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Happy Birthday KT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KT helps me out all the time… she recently graduated from college and now has a real job… miss her, but she will still be around and help me at my shows, etc.. I hope!

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This is such a pretty picture I couldn’t help but put it in here… very possibly the prettiest pic I have ever taken. Again KT Happy Happy Birthday! I hope you are out having a great time with your guy…. Yes, she’s taken.


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Fresh out of the workshop today ~ Desert Drusy Stone Necklace

Chain is completely handmade as well.

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/192593108/desert-drusy-sterling-silver-necklace?

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This is a big rough gorgeous specimen stone… If you notice the nice recessed rivet at the top of the pendant. The rivets turned out perfectly and they are perfectly recessed in to the metal ~ was fun to experiment with…. This specimen stone is not too big for a shy wearer. Anyone can wear this piece, well, except maybe Roni ~ (Just kiddin’ ya Roni!)

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/192602553/azurite-sterling-silver-necklace-one-of?ref=listing-shop-header-1

Chrsocolla stone necklace

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Chrysocolla and Aquamarine Gemstone Necklace ~ I worked for a long time on this necklace getting it to be ‘right.’ I just love it. It has great movement, color and the aquamarines have a lot of flash… Fun to see it come together.

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/192603405/chrysocolla-aquamarine-gemstone-sterling?ref=listing-shop-header-0

Here are some pics just taken off our deer camera from down by the river on our land. Great pics of spring time movement in the woods ~ Enjoy!

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Look at this Wisconsinite ~ First time on the deer camera ~ A Wisconsin Badger ~ Not a football player or a sports fan but the real deal. Pretty funny.

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Tiny little baby fawn….

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Coyote… Furry and Noisy.. woke me up the other night yipping right in the yard

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He looks fake but he’s not. He must be all fanned out for his girlfriend. Great picture for the deer camera. It’s like the turkey needed a picture for his dating service.

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Last one… little guy is getting bigger…. was a taken two weeks after that first one…

Happy Birthday again KT! See you at your graduation party!

 


New Piece

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Just made this piece on Thursday. It was really fun. I was like a kid in a candy store to make a new piece…so much more to come! Also made an 18K Gold White Topaz Engagement Ring. Making Gold Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands is really going to be a new direction for me. It means a lot to me as well to have those pieces of jewelry out there in the world made for such a special reason.

Link to necklace: https://www.etsy.com/listing/176076374/sterling-silver-agate-pearl-necklace-one?

Freshwater Pearls are lavender in color 4.5mm and 3mm. Laguna agate stone. 20 inch adjustable sterling silver chain. Titled: ‘My Shining Light’

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Booking new shows for summer already! It is hard to believe March 9th will be the first show. It will be here fast! In the mean time I started training for my 8th marathon. This is a big undertaking but it’s worth it. Wish the weather would cut me some slack. It’s hard to run in slush and it’s hard to run in -0 temps….any temp above 10 degrees is fine… so come on Mother Nature and give me a week of goodness & sunshine.

Much more new things to come and some new shop tools as well.


Changed… I changed this necklace

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Just changed this necklace from the original…. I added dimension to the flame above the heart adding the second layer of smaller flames. I also put a briolette faceted garnet hanging down as a tear which simplified the piece as well. The chain is also different. The chain is attached to the piece instead of being removable as it was before. It’s a better version. I told you I was home working hard!

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Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/157210879/in-flames-heart-on-fire-sterling


Taking To Bead and Button

Getting ready to have some show pieces at the Bead and Button Show. I leave on Wednesday to teach. It is a women’s paradise. Beads and Gemstones and Creative Classes as far as the eye can see and legs can walk… Made these next few pieces in the last few days. All of them a complete pleasure to make. It is meant to be when something come from within my mind out my hands so effortlessly.DSC_1854

Green as the Grass!!!!! Conicalcite Specimen Stone is Colorful and Textured. It’s a colorful surprise in such dark metal.

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/153035428/conicalcite-specimen-stone-sterling

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This ocean beauty is a Chrysocolla Specimen Stone. It’s bright aqua color packs a punch, especially for summer time.

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/153036601/chrysocolla-specimen-stone-sterling

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This is a force to be reckoned with. This pendant is almost 4 inches long. It’s one of the largest necklaces I have ever made. The leather cord is as thick as my pinky finger. The end to the cording is handmade by me as well. It’s a statement piece for sure.

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/153032490/garnet-specimen-stone-sterling-silver

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Wild Prairie still wild…. Love Spring.


Ocean Jasper Miss Matched Earrings

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First Summer Art Show of the season this weekend. It’s Saturday and Sunday only…not Monday. Come and enjoy as it is one of my personal favorite shows. It’s right on the Bay of Green Bay in Sunset Park Sturgeon Bay Door County WI. It’s beautiful. Nice beach and things for the entire family to do. All of the artists are excellent as well! Come and say Hi. I will be there!

Above picture is of Ocean Jasper Hinged Earrings…. they are mis-matched which is has become a favorite thing for me to do. Great to wear as well. It’s funny no one notices mis-matched earrings, atleast they don’t say anything….. Here’s the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/152012921/ocean-jasper-stone-earring-sterling-wild

Have a great Holiday Weekend! Hope for good weather. I will have pics of show later on in the weekend.


Stone and Feather

DSC_0932Stone and Feather Necklace…. made it yesterday. Stone is from another Etsy seller… here is the link:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/R2rockz 

I have gotten some really great Mammoth bone from this seller as well so check him out!

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Just made these fun and ‘summer’ inspired earrings too. I just need to look at some thing colorful, fun and not too serious. They will be inexpensive little beauties that put a smile on someones face. I am working like crazy at home. Thursday a pile of things go off to the gallery I sell in here locally: The Flying Pig Gallery, http://www.theflyingpig.biz. It’s a great place. Hard to believe they are opening for summer tourism traffic and we still have ice and snow on the ground. I am ready for some warm weather. I am going to make something super colorful today just to brighten my world. Show you later! 🙂 joy


Hinged Bracelet Finished

DSC_0812This is a custom order I have been working on for a while. I really had fun making it and trouble shooting how I was going to make an easy, functioning clasp. It is also for a man which changes thing as well ~ you can’t make a girlie looking clasp. This clasp works great. It slides in effortlessly. The arched wrapped circle piece on the pin moves like a hinge and it snaps over the tiny little ball at the end of the pin…see it? It’s little…. The pin has a slight curve to it that is almost not noticeable. To get the pin out you flick that wrapped circle upwards off the tiny ball and it opens right up. I love the look of it especially for a guy.

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This is the bracelet with the clasp closed.

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This is the bracelet fully open. I hope he likes it.


Pricing

Had a question on professionally pricing your work….

It takes a long time to get practiced enough to charge for time…. That is really hard to figure out. It really depends on your skill level.

I look at my piece when it’s done and think of the cost of materials: I double that cost upfront. Sometimes I can’t include the cost of a really expensive stone – that cost I don’t double I just want what I paid for out of the stone. I usually then look at that price – how much is it $$$$ this is my wholesale price or do I need to triple the cost of materials because of its complexity? Look at that price, $$$$. Then I ask myself should I make more of this? Is it profitable? Did I enjoy it or was it a pain. Can I do it in a reasonable amount of time? After I answer those questions I look at a retail price: a great profitable retail price is doubling your wholesale price. You can’t always do this in our current economy. A retail gallery/store gets 50%. As you grow your business stores will want you. You cannot undersell them. They will drop you. It’s a very small world so they find out if you are underselling them. You will eventually go out if business if you don’t sell at a retail price. The buffer in the mark up is for wear and tear on tools, new cameras, new computers, insurance, travel, customer service, returns, and everything else that goes with any business….. This formula is fair. I don’t know too many jewelry artists making too much profit. We usually give the shirts off our backs.

Whenever possible take a workshop. It revitalizes you. You learn more in a day with others than a month on your own.

Some pieces are a work of love. These pieces have no reasonable price. I have a few pieces that took hours and hours and hours. I do it for the love of doing it. I have put my heart and soul into it. How do you sell these pieces? You put some price on them that if they have to leave you are ok with it and the person buying it obviously will give it a good home because they are willing to buy it for a cost that is abstract.

I sold one of my favorite pieces to the wrong person one time. I still think about it. I still regret selling it. He was a super rich guy (or was posing as one) and could have cared less. The piece is probably laying in his 22nd mistress’s jewelry box unworn and unappreciated. I’ll never do that again. Wish I had it back.

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On Fire Necklace

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Made this today…nice to get back to work after eating everything in site for a week. Back to the norm and it is good. It is 2013 and I have a pile of receipts/tax papers here for anyone who wants to enter them into the computer, eeekkkkkk!!!!!!!!! The paper stack is only about 6 inches tall.

I have lots to share though and will be doing so in the upcoming month. It’s time to make make make jewelry – get pics done and enter into shows – and get new marketing products made and make make make jewelry, I said that already.

I am going to go exercise off my Christmas cookies now. Looking forward to some awesome tools I just bought but they did not come to the door today. I will share them with you when they come!

New Durston Dapping Set

New Forming Block with the grooves and matching pieces to each groove

New Fretz Stake Set – big score!!! can’t wait to use that! With my Fretz hammers

New Chasing Set – the pitch, bowl, and Complete set of Chasing tools…. been wanting to do that forever and started doing it with a screwdriver and a sandbag: but that is pretty limited Chasing.

Have a great night! Happy New Year!!!! Saying Hello to 2013!!!


Workin’ At Tammy Rae’s Studio

Had a play day at Tammy Rae Glass Studio yesterday. What a great time! Thanks Tammy for sharing your studio with me! It was myself, Tammy, her daughters, a charming dog, Tammy’s charming husband and a brief moonlighting from their cat named Blue.

Tammy’s torch is for boro glass…which is Pyrex glass. The torch reaches amazing temps and its huge!

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This is a pic of a ring her daughter was working on…. It is a roman ring and we have it stabilized with two graphite rods.

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Last pic is of all of us…. What a great day! Can’t wait to do it again!

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