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Still here but behind…

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

This link will take you to another blog where I have posted what I did the first week in January with jewelry. http://www.bleilysgems.com/YearofJewelry2011/2011/01/variation-on-a-weave-week-1/

For those trying to read this on a regular basis, you will have noticed that there was nothing posted here since we went to World Burn Congress in Galveston in October 2010. The Congress was quite exhilarating as I was debuting a line of jewelry created to raise awareness and support for burn survivors. The response was overwhelming and I sold out of almost everything I took — 80 pieces of jewelry! I came home with 3 bracelets, 3 necklaces and a single charm left. I immediately ordered more charms to have in stock.

Christmas was around the corner and I was able to deliver my last 2 orders the Monday before Christmas. We headed home that week to spend time with family and friends – made the trip through Chicago and to my mom’s house where upon the fuel pump died. So thankful it died there and not in Chicago!!

We made it back to WI in time for Don to help tear down the train layout at Rotary Gardens in Janesville for another year.

While he was working on that, I was catching up on emails and some paperwork. I realized that it was time to start another Year of Jewelry on one of the forums that I check out periodically. I’ve thought about it in the past but was never in the right spot at the right time. And this year it worked!

I’ve committed to creating a piece of jewelry every week. And the link at the top of this page is the posting about it. There will be weeks this year where that is what will be posted here also. Hope you enjoy it as a challenge for jewelry artists to create their piece around a theme. Themes have never been something I’ve dealt well with – whether it was a theme in a book for English class or…

St Luke’s Episcopal Church – Absolutely Art

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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Last Saturday, I had a small Art Show at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. They called it Absolutely Art. I was of mixed feelings about it — small show of select artists which sounds good but you never know. I questioned the ladies running the show – was it art or craft or a mix? And probably drove them nuts with my continued questions. No, they assured me. Only art folks. And yes, they were advertising — newspapers, neighborhoods, Craigslist, etc.

Ok, I’m game. Nice neighborhood – older, well established area. Thank heavens for GPS – or Miss Mouth as she’s called in our family. Have you named your GPS? Like folks used to name their cars, don’t you think? Anyhow…

Set up was of Friday if you wished. I wished and so my hubby came along to help me carry and get set up. Nice fellowship hall, a touch smaller than our church but room for 10-12 booths. And when I  walked in, I felt so much better. There was Sherry Ackerman of 14 South Artists — a fellow artist who does wonderful watercolors. Come to find out, she does watercolor classes with one of the ladies organizing the show. It’s amazing to me to see what a wide variety of watercolors Sherry produces. Bold, bright colors with fairies living among zinnias and daisies dancing their way down garden paths! Quiet, soft almost sepia tones of water lilies. Hard to believe it is the same medium.

Saturday morning folks came to look and pause and give their opinion of our artwork. One lady informed me, looking at my sterling chainmaille bracelets, that she wasn’t here to buy jewelry – she came to buy ART. I saw her leave in a while empty handed. So much for her thoughts about art…

I was pleased to see Rachel Brooke with her delicate, wired jewelry showing also. At the Madison Farmer’s Market I had seen her work a couple of years ago. Wonderful and delicate work!

Michelle Martin of Purple Moon Fibers had a great display of her felted wool works. Animals, gnomes and beautiful bowls graced her tables. If you missed her work there you can find her on Esty.

Something I had never seen before at a show were paintings of Mary and baby Jesus, the Last Supper, the Disciples and various saints. Very Iconic looking – especially to a small town Methodist girl.

Beautiful scarves were featured by one artist – lovely use of ribbons and various fibers. Diane was an art teacher for years and I bet her classes were great!

The necklace pictured above was a special order that was delivered at the show. And the customer loved it! So did the other ladies around her. It’s Argentium silver — much slower to tarnish that sterling. I started with a coil of wire, made the rings and cut them, then wove the necklace using my pliers. It feels wonderful on your neck!

Over all, it was a nice experience and in the words of Arnold — I’ll be back next year!

14 South Artists Fall Art Tour

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


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This weekend I participated in the 14 South Artists Fall Art Tour for my 4th year, I believe. I wish my mind kept better track of things for me!

This bracelet was one of my object lessons about making chainmaille. I had taken my cutting system (although as I was not in my own home I didn’t actually cut any rings) and my other basic tools and showed folks what is involved in weaving bracelets. I had open and closed links that I worked on while folks were admiring the stained glass that was being featured by the hostess — Ann Miller of Glass Artistry. Then when they wandered over to me — I showed them the tools, gave a quick explanation about the tools, etc and then I showed them the little rings and pointed out that about 550 of those little rings were in the bracelet shown above. And that got their attention!

When you have the ability to teach people about what they might buy in the future and why they should buy handmade products from a local artisan it may take a while for it to sink in. Folks need to see an artist’s work at least 5 times, on average, before they will do more than purchase just a small ‘impulse’ buy. If you would like to purchase the bracelet pictured above, please click.

For the love of Jasper

Thursday, July 17th, 2008


I love jaspers — as a matter of fact, I’ve yet to meet a jasper that I didn’t like. The necklace pictured above is made with silvermist jasper and I just finished the necklace this afternoon. I used a few freshwater pearls to give it a bit of an accent but it’s my opinion that when I have something with as much grain and color as a jasper my job as a designer is to stand out of the way and let the jasper speak. This silvermist jasper has lovely shades of gray, black and even a touch of red.

To preface this story of how I came to love jasper, I must first tell you that brown is not a favorite color of mine — I’m more of a purple, red and orange kind of person. I have a friend who wears a lot of browns and kakhis and I never understood the facination with those colors.

But then I found elephant jasper — wonderful shades of honey gold mixed among the brown. I had to have it! It was calling my name!! And it’s been a slippery slope since.

Last year I ran across bamboo jasper and promptly bought a dozen strands of various shapes and colors. But when it arrived, I couldn’t feature what to put with it and so it sat. All by it’s lonesome on the corner of my desk — staring at me as I brought in yet more jaspers (imperial, picasso, picture, brecciated and many more) and made bracelets, necklaces and earrings. But then the gold pearls arrived, the sun shone through the dirty basement window (housework sits and sits at my house) and the bamboo jasper began to make friends — the gold pearls, the kakhi Swarovskis and the silk thread as I learned to knot between the beads to really make them shine.