Friday, April 29, 2011

Jewelry Deadlines!

("Butterfly" pendant in sapphires, diamonds, and gold by Miiori/Jacob’s Jewelry)

The Ganoksin Project is having a online exhibition called, "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder", it is an online exhibition of jewelry featuring Non-precious materials. Entries will be accepted between April 1st and May 31st.
There are also rare historical jewelry books for sale as ebooks (at unbelievably low prices) on the Ganoksin site. This is your opportunity, I may very well buy them all!

Crafting an MBA is having a Video Challenge. You need to make a video that helps promote your own business and you can win cool prizes from Crafting an MBA.

Lark books has a call for entries, "500 Beaded Jewelry". Entries must be postmarked by July 15th.

The jewelry supply company Reactive Metals has a call for photos It can be anything you've made using any products you've bought from them. They will use the images in slide show presentations at the SNAG Conference, classes, online, etc. Full credit will be given to the artist.
The Appalachian Center for Craft is seeking artists for solo or group exhibitions, postmark deadline is May 2nd.
Peters Valley Craft Center is having an open house this Sunday May 1st.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter - Free the Kinder Eggs!

This morning I decided to have some fun and dye a dozen Easter eggs. I boiled them the night before. One cracked so that became Bentley (the parrots) treat for today.

Here are my finished eggs. One stayed white since I cracked it. I had a lot of fun with line patterns. I also made an evil blue monster face and a yellow and orange happy face.

Though on closer inspection the happy face starts to look psychotic. Maybe that's what terror alert code orange is supposed to mean. Happy & Psycho!

I just found out that Kinder Eggs (pictured above), a delicious milk chocolate/white chocolate egg with a fun toy inside, which are made in Germany are illegal in the U.S. I remember my Uncle sending these to us once as kids and they were awesome! The bigger the kinder egg the more intricate the toy inside is, and you build it and then play! Please go to this website, Free the Kinder Egg, and sign the petition to make them legal here in the U.S.

May your Easter be Extra Hoppy!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cleveland Institute of Art Spring Show

Tonight from 5:30 to 8pm is the Spring Show 2011 Reception and there will be 5 gallery events going on at CIA. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Vision Board

Just about every year for the last 4 or 5 I've created a vision board. I collect images I like of art, places, and all kinds of things. I keep a large bin of these images and when the mood strikes I buy a cork board and start creating a new vision board. I put jewelry and art I love on it and things I may want to achieve.

Here is the finished vision board with some close ups down below.

In this section I have a picture of Neuschwanstein Castle (which I've been to and paragliding off the Alps there) Someone doing a handstand (that's a goal), a beautiful ring by Jeffrey Appling, and a birds wing made out of diamonds to name a few things.

In this section I loved the spirit of the woman in the rain kicking her leg in the air, very fun! I have a note from a high school teacher on a manila envelope that I loved. Then I have some jewelry by Klaus Burgel and other sculpture I enjoy.

The fish on the bottom of this picture is a creation of Dr. Seuss, I saw it at a gallery here in the Cleveland area. It was so cool. I have put specific words on the boards, "faith" so I'll have more faith in myself and what I do.

In this image is a picture of me with a four leaf clover, I'm really good at finding them. Also a statue of someone contact juggling, it's been one of my goals to get better at that. "Living the Dream" something we all want to do!

Overall it's very soothing to create one of these Vision Boards, not everything has a specific meaning. And on this board I've been to some of the places or seen some of the art in person already. I noticed that on this board I left a lot more open space then previous vision boards. I think that means I'm trying to cut back on how much I have on my plate and enjoy what I do more.
 I always date the back of the board so I can look back and see what year it is. Many of the things on my first vision board have happened so I feel like they definitely help me.
Have a Merry Monday!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Quartz Crystal Beads

In looking through some old photos I found pictures of my Quartz Crystal Bead Necklace. I made filigree bead caps for the ends of the beads out of sterling silver wire. A similar pattern to much of my wire jewelry.

The clasp also blends in and looks like one of the beads. I entered this necklace into the Saul Bell Design Awards but I didn't send a professionally taken photograph. I sent one way better than the photos above but it just didn't sing the way it needed to. It's a good lesson to dish out the money to have the professionals do what they are best at.
Hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Looking Back

I've been sick for the past month and broke my camera. What can I say, I've got skills! In trying to repair multiple cameras (in hopes that one would work) I found  some old studio photos. This was my studio when I was in high school and college. My Dad let me use a small area in the barn. Your looking at my one bookshelf against the wall, and then my tables on either side. The mice liked to hide corn in my tools on the bookshelf, so you'd pick up a bracelet mandrel and all this corn would come crashing out!

This is where I did my soldering. That thing on the left covered in blankets in my bead blaster. Hasn't gotten much use since I don't own an air compressor.

On this table I have my old/broken polishing wheels that will never be used (given to me by a friend and they don't have a good ventilation system). Then an anvil from my Grandad, hydraulic press my Grandad built for me and a scroll saw (not mine).

Here is a better picture of my soldering area. I love my soldering board that has two third arms attached, love it! I worked a lot with silver wire, that's why you see all the little round containers holding jump rings.

Here is a better shot of that home made hydraulic press along with some forming tools.
I made a lot of cool stuff using just these tools.

I have yet to make anything other than some Christmas Presents in my current studio but that's about to change, I'm working on designing a few pieces for myself. I'll be sure to post photos for your to see!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sasha Bell Jewelry

I found Sasha Bell Jewelry on Etsy and so far I've purchased three pairs of her earrings. The pair above was for my sister. 

This pair was for myself! I love presents for me!

And this pair was a birthday/Christmas present for my sister-in-law. I love the tribal feel of her jewelry.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Jewelry Goings On

(A piece by Brittany Foster, found on Artful Home.)

I found two cool blog posts about the MJSA Expo that happened in New York a week or two ago. Michelle Pajak-Reynolds wrote about her experience in her blog EMERGE. You can also follow her blog on facebook.

If you check out Rio Grande's blog post about MJSA they provide a link to get a few trial issues of MJSA magazine free!

Here you can see the winners from the 2011 CASE Awards, which honors JA members who create pieces with the highest levels of artistry, creativity, style and excellence in jewelry design. Sadly the images can't be enlarged or I would share one here on the blog.

The theme of the 2011 Diva Design Competition is Green Diva: Eco-Conscious Jewels for Today's Green Consumer. Entries must be submitted no later than April 25th.

Bead Fest Wire is happening April 7-10th in the King of Prussia PA, lots of fun classes and supplies to buy!

April 8th & 9th, Gold Substance, Significance & Symbol is happening in New York City. Looks like an amazing conference.

A second 500 Rings book is coming out, and the due date is passed. Oops, Sorry on that one. Here is a great blog post to help you the next time you enter a competition by the Jewelry Business Guru. I've been thinking about entering more books and decided that I need a break from the rejection letters. And I don't want to design jewelry real quick to try to get into a book. I want to create amazing pieces that take time, that I really learn something from as I make them. Just a few thoughts, Have a great Sunday!

Friday, April 1, 2011

What a week!

Well I was out sick all week, starting to feel better. I stayed home so I wouldn't spread my germs!
Just two days ago this was happening in our yard. Can you believe it! We had snow up to our ankles!

Here is a shot of the backyard.

So last weekend I attended the Quilt & Sewing Expo at the IX Center in Cleveland Ohio. I went with my mother in law and we had a blast. I bought the silk fabric above, loving that pattern. I plan on making a skirt or two with it.

Then I bought this awesome fabric, I have no plan in mind but I was just captivated by it! You can click on it to enlarge it.

This skirt is what the silk is for. I love the skirt and pants so I'll try to make both. The name Taos caught my eye, and since this is a simple pattern (or so it says) it's a good one to start with. I bought another pattern but the image on the package will not inspire you, we watched a runway show and saw it and loved it.

My MIA picked me up from home to go to the sewing show and brought me a beautiful Valerie Mayen hat! It matched my outfit that day perfectly. Thanks so much! We had an awesome day. Hopefully soon we'll get together and take a crack at making clothes. I'll have my camera ready so I can share!