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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Violet and Copper Bracelet

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

Appalachian Dreaming

I've been chatting with my sister, Sandy today on the phone. She lives on top of a mountain, right outside of the sweet little town of Parsons, WV. She is starting to get her house ready for me to stay for a while next year. That's right! I'll be packing up Sadie and the studio and moving to the Appaliachian Mountains. I am so excited. The big date is undetermined at this time, but my goal is sometime next summer and no later than this time next year. I'll be putting most of my belongings into storage temporarily, until I find my new home and studio. Sandy has graciously offered me a place to camp until I can get settled. All this needs to happen before this time next year, because it snows early in the mountains and it snows a lot.

So my head is in the clouds and soon it will actually be in the clouds. It is absolutely gorgeous there. Mountains and mountain tops everywhere you look. I'll be taking my wire art and putting it into action. I am hopeful that I will be able to teach and sell my wire art at http://www.mountainmade.com/ It's an artisan program that is funded by West Virginia. It's located in Thomas, WV which is only 20 minutes north of Parsons. I'll also introduce myself and wire jewelry to Randolph Arts http://www.randolpharts.org/ in Elkins and to Artist At Work http://www.nakiska.com/artistsatwork/Default.htm in Elkins.

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'.

So as you can see there are lots of places for me to keep my wire art jewelry active along with meeting lots of like minded people. I can't wait to get started, but in the meantime I'll keep day dreaming about the Appalachian's.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My First Attempt At Making Rings

This morning I found myself watching videos on Youtube. Several ladies were demonstrating how 'easy' it it to make a wire ring. I decided it was about time for me to know how to make a ring so I gathered my wire, some beads, mandrel and tools and sat down to make a ring. It took me several trys to get a ring that was half way presentable and it certainly isn't anything to write home about. This just goes to show that even with years of experience anyone can get stumped with a new project.

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

Classes at Star's Beads

Wow! Yesterday, I taught my first 2 classes at Star's Beads in Vienna. I'm exhausted! Both classes were filled with wonderfully talented ladies and it was a true joy to share the time with them all.

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 second class was the charming spiral bracelet. They all used demin blue 6mm x 10mm rondells and learned to not only make wrapped loops, but then they kept wrapping to add a pretty cap on each side of the stone. The final touch was spiral charms connected to hang between each bead. Oh, how happy the ladies were with their work. They all took a pair of matching stones home so they could make a pair of earrings.

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

Teaching at Star't Bead Store

I am so excited and honored. Star of Star's Beads has invited me to teach wire jewelry at her store in Vienna, VA. I'm on the schedule to teach 5 different projects during Oct, Nov and Dec. I'll put the dates and descriptions up here in the next few days. Here's Star's website: www.starsbeads.com The fall class schedule will be posted soon. More classes are getting ready to be schedule for my home studio. You can see that schedule at www.meetup.com/jewelry-classes Plus I'll put them here in blogland.There's a lot to be scheduled so I need to order more materials - drat! This weekend I'll be at the Chantilly Expo Center www.dullesexpo.com at the International Gem and Jewelry Show www.intergem.com I can't wait to explore the beads and chat with the vendors. I'll post some pictures of my conquests after my expedition.

Hiding Out

Okay, I've been hiding. I'm sorry for the disappearing act. But now I'm back to blog land. In the past few months I've been busy with looking for a job. Yup! I work as an accountant to pay the bills and play at jewelry to learn, meet friends and make some spare change to...you guessed it...to pay for my habit...More wire please and some of those lovely beads.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Our 3rd Jewelry Class At The Studio - April 25th

Look! More happy faces! I am grateful to have a career that allows me to teach what I love and to be surrounded by happiness! During our recent class all of the ladies were exceptional. They all made several Birds Nest Pendants and a pair of matching earrings. All of those extra pendants were gift wrapped in festive bags with brightly colored tissue paper. Just in time for Mothers Day gifts. How perfect. A momma bird is flying near to her 3 baby eggs.

The Second Jewelry Class At The Studio - April 23rd

Another great class. It's the 2nd jewelry class here at the studio and we gained some new students/friends. This time my friend and teacher Jeanette Blix was the instructor. Ha! This was to my advantage, because I got to participate and make these wonderful earrings.

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.

First Class At The Studio - April 18th

On April 18th I taught my first jewelry class here in the studio. It was a great success. A full class of new friends who all completed their bracelet and earrings. Everyone had a great time as you can see from their smiling faces.
My goals were met. I wanted to create a happy experience and a pretty project.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Crystal Bracelet Wire Wrapped Jewelry Class in Reston

Class Name: Ocean Blue Bracelet
Instructor: Linda Sinish
Date: May 7, 2009 - Thursday
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Level: All levels
Class fee: $25
Kit Fee: $8
Total: $33
Tools will be provided for class

To Register:

Please e-mail me at artyzenstudio@gmail.com

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.

Nest Egg Pendant Wire Wrapped Jewelry Class in Reston

Class Name: Nest Egg Pendant
Instructor: Linda Sinish
Date: April 25, 2009 - Saturday
Time: 10am - 1pm
Level: All levels
Class fee: $25
Kit Fee: $9
Total: $34 **
Tools will be provided for class

To Register


In this introductory wire working class the student will create this darling birds nest pendant filled with 3 glass pearl eggs, with a ‘charming’ bird attached. You will learn how to wrap wire, create a wire wrapped bail for your cord, the correct way to open and close jump rings. Students will also learn about wire working tools and types of wire and wire gauges. If time allows you will make a pair of nest earrings.

Egyptian Coiled Wire Wrapped Earring Jewelry Class in Reston

Class Name: Egyptian Coiled Earrings
Instructor: Jeanette Blix Ryan
Date: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
Time: 10am-1pm
Level: All levels
Class Fee: $20
Kit Fee: $10 (Includes copper wire and beads)
Total: $30
Tools will be provided for class

To Register:

Please e-mail me at artyzenstudio@gmail.com
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

New Jewelry Class and Social Network is Ready

So many wonderful changes are happening. Jeanette, my friend and teacher and myself have started a jewelry class and social network.

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.

New Shopping Cart to Website Soon

My web-site is under going a bit of a design change. Soon, hopefully next week, all of my jewelry inventory will be listed with a shopping cart right there. All transactions will go throught Paypal so they are safe. Plus, shopping will be easier and quicker. Right now everyone who shops needs to link and go away from my website. It will be a lot of time and work involved for me to get this up and going, but 'It's a good thing!"

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Home Jewelry Party

Lately I've been busy creating inventory for my home jewelry parties. Here's a couple of pictures from the party that Slavica hosted. She did a terrific job and so many of her friends had so much fun. What a terrific girl party.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Pay It Forward or PIF

There's a wave of 'Random Acts of Kindness" gaining momentum in our world. It's always a treasure for me to find out that the world is nicer than the press would like me to believe. So I am taking this time to write about the phenomenon that is growing in our world called "Pay It Forward". This occurrence been created from the book and video by Catherine Ryan Hyde called "Pay It Forward". This wonderful contagious act of non-conditional love is everywhere and starting today I am officially a PIFer starting with free jewlery being given away at http://www.artyzenstudio.etsy.com/. Ihope that after reading this that you too, will be a PIFer.

Here is a list of bits and pieces that I have found on through google.com for you.

Pay it Forward

Definition: the act of voluntarily helping another without expectation of payback.

From the book "Pay it Forward" by Catherine Ryan Hyde

….."pay it forward" by choosing three people for whom they can do favors, and in turn telling those people to pay it forward. It's nothing less than a human chain letter of kindness and good will.

From: http://www.3cscommunity.com/Pay_it_Forward_12.asp

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.

From: http://www.wikihow.com/Pay-It-Forward

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".

From: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/177384

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

Coiled Copper Bracelet

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

Linda Sinish My Trip To Blog Land

My journey into the land of hand crafted jewelry took me by surprise. In another lifetime I was married to an artist. I would listen to him speak with such passion about art and art history. I would watch as he would magically create a canvas from paint and his imagination. I would walk miles and miles in galleries and museums and stare endlessly at masterpieces wondering how and sometimes why it was created. But never was I inspired to pick up a brush or be artistic. Until that fateful day years after the marriage had dissolved.

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.