Tag Archives: handcrafted jewelry

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!

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

 

Beetle Mania

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This is how the Egyptian beetle project turned out – it took some doing getting the pieces to fit well on the cuff bracelet but all in all I’m pretty pleased with it!

The brass beetle charm and the stamping beneath it were purchased at www.bsueboutiques.com.