach to earring. Instructor will also review wireworking fundamentals such as wire gauges and temper and the tools necessary to create wire jewelry.
Friday, April 3, 2009
We have an on line site that you can visit at www.meetup.com/jewelry-classes
We are listing all of our classes and social events on this site. Plus, there is a message board for communicating new messages. We are getting ready to have a picture gallery of everyones jewelry creations. Everyone will bring a piece of their jewelry to a meeting and I'll set up my photo lab and take pictures, crop and post to the gallery. New friends, who haven't made a piece yet, will have their first piece photographed at the end of the class.
A lot of classes and informal social gaithers are being setup and posted very soon.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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Sunday, January 18, 2009
Here is a list of bits and pieces that I have found on through google.com for you.
Pay it Forward
When you notice that somebody has done something nice for you, make a note in your mind to practice three acts of kindness towards other people.
Another friendly promotion is the Pay it Forward program, called PIF for short. It appears to have been started by Etsy sellers and is meant to increase gifting between members. A seller wishing to do a PIF simply lists an item the minimum price of .20, notes that it is a PIF item. When a buyer completes the check out process, the seller later marks them as paid and ships the item free of charge (shipping included). The only catch is that the buyer must then either list their own PIF or do a good deed to "pay it forward".
Here's how to find more information at etsy.com
Click on Community
Click on Forums
In the search box enter Pay It forward
Choose a link to read
One of my favorites is: “Etsyian Pay It Forward” by author: mellowbeing
Click on Community
Click on forums
In the search box enter PIF
Choose a link to read
Now it’s time to stop writing and start doing. I’m off to PIF! Please join in and create some love and miracles.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Whew! I didn't think I would ever get this bracelet done. But, here it is. This bracelet took me hours to complete over a period of 3 days. I found the design in Sharilyn Miller's book "Bead on a Wire". I have always admired her work, but after this bracelet my respect for her has skyrocketed.
Using 14 gauge copper wire to make many coils was the first task. After that there was 20 gauge to wrap at the joints and some more 14 gauge for other joints. Every time I thought I was close to completion there was yet another spiral. I must admit that I was determined to complete this bracelet. I now know why jewelry artist can and should charge a lot of money for their work. The practice and time alone run up the taxi meter.
Finally this morning I antiqued this piece in Liver of Sulphur, then used steel wool to bring the copper to the front again and then it went on a ride in my tumbler for an hour to harden and remove any tiny blemishes.
I tried it on and just love it! It is worth every minute and hour that went into it. I plan on keeping this lovely for my personal collection so it will be shown in the gallery on my website.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
My friend Nina is an artist. She works with oils and acrylics on canvas. She and I went on an art supply shopping spree. We drove down the highway to Pearl Art Supply so she could find that perfect tube of paint. That’s when it happened. Pearl was having a sidewalk sale. Wonderful tubes of paint for next to nothing in price. I was possessed. I said to my friend “If I buy this, will you show me how to paint?” Well, that opened a can of worms. She is a wonderful and very patient teacher. After her lessons in my home we then enrolled in some Bob Ross classes. I really was in love with painting and the Bob Ross technique took a hold of me. Nina and I ventured to the great out doors for plein air painting. I love all the landscapes and nature settings it offers. This period in my life lasted for a few years. I decided that I enjoy painting, but none of my canvases are worthy of my living room wall. So they hang in my studio. Yes, I do still pick up a paint brush and the rest of my gear and trek to the great outdoors to paint. Sometimes an insect lands on my canvas and it becomes a bird.
One day while in the local arts and crafts store I saw and enrolled in a class for jewelry making. Here I learned the basics of bead stringing and some design. I continued to take classes there until I felt I had learned all that was offered at this store. I then started to buy teaching CDs and books. I just couldn’t get enough. When I looked at the sterling silver accent beads I kept thinking that I could make something, if only I knew how. The web had lots of examples, so I knew I was onto something, but where and how was I going to learn. I began to buy wire and tools and experimented. I have wasted a lot of wire in my learning quest. I have bought wire that I doubt I will ever use because it is the wrong material or quality. Lessons were learned. Some of these lessons were expensive.
One day I was browsing the community center class catalog. I thought maybe I’d take another basic jewelry class just to get involved in a group and to have something to do, another boredom decision. When I opened the catalog I was happily surprised to find wire wrapping being offered by Jeanette Blix. I enrolled in every class she was offering. I continue to take classes with Jeanette. She is a wonderful teacher and her love of the art is obvious with her teaching and her jewelry.
Over time my art has and continues to develop. The studio has evolved. Students now attend classes that I teach. My jewelry is sold and worn by people I don’t know. I am flattered and grateful. And now a web-site and blog is developed. All this started with a sidewalk sale of tubes of paint.