Archive for June, 2009

Livin’ is good and the life is easy!

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Jill of LivinGood jewelry writes about a variety of topics in her blog. She has quite a list of sections in her blog on the left side for you to pick from – my favorite is the quote section. I picked out my favorite.

The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.
~ Joe Girard

And when you’re doing Art Shows and markets and Art Tours, that ‘one step at a time’ is pretty obvious. It’s not only the philisophical stop but the physical step. I’m doing 2 markets this summer – back to back on Friday and Saturday. By this time of the day, my feet hurt!

Oh and by the way, when you’re at Jill’s blog – check out her jewelry! She does a variety of work – like a lot of us, I don’t think she can make up her mind what she likes best.<g>

It’s a woman’s world – except for Andrew:)

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

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Actually, the world of chainmaille seems to be inhabited with many more men than women. And Andrew is a wonderful of example of this. Andrew of  Chainmaille by MBOI weaves wonderful chainmaille pieces. He has a wonderful necklace which he categorizes as steampunk. The steampunk jewelry generally leaves me wondering why I would want to wear it. I’m not sure if it’s my age or ignorance showing but a lot of steampunk jewelry just leaves me cold. However, I love this necklace. For a great variety in chainmaille jewelry please check out Andrew’s blog to see the varied and wonderful world of chainmaille. I have so much to learn and Andrew is a great example to us chainmaillers.

Mother of Pearl

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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I thought about using the phrase ‘Pearls before swine” but I didn’t want anyone reading my blog to think I was calling them names. When I was first married and had a baby the phrase ‘ What a hog!” was used quite a bit – especially by one of my girlfriends who babysat my son. And of course, he picked right up on that phrase. So much so, that my mother called to complain that my son called her ‘a hog’. I tried to explain that it wasn’t personal and that it was just a phrase he had learned. Yeah, right!!

But this lovely necklace is actually Mother of Pearl — that comes from the shells of mollusks. And it is hand knotted on ivory silk and has a magnetic sterling clasp. If you click on a close up of the picture, you will see the swirls of iridescence in the pearls.

It is an iridescent coating on the inside of mollusk shells. The name originated because because when an grain of sand or whatever the irritant is gets inside the shell, the shell protects itself by coating the irritant with the same material of its lining (nacre) that creates pearls (therefore, this substance is the creator, or mother, of pearls!). When you care for your mother-of-pearl beads, please do NOT use any alcohol as it eats through the nacre, causing irreparable damage to the color and luster.

Mother of pearl has been treasured in jewelry for many centuries. In the 1850s, immense mother-of-pearl masses, created by the continual movement of water washing and turning oysters on seabeds, began being harvested and were used extensively in Europe for buttons, knife handles and jewelry. In China, mother of pearl has been prescribed to treat heart palpitations, dizziness and high blood pressure for thousands of years. In Vietnam, it has been powdered and taken orally to improve vision and remove cataracts. Mystics believe it to stimulate intuition, sensitivity, imagination and adaptability, and help with clarity in decision making. Mother of pearl symbolizes faith, charity and innocence, and traditionally has been used to strengthen the environment and bring greater purity to the atmosphere. (Quoted from Rings n Things).

This particular strand of Mother of Pearl came from the Phillipines.