Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Resin jewelry making classes

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Finally!  I am ready to teach some resin jewelry making classes.  I will be teaching classes in the upstairs loft of Florida landscape painter Linda Blondheim, which is in the back (and upstairs) of Paddiwhack gallery.  Paddiwhack is located at 4128 NW 16th Blvd, Gainesville, (next to Fresh Market). 

Here's a little bit of information about the classes:

  1. You can sign up and purchase the class through my online store.  (It is under categories, resin jewelry making classes).  You can also find it here:  Resin Jewelry making classes
  2. Prices on the class will vary, but all your supplies will be included.  Additional supplies will be available for purchase.
  3. There is a limit of 6 per class.  There must be at least 3 per class, otherwise the class will be rescheduled or cancelled.
  4. Classes must be prepaid (unless prior arrangements have been made).  Cancelling and/or rescheduling your class slot with less than 72 hours notice may result in no refunds or exchanges for the class.
  5. The class is two hours.  Since the resin project needs to cure, you (or someone else) will need to come back to pick up your project within 24 to 72 hours of class completion.  While I won't be there when you pick up your project, I am happy to make myself available for follow up questions.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Studio Kitty does it again

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While my goal was to make an informative video about the resin bangle bracelet molds we sell on (my other business), studio kitty Karma had other ideas. You can see her grand entrance about 30 seconds from the end of the video.

Who's in charge here??

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Asian art jewelry - Harn museum of art

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Spring is in the air!  Part of what I've been working on for the past few weeks have been more than just scrabble tile jewelry.  I've been working on custom scrabble tile jewelry for the Harn Museum of Art's Asian art exhibit (with its own wing!) which will be opening this weekend.

These images were supplied to me by the curators at the Harn and I digitally enhanced them to reproduce onto scrabble tiles finished with a dome of resin.

The pendants will be available for purchase beginning this Friday (March 30, 2012), in the museum's gift store. 

See the buddha pendants in the bottom of the picture of left?  There was a neat little story about him and his recent 'medical procedures'

To learn more about the Harn Museum of Art and their new Asian Art Exhibit, become a fan of the Harn Museum on Facebook.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Studio kitty napping on the job

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I went to ship out an order the other day and found studio kitty Karma guarding the pile of boxes.  How kind of her.  The problem is that she was napping on the job.

I have the proof.

She looks like she is dutifully pulling off "occupy shipping boxes".

Yes, firmly entranced in her job.


Yes, better view.  Now I can see those who want to break up the "occupy shipping boxes" movement.

Hmm.  Will have to ship out tomorrow I guess.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day treats

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So I decided not to be slacker 'wait until the last minute' mom this year and helped my kids make Valentine's Day goodie bags.  (I was just trying to show up the other moms, but I digress....LOL)

First, I started with an Avery label template.  This uses a page template, NOT the label function on word.

Go by your local craft store and get the small bubbles.  (I was lucky they had them in pink and red.)  The Avery labels size 5160 fit perfectly on these bottles.

I found a printable template for bag toppers (sandwich size bags to be exact).  They came two to a sheet and I cut them nice and straight with my paper trimmer.

Add in the aforementioned bubbles and a couple of pieces of candy into a sandwich bag.  (I used the cheap, non zippered ones.)  Fold the printables in half lengthwise and staple to the bags.

Instant cuteness!

In case you want the links to the printables, you can find them in my e-news from last week.  I don't know how long the link will work (my emails only archive for so long), so get them now!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

ACRE Orlando jewelry booth

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A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days in Orlando, Florida, meeting other gallery and boutique owners interested in my jewelry.  Here are a few pictures from the event with my booth and jewelry:

My plan of pink, purple and green came out just like I wanted it to.  My jewelry and style is all about color, fun and whimsy!

I displayed the scrabble tile pendants on what else, but scrabble tile racks!  Who knew they would be a great fit for the pendants??

This is my new line of recycled plastic jewelry.

On closeup, you might be able to recognize where they came from:

These are recycled from plastic gift cards, credit cards and hotel room keys.  Both the pendants and earrings are cut into perfect circles and finished with a splash of extra color where the jump ring or ear wire enters the piece.  As you can guess, these are very light and easy to wear.  (and no two pieces are alike!)

I also had the resin and pewter pendant and earring sets at ACRE Orlando.  I think store buyers and owners enjoyed getting a chance to see in person just how colorful these pieces are!

I won't be going to ACRE Las Vegas this year, but am looking forward to next year's ACRE Orlando!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Making fabric covered pedestals

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Boy this post has been a long time in the making....

Once upon a time, there was a jewelry artist.  A jewelry artist who needed to create something splash for a booth at a wholesale art show.  She played around with some ideas and eventually came up with a booth involving pink, purple and green.  (Yes, those colors, but not necessarily in that order).  With the pink and green done, the last thing to accomplish was the purple.

I chose a rich purple fabric in bengaline.  I ended up spending more on the fabric than I wanted to, but I wanted to make sure I had something heavy enough to cover the pedestals and wrinkle resistant as well.

The cardboard pedestals I had already made out of cardboard boxes.  The white stripe around the top is a velcro strip.

Don't tell my home ec teacher mother, but I just eyeballed the edge and pressed down the seam with the iron.

I sewed down the edge.

Then I sewed down the edge with the other half of the velcro tape.

The velcro along the top sticks to the velcro on the box and presto! -- instant cover for the pedestal.  (And by the way, the boxes collapse and travel flat as well.)

Part two of this post will show you what they looked like at the ACRE Orlando show!

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