Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June is approaching

June is approaching and the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee is on my mind. I love learning and have signed up with some of the best forging and emaneling teachers.
Along with my necessary tools, I'm also bringing along an aluminum hairspray can and tin cans to experiment with. I'll be learning techniques to manipulate metal with hammers as well as emameling glass onto metal. Oh, and a class working with faux bone. How cool is that?
Being a child at heart, I'm excited for this adventure and the new friendships that will form. Besides that, what new jewelry designs will I come up with next? Stay tuned...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Many hats

 In my world, things sometimes happen in an unexplained sequence. I wear many hats and I think I wear most of them well. As a Indie business owner and jewelry designer, I am my photographer, web designer, graphic designer, production line, social media, etc. I’ll hammer metal at 8 am and pour resin at midnight. I’ll blog from a waiting room and design business cards from my laptop. This is how I operate and also how I keep from being bored.
Lately though, I just want to get my hands dirty, I want to make things. Lots of things. My new found love for working with metal, particularly recycled metal, has been so exciting! I recycle, repurpose, and have an eye like a hawk for found objects. I brought home a suitcase full of rocks from Seattle which will eventually be rings and necklaces.
So, the question is, which hat will I wear today? Don’t get me wrong, I love hats, but somedays, I’d like to retire a few…