One of my favorite things about late summer is all the butterflies, so I’ve been inspired to paint a few of my own for some jewelry that’ll be perfect now right through fall!
I have several shows coming up over the next three months, and I’m hoping my customers will enjoy these. If you’d like a pair for yourself, just let me know!
Found objects, that is.
I participated in a Re-purposed Market craft show at a local antique mall over the weekend, which was fun but attendance was pretty sparse. It was held at a very nice indoor venue and featured demonstrations by FYI guy Jeremy Rabe (who is very charming and gracious!) but the weather was a glorious 80 degrees all weekend, so I guess the lake got more visitors than we did. You just never know! Anyway, the good thing is that preparing for this show rekindled my love for making found object jewelry and sparked my creativity in a way that hasn’t happened in a while.
One of the first things I found to play with was the head of a tiny old hammer-
With the addition of wire, beads, a piece of an old folding ruler and some nuts borrowed from my husband’s tool box it’s now a pendant! I call this one “Handyman Special” 🙂
When I saw this fabulous Victorian drawer pull I couldn’t resist – I just love the sweet little bird on the front.
I carefully bent it and added a verdigris patina, brass chain and some gorgeous Czech glass beads for a one of a kind bracelet-
Next up, some sweet little vintage perfume bottles I found at a flea market-
I had SO much fun making these!
Here’s an everyday garden item-
With a new look!
So maybe this show wasn’t a big moneymaker for me, but that’s OK – the creative juices are flowing, and that’s a good thing!
I have a new obsession. It involves taking paper mache mannequins like this one
and making them look like these, using a combination of craft paint and metal reactive patina paints.
The process is kind of messy, somewhat unpredictable and so much fun! Best of all, the result is that rusty, grungy chippy paint look that I love, and works perfectly with my jewelry style.
Since it doesn’t look like I’m gonna be able to stop making these (it’s too much fun!) I’ve started offering some for sale. If you’re local, you can see them, and some lilruby jewelry too – at Harrison House Market in Ozark!
Well…the craft festival was in a nice area, and was run by very nice people, but the attendance and sales were disappointing – for me, at least. I barely made enough to cover my fees and travel expenses. Apparently there were several other events including a larger, more established art show going on in the area so I’m guessing that’s where all the shoppers went. But that’s how it goes!
On the plus side, I posted pictures of my show setup on Flickr and was surprised how many views they’ve gotten! Here are a few of them-
My two tables with Lucy (my mannequin) in the middle.
Vintage kidskin opera glove used as bracelet display.
You would not believe how hard it was to stuff this glove! The hand is impossibly small so I used a long handled paintbrush to stuff tissue into the fingers. The rest I filled with pantyhose.
Bev, my oldest mannequin, in the morning shadows.
My favorite pictures were actually the ones I took early in the morning – I love all the dramatic shadows!
To see more, go to my Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/lilruby!
Tomorrow morning we head for Kansas City for the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Festival. Since I usually do fall craft shows I had to change up my displays a little! Instead of my usual dark browns and warm fall colors I used tea dyed muslin layered with some of my vintage crocheted doilies and tablecloths, mostly made by family members ranging from my mom and aunt to my grandmother and great grandmother. Since I wasn’t sure how it would all look, I set up my tables in the dining room for a test run-
My two mannequins, Bev and Lucy, are sporting a couple of the tablecloths as skirts! The dining room table is loaded with stuff to be priced and packed.
I have two of these little drawers with dividers in them that I love to use as earring displays – wish I had a bunch more!
This little ceramic dresser tray was my Mom’s, and adds a girlie touch in soft pink.
Some necklaces packed and ready to go. Sorry for the poor picture quality – my camera doesn’t do well in low lighting (probably because I don’t have a clue how to use it!)
Guess I’d better get back to work – lots left to price and pack up!
The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Festival is coming up in less than a week, and I’m busy getting ready! Here are a few of the things I’ve been working on-
Brass discs with verdigris patina, dark brass beetles and czech glass.
Asian style brass coin discs with verdigris patina and czech glass beads.
Copper wing with blue patina and blue magnesite beads.
I’m looking forward to selling my jewelry at the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair in Kansas City next month! I haven’t done this show before, but it looks like a lot of fun and there are a bunch of great indie artists participating.
Earrings are usually big sellers and I always try to have lots of new ones on hand for craft shows. Here are a few pair I just made – now I need to get busy and make more!
To see more about Strawberry Swing go to http://www.theindieswing.com