Sunday, February 21, 2010

Big news!

I just got an email from the owner of The Silver Heron and she wants to showcase my jewelry for 60 DAYS this spring!!! I have a LOT of work to do in the upcoming months!

I'm also entered in a juried art show in Richmond VA around the same time I'd be starting the showcase. Now, the owner said that there would be other artists, so I may not be the first one, which might end up working in my favor, but I'll have to see. I'm happy with whatever offer they're proposing. I'd gladly take less up to the art show, (or not at all), for a spot in the COLUMBIA MALL for 2 MONTHS! :) wow

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New items

Two new items made during my little blizzard vacation!!! They will be posted on my etsy shop in a few days when I'm ready to let my babies go. :)

The first is part of my cuff/bangle series.

This one was inspired by Jane Austen, one of my favorite authors. It's thinner than my big cuff and it's hammered round instead of oval, so the bracelet hangs like a bangle, but the back is open and therefore adjustable!!

The second is a Blood Stone pendant. The style is very different from the delicate swirly items that dominate my inventory. I hope to add more pieces that are more abstracted or strange since my whole goal is to create for different personalities.

The setting is very different because I could not drill completely through the setting... I had to drill halfway and solder each piece while holding it up with my tongs. Not something I'd ever done before. Happily, it worked and the setting prongs are strong!
On the top, two links soldered through the pendant act as the bail for a chain. I think another asymmetrical chain is in the works to go with this piece!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New designs in the works!

I have new designs in my tumbler now! It's a wire cuff much like my favorite one in my banner. It's a thinner width and a little more like scroll work, very elegant. I'm also planning on making some with stones studded through. Pictures coming soon! Well, as soon as i can take advantage of the sunlight. :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

First Valentine item sold!

Happy Valentines Day to those who celebrate.

I sold my first piece of jewelry meant for Valentines Day this afternoon! It was hard to part with my cuff since they're so hard to make, but I'm happy to sell all the same. I'll just have to make more designs! It's listed as a "made to order" right now on my shop.

What's more romantic than a surprise piece of jewelry? And not just any, but a handmade piece that is completely one of a kind?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cold Connections

I'm experimenting with cold connections at the moment, like rivets. I just created a new piece last night while caught inside... with blizzard continuing to reek havoc outside.

Drilled through my finger while attaching the riveted flower. Yay. Anyway, I completed the necklace and chain, which took a day.

My concept started with the idea of a pond. The rivet flower added interest to the piece as well as my concept, though it wasn't originally part of my plan.

What I love about this necklace is that the rivets at the top double as a part of my clasp. The side of the asymmetrical chain that has the larger links easily hooks into the hidden rivet on the side of the pendant.

Can't bear to part with it so soon, so I'm not putting it up on Etsy just yet...

New Direction

I've decided to take my blog in a new direction. My photographing days are over for the most part, except for fun. So I will be dedicating this blog solely to my metalworks. Not that anyone's listening at the moment. This blog is feeling more like a diary since I'm basically just speaking to myself. But that's fine for now. I need a regime.

I started a shop on Etsy almost a month ago and got my first sale recently. It seems hard to break into that etsy market - so many talented people in the jewelry category and insufficient ways to be found as a seller.... short of spamming yourself (which I refuse to do). So it's a slow climb, and I'll continue. Who knows? I'm already further along than I thought. If it's done anything, it's driven me to create again on a consistent basis. Seeing all that talent makes me realize that I'm capable of a lot more than I've been putting out. Part of that is due to sheer exhaustion coming home from teaching art all day to kids. The other part is making excuses like that and being lazy/unsure. That stops here.