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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Earrings From Idea To Actual

People like earrings, which makes me happy, because then I get to make them.  The problem is coming up with a design that is new, interesting, affordable and irresistible.  Irresistible is oh so important when selling jewelry for a living.  So I put on my thinking cap and I drew a blank.  Oh, so frustrating.  So I put my tools away and went to sleep.  In the morning, in that oh so sleepy state of mind, all I could think of was pear shape and wire.  The dream muse came to visit while I was asleep.  I actually think the whole pear shape had been planted in my mind from a pear shape gemstone I had worked with a few days before.  Plus, I had discovered a bag of pear shaped crystals hidden in the mass of creativity in my studio.  Of course, I hadn't put two and two together, but the dream muse came to my rescue.


These were made using 3" of 18 gauge wire, the 5th round step on the Fiskars mandrel, then loops were formed using the middle of the small round nose pliers, the jump ring was formed at the back of the large round nose pliers and 12 x 8 mm teardrop crystals were attached with a wrapped head pin.

I started with some 18 gauge wire.  I thought 20 gauge was too wimpy and 16 gauge would be to heavy.  Goldie Locks just came to mind.  Geeish!  Any way, the first attempts were the wrong size, but I continued.  I needed a pear shape wire that would frame the pear shaped crystal.  The first attempts were too small and the crystal was too big and wouldn't swing. I wanted that swing.  Then the wire frame was too large and the crystal got lost.  Finally, the measurements worked out.   Then the crystal still didn't want to sit right, or swing right.  That was fixed by making the jump ring larger.  When all the parts were assembled it still lacked what I like to call the 'wow factor!'  So out came the hammer - 'I'll fix you - you lack of wow factor you!'  Wham!  Ah, much better, but still there seemed to be something missing.  So I decided to use the round end of the hammer to add texture to the bottom portion of the wire pear frame.  Finally, I was satisfied.  Into the liver sulphur, onto the drying towel, then rub a dub dub with the steel wool. 


Behind the scenes - It was another beautiful day in the mountains, so I took my wire outside onto the back porch.  I often make repeats of a design.  It helps to speed production.  From wire jeweler to production queen!

Now, after all of that, lets see if those lovely customers will like them as much as I do.  If not - I've said this in previous posts - everyone gets earrings for Christmas.

Now, I've got to get back to work.   Have a terrific day.

Linda

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Artist of the Month a surprise from The Vintage Lady

Thank you Cindi Parsons Dunn! I am the Artist of the Month at her wonderful shop The Vintage Lady. A wonderful and unexpected surprise!  I woke up this morning to find this surprise announcement on Facebook.
But first, how it all came about....Cindi found me on my Etsy on-line shop and ordered several of my pendants for her shop.  I was thrilled and excited, but had no idea how our relationship would grow.  Then I found her shop on Facebook and I 'liked' The Vintage Lady, I also sent her a personal friend request. Cindi accepted both of my requests.  Fast forward, several months.  I received a private Facebook note from Cindi.  She was interested in my earrings for her shop.  How excited I became!  And so our relationship has blossomed and today she blessed me with The Vintage Lady announcement.


The Vintage Lady shop is in Harpers Ferry, WV.  It is darling!  And it's in the most fantastic historic and charming town.  You will have a fantastic time walking the darling streets filled with quaint shops, gorgeous views and lots of history of Harpers Ferry, WV.

Here's what Cindi had to say:

Oh, The West Virginia Hills
How Majestic and How Grand!
"Take Me Home, Country Roads"

West Virginia - WOW - she has it all!! From spectacular mountains
waiting to be hiked to beautiful rivers waiting to be fished.....to
little towns with funky names like Big Ugly, Looneyville, and
Left Hand. West Virginia is also home to so many amazing artists -
like our own Artist of the Month - Linda Sinish. Linda designs and
handcrafts wire and metal jewelry from her studio located in the
Appalachian Mountains near Blackwater Falls. Have you seen the
falls......what an amazing piece of Mother Nature's artwork they
are!
Linda's earrings are beautiful and popular. She uses copper wire
that is oxidized to give it an antique look. They are light weight -
but make a statement - just what jewelry is supposed to do! As
you know......The Vintage Lady is committed to American Artists.....
and especially West Virginia Artists - like our friend Linda!
Fun WV Facts

Famous West Virginian's
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley, Booker T. Washington, Jerry West, General Chuck Yeager, Mary Lou Retton

Movies Filmed in WV
Gods and Generals (right here in Harpers Ferry!), Lassie, Mothman, Sweet Dreams, We Are Marshall

Did you know that in WV.....the first steamboat was launched here, the apple we know as the Golden Delicious originated here, the longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere is here, the first brick street in the world was laid here, the first Mother's Day was held here, the first 4-H camp was here,

And......On February 14, 1824, at Harpers Ferry, John S. Gallaher published the "Ladies Garland," one of the first papers in the nation devoted mainly to the interests of women. WOW - and now home to The Vintage Lady!
June 20 - West Virginia Day

On June 20, 1863 - West Virginia became the 35th state. So....The VL thinks this is a reason to CELEBRATE! Use this DISCOUNT CODE and get 20% off of any purchase through June 30, 2012.



WVDAY

Use this code in our shop or online and save 20% through June 30!

Happy West Virginia Day!!




The Vintage Lady


180 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
304-535-1313
Open 11 - 4 M - Th 11 - 5 Fri, Sat, Sun
www.vintageladyharpersferry.com

 
Such a fun and funky little boutique in Historic Harpers Ferry - who would have thought! Amazing jewelry, fun accessories, unique clothing, a Made in WV Gallery...and souvenirs even the locals love to take home! With an emphasis on Made in America, The Vintage Lady features the work of artists from over 30 states! Enjoy all that Harpers Ferry has to offer...history, hiking, biking, two rivers and shopping! Visit The Vintage Lady - "Style with Sass!"


Please visit The Vintage Lady in Historic Harpers Ferry and check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VintageLadyHarpersFerry.

The Vintage Lady Surprised Me with Artist of the Month

A wonderful surprise! Thank you Cindi Parsons Dunn! I am the Artist of the Month at her wonderful shop The Vintage Lady. I woke up this morning to find this surprise announcement on Facebook.



Here's what she had to say:

Oh, The West Virginia Hills
How Majestic and How Grand!
"Take Me Home, Country Roads"

West Virginia - WOW - she has it all!! From spectacular mountains waiting to be hiked to beautiful rivers waiting to be fished.....to little towns with funky names like Big Ugly, Looneyville, and Left Hand. West Virginia is also home to so many amazing artists - like our own Artist of the Month - Linda Sinish. Linda designs and handcrafts wire and metal jewelry from her studio located in the Appalachian Mountains near Blackwater Falls. Have you seen the falls......what an amazing piece of Mother Nature's artwork they are!
Linda's earrings are beautiful and popular. She uses copper wire that is oxidized to give it an antique look. They are light weight - but make a statement - just what jewelry is supposed to do! As you know......The Vintage Lady is committed to American Artists.....and especially West Virginia Artists - like our friend Linda!
Fun WV Facts

Famous West Virginian's
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley, Booker T. Washington, Jerry West, General Chuck Yeager, Mary Lou Retton

Movies Filmed in WV
Gods and Generals (right here in Harpers Ferry!), Lassie, Mothman, Sweet Dreams, We Are Marshall

Did you know that in WV.....the first steamboat was launched here, the apple we know as the Golden Delicious originated here, the longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere is here, the first brick street in the world was laid here, the first Mother's Day was held here, the first 4-H camp was here,

And......On February 14, 1824, at Harpers Ferry, John S. Gallaher published the "Ladies Garland," one of the first papers in the nation devoted mainly to the interests of women. WOW - and now home to The Vintage Lady!
June 20 - West Virginia Day

On June 20, 1863 - West Virginia became the 35th state. So....The VL thinks this is a reason to CELEBRATE! Use this DISCOUNT CODE and get 20% off of any purchase through June 30, 2012.



WVDAY

Use this code in our shop or online and save 20% through June 30!

Happy West Virginia Day!!








The Vintage Lady


180 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
304-535-1313
Open 11 - 4 M - Th 11 - 5 Fri, Sat, Sun
www.vintageladyharpersferry.com

 
Such a fun and funky little boutique in Historic Harpers Ferry - who would have thought! Amazing jewelry, fun accessories, unique clothing, a Made in WV Gallery...and souvenirs even the locals love to take home! With an emphasis on Made in America, The Vintage Lady features the work of artists from over 30 states! Enjoy all that Harpers Ferry has to offer...history, hiking, biking, two rivers and shopping! Visit The Vintage Lady - "Style with Sass!"




Please visit this wonderful shop in Historic Harpers Ferry and check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VintageLadyHarpersFerry.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Etsy Has A New 'About' Feature

Etsy has a new 'about' feature for your store.  It looks like a small web-page that lets your customers know more about you - in words and in pictures!  I love this feature and it's is a big step over the little word bio feature (which is still there).  It allows people to have a peak into the background of the artist they are buying from.  There's an edit feature, just in case you change your mind about the words or pictures you choose.



Here's one of the pictures that I decided to post on my Etsy 'about' page.

Here's a link to my 'about' page so you can see what I writing about.

When you are on your Etsy page or someone else' page, it can be found under 'Shop Info' on the left side of the home page.

The setup is really easy and it took very little time.  The big decision was which pictures to choose.  Etsy allows you to insert 5 pictures.  They suggest that they be from your studio or of you in action being your creative self.  Your pictures show up on the about page in a little moving picture slide show. One pictures shows up and then a few seconds later another picture appears, etc.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Have a beautiful day!

Linda