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Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Creative Process And The Red Necklace

I thought that it would be an idea to write about my creative process.  Today's necklace started when I woke up with it on my mind. I had an idea of twisted wire that would cage a red bead.  Up pops the logic (first mistake)  and I thought if I twist 2 lengths of 20 gauge wire together it would turn out to be too thick, so I choose to twist thinner 26 gauge wire.  This wire was difficult to coil into a cage and I found it helpful to lay the pliers down and actually use my finger.  The final coils were flimsy and made a cage that really didn't have very much personality.  So, using logic again (2nd mistake) I decided to twist 2 lengths of 24 gauge wire.  It was a challenge to get it to coil and to stay coiled, but it finally took shape into a cage.  Once the bead was inside it was okay.  I'm not really looking for okay.  I want wonderful.  My intuition sent me to the 20 gauge wire and for it not to be twisted. My old standby I thought.  Also, I didn't think this would be unique.  But I was surprised with the results.  Perhaps because I just love red and I love cages.  Is that logic or creative?  I seemed to hear my thoughts direct me to inter space the silver filigree between the caged beads.  Also, I automatically decided to center a large bead and flank it with smaller beads, and finally even smaller beads.  I love the results.

This necklace is 18" long and lays perfectly on the neckline.  The red color is wonderful (remember I love red), but it's perfect for the Christmas season.  I'm going to list this in my Etsy on line shop http://www.artyzenstudio.etsy.com/ .  Part of me wants to keep it.  I'd never sell anything if I kept it all, so on with the listing. I'm going with my first creative/intuitive thought for the price of $35.00  I battled my logic over the price.  I analysed and reanalysed.  Finally I said quit thinking and go with your intuition.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Mixed Media Jewelry Making E-Magazine

Cover of new jewelry magazine
I was reading a post from Deryn Boyd Mentock (check out her blog at http://www.somethingsublime.typepad.com/ ). There's a new jewelry magazine getting ready to be published called Handcrafted Jewelry Studio and Deryn is one of the featured jewelry artists.  How cool is that!? But, you won't need to wait for the mail carrier or go to the bookstore.  It's an e-magazine.
"Handcrafted Jewelry Studio, the new special-issue eMag, is an interactive journey through mixed-media jewelry making. With an easy-to-download format that includes videos, galleries, tips and techniques, informative articles and more, this new eMag will satisfy your love for creating jewelry like never before." - Interweave
To learn more go to http://www.interweavestore.com/hcjewelrystudio.html

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fantasy Faries

My friend Tammy and I went on a shopping spree in Morgantown, which is an hour and a half drive.  I really had no intention of buying anything.  The trip was intended for Tammy to show me around, since I am new to WV.  We had a wonderful lunch and then started to explore some of the stores.  What a happy moment to find a shelf of faries.  I of course wanted them all, but I resisted.  After all they are for my studio and there is limited space for these darlings.  My collection of faries is now up to 10, some large, some small.  I love both of these gals.  Both have distinct personalities.  The white farie is really very pure and fitting for the snow season that I'm entering for the first time.  The green farie is very earthy, almost elf like.  She will remind me that nature will bloom again in the spring.  Now to find the perfect place for them in the studio.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

And The Winner For This Weeks Play It Forward Is....

I am so excited to announce this weeks Play It Forward winner.  Becky Youngberg Bishop 'Come On Down' to quote Bob Barker. Actually, I just need your address so I can mail you the red herringbone pendant.  You can send it to me confidentially through Facebook mail, or regular e-mail at lindasinish@hotmail.com.

I'm having so much fun with PIF.  The next game will be posted in the next few days.  Please let your friends know how to play for their chance to win free jewelry.

Get Ready - Set - Go

This evening a winner will be choosen from my little ballerina jewelry box for this pendant. Are you ready?  Have you entered?  Are you a follower?

Here's the link to the original post, if you need the instructions http://artyzenstudio.blogspot.com/2010/10/free-give-away-red-with-silver.html

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Creative Day With The Family

Today the family gathered on my back deck for pumpkin carving.  I haven't done this in years.  We had so much fun.  Here's my great niece Olivia with her pumpkin.  What a wonderful expression she has as she begins her coloring project.

I just love this color.  Not so fond of how this feels in my hand...yuckie!

By the end of the evening we had managed to complete this motley crew.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

PIF Pendants For My Etsy Shop

During the past few days I've been cleaning and sorting the studio.  I have found a lot of jewelry that was packed away.  Here are 7 pendants that I made a few years ago.  I decided to list them on my Etsy shop as Pay It Forward items.  Boy are they going fast, 4 in the last few hours.  So I've gotten them all ready to be mailed.  This is very exciting!  Lots of work, but exciting.  I hope that the winners will pass along a kind deed to someone as part of the Pay It Forward program.

I just couldn't resist packaging them in pretty teal paper with thank you stickers.

I'll be addressing these envelopes and taking them to the post office when it reopens on Monday morning.

I want to do this again.  It's a lot of fun!

Friday, October 15, 2010

My Studio Mania

Let's face it my work table NEVER looks like this!  I spent last night and early today finding the actual table.

The truth is frightening.  Here's a picture of what happens when I bury myself into a few projects at one time.  I warn you it's not a pretty site.

Ouch!  The truth hurts.

Since I have moved to the mountains my time has been focused on getting the house unpacked and in-order.  So the studio was last on my list.  I've been making jewelry, but not at my worktable.  I've been taking my tools and materials and camping out on the floor in the living room.  I was bound and determined to gain some sense of sanity to my studio.   If not for my own satisfaction, for those folks who want to see where I work and make a living. 

Here are pictures of my efforts.  Like my kitchen, it won't stay organized, but these pictures are proof that it can be done.

In answer to some of your questions about the walls....yes, there is paint in my future.  Lots and lots of paint.

Here's where wire and beads live until they are transformed.  Can you say OCD?

Here is the jewelry cabinet that's mounted on the wall.  This is an old picture.  For those of you looking into my kitchen, the ceiling light fixtures have all been replaced.  Yippee! The cabinet is now fully loaded with lots of bling.  That brown door will be transformed with paint.  It leads to the wonderland of laundry.

These shelves house all those findings, components, etching chemicals, bits and pieces, odds and ends, and student tools.  Some of those pink bins have all of my Etsy listings, along with the shipping materials.  The round table is for classes.  Right now it serves as the shipping and packaging area.  For some reason I like aprons and they are temporarily hanging on a nail that came with the house.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Free Give Away - Red With Silver Herringbone Weave Pendant - It's Time Again For 'Pay It Forward'

This pendant is being given away free as part of the Pay It Forward (PIF) Movement.

I have used silver jewelers wire to hand wrap a herringbone weave around a red stone bead.  I will include a sterling silver chain.  It will be the perfect pendant for the Christmas season.

If you haven't played my free give away before, here's how it works.

It's easy to win and who doesn't love getting jewelry. All you need to do is become a follower of my blog. It's easy and there are no strings. Just go the the right side of the blog and look for followers. Then click on 'Follow This Blog". Fill in the blanks. No spam I promise. Becoming a follower  or perhaps adding a comment to the blog, lets me know that you want to play. But hurry, because I'll be drawing a name very soon. Then the fun begins....

I'll put the names of the followers of my blog into my dancing jewelry box, stir them up and pull out a name. Could it be you?

Now comes more fun...the winner gets to 'Pay It Forward'( PIF). Just do something nice for someone else. It could be as simply as a kind word, or giving someone a ride, or delivering their resume' to your employer, or maybe delivering a casserole for dinner. PIF is 'the act of voluntarily helping another without expectation of payback'.

If you want to learn more check out the book 'Pay It Forward' written by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

New Spiral Nugget Earrings - $26

I wrote this post several days ago.  I just noticed that I forgot to actually post it so you can see.   Hmmm, I wonder where my mind wondered.  Please forgive my tardiness.  Here you go...

I was searching my creative mind for a new design.  Not an uncommon process for most jewelry artists.  It can be fun or it can be really frustrating.  I came up with the spiral nugget.  I don't think it's an actual new creation.  Most likely one of my very talented friends has already designed it before my pliers met the wire.  But it is new to me.  I started out by making a spiral cage, but didn't leave the cage open for a bead.  I squished it back together and then in on the sides. I think it looks like a nugget.  After it was attached to this lovely crystal roundel, it went swimming in a pool of liver of sulphur.  Then the real work began.  Steel wool and lots of patience to remove the excess oxidation to reveal an antique look. They are 2" in length.  Finally, a ride in the tumbler to work harden, a series of pictures and now to the blog.  Yes, yes, these will be listed in my shop (http://www.artyzenstudio.etsy.com/) so they can find a new home.  Al tho, I'm tempted to keep them.  But, I can't keep everything.  Can I?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bronze Wire Beginnings

A few post back I had written about receiving my first order of bronze wire.  It was my plan to make a piece of jewelry immediately.  But, as you might imagine, other things on my to do list stepped up to the plate as a priority.  The lovely bronze wire sat on a supply shelf.  Every time I walked past it I wanted to start to work with it.  Since my move here to the mountains, there have been many priorities to get me settle into my new home and studio.  The latest has been to get my vehicle registered, tagged and inspected in the new state.  There were other necessities, but way to boring to list Zzzzzz.

Today I decided to take a break from the unnerving to do list.  I think it's growing on it's own.  So I sat down with my hand tools and that lovely bronze wire and created this bracelet.  Bronze wire is very similar to copper in the way it handles and it's hardness. I found it a breeze to work with and happy to say you will see more and more bronze pieces emerge from the studio.  I took two strands of wire and twisted them together and then formed it into jump rings.  Then linked several jump rings to form the chain clusters.  Once the bracelet was completed I decided to give it a ride in the tumbler to clean it and harden the wire.  What I didn't expect was for the beads to change color.  They were originally bright orange Howlite.  I keep forgetting that mother nature doesn't always make bright colors and that stone beads are often enhanced with dyes.  Once in the tumbler the coloring washes off.  I was a bit upset because I really liked the bright orange.  It reminded me of pumpkins.  But after I've sat with the new results I like the bracelet even better. 

Here's a picture with a few of the original beads next to the 'revised' beads and the lovely buttery bronze wire.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

And The Winner Is....

This weeks 'Pay It Forward' give away are these hand forged copper earrings.  Today the winner has been selected.

I put all of names of the followers of my blog into my ballerina jewelry box and selected the winner.

This weeks 'Pay It Forward' winner is Maureen Hutchinson from Georgia.  Congratulations to Maureen!

Maureen - please send me your address to my e-mail address at lindasinish@hotmail.com or become a friend of mine on FaceBook and send a message there.

The next free give away will be posted in the next few days, so get you name onto the followers list so you will have a chance to win.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Wednesday The Winner Will Be Announced

The next free jewelry give away is this Wednesday.

How to play?  Just add your name as a follower of my blog. Perhaps add a comment that you are interested in playing 'Pay It Forward'.  Look to the right column for the followers and click on 'follow this blog'.  Then fill in the blanks.  No spam!  Just fun!

I'll add all names from the follower and comments list to the little ballerina box.

The winner will have these hand forged, antiqued copper earrings mailed to them.

Then the winner gets to 'Pay It Forward'.

Pay It Forward is a social movement that has emerged from the book "Pay It Forward" written by Catherine Ryan Hyde.  She defines the idea in her book as 'the act of voluntarily helping another without expectation of payback'.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Free Give Away - It's Time For 'Pay It Forward'

Hammered and Forged Copper Earrings and Ear Wires
These copper earrings are being given away free as part of the Pay It Forward (PIF) Movement.   It's easy to win and who doesn't love getting jewelry.  All you need to do is become a follower of my blog.  It's easy and there are no strings.  Just go the the right side of the blog and look for followers.  Then click on 'Follow This Blog".  Fill in the blanks.  No spam I promise.  Becoming a follower lets me know that you want to play.   But hurry, because I'll be drawing a name early next week. Then the fun begins....

I'll put the names of the followers of my blog into my dancing jewelry box, stir them up and pull out a name.  That person, could it be you?

Now comes the really fun part...the winner gets to 'Pay It Forward'( PIF).  Just do something nice for someone else. It could be as simply as a kind word, or giving someone a ride, or delivering their resume' to your employer, or maybe delivering a casserole for dinner. PIF is 'the act of voluntarily helping another without expectation of payback'

If you want to learn more check out the book 'Pay It Forward' written by Catherine Ryan Hyde.