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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Challenging Design

This pendant didn't come together easily. I could feel the blockage of flow as I was putting it together. Perhaps it was because I had my focus on expected over night company, or the head cold that reared it's ugly symptoms in the next few days, but I felt like I was forcing the design.  It did finally come together and it's in the first picture. As for the head cold, well it insists on over staying it's visit, but I am hopeful it will vanish in the near future.

After coping with a sore throat and no motivation, for two days, I woke up with a desire in my head. My goal to complete it in one day.  That didn't happen.

Ewww. A teeny, tiny knot in 26 gauge wire. I caught this bad boy just in time.

It's almost formed.

Now that it's formed, I'm thinking it looks too busy. I'll remove the central coiled/twisted wire.v

I went ahead and removed the coiled/twisted wire and then adjusted the weave to fill in the center.

Now I'm going to nurse this cold with a bowl of ice cream. Feed a cold, as the say.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Creating a Woven Pendant Without a Plan

I just completed this pendant that I actually started several days ago. Other deadlines kept cutting in line. But, today I finally patinaed it.  Below are a few pictures of her being created.

I regretted my choice of weave. It's very time consuming with little pattern interest.  I needed to add some features.  The crystal is large at 24mm.

Here I'm making some progress by adding new weaves and wire embellishments.  At this point I'm still not sure of the final design.

At this point I'm a little nervous. I now have a plan and fingers crossed that the wire will agree.

Here she is. The final step is to patina and polish.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Creating Gift Ideas

It's that time of the year when the shoppers are looking for gifts. So, this darling was designed just for them. A 14mm crystal, a bit of weave, some girlie curls and a braided bail. On it's way to the Old Depot in Black Mountain, NC item ppj23 $25.

This bead is not typical of my style, but I was in a colorful mood when I ordered them.  The bead is glass. Item ppj22 $25 on its way to the Old Depot.

I resist making sets, because I think its fun to mix things up . But, the idea of making a jumbo version of my best selling earrings was loud and clear in my head when I woke up.  I used a purple crystal rondelle on steroids with some 16 ga wire.  Pendant item ppj21 $25 along with the earrings item epj31 $22.

Now I've got to get back to working.  There is a pile of jewelry that needs to be patinaed and polished.

Have a great day.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Some small 10mm lampwork beads have been in my stash for years.  I think I have found use for them, with a bit of wire weave.

I've decide to use two simple weaves to make this pendant quickly so it can be a design in my $25 line.

This one is on its way to the Corner Store in Waterford, VA item ppj48 $25.

Have a joy filled and creative Day!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

New Building For Lost River Artisans Cooperative

This is the West Virginia cooperative that I have been a member for 3 years. They recently moved down the road into this larger building.

The volunteers just completed the handicapped parking.

For more information, check  out their Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/LostRiverCrafts/

Or their website at www.lostrivercrafts.com

Friday, July 8, 2016

Smaller Pendants

Sterling Silver and 14mm Swarovski crystal

Sterling silver...Can you believe it!? I don't know what got into me.  I was compelled and yet hesitant.  It is after all pricey wire.  And to top it off I've used a 14mm Swarvoski crystal.  Yes, I've added a SS chain.  I found it in my inventory stash.  Item ppg1 $46.

Working and photographing SS was/is different.  It'll improve with more SS. Did I say more?

Here's another pendant in the midst of it's creation.  It was the prototype for the above sterling silver version.  I did this to know how much wire to use and avoid wasting my limited supply of sterling wire.

Here she is, copper weave and a 14mm agate.  The neck wrap turned out to be a different width, but that's the magic when working with my hands.  I like the smaller size. Let's see how my customers feel.  Item ppg 2 $38.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A New Venue


Exciting news!  I have been been accepted as a juried member into The Old Depot Association. Their gallery and store are in the restored train depot in Black Mountain, NC.   I'll be setting up my jewelry next week.

 I ordered some crystals from the UK. I love the etched design.  Their are 3 weaves in this pendant.

I went to visit the town of Black Mountain, NC, about two weeks ago.  I instantly fell in love with it's charm. It is only a 30 minute drive from my home and it's surrounded by mountains that are so wonderfully close.

These bangles are very popular, so I joined in and made one.  It was a lot of fun.  I'll be making more for sure.

My friend and I walked around exploring. I had already done some research and had two potential  places to explore for my jewerly.  After we had an awesome lunch we found the Depot.  Everything felt right and the store manager is so nice and friendly.   I liked her immediately. Our conversation was very natural as we discussed the jury process.  I left happy and patiently waited for two weeks to hear what the jury decided.

In the meantime I've been creating new jewerly.

I ordered some tiny 4mm copper flowers and they are making their debut on this pretty piece of Crazy Lace Agate.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Gallery Changes

I found a stash of donut beads in my inventory. They remind me of Life Saver candies.

I have been dragging my feet for several months to finalize my decision to withdraw from a gallery I've been with for 3 years. It was such a difficult decision, but money speaks.

A bit of weave and seed beads to dress up this Lapis.

My sales have never been strong there, but it's a delightful gallery.  They were fairly new when I started with them, so I took into consideration a new venue takes time to get established.  Recently, they acquired a new gallery director and I thought she would bring a fresh approach, which she did, yet my sales didn't increase. The final straw was requiring all artists and artisans to pay an annual dues! Laughable, I thought, since this isn't  a prestigious gallery.  Paying an annual dues would net me a loss.

Tiny crystals and some twisted wire added some personality to this pendant.

In the meantime I'm actively submitting jury applications to other more successful galleries.  Yesterday was a promising meetup.  I'll let you know all the details in about a week.

I really like how the colors in this agate match the copper wire.

I'm posting a few pictures of some new work throughout this post.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Learning Curves

Lots of learning curves. 1st the design, 2nd taking pixs and editing with my phone, and 3rd learning a new watermark app.  Now to learn how to post from Instagram directly to my  Facebook professional page and not my personal page...hmmm.  By the way...this crystal is actually pink and not lavender.  I still have some editing to learn.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Heavy Gauge Hoop Earrings

I created these hoop earrings this morning. I started with 16 gauge wire and they were okay, but I decided to try 14 gauge wire. I liked them better. Then this 3rd pair I changed the bail and added a curl on the top. The next pair I'm going to try some 12 gauge wire and see how they look and I'll hammer the wire on the small circle on the bail. In the meantime these 1 1/4" textured copper hoops are headed into the mail today to the Old Jail Museum gift shop, item ED44 $22.

Now, I need to get some paperwork completed and pack up some jewelry to get into the mail.  It's the boring part of doing business.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Carolina Mountain Artist Guild New Display

This framed bio is on top of the display.

My selling season is spring, summer and fall, when the tourists and vacationers are exploring beyond their neighborhoods.  This is a time when galleries and museums have a tendency to revamp their displays.  I'm happy and thrilled that Carolina Mountain Artist Guild has invested in a new display and has allowed me to move my jewelry onto it.  I share the display with Sami Mintz.  She hand carves wood into beautiful jewelry and other creations.

Here are some pictures of my new display.

Sami Mintz, Wood Carver is on the left.  I'm the 2 columns on the right.

The 3 girls on the top

There are key rings in the lower right tray

In an earlier post I mentioned my 2 new earring displays.  They fit perfectly.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

My New Display At Lost River Artisan Cooperative

Lost River Artisan Cooperative (established 1998), in Lost River, WV, is opening for the season, this Saturday, in it's new awesome location. This is my 3rd year as a member of this terrific group of artists and artisans.

Here are 6 pictures of my displays, still in the setup stage.

A special thank you to Albert for helping me with this display area.

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