Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rings!

So Arts on the Avenue was my first show where I had rings for sale, not just for custom order.  I designed thin delicate little circlets with different style hearts in assorted metals.  I also had a few bird rings in brass.  They were a lot of fun and I know personally a lot of fun and lightweight to wear. 




 
 
 
 


There is always a lot of interest in the deconstructed watch ring!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

More new pieces

Too excited to wait to share these!!
A little round pod of silver I built holds a beautiful piece of Australian boulder opal.  I think it will look very nice on a thin, simple, silver cable.

 
 
This piece is a thin sliver of an open center Polyhedroid Agate that has been set between two pieces of silver stilted with handmade rivets.  The asymmetry of the stone is enhanced with the design of the piece.  The silver has a satin finish.  This one is going to be extremely hard for me to sell!
 
 
 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fresh off my bench!

Been working on several pieces for the past 4 days. Finally finishing them up. Gave me quite a bit of trouble!  I had to put my problem solving skills to the test. Pictured below is one of them.. right after I set the turquoise stones. The brass piece has a satin finish and a heat colored treatment.  The edge of the piece is drilled and lined with handmade silver rivets.

Completed a turquoise ring as well. Size 7 1/2

Monday, October 7, 2013

Art on the Avenue 2013

Well, the last two titles are quite sad when put together, because it means I have not updated in a year.  However, that does not mean I have been slacking in my metalworking.  But I suppose when combined with a full-time job of teaching, blogging becomes harder to maintain!  Nevertheless, as with every post I have made, I have the best intentions on doing a better job updating those of you who read it!

This year's show in Alexandria VA was fantastic!  I had numerous past patrons come up and tell me how pleased they still were with my jewelry and that they had to come see what I had at my table.  Even if they didn't buy anything, (believe me I KNOW how tough money problems are right now, especially around DC) I was very happy to hear feedback like that!

Some pieces that FLEW off my table this year:



 

 
 
 



 
 
 
Birds were crazy popular this year!  I enjoyed making them and I even used a couple birds I had cut that were extra and made small rings!  I still need to photograph the rings, so they should be up on a blog post soon.
 
The chains did pretty well too, there's always a lot of interest in these two patterns especially.

 


 
I was quite surprised, however, at some of my favorite pieces not getting nearly as much attention as I had anticipated.
Most of these did not sell at the show, despite the amount of interest.




 






 
 
I want to thank all of the patrons of the arts that come out to support these shows and the participating craftsmen/women. A big thank you to the community of Del Ray that hosts the show as well, you are fantastic! Art on the Avenue continues to be my favorite show of the year and I hope to be a part of it for many more to come!