Working on a little box clasp. A lovely component to a statement bracelet but fussy to finish. Lots of sanding, fiddling, sanding, fiddling.... but when you hear that click of the tongue - VICTORY!
We have long wanted to add some non-jewelry accessory items to our repertoire. I'm so happy to introduce this little ring box as our first prototype of some new ring boxes to come shortly. Bill has long been a talented wood turner before I lured him into the world of glass. He has been making pens for graduations and retirements, boxes, bowls and more. It is a waste of his talents not to incorporate some of this into our work. Right now, these little ring boxes are the perfect companion to what we are currently doing. Our little prototype is made from cured hickory from our property. I am adding my glass hearts to the lid and loving the combination of wood and glass. I also have some wood bangle bracelets on my bench, waiting for some silver embellishments. It is all part of many new things we are working on for the coming year. These few winter months without shows are critical for some time to tinker and think.
Happy New Year people! I just wanted to check in before spring arrives. This is the time of year we work on new pieces to be professionally photographed for jury applications. I have various works in progress with all sorts of silver & soldering, along with the glass and my handmade glass cabochons. Yet I needed a break from that messy business to just put together something simple with some bold and beautiful beads I've been hanging onto for the right bracelet. Valentine's Day put me in the mood for this. Fun to pick up the artisan stamps and decorate the heart. It's been a while for that pursuit.
As for shows this coming year - we did something like 22 juried shows last year, which was really too much for how handmade all of our elements are. And Bill still has a real job too. So this year, I'm applying to fewer and the chips will fall as they may as far as acceptances go. Jewelry is a really saturated category. I'm applying to the ones where customers really showed us the love, and one or two new too. I'm already looking forward for spring and the show season to start, as well as blocks of time to just be.
I'm pitifully late in getting my store stocked here. We had so many shows that I just couldn't find online time and traction this year. But the good news is I'm at it now, adding a few things every day. Customers have been asking about earrings, so I have a few in various categories. To prevent visual chaos, I have separate categories for flamework, kiln-fired (fused glass) & metal & stone earrings. At shows we merchandise each case by color way. Customers have confirmed many times how much they like that, because glass jewelry delivers beautifully in coordinating with specific outfits. But here, I think this helps find what you might be looking for, more than poking around by color in a search.
Also some hollow glass flamework necklaces that were very popular this year, as well as bracelets. Keep checking back, I'll be adding more through early next week. Then, a break for some holiday family time cheer. New designs coming up in the New Year. Thank you to everyone who came to our shows and supported our little business. We are so very grateful.
Crafts at the Cathedral this weekend in New York City at Cathedral of Saint John the Devine. Fabulous setting full of wonderful juried handcrafted items. Thursday 1-9. Friday 10-8. Saturday 10-6.
Doves, winged messengers symbolizing peace, love and the importance of attending to our spiritual selves.
Some little silver birds are flying in and out of the shop here. I'll be adding to the collection soon. The weather is so hot outside right now, that a little pendant on a chain is all we can handle for a full day in the elements. Society is a bit hot around the collar too, and these gentle little creatures are a reminder to look upward and inward for some metal relief.
This reminds me of a dip in the ocean or a nice big pool on this triple digit day. Sometimes I love flameworked hearts decorated to full glory, and other times, simple is the order of the day. Turquoise/aqua/blues have cooling effects. Looks stunning paired with crisp white cottons and linens and strikes a lovely contrast to black, if that is your go-to neutral.
Posted some new made-to-order bangles in the shop and will add some more next week. When its a 100 degree heat index outside and I'm in a booth all day with no escape, my accessories might be earrings, a couple of smallish rings, and a wild wave bangle. That season is upon us.
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We were in Barnes & Noble this morning waiting for the truck to be serviced and perusing magazines. I picked this up and was surprised when one of our ring projects published in the now-defunct Step-by-Step Wire magazine a few years ago was included here. We thought is was kind of weird they didn't give us a heads up, but hey, the struggling magazine business isn't what it used to be. All publicity is good publicity. I think that wire rock wrapping is kind of intriguing too...