Posts Tagged ‘chainmaille’

Too much bling?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

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I’masking the question about this bracelet — do you think it’s too much bling? Too many Swarovski crystals? I’ve got friends that would seriously debate on the side of “There’s never too much bling”.But for some folks it might be — I’m not really sure.

I used the sapphire blue Swarovskis in the bracelet with the thought that blue has become another neutral color for a lot of us – like black or khaki or taupe. A good majority of us wears jeans as our casual look and without even thinking about it – blue now goes with everything.

When I wove this bracelet yesterday using Argentium sterling rings and Swarovski crystals I decided to add more crystals than are commonly used in this design. When I finished it last night I really liked it — now that I’ve looked at it this morning I’m asking “Too much bling?”.

If you would like to purchase this bracelet, it’s for sale on Artfire and      1000 Markets in  my shops and I guess the answer will lie in the fact of how quickly or if it sells.

Galaxies of the Universe – Contest

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

I entered a contest with the Fire Divas that was for folks creating jewelry using lampwork beads. Now the beads are not by me — I’m not that good. See post below for information. If you would like to vote for me please go to this blog and vote for me — I’m number 11. I’m including a copy of it below so you will recognize it.

Entry 11:The beads were made by Moon Stumpp of www.mixedmediajewelry.com/.
This chainmaille necklace is approximately 18 inches long. Woven in a basic 2 in 2 sterling chainmaille weave, I donated to the Phoenix Society for the Silent Auction at World Burn 2009.
Inspiration from this piece was the fact that I entered the Art Show at WisCon 2009 in Madison WI. I thought that the beads looked like little galaxies shot through with stars and planets. When it didn’t sell there, I donated it for the Silent Auction mentioned above.

Vote early – Vote Often

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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As my husband reads the title of this piece over my shoulder and laughs, I know that you can only vote once for me but I would appreciate your one vote per person.

A group of Etsy artisans that I belong to host a themed challenge every month. The last couple of months I really couldn’t wrap my brain around the theme but this month was great! Flowers! I can do that!

I didn’t want to just use flower beads — I wanted a different thought for flowers and then it occurred to me — the Hippy Chick bracelet. Not my own weave design but surely fitting for the challenge. I wove this bracelet to be the whole ‘flower bed’ with an assortment of colors. Unfortunately, it’s a hard bracelet to take a picture of and you will have to settle for looking at a section of the ‘flower bed’. Please click and follow the link to vote. I (and my bracelet) would really appreciate it!

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.

Little Works of Art

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

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I’ve really been trying to keep my blog updated and I haven’t done very well lately. But I’ve been having a wonderful time creating little works of art – such as the bracelet pictured above. Like my other chainmaille pieces, I made the rings and cut them with my lovely little Dremel ~~ mine, not my hubby’s. I have him the 54 attachments that came with it.

Other online friends of mine has been busy making little works of art also.

Kelly of Freshly Crafted by Macaroni and Glue creates wonderful paper crafts. This particular shop of Kelly’s features eco-friendly products. If you’re in the market for custom invitations please check her out.

Susie of  Soapy Pleasures has created soaps are enriched with a finest blend of moisturizing sweet
almond oil, jojoba oil and Vitamin E, and some of them have additional
natural ingredients that are beneficial for your skin. These great soaps make a wonderful gift for anyone on your list — and it’s not too early to be thinking about Christmas — although I hate to say that out loud in front of too many people right now.


A contest!!

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Chunky box chain in sterling silver - 16 gauge

Isn’t this a wonderful picture? And it goes with out saying – a wonderful bracelet!! Jason of Jason’s Jewelry on Artfire took this wonderful picture. He was kind enough last year to give me some great tips on photographing jewelry but I’ve still not gotten quite the look I want. They have greatly improved tho’

In addition to great pictures, Jason makes great chainmaille jewelry. I want to be like him when I grow up. However, I’m guessing that I’m probably old enough to be Jason’s mom. I’m basing that on the fact that the oldest Jason I can think of  right off hand is my son’s age. When he was growing up a ‘Jason’ lived on either side of us. And of course, there were more behind them in school.

If you would like to see more of Jason’s jewelry please click on over to Artfire and check him out. While you’re there, take a look at my small store.

And for the contest part, please go to Facebook and click on ‘link’ or leave a comment. Every little bit helps! If my blog entry wins I get a shopping spree!

WisCon 33 Art Show

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

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I can’t decide if I’m nervous or excited! I was accepted into an Art Show at the WiscCon 33! There will be over 40 artists there and I’m one of them!  The partial picture you see above is the necklace that I sat right down and made after getting my acceptance. It is about 17 inches long – more choker length as I think that’s the proper length to show off the lampwork heart. I had purchased the beads a couple of years ago in an online auction – a group of lampworkers had donated some of their beads to raise money for another lampworker who had had a house fire and lost everything. The beads look as if they contain little galaxies in them — swirls and whirls of dots and silver and light. With the sterling chainmaille I think this is the perfect fit for  these beads which I’ve had for close to 2 years – waiting for the perfect place to use them. And I think this is the place! If anyone recognizes their beads please let me know as I’d love to give the proper person credit for them!

The WisCon is a feminist science convention that has been held for years in Madison WI. I’m going to volunteer on Sunday afternoon to work – hopefully at the Art Show. It sounds very interesting and I’d like to see a variety of the folks who attend this show. I’ve been reading scifi since I was about 12 but I’m not sure if what I read is considered ‘feminist’ scifi so after my eyes straighten up I’m going to do some heavy duty reading for a week or two. This year’s featured writers are Ellen Lages and Geoff Ryman.

If any of you reading this blog are going to the convention please let me know.

Around and around we go

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

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I’ve been so busy lately that I just realized that I’ve not been posting in my blog — just in case someone out there is reading it I’d hate to think I was behind!

I’ve been having a wonderful and aggravating time this last month. Chain maille has really caught my attention and my attention span is generally pretty short.

????????This bracelet is called the Vertebra — among other names.
One of the things that amuses me is that people name weaves different names — for no apparent reason that I can see. You can hunt and hunt for a weave you saw and would like to learn all to find out that it has a different name for the tutorial or class involved.

Anyway, back to this bracelet — this feels so nice on the wrist — and it weighs just over 1 and ½ ounces –that’s a lot of sterling on your arm — just gleaming as the sun catches it.

It fits beautifully on my arm but I’m putting it up for sale on Saturday at the Dane County Farmer’s Market. Hopefully, I will be on the corner of King and Pinckney streets.

If you would like me to make one of these gorgeous bracelets for you please go to my contact page and let me know. It can also be made in pure copper.

Madison Bead Show – Saturday

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

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The Madison Bead Show was last weekend and of course, I had to take a couple of classes.

Saturday my class was with Jackie Lincoln of
Long Canyon Jewelry. Jackie has a great ability to teach chainmaille so that even a left-handed person can understand it – I’m always the slowest one in the class unless there is another left-handed person and even then I’m generally behind.

This class was for making earrings and sure enough on the first one I was behind. I was still trying to get my first 3 rings together while everyone else was on rings 9,10 and 11. But I got it!!

Here’s a picture – not the best but it is a difficult earring to photograph. It cannot be laid down to photograph so….
After the grueling class I headed downstairs to take a look at all the goodies – and of course, I purchased a few things that were calling my name. I’ll talk about those at a later date – when I actually use the products!!

The Eyes of the World are upon You!

Monday, March 31st, 2008

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Well, it’s been a bit since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been working sporadically on things but my eyes have really bothered me in the last couple of weeks. I was kind of worried but already had an appointment coming up at the ophthalmologist. So I took a few days off of working to rest my eyes.

And off I went for my appointment. I always kind of worry about my eyes as I’ve been wearing glasses since I was about 7 or 8. I grew up in the country and went to a one room school house until 6th grade. I walked about a mile to school  whether it was raining or snowing or sunny. I remember one day instead of walking in the road in the winter I cut across the field through waist deep snow to get home and I was crying when I got home. My mom asked me what was wrong and I said I was chased by a monster. About that time, the road grader came by the house and fortunately my mom put 2 and 2 together and made an eye appointment. You know your eyes are bad when you can’t see a big yellow road grader!!

I was quite relieved to hear that stronger glasses would help. And when I showed the doctor my Romanov necklace he asked if I used a magnifier. Well, when I got home that day I ordered one from Kingsley North. It arrived on Friday but I couldn’t play with it until yesterday. So I made the bracelet pictured above.

I did learn something else that may be of interest to others. It seems when you reach a ˜certain age“ (somewhere in your fifties) your eyes take a lot longer to transition and focus from near to far. So if you’ve been sewing by hand or working on a model train engine or even beading – when you quit and look at something far away your eyes won’t focus correctly right away. Boy, do I feel better now! It’s not just me.