Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Picture above: This paint contains iron powder, making it magnetic. Several companies, including Kling Magnetics, Inc., and Krylon, make magnetic paint.
President Obama signed his first bill into law on Thursday, approving equal-pay legislation that he said would “send a clear message that making our economy work means making sure it works for everybody.” Somehow this video of Women in Art and this new bill were connected in my mind.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I just purchased the Sandra Enterline "Safety Net" Charm for 2008 (pictured above). The money goes to help CERF and the charm will remind me to help others and to be grateful for what I have. If you can't afford the charm just do something nice for someone today. Hold open a door and smile!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
While still in college I did start a habit cutting up magazines and saving images I liked. I have two big boxes of images from doing this over the years. Then when I need inspiration I can dump out one of the boxes on the floor and go to town! (I'm happy to not be storing all of those magazines!)
Metalsmith was the one magazine I saved from getting cut up, but guess what it's getting sliced! I plan reading articles as I go through them but I've got over a 100 books on my floor I still need to read cover to cover. (The books are mainly art jewelry or business, I love to learn!)
The picture above is a stack of magazines next to an 18 inch ruler, the magazines reach up to 15 inches!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
2 20-gauge earring posts and backs
2 silver discs 5/8 inch diameter
4 20-gauge jump rings (small)
2 pieces of 24 or 26 gauge silver for balling and adding crystal
2 crystals or pearl beads
1) Drill a small hole in the silver discs close to the edge (make sure your jump rings can fit through)
2) Use a small punch stamp and hammer to put a dot design around the edge of your discs (pictured below)
3) Use doming block and slightly dome discs for depth
4) Take 2 pieces of 24 or 26 gauge wire and use your torch to ball the ends
5) Sandpaper discs (220 grit) for more artistic texture as shown below
6) Solder ear posts on center back of domed discs
7) Add a jump ring through the hold in disc and attach a second jump ring to that (at this step I through them in my tumble vibe to polish for maybe 10 min, before you add the crystal)
8) Use 24 or 26 gauge balled wire and add bead then wire wrap to second jump ring
Here are your finished earrings!
For a slighting easier project skip the dot texture around the edge of the earrings like the ones pictured above.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
2008 was a good year!
How did you promote your art and your online presence?I really concentrated on creating an online presence this year...
started my blog
occasional contributing and commenting on other blogs
opened a flickr account
joined crafthaus and linkedin
What technological skills did you learn or improve?
How many people did you add to your mailing list?
Who were the top ten cool or influential people you met?
I don't know where to start, I've met so many people this year through working for the BMAC Show...
Whom did you mentor or help out?
That list is long, I've worked for the Buyers Market of American Craft and almost all I do is mentor jewelry artists. I love helping others with their dreams.
Did you create a new business card, portfolio, or other marketing piece?
I made a new business card with the help of my sister
What medium or skill did you attempt or master?
Drilling a hole through a stone
Drawing/Painting Jewelry (Class at the Walters Art Museum)
What did you try that was completely new?
What did you try that was uncomfortable, but helped you grow?
Worked harder at talking to strangers, mainly about the BMAC Show but still a good skill
What worthy cause did you support in some way?
What new art events, galleries, and museums did you visit?
Cleveland Institute of Art
Philadelphia Museum Show
Saul Bell Design Awards Dinner
Many other small art shows
What resources did you discover?
National Association of Independent Artists
How did you improve your studio habits?
Not in my studio enough to improve them
What books did you read to help your career? What videos or films were useful?
Craft in America, PBS documentary series
First two seasons of Project Runway
The Art of Jewelry Design
The Little Black Book of Connections
The Little Book of Yes! Attitude
The Power of Wow
What seminars/workshops/lectures did you attend or teach?
Attended Drilling Holes in Stones
How did you enhance your office or studio environment?
Working hard to stay more organized and not let things pile up
What organizations were you involved with?
Metals Guild of MD
WJA DC/Baltimore Chapter (Secretary)
What grants/honors/awards did you receive?
What articles were written about your work?
Blurb in Niche Summer 2008
Blurb in American Style October 2008
Blurb in JQ International Fall 2008
What exhibits, grants, contest, etc. did you submit your art to?
Saul Bell Design Awards
Book Fantastic Plastic
Book 500 Plastic Jewelry
Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts New Student Scholarship
American Made Alliance, Peace and Politics Exhibit
Book Wrap, Stitch, Fold, & Rivet
Where did you save a wad of money?
What was the single best thing that happened to your art career in 2008?
Made a fantastic necklace out of plastic and a bicycle reflector for the Peace & Politics Exhibit held in Philadelphia PA in August 2008
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I know a few months ago I had two sets of China up here well we've picked an entirely different set. This are Kate Spade Dogwood Point: 'Crafted on fine bone china, beautiful blossoms in a unique kaleidoscope-esque swirl create a stylishly graphic effect for your table.' And they are dishwasher safe!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
NAMTA Foundation Visual Arts Major Scholarship
The NAMTA Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for students majoring or planning to major in the field of visual arts for the 2009/2010 academic year. For further information and an application, please visit our website www.namtafoundation.org or contact Leah Siffringer at email@example.com.Contact: Leah Siffringer 704-892 6244
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, René Lalique came together only once to display their goods in what was probably the most opulent exhibition ever mounted: the 1900 exposition Universelle in Paris. This splendidly illustrated catalogue contains photographs of individual exhibits, scenes from the World's fair, and the glitterati who wore the artists' jewelry.
I went to the exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art and it was fantastic! It's only open through January 18th so today's the last day!