Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Latest in MetalSmithing...

It has been a while since I posted any of my projects from the Beginning Metals classes that I took at the Raleigh Pullen Arts Center.

My latest is this carnelian cab set in fine sterling on a sterling backplate. The 20g sterling sheet was first annealed, run through the rolling mill until it was approximately 24g, then it was textured with a piece of old lace on both sides, cut and filed to shape. I cut the leaves from a piece of sterling milled to 24g, stamped the details and soldered it to the backplate and bezel. In my hurry to set the stone I totally forgot to solder a bail - can't do that after setting a stone - duh! Not to worry, I drilled holes and wire-wrapped carnelian beads to sterling chain, and formed the front-closing clasp. Pendant tumbled for shine.

BTW, I made 2 of these pendants, initially thinking of earrings but... Now I have 1 to sell (soon to be added to my Etsy shop) and 1 to keep for myself!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Varina Mercantile, Fuquay-Varina, May 15 10-5pm

I will be at the indoor venue, Shops of Varina Mercantile, this coming Saturday. If you are in the area, I would love for you to come by, visit and say "Hi!". I will have my fine jewelry and a few samples of my gorgeous fabrics on display. My Jewelry Meetup buddy, Ann Cole, will also be sharing space with me selling her line of beaded jewelry.

Shops of Varina Mercantile
601 E Broad Street
Fuquay Varina NC 27526

Hours: 10am - 5pm

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Designers Downtown Market, May 8, 2010

Come see me at the May Designers Downtown Market in Raleigh, NC, on Saturday, May 8, from 9am - 3pm. I will have my fine jewelry AND my fabulous fabrics!

The Designers Downtown Market features fine locally made arts and crafts with an outdoor big city feel. Our vendors showcase some of the finest handcrafted arts and crafts in the area: jewelry, pottery, apparel, stained glass, paper crafts and more! Every show is different, with new artists and craftspeople coming in every event. Browse the vendor list on the site to find out who will be at the upcoming Market. Hope to see you there!