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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!

Below are pics of custom orders I made though out this season…. Above is a blue spinel, diamond, ruby 18K Gold Ring/Sterling Custom Order

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Roman Glass Ring 14K Gold from clients own melted down jewelry…..

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This piece is Roman Glass as well… 15 diamonds, opal, and garnet from clients own jewelry… I could not have made this piece without my diamond setting class. I would never have tackled it. Set all the stones with out any problems or headaches… thanks again Gerry Lewy.

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Sentimental Choker (necklace top) sent to me via a CustomMade website customer. CustomMade.com is a really neat arts website for custom orders on almost anything. Check it out if you have never heard of it. This customer wanted this necklace re-created in sterling silver. It meant a lot to her and she became allergic to it. The clasp was her own… which I did not have from her.

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This is the necklace completed… handmade chain. Center piece was 10G sterling if you can imagine that! Very heavy.

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Birthstone necklace pretty simple…The A and E charms though were the customers own white gold engagement ring… the first one he bought his wife. It was sitting in her jewelry box as he upgraded her setting 7 years ago. Well I cut it in half, melted it down and made these two white gold charms from his wifes original engagement ring setting: initials of their children’s names. Hope she loves it. The birthstone pendant is husbands own design. What a thoughtful guy!

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‘Get Sagged Trying,’ Surgical Hardware Necklace… this is not done yet… I have to get it to it’s owner for a race on Jan 4th… She obviously had troubles in her last race but is ready to run again wearing this as a reminder. Surgical hardware is fun to work with as it is ‘unwreckable’ I swear! It doesn’t do anything in a torch flame at all. Nothing hurts it. I am assuming it is titanium but I am not sure.

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Well, here’s to next year! Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.

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I have been playing around with Facebook all morning and I am going to give it up for the day. I realize Facebook is necessary for my small business as it is really inexpensive advertising and it can be fun used in the right way. (It can be evil as well and we all know that.) It is amazing how large and overwhelming computer programs/apps/interactive websites can be. Where do programmers come up with all of it. It is so layered! Computer programmers you are amazing. I also want to poke your eyes out & mine too but I keep trying to learn.

I had a relaxing weekend collaborating with Tammy Rae from Tammy Rae Glass. It was just 5 girls… we had fun. My daughter went as well. Fat Little Gretchen’s Restaurant in Waupaca Wisconsin is old school good food. Wow, I will go back just for some pie. The Wheel House is a famous place on the Chain of Lakes in Wisconsin. We went there as well for pizza and it was just like I remembered. They are a Bar, Grill, Pizza place right non the lakes. You can pull your boat up and spend the afternoon on their docks. Kudos to them they do not have a deep frier. I do not know many Bar/Grills that you cannot get an order of french fries. I’m proud of them for not caving into a deep fried appetizer menu.

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Bracelet by me Glass by Tammy Rae

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Kyanite Gemstone Earrings: Nice Kyanite! You cannot find Kyanite like this just anywhere. I have been playing with these pics??? Someday in a dream world I will actually be able to take a picture and know what I am doing but until then I will keep trying.

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Crystal Quartz Points: Ice Cycle Earrings in a simple hinge… Made with winter in mind.

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Ocean Jasper Necklace beautiful blue and already spoken for. Makes me want to put my toes in the sand on a beach somewhere….

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Roman Glass Earrings… I got some more Roman Glass in. It is getting harder and harder to find good pieces of Roman Glass. I have several large cabochon pieces for my friend Ambers Ring. The pieces cost a fortune but I think they will be worth it. The glass is 2000 years old and mined in Roman when old buildings are excavated. You can get whole pieces such as plates and pitchers but they are thousands of dollars.

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Cross Earrings…

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This is a better picture of this ring. It’s gorgeous on and the picture still doesn’t do the stone justice.

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Summertime Earrings…

It is almost noon and I have in my opinion wasted a bunch of time sitting at a computer trying to get a program to work for me, yuck.

It’s time to finish the piece I have sitting on my bench right. I can’t wait to show it to you. It’s time to design some custom pieces for customers (Roni, I am thinking of you!) It’s time to order supplies. It’s time for lunch and a cup of coffee. See you on Facebook if I can get it to work.


Artstreet…Why Do Art Shows? Pros Cons

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Well, this is me. I don’t post my pic that often and for good reason. I don’t really like my picture on the internent constantly. That being said, Hello!

Artstreet was great. It opened for the first time on Friday night to artists. I was wondering how it would go because people are not use to it being that way and there was a home Green Bay Packers Football game. It was better than good. It was great! People were in a completely different mode. They were dressed for dinner and a date, very kicked back and casual…drinking a glass of wine. I had half of my sales from 5-8pm on Friday night. I find that is pretty normal at most art shows. Your best sales are the first day. The people that really want to see you are planning on being there when the show opens.

The atmosphere at night was not ‘busy’.  No strollers and slushies…No Baking Sun…No Loud Music…. Romantic and quiet, Nice. Thanks ArtStreet for the Friday night.

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Swinging Hinged Earrings…. 3 inches long… Sterling Silver

These are very fun to make! Tiny hinges on the bottom of the square make them swing while the hammered circle swings as well…great movement in these handmade earrings.

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/160907636/swinging-hinged-sterling-silver-post

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Copper Bangles are almost gone. In the dead of winter I will make more. They take a lot of muscle to maneuver them. I made some of them hinge and ‘latch’…They worked just perfectly and they all sold. I also made some tie in a knot. That was really difficult to do but worth the effect. Those are all gone as well.

So, why do art shows? They are really physically hard. You are basically setting up an entire store for a day or two and then taking it down. You are setting it up often outside which is risky! If you have bad weather the show is pretty much a loss. Hmmm, well, for me I meet new people that become customers for life. They come back at Christmas time via the interment and call on the phone for a special order. It’s the only way to really connect with people and make friendships and customers and have the interaction you need for a lasting relationship. I have a customer in Oconto, WI named Dawn. I met her at ArtStreet maybe four years ago. I look forward to seeing her every year. If I did not see her there I would think something was wrong. She mails me stuff of hers to repair/restyle and mails me custom orders to make for her. I don’t think she would do this if she did not meet me and trust me. If you are not good with people or     do not like people and  are reclusive shows are probably not for you. Let someone else do the selling like a gallery or online sales.

Art shows (if the weather is good) also bring in a large amount of sales in one/two days. This helps the pocket book and allows you to stay in business, make new things, buy more material and see customers faces wearing things that you made. I just love that! I love seeing someone smile when they put on a piece of jewelry I made. I hope they smile like that every time they wear it.

You have to crunch the numbers though. If your shows are not profitable change something… Your shows not being successful can be a zillion things on an endless list. Sometimes a show can just not be a good show for no reason at all and the next year be fine. So don’t beat yourself up but look at your product, your booth, your price points and be objective. Look at what successful merchants do. How did they get so famous and have sales? How do they market their product? How can I do that in a small way or hey, a big way! Go for it. Todd Reed is a pretty famous jeweler and designer. He sells his raw diamond rings at Neiman Marcus. Guess how he got in there? He just never stopped calling. Guess how he got in to a bunch of trade magazines….He never stopped calling, marketing, pushing, photos, etc…. It did not happen because he was sitting at home thinking ‘My stuff is awesome. Why doesn’t anyone call me?’

You have to have a plan. You have to have a goal. You have to write down. You have to change it up.

Make new goals every year. Make them specific for one year, five years, ten years, and into retirement. WRITE THEM DOWN. CHANGE THEM EVERY YEAR. REWRITE THEM (every year!)

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Hammered Sticks from my jewelry supply shop… These make great links for all kinds of things.

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/121264023/sterling-silver-hammered-stick-finding

Bad weather at show can be very BAD! Leave the show. You cannot risk damage to not only your things but someone else’s things if your tent decides to become a parachute and land on a stained glass artists booth. My good friend Tammy Rae left ArtStreet with several others because their street was in a wind tunnel and peoples things were crashing to the ground. Good choice….leave. I went to find her on Sunday and the street she was on was only half full of artists. The other half of them left due to wind. I was on the street 3 years in a row without problems so it was a fluke with wind gusts. I told her to do ArtStreet so I hope she returns next year. It was SUPER Hot on Sunday pushing 100 degrees. Sunday afternoon was pretty slow and that is to be expected in that kind of heat.

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Amethyst Specimen Stone Necklace…daintier than I usually make!

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/121264023/sterling-silver-hammered-stick-finding

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Ancient Roman Glass Earrings… Glass dates back more than 2,000 years. I could not make these so beautiful without my rolling mill. It just makes the smooth, sleek lines of silver perfect.

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/160917470/ancient-roman-glass-earring-sterling

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Spinning Band… 18K Gold center band, copper and sterling silver

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/160918873/18k-gold-sterling-silver-spinner-ring?ref=listing-shop-header-2

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Sterling Silver Feather and Jasper Stone Necklace

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/160918161/sterling-silver-feather-necklace-painted?ref=listing-shop-header-3

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My daughter Savannah, great help and great fun. Thanks for hanging in there for three days straight and my helper KT-Thanks Katie!!!! And of course my husband and son who help set up and take down when it’s cooking hot. I could not do what I do without them. Thanks! The day following ArtStreet we left at 7am and went to Wisconsin Dells, Noah’s Ark… Largest waterpark in the country. It was a nice treat from the heat and a last blast before school starts. The Big Kahuna Wave Pool can’t beat it.


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