I’ve finally uploaded a lightbox – essentially a tool for my website that will allow me to have smaller images on my site but, if you click on them, you will see a much larger image. I haven’t changed all the image sizes yet so, old copy will probably not yield larger images – at this time. All new copy will include close ups.
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Getting close to our millionth view – well kinda: 762,174 views so far. Think we might give away some jewelry for that momentous event . Might. Thinking about it. Could happen. Want some? Details soon. Keep thinking I should have more cats on the videos – maybe: cats soldering without tying their tails back! Scandalous!
I’d like to thank my most fabulous, talented and interesting subscribers! It is so amazing - we have 10,207 subscribers! I am so surprised. Who would have thought that one, rather poorly made, goofy video, put on YouTube on a whim, could lead to so many amazing viewers, readers and friends. The experience has been extremely rewarding AND scary. I guess I can’t be considered shy anymore! Amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now, if everyone would just send me $1000.00 US, I could move to Hawaii tomorrow. Think about it. It could be fun?
New Studio Update
(if anyone cares)
The new studio is now built and the move is almost done, almost… It’s been a hellacious ride and I think that my feet and back will be complaining for years to come! Dang, I’ve got a lot of “STUFF”!
Video Sneak Peak
(not much of one though!)
We will be filming our next video on: Jewelry Photography. I’ll cover: Using the cell phone as a camera, lighting, cheap solutions, editing and other related items. This video, on jewelry photography, will be our second filmed in the new studio. The first video is of the studio move – it reads like a disaster of a disaster movie – think Snakes on a Plane, Volcano and Twister. Warning: There is a lot of whining and sweating in this video. The rating on this video is: MAWS (for Mature Audiences, includes Whining and Sweating).
P.S.: Neither video is released or close to being released yet. Hopefully, the third video will be on cabochon creation and setting. Soon, soon…
Art is You Update
Art is You is coming to Petaluma, California – September 24th through September 28th, 2014! There’s still time to register! I’m teaching a class called: The Riveted Cuff.
This is not your ordinary art retreat. Besides amazing food (covered by the registration costs) there are classes you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. I’m taking Michael deMeng’s “Dance Macabre” - which is right up my alley.
Michael’s a great teacher and brings lots of creative inspiration to his classes. Play with new materials and expand your artistic horizons. Check out Michael’s amazing assemblages at his site: The Assemblage Art of Michael deMeng.
Art is You, besides offering fabulous classes, also offers inspirational events like: The Daily Morning Motivator, Nightly Art @ the Bar, Floats and Flotillas, Stencil Girl’s Doodle Party and Felt Fun with LoriMarie. Here’s the link for the aforementioned events: Eat Cake and Create. Plus: late night snacks at the bar (price included in registration fee). Don’t forget! Sunday is PJ day with lunchtime prizes for best dressed.
There are discounted evening classes if you can’t come for the day.
Here’s a partial list of some of the teachers and classes being offered:
Register now or miss out!
- Workshops in Petaluma, CA 2013.
- Workshops in Stamford, CN 2013
- Tennessee was in April and is now over.
Recently completed, this bracelet took about 80 hours to create. The ring about 30 hours. No fancy names for them – yet! Photos below, were taken using my Samsung phone.
Cuff – Chased and Repoussed flowers, pierced brass cuff base, sterling, open ended bezel, dyed howlite, flowers made from sterling, bronze, brass and copper.
Ring – Flowers of silver, bronze and copper, chased & repoussed. Band is 12 gauge Sterling wire, wrapped, soldered and then the band is cut open making it adjustable.
New Web Pages:
As of June 2014, I added four new pages:
- Acetylene Gas – Torch, Tanks, Setup, Safety. Ever wondered about your tank? What is in it, who invented it? Do you know about flashback arrestors and hoses? Many of these questions are answered on this page.
- Jewelry Tools from Micro-Mark - A great resource for all things small. But, are they great for jewelry making? I share my favorites and not-so-favorites from one of my favorite stores.
- Jewelry Tools from Harbor Freight - Setting up a new studio? Want tools on the cheap? Here are a few suggestions.
- Questions and Answers. Please spend some time perusing this site, as I would cry if I found out that I’m the only one who reads it.
- Bending Wire and Tubing with the Pepe Superior Ring Bender (part one) – In this video, I show you how to make hollow hoop earrings and earrings using tubing for the ear wire mechanism.
- Bending Wire and Tubing with the Pepe Superior Ring Bender (part two) – ditto above description.
- Flush Setting Faceted Stones – In this video I share a few tricks for easily setting small faceted, round stones.
I have a new Facebook artist page! Visit it here and “like” it to keep up with me on Facebook. (Well, I’m kind of a slacker at “keeping up”. But, once in a while I get there!)
See what other subscriber’s are up to at: My Subscriber’s Page. If you’d like to show your work, please email me a link to your blog, site or store. If accepted, I’ll need a photo or you or your work, a brief bio and all the links that you want posted.