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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lampwork and Copper Spiral Earrings - $22

As promised!  A new pair of earrings from my studio and ready to be listed in my shop http://www.artyzenstudio.etsy.com/.  These beautiful beads were found during one of my treasure hunts at the bead show in Chantilly, VA.  My future visits will need to be well planned with over night says since I'm now 170 miles away.

The beads are wonderfully textured with lovely light green and copper coloring.  These earrings are 2 1/4" long. I took a few yards of wire and made the ear wires and spirals.  I was planning on giving these lovelies a bath in liver of sulphur to antique them, but the chemicals have expired and there was no reaction.  Drat!  So I placed an order for a new supply with my friend Jeanette at http://www.fundametals.net/.  I'll leave this pair un-oxidized.  I've decided I like them just the way they are.

I have a few more designs completed and on my work table.  After I receive my order I'll oxidized, tumble, and photograph them.  Then I'll post them here so you can have a peak.

Oh, one extra note - I'll be posting another free give away very soon.  All part of the Pay It Forward movement.  I've decided to make it even simplier to win.  Just be a follower and I'll draw names from those of you who are in the follower section of my blog.  So get your name in and stay tuned.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The White Room & Hellbender Burritos

The White Room

Today I'll be hanging out in my studio.  My goal is to make some lovelies from my new bronze wire.  Once they are finished I'll take them up to The White Room where I have been told would be a nice new spot for my jewelry.

My wonderful guests have left for their home in Warrenton, VA. What a fantastic weekend. We visited many unique shops and restaurants and of course www.mountainmade.com and www.blackwaterfalls.com and www.purplefiddle.com and www.hellbenderburritos.com and (shamelss plug) http://www.artyzenstudio.blogspot.com/

Hellbender Burritos

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wallpaper Border Coming Down In Office

Yes, that is a screw driver with a flowery handle on the window sill

Today I started the task of removing the wall paper border in my office.  This is the first time I have ever done this and I hope it will be the last.  ARGHHHH !!!!! It's a great workout for the upper arms, so that's a benefit. I can say that moving into a new home and studio has helped to tone parts of my body that needed a tune-up.

My office is so very important to me and my jewelry business.  This is where communications central is located.  Here I take orders from my Etsy shop, write on my blog and Facebook, as well as all those wonderful e-mail letters you send me.

This Friday the new windows will be installed.  The roman blinds and curtains will be hung on the same day.  Next on the agenda, perhaps as soon as next month, I will begin the task of painting. 

In the meantime, a picture  is worth a 1000 words and will help me to remember the process of the home and studio transformation.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

My First Batch Of Bronze Wire

Today I received my first order of bronze wire.  It is more beautiful than I had remembered.  It has the color of honey. Last year one of the wonderful ladies who attended a wire wrapping class in my studio, brought bronze wire.  Her final bracelet was exquisite.  Her wire was hard and needed to be annealed.  This raised concern for me and caused me to delay my working with it.  However, with research, a vendor was found who supplies half hard wire that is very workable. 


Here are a few beads that I think will be beautiful with this bronze wire.

 These ceramic beads may be transformed into a necklace, or perhaps a pendant.  I love the way the beads have the exact honey color as the bronze wire.


These ceramic beads will be wire worked into a bracelet.  They will be perfect with a pair of jeans and a pair of boots this fall.

 These lamp worked beads are destined to be 4 separate pendants.  Just in time for turtle necks.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mountain Made & Purple Fiddle

I had the most fantastical day today with my lovely friend Tammy.  We drove up the mountain about 20 minutes from my home to Thomas, WV.  The first leg of our play day was my first visit to Mountain Made http://www.mountainmade.com/ This old historic building has been converted into a haven of juried arts, that include:  gorgeous hand blown glass, perfectly carved wooden toys, remarkable steel masks (must see these to believe), yummy handmade jams, stained glass and jewelry.  On and on the art was displayed.  It took my breath away.

I of course was interest in the jewelry and what the local artists were making.  There were some gorgeous pieces, especially the lamp worked beads.  The wire wrapping was beautiful. However, I was secretly pleased that there wasn't anything there that looked like the style of wire wrapping that I do.  The wonderful shopkeeper Heidi noticed and asked about the jewelry that I was wearing.  I casually mentioned that I had made it.  She quickly reached around for a form and handed it immediately to me.  I was thrilled and honored that it was an application to submit my jewelry for their jurying process to be able to have my pieces displayed for sale in their beautiful showroom.  My feet are still not touching the ground. 

I asked if we could have a tour of the studios, which are behind the showroom.  Heidi was very generous with her time and showed us around.  In the back were several working studio areas with high end specialty equipment for different art processes, from glass, to woodworking, to painting and an areas specific for jewelry.  There next to the workbench was the Cadillac of rolling mills.  My eyes lit up.  Heidi said yes, to my question that the space was available, if I needed it.  I floated out of the gallery and studios.

We then stopped at the Purple Fiddle for lunch. http://www.purplefiddle.com/  It is more than I had imagined.  A very cool place.  The quintessential hippy cafe'.  All the chairs and tables are mixed matched, along with many old church pews and a lone booth in the middle of the room. The ceiling is adorned with the original beautiful tin roof tiles. Everything wonderful adorns the walls, including quilts and art.  There are huge wonderful wooden doors that may have come from a church, leading to the patio area. There in the corner is a wonderful stage with very high end sound and lighting equipment.  Each Friday and Saturday night they pack the cafe' full of people for brews, food and very talented musicians.  These talented musicians are all up and coming and drive here from all over the U.S. in-order to entertain the packed  maybe 150 seats.

Who would have thought that these two wonderful venues are here, hidden in the Appalachian Mountains in a tiny town of about 400 people?  Who would have thought that the city gal Linda would live just 20 minutes away?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

And The Winner Is......

Are you as excited as I am.  I put your names in my little ballerina jewelry box.  Stirred them up a bit.  Waved my magic wand and pulled out a piece of paper.  Opened the paper to reveal the winner of this wonderful necklace.  Congratulations to Cheryl Taylor!  Yippee!

Cheryl please write to me with your address and I'll get your necklace into the mail.

Stayed everyone.  Another free jewelry give away will be posted soon. 

Life is Good!  Winning is Fun!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Drawing For The Free Necklace Is Tommorrow

I am syked!  Tomorrow, I will be making the drawing for this necklace.  If you are interested in a chance to win it, for yourself or perhaps as a gift for someone, it's easy.  Just read last Thursdays' post for the details.  Then watch for the winner to be announced here.
Free Is Good!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

My 2nd Free Give Away

I must admit I am having a lot of fun giving away jewelry.  Almost as much fun as making it.  This necklace is made with ceramic beads and copper filigree beads that I have wire wrapped onto heavy copper wire and connected it with hand made clasps to the copper chain.  It lays very nicely on the collar bone, without being tight.  It is very comfortable and perfect for this fall.

For those of you that are new to the blogger free give aways let me assure you that this is easy and pure fun.  If you are interested all you need to do is make sure you are a follower and then add a comment on this post.  If you are new to my blog it's easy to become a follower, just go to the right side of the blog page and stroll down until you see the followers and add your name, then add a comment to this post.  Yes, it's that easy and no spam.  The winner will be announced here on my blog Monday evening.

Friday, September 3, 2010

2 More Give Aways From Some Of My Friends

If you follow my blog you have discovered that there are a lot of free hand crafted jewelry items that are given aways from myself and many of my friends.  Winning is extremely easy and there aren't any gimmics. Usually all you need to do is add yourself as a follower to the blog and add a comment, such as 'yes, I want win'. 

Today I found 2 of my friends with free give away contests.  I have already added my name and comment, because like yourself, I'm always interested in a prize, especially jewelry.

Here are the 2 blogs you will love to visit and add yourself as a follower.

This is my friend Cindy Wimmer.  She has a fantastic blog and her give away is a free copy of a large publication, to one lucky winner.

A new blog for me and it's wonderful.  Go see for yourself at www.janet-singingwoods.blogspot.com She has lovely jewelry and....fairies...who doesn't like fairies...and the following is just 1 of the many items in her list  as a give away to one lucky winner.

8 Green Girl Studio Charms for use in your Jewellery
And a String of Gaeas beads
And a beautiful Lampworked focal Rose by my friend Helen Simon
a koi fish pendant
a floating castle
a follow your heart NSEW flying heart
a faerie butterfly
mermaid faerie
a flying bee
a flying pig
a faerie round tablet
this string of Gaeas beads
a lampworked Rose
**And a Surprise Extra focal that you will Not be disapointed in!
Green Girl Studio focals.

If you have gotten this far on my post...be sure to check back,  because I'm going to be giving away another piece of jewelry to a lucky winner in the next day or two.