March 2012 Blog Posts (24)

Birmingham Weekend

Over the last few weeks, I've been helping Wing Mun Devenney, writer, industry analyst and practicing jeweller - as well as someone I am proud to count as a friend - with her work for a new book by Quarto Publishing on "Soldering For Jewellers". It has been an interesting process to watch as I hadn't realised quitewhat publishers make writers go through, what with short…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 27, 2012 at 2:26am — 2 Comments

Reevaluating Life - Get $h!+ Done

Pencil Master My current project with KICKstarter is a real awakening.It's a roller coaster of a ride on the learning curves of two new worlds -- entering an unfamiliar social networking…

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Added by Harriete Estel Berman on March 26, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Bench Mess

I've been working intently on a couple of projects for the last few days. As I sit at my bench, late on a Sunday evening,my perspective changes from the very focused 3 x 3 inch window of my optivisors to the full scope of my bench. CARAMBA! What happened!?…

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Added by 2Roses on March 25, 2012 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Using Silhouette Cameo® to cut Metal Clay Bezel Wire





I'm running behind... again.... I'm starting to think that this state of perpetually playing catch up is my normal schedule, which means I'm not behind but rather right on time, ha!…

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Added by Wanaree Tanner on March 25, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

CRAF-TEES Shirts

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Added by arthur hash on March 22, 2012 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Kickstarter Project - A Chainmaille Wedding Dress

Last week, before running off to Santa Fe to teach, I launched a Kickstarter project.  My goal is to raise funds for supplies for a chainmaille wedding dress.  I make chainmaille jewelry for a living and chainmaille clothing for fun, and this is the next epic project that I'd like to work on.  The dress will be made from nearly 90,000 rings, with another 10,000 rings for a veil, each individually woven together with just two pairs of pliers.  My hope is to submit it to the World of Wearable…

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Added by Vanessa Walilko on March 20, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments

We are updating: crafthaus members' etsy shop links

We want to make it easier for everyone to purchase directly from the member's etsy stores. Therefore, crafthaus is currently adjusting the way our member's etsy pages can be accessed.…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on March 19, 2012 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Dit du Bijou N°16

What's all this about, you ask me ? Well, initiated by 2 contemporary jewelers, Brune Boyer and Benjamin Lignel, the "Dit du Bijou", or what I'll allow myself to freely translate to sort of mean "Talk on jewelry" is a monthly get together, generally at a typical small and charming parisian restaurant to talk about jewelry first then have a bite to eat. Anyone interested in jewelry near or far, is invited.

This Sunday, March 18th will mark the 16th edition of the "Dit Du Bijou" and for…

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Added by Angela Baduel-Crispin on March 16, 2012 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Metal Museum Job Opening – Collections Manager/Registrar

Metal Museum

Job Description – Collections Manager/Registrar

 

Classification: Exempt                                                           

Reports to: Executive Director

 

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.  Additional hours may be required during exhibit change and events.

 

Purpose

Responsible…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on March 16, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

France : European Trades of the Arts Weekend

Every year France celebrates the Arts by a nation-wide manifestation organized by the various chamber of the arts around the country. Artists are invited to open their studios to the public over a 3 day holiday weekend and various shows and exhibits take place throughout the country to honor the arts. As of last…

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Added by Angela Baduel-Crispin on March 16, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Colorblocking and LEGO® jewelry

Another Cleveland connection with fashion blogger, Allison Nottingham - we had a great conversation and she wrote this fun post on her blackOUT blog relating my jewelry to the trend of colorblocking in fashion.…

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Added by emiko oye on March 15, 2012 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Craft in America Study Center: Looming Election: Woven Works

Works by Tanya Aguiñiga, Connie Lippert, Michael F. Rohde, Cameron Taylor-Brown, and Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

On view at the Craft in America Study Center from June 16 - September 1, 2012

Opening reception and artist talk on Saturday June 16, 2012 at 5-7 PM, talk at 6PM

 

(Los Angeles, CA)  In light of the imminent 2012 election, Craft in America proudly gathers together politically charged work by five contemporary textile innovators.  This is a vast and varied group of… Continue

Added by Brigitte Martin on March 14, 2012 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Painters Who Pot / Potters Who Paint

Deadline: May 15, 2012

PORTAGE HILL ART GALLERY

PRESENTS:



Painters Who Pot / Potters Who Paint

August 1st- August 26th, 2012

Opening August 5: 7-9 PM



Open to any artist who works both as a clay artist and painter. Throughout the history of art many painters have discovered the pleasure of working with clay. These have included many eminent artists from the past including Picasso, Vlaminck,…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on March 14, 2012 at 8:06am — No Comments

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals - application information

Deadline: May 31, 2012

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, one of the nation’s most prominent and popular juried shows of fine art and crafts, is now accepting applications from artists and craftspeople in all media for its Fall 2012 shows.



Exhibition space is available at every show in all categories, including fiber and fashion, photography, fine art, furniture, ceramics and pottery, blown and leaded glass, jewelry, metal,…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on March 14, 2012 at 8:04am — No Comments

Artists-in-residence @ John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center has collaborated with Kohler Co. in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, for almost 40 years to make industrial technologies and facilities available to artists worldwide. The 2-6 month residency enables artists to fully access the industrial Pottery, Iron and Brass Foundry at Kohler Co. Imagine unlimited porcelain slip on tap, tunnel kilns, and 50-gallon barrels of glaze at your disposal!



Participants are exposed to a body of technical knowledge that…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on March 14, 2012 at 7:53am — No Comments

Wondering...Can HANDMADE items ever be too perfect???

It's easy to enjoy a well crafted piece of jewelry... the way it feels on your skin, the perfectly balanced shapes, the flow of the design.  Or the way the light reflects in that, one of a kind stone...you know...the stone that the metalsmith picked out 3 years ago at Tucson and has been saving it for the right design!!  I am always striving to make my work "better".  But I realized the other day..."better" and "perfect" are…

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Added by Aimee A. Domash on March 13, 2012 at 11:35pm — 3 Comments

Pencils Make a Point - TRUE CONFESSIONS On the Path to Success or the Brink of Failure

This week I am teetering on a thin line between a new path of success or the brink of failure. EVERY DAY I vacillate between terrified panic and the steely focus of intense preparation. Let me explain . . . and perhaps you may gain some insights for your own path.…



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Added by Harriete Estel Berman on March 11, 2012 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

How traffic pirates skim revenue from your Etsy shop

You may have heard all the ruckus about Pinterest of late and wondered, why is this such a big deal? It looks like this is just a successful social networking site that is driving lots of traffic to my Etsy shop.  Well…not exactly.   Read on and I’ll explain how sites like Pinterest really make money.  Note: I am using Pinterest as just one example of a type of website/business model that is growing rapidly.

 

Pinterest makes money by directing traffic to websites who agree to…

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Added by 2Roses on March 10, 2012 at 5:15pm — 17 Comments

Are you steering without a compass? Failure is an inevitable cul-de-sac on the road to success.

 I listen to Charlie Rose every day I often find the speakers inspiring.Charlie Rose These are the smartest, hardest working and usually, most articulate people in the world able to bring ideas and introspection to the plain wooden table of Charlie Rose.

Today, I want to share a couple of thoughts that may be  helpful to artists and makers. Of …

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Added by Harriete Estel Berman on March 8, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Enameling on Metal Clay: Using Scratch-foam Textures











I knew absolutely nothing about enameling when I started this process 3 weeks ago. The techniques I applied in this exploration were gleaned from the wonderful book"…

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Added by Wanaree Tanner on March 7, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

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A series of cams rotate inside the object and stretch through the sheepskin.

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