Category Archives: My Jewelry Design

Bead Soup Blog Party!

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I’m excited to be one of the participants of the famous Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by Lori Anderson! 400 creative people have signed up for this event in which you and the partner Lori assigns to you exchange a packet of beads that you then use to create something  and post in a blog hop on one of the three reveal dates. It’ll be lots of fun- stay tuned!

A New Love

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One of the things on my “must learn to do” list has been metal etching. I finally tried it recently and now I’m hooked! It’s a little unpredictable how each piece will turn out, but that’s part of the fun.

This is my very first attempt! I love how the design came out, but I left it in the solution a little too long and it ate away the hanging hole at the top.

Not sure what I’m going to do with this Mona Lisa yet…

This is the reverse side of the Mona Lisa piece.

“Fly Free” pendant.

“Faith is the Key” bracelet. This is my favorite piece so far, but I plan to do lots more!

On Display

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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’s the day!

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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!

Sneak peek…

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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.

In the mood

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I don’t make bracelets very often – why I don’t know, but lately I’ve been in the mood. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far…

…and now I need to get back to work!

I’ve got bugs!

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I just love these little beetle charms! You can get these, and tons of other cool stuff from B’Sue Boutiques – a great supplier of American made brass findings.

Necklace made using an old skeleton key and a beetle charm with tiny czech glass dangles. Another beetle is crawling up the chain, which is from a vintage cuckoo clock.

Two pairs of earrings using the same beetle charms. On one pair I buffed back the finish to show the coppery highlights and on the other I added a little Gilders paste for color.

Strawberry Swing!

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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

 

Here it is – my messy workshop!

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Here’s a tour of my room – a packrat’s paradise where I create, dream and spend way too much time on the Internet!

To see my photos please click on the Messy Workshop tab at the  top of the page (right under my banner). You can click on the photos to make them larger.

 Then, visit all of the other great blogs in this blog hop!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’Sue Boutiques

http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com/

Robin Delargy, LooLoo’s Box

http://looloosbox.blogspot.com/

Kim at CianciBlue

http://cianciblue.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Jazwick-Smith, Hudathots

http://hudathoughts-jennifer.blogspot.com/

Mary Shannon Hicks

http://www.uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/

Tracy Swartz

http://tracyswartz.com/category/blog

Jacqueline Marchant

http://jaacquelinesjewels.blogspot.com/

Lynnea Perry Bennett

http://designsbylynnea.blogspot.com/

Terry Matusyk

http://pinkchapeau.wordpress.com/

Laurel Steven

http://laurelsteven.blogspot.com/

Dr. Brassy Steamington

http://drbrassysteampunk.blogspot.com/

Pamela Takeshige

http://www.crittersandthings.blogspot.com/

Kris Lanae Binsfeld

http://www.cherishdesigns.wordpress.com/

Outre Art

http://theartistspaintbox.wordpress.com/

Linzi Alford

http://www.magpieintheskyspoilheaptales.blogspot.com/

Deb Davis

http://naturaltreasuresbydeb.blogspot.com/

Tamara Jones

http://irrysistablejewels.wordpress.com/

Harry Wood

http://www.oscarcrow.blogspot.com/

Gerry Nickerson

http://gersgems1.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Owens-Dwy

http://www.thepolymergeek.blogspot.com/

Georgene Lockwood

http://sylvanavintagedesigns.wordpress.com/

Charisa Sloper

http://www.blog.obsidiansoda.com/

Jennifer Justman

http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/

Beanzie

http://the-vintage-heart.blogspot.com/

Mary Deis

http://mdeis.blogspot.com/

Cheri Reed

http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/

Sondra Kolner

http://scrappybydesign.weebly.com/index.html

Sonya Ingersoll-Stille

http://www.dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com/

Lori Anderson

http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Sandra McGriff

http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca/

Shelly Joyce

http://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com/

Joan Williams        You are here!

http://www.lilrubyjewelry.wordpress.com/

Kashmira Patel

http://sadafulee.blogspot.com/

Deb Beechy

http://beetique56.blogspot.com/

Ginger Bishop

http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com/

Kelli Jacobson

http://creativemoonjewelryandthings.com/

Natalie McKenna

http://www.grubbi.co.uk/

Andrew Thornton

http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/

Mary Govaars

http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com/

Kate Mulligan

http://mulliganstewjewelry.blogspot.com/

Lisa Lodge

http://pineridgetreasures.blogspot.com/

Tami Luchini

http://ssprocketsmetal.blogspot.com/

Monique Lula

http://www.moniquelula.com/blog/

Lee Koopman

http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com/

Jayne Capps

http://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/

Susan Lloyd

http://designsbysusan-dbs.blogspot.com/

Cynthia Wainscott

http://www.exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Amanti

http://www.stephaniesjewelrybox.blogspot.com/

Alicia Marinache

http://www.allprettythings.ca/

Sam Hamp

http://hampgirl59.blogspot.com/

Lennis Carrier

http://www.windbent.net/