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Calendar Update

It's been a lean year for shows.  I missed a deadline, one show lost my application, and one show that had gotten to be a nice little local show has been cancelled because the person running it is no longer there.So this might be the only show I have left this year:Eel River Arts FestivalSaturday, September 13th, 201410 am to 3 pmEel River GardensMarket and Main StreetNorth Manchester, IndianaFree admissionWebsite (Manchester Main Street)Facebook page... » Read More

Handmade or Not? How To Tell The Difference

"Did you make all this stuff?"  As someone who sells at art fairs, I often am asked that question.  Of course, if you ask that question at an "art" show, the answer will always be "yes", because art shows don't allow mass produced jewelry.  It might be a lie, however.  Sometimes, unscrupulous people masquerade as artists while actually selling cheap imported goods.  Some of those may actually be handmade in large quantities in factories in developing nations where labor is cheap.  The quality of these items is usually not good, because they are working to meet production quotas.A good art show is juried.  That means artists ha... » Read More

Artfest Midwest in Des Moines, IA

It's short notice, but I will be at Artfest Midwest this weekend with some new things.  Of course, they are all new to Des Moines, because this is my first time doing this show.... » Read More

Winona Lake Art Fair - June 7 & 8, 2014

I have become a little more selective in the shows I have been doing, so here is the only confirmed show so far this season:Village at Winona Art FairSaturday, June 7th, 10 am to 6 pmSunday, June 8th, 11 am to 4 pmVillage at Winona700 Park AvenueWinona Lake, IN 46590Village at Winona Art FairFacebook PageHere is my booth last year, but it will look different this year because I now have glass showcases:Hope to see you at the show!... » Read More

Gold Plated vs Gold Filled: What's the Difference?

Gold  and silver plated jewelry is very popular these days.  And it's affordable too.  But in this article I'm going to explain why it's probably not your best value.Both gold plated and gold filled jewelry consist of a coating of at least 10 karat gold over another metal, usually brass.  The difference is in the thickness of the coating.  Gold plated is normally 7 millionths of an inch thick, but may be as thin as 2 millionths of a inch.  (2/1,000,000) That is why it wears off, and then you've got a nasty looking piece of jewelry that is showing the base metal through the worn off spots.  The notation HGE means "heavy gold el... » Read More

The Troll Cave and my Handmade Holiday Mess

Artfire is having a contest that involves posting a picture of your "handmade holiday mess".  I wish my mess was just for the holidays.  It's not.  It's the same year-round.  So since I took a picture, I thought I'd share it with you so you can see the mildly organized chaos that is my workshop.In the foreground on the right is my light booth, where I take photos of finished jewelry.  Behind it, where you see some orange and white, is my glass cutting board in front of a toaster oven that I rarely use for polymer clay.  To the left is my glass grinder and glass saw.  My poor excuse for a soldering station is in front of a tall... » Read More

Calendar: November 2013

You may have noticed that last month's calendar I had an entry for Friday, November 1st of "stay tuned".Well, things have been moving along slower than they were supposed to, and surprisingly I wasn't the one who was holding things up!  I still don't have an exact date, but I do have confirmation on a couple of things.Warsaw, Indiana has decided to have something called "Pop Up Shops" this year.  This is where they take vacant store fronts and let small business go in temporarily for the Christmas shopping season.  The plan was that they would be open by November 1st, but that didn't happen.  I can tell you that I have been approved fo... » Read More

Calendar: October 2013

Here's the calendar as it currently stands:October 19th, Saturday8 am to 2 pmCraft Show & Bake Sale United Methodist Women FundraiserWarsaw First United Methodist Church179 S Indiana Street, Warsaw, IN 46580574-267-6933More InfoFree Admission Coffee & Rolls served until 9 amLunch served 11 am to 1:30 pmOctober 26th, Saturday9 am to 3 pmHoliday Festival of Art & Handmade CraftsLakeland Christian School1093 S 250 E, Winona Lake, IN 46590574-267-7265 website and mapFree Admission; door prizesNovember 1st, FridayStay tuned...Click here to receive email updates on Upcoming Events... » Read More

Martha Stewart American Made Contest

I am in the running in the Martha Stewart American Made awards.  I'm not sure how it all works, but at least one of the prizes is based on your votes.  So I could really use some votes!  You can vote up to six votes per day, and every time you vote you are entered into a sweepstakes for Martha Stewart books, gift cards, and possibly other prizes.  You need to be logged in (so you can enter the sweepstakes), but you can log in with Facebook.So, please send me some votes!  Here is the link:http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/83003You can vote every day from now until September 13th.  Thanks for voting!... » Read More

Jump Rings: What Are They and Why Should I Care?

What is a jump ring, you ask?  Jump rings are not a very exciting thing about jewelry, that's for sure.  But they're very important, because most of the time they are holding things together.  So that's why, if you want to buy jewelry that will last, you should know a little bit how jump rings work.Perhaps you saw my last Jewelry Tips blog post about wrapped loops and why that bracelet fell apart.  Well, jump rings are a slight variation on that design.  A jump ring will usually attach two components together.  Here is an example:The arrows in the picture are pointing to the jump rings.  The first attaches the spring ring clas... » Read More

Calendar of Events

Here's the calendar as it currently stands:*July 13th, 2013 Weather Permitting*July 27th, 2013 Weather PermittingSaturday 8 am to 1 pm Kosicusko County Farmers MarketCenter Street between Buffalo and LakeWarsaw, IndianaFacebook PageAugust 17-18, 2013Saturday 10 am to 6 pm (Central time)Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (Central time)Lakefront Art FestivalLubeznik Center for the ArtsWashington Park, Michigan City, INArt - Demonstrations - Food Court- Childrens Activity TentwebsiteFacebookmapFree admission for children under 12August 24th, Saturday11 am to 6 pmTaste of the Gardens Art - Music - Food by Area RestaurantsWellfield Botanic Gardens1011 N Main S... » Read More

Arts Blast This Saturday!

This Saturday, June 29th, I will be in Syracuse at Art Blast, sponsored by The Creative Fish gallery.  Here's the info:Art BlastSaturday, June 29th, 8 am to 4 pm200 Pickwick DriveSyracuse, Indiana 46567Facebook Pagemap & directions... » Read More

Winona Lake Art Fair (Upcoming Events)

We now have a second show date confirmed that we can share with you.  The Winona Lake show is new for me, however I have attended it in the past and can tell you I'm happy to be a part of it.  The artists' booths will be set up among the artisan shops of the Village at Winona.Silver drop dream earrings with handforged sterling earwiresSo here is the confirmed calendar so far for 2013:Spring Into ArtSaturday, April 27th, 10 am to 6 pmCoppes Commons (Indoors)401 East Market StreetNappanee, INsponsored by the Nappanee Public LibraryFacebook PageVillage at Winona Art FairSaturday, June 1st, 10 am to 6 pmSunday, June 2nd, 11 am to 4 pmVilla... » Read More

Spring Into Art 2013

Here's my first confirmed show of 2013, coming up soon:Spring Into ArtSaturday, April 27th, 10 am to 6 pmCoppes Commons (Indoors)401 East Market StreetNappanee, INsponsored by the Nappanee Public LibraryFacebook PageThese earrings on the purple background look very springlike!... » Read More

Wisteria Wedding

This was originally published in 2011 and recovered from the posts that Artfire unpublished for some reason:My daughter got married recently so, of course, I made the jewelry for the wedding.  Her colors were wisteria (kind of lavender) and green.  The wisteria wasn't the shade I thought it would be, but it turned out to be very pretty against the green of the gardens.   The bride wanted lots of sparkle so I got some Swarovski briolette drops and marguerite crystals to go with the crystals and freshwater pearls that I already had.   I added a two inch extender and a handmade hook clasp made from sterling wire.  Here is a pi... » Read More

Eye Pins and Wrapped Loops - What Are They?

This will be the first of a series of jewelry buying tips for customers.  (If you want a more behind the scenes look, follow me on blogger by clicking the B icon under "Find Me Online".)Anyway, we'll start out with a jewelry basic: loops.  It's one of the first things a jewelry artist learns to make and is used in all kinds of designs.Did you ever buy a piece of jewelry that was made out of cool little wire links that just fell apart on you after wearing it a few times?  An open loop may have been the culprit.I was recently cleaning out all the stuff my grown daughter left behind in her room, and I came across what appeared to be the rema... » Read More
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