Posts Tagged ‘joella miller’

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…

14 South Artists Fall Art Tour

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


Please click on picture for a closer look

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.

Foiled Again — by my computer!!

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Please click on the picture for a closer look.


My computer just drives me nuts some days!! Just when I think I’ve got things figured out, someone changed the rules! And it’s not me!

I made these lovely fun earrings in October but because my computer and I were having a fight I couldn’t post anything. You can see it’s been a while since I posted on my blog. That’s because after my latest update I couldn’t post pictures and who wants to read about jewelry that you can’t see!!??

Anyhow, back to the earrings and there’s a bracelet too – these lovely white and deep purple beads were made by a gentleman in Madison WI named Dave Fehr. I was lucky enough to purchase these beads at the Madison bead show this year. I had taken a class with Wendy Witchner last year who does lovely things with coiled and twisted wire. After having a pile of pieces on my work desk one day I saw a picture somewhere of a bracelet using these coiled pieces. And voila! This is what I made. The earrings are a length of close to 2 inches – long for me as I have the short neck of a football player…. But very fun to wear.

And the bracelet lays nicely on my wrist and feels so silky. The round beads and the coiled wear go well together in this bracelet to provide that silky feeling.

I’ll be posting these on Etsy in the near future.

14 South Artist Fall Art Tour

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

The things you learn to do when you belong to an artist group are many:

• Be very thankful that your friend that you’re showing with (Ann Miller of Glass Artistry in Oregon) has a computer literate husband who can draw a map on the computer
• Learn to scan your map and put it in Jpeg form – not Tiff
• Be very thankful that you can post the map to your blog so customers can find you
• Learn how to read a map so you can figure out the best places to put signs to where you’re showing
• Be very thankful that you’ve had your schedule with you at the Market every Saturday this summer and passed them out to every person that dared to enter your booth
• Learn to ask people if they are interested in attending a studio art tour so that you can give them the aforementioned schedule
• Be very thankful that you belong to a group that works well together (and learns from past years)
• Learn to speak up and talk to people (I know my friends will find it hard that I had to learn to ‘speak up’) and snickering to myself at the thought of them laughing while they read this sentence.
• Be very thankful for the friends that helped you pick out your business name and logo
• Learn more things this winter during the ‘lull’ season to WOW! your customers next year
• Be very thankful for the customers that you already have
• Learn that the 2nd button from the right at the top of this screen is a toggle button so that you can make this page bigger when you read it – just click it when you read the post below this and the map will be bigger!!!
• Be very thankful for the nice husband that I have that has the signs for the tour ready to pound into the ground
• Learn to direct people to the post above this for the map for the tour!

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.