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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bangles and more bangles.

I went into hibernation this weekend. My hubby was away. I got to baby sit my best friend's puppy while she was away. So it was just me, the bird, and the dog. It was also in the 90s here this weekend and..... humid weather makes me cranky. So we stayed in only leaving the cool confines of home to take care of doggy business. It is amazing how much you can get done in the studio with no one around to distract you. No phone calls, no television.... just a short nap.

Last week I tried to silk wrap some bangles. I was really pleased with the boho chic look so I decided to make some more for the show.

I didn't think I was going to like this one because of the bright brass wire wrapping. But in the end it was my favorite. It has a summery gypsy style.

And look how good it looks paired up with the fresh water pearl wrap bracelet.

In all- 4 bangle sets completed.
I found out the craft show isn't until the second week in November. Which is good. Jeanne who has set up this show for 27 years says that the mistake that newcomers always make is that they don't have enough to sell. So from now until then..... more time in the studio.... more stuff to sell!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Busy in the studio. Getting ready for my first craft show.

Hi everyone! It's been a long time since I've written anything because I've been hard at work in my studio getting ready for the fall craft show I'm going to be participating in at Baldwin Hall in October. I've also been busy working 2 jobs that I would like to give up to make jewelry full time. But alas, my husband says no..... I need to fund my retirement account.  :(   For now I can't quit my "day jobs." But a girl can dream.  Anyway below are some of the things I've been working on. 
Set of 3 tribal silk wrapped bangle bracelets. The big bead was one of my first attempts at enameling copper.  The  enable cracked off in some places....which is bad....but I liked the way it looked anyway.  It looks rustic and tribal.

Silk wrapped bangles with copper wire and beads.  I'm thinking about selling the set for  $35. I will be making more of these for the show.  This was my first set. My prototype.

This is a set I made a while back. I love working with leather and suede.  The length on the pendant is adjustable because of the sliding knots. It is shown at choker length, but can be opened up to a full length pendant that falls to the belly button or any place in between.
 I found this glass focal and the accessory glass beads at the Philadelphia Bead Fest last year. I am going to be taking a glass bead making class at that  event this year in August. Hopefully one day I will be making my own glass focal beads in the future.

Here's the matching earrings for the set.

Here's a set I just made today. I used layers of soft grey suede and gun metal leaf chain embellished with grey fresh water pearls. The focal pendant is carved shell. Details show better in the picture below. Matching earrings.
Detail of carved shell flower and gun metal leaf chain.

One of many layered wrapped bracelets I've made for the show. I particularly love the colors and the fresh water pearls. The center is a purple leather link with accent bead.

And last but not etched copper Peace bracelet. I love etching. I need to do more of it. Ahhh. So many things to do and so little time.
Well that's it for now. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Independence Day. Picnics. Bar-B-Q. Fireworks. Family. Friends. I'll be spending my weekend in the studio. So many things I've started that I need to complete. So many ideas for new things. Can't wait!