Working Toward my Intention for 2009.

While I’m loving the glass rings, the adjustable bands need to be re-thought.  I like them for what they are (a lower price point item) but I want something that says GALLERY.  One thing I’ve learned is that, the more seriously you want to be taken, the more seriously you have to think and plan what you’re doing.

Libby L. wrote a post on Lampwork Etc about why her work was rejected by a jury.  Beautiful work but one important thing was that there were ‘mass produced’ components in the work like clasps and a couple charms.  The bottom line that I took away from that was…make everything yourself.  That has stuck with me and I’m working towards that goal.


I was motivated to finally hook up this little baby:

It’s a Smith Little Torch that runs on propane and an extra oxygen concentrator I have. Yay!  I didn’t have to buy new equipment and I can’t believe I had all the parts I needed to hook it up with quick connects to my plumbed gas line.  It all seemed too easy.

But what does that have to do with the rings I’ve been making?  I also ordered some tubing and thicker ring bands so I can make my own ring bases with prongs.  The ‘grown up kind’.  No offense there to you all using adjustable ones but I think those won’t fare as well when going to a gallery or jury.  Tell me if I’m wrong.

I find it strange that as this economy is tanking that I’m taking it up a notch.  I know it has to be a part of this whole intention for 2009 thing.  The only way I’m going to reach my goal is to think bigger and better.  It’s all falling into place.  More custom components, as opposed to buying them.  More craftsmanship instead of assembling pre-made pieces.  More thought and designing instead of stringing and simple solutions.

I’m excited about doing more silver work and hopefully the PMC component will kick in too.  One thing at a time!

Wine, Cheese and Me – Tomorrow 2:00-9:00 p.m.

I’ll be at Fire and Friends Z art show and wine tasting tomorrow, Saturday October 18th from 2:00 to 9:00 pm.  Come by and see other artists, have some wine and cheese and get started on your holiday shopping!

There will be demos, artists showing and the opportunity for you to tour their beautiful facility and checkout what classes they offer.

Oh, and if you like my work, you’ll want to see the new line of jewelry and beads I’ll be displaying and selling!

Fire and Friends Z
8550 N. 91st Ave. #49
Peoria, AZ 85345 | (623) 444-7918

I hope to see you there!

Easy Toggle Tutorial on Kab’s Creative Concepts

It’s about time for another tutorial, don’t you think? This time I point you to Kerry Bogert’s blog, Kabs Creative Concepts where she shows you how to make and easy toggle.

If you don’t already have Kerry’s blog bookmarked, you should. She makes wonderful, brightly colored beads and her jewelry makes you smile no matter what your day is like! If I made jewelry, I’d want to make it just like Kerry’s! But I wouldn’t, because, well, that’s just not nice. But you know what I mean.

Surf on over and check out her great tutorial and browser her other posts too. Sometimes you’ll even see her on Watch Me Create too.

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