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Caught in the time warp of Art Versus Craft

We participate in a creative exercise related to EtsyMetal, a group of metalsmiths organized around Etsy. The exercise is called "Blog Carnival". Each month a topic is chosen and a variety of members from this international group each provide their individual perspectives on the subject. We thought (mistakenly) that we had scraped the subject of Art Versus Craft off our shoes for good. Thanks to Blog Carnival we have stepped in it again. It appears that it is the topic that will not…

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Added by 2Roses on March 31, 2014 at 2:28am — No Comments

Publicity OPPORTUNITY

MJSA would like to interview any artists who have used used self-produced books via websites such as Snapfish or Blurb to promote their work to galleries or curators or as show catalogs. Article deadline is looming. Please email Sharon Elaine Thompson ASAP sharonet@sharonelainethompson.com

Added by 2Roses on April 5, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

OK, Your Kid Probably COULD Make Something Better Than This

 

Our Blog Carnival* topic this month is “nobody’s perfect”. We are frequently told this applies to us. Someone once said “art is making the difficult look easy. Maybe, but not the way we usually do it.... read more at 2Roses' blog: Jewelry…

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Added by 2Roses on April 4, 2012 at 12:45am — 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 11:20pm — No 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 6:15pm — 17 Comments

Hey! That doesn't smell like sterling silver.

2Roses weigh in on the pros and cons of selling jewelry online. http://jewelrytutorial.blogspot.com/

Added by 2Roses on March 5, 2012 at 11:22am — 3 Comments

Standing at the crossroads of what’s yours is mine

I have been talking for some time about the idea that the image of a piece of work is more valuable to the artist than the work itself.  This is a fairly radical concept for many in the arts, but it’s an accepted fact for most people in media, technology and marketing. This idea is the result of convergence, the merger of previously distinct technologies or fields into a new form, requiring new practices. What has happened in video, music, telecommunications and computing over the last two…

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Added by 2Roses on March 1, 2012 at 10:50am — 20 Comments

Faux Authenticity

Van Cleef & Arpels’ ad on the back cover of the February 2012 issue of Art News is the latest in a sad legacy of the haute couture jewelry design world.  The ad displays an exquisitely crafted platinum and bejeweled “zipper” necklace.  It’s an impressive piece of work, advertised to coincide with the…

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Added by 2Roses on February 12, 2012 at 3:52pm — 37 Comments

Smithsonian Museaum Store set to sell only American Made Craft

The Smithsonian Institution has agreed to sell only American-made merchandise at the American History Museum's "Price of Freedom" gift shop by early July. This is great news for America craft artists like Merrie Buchsbaum, a polymer clay artist from West Virginia and for all other American craft artists who sell their work wholesale. Merrie and her patriotic canework are featured on a CBS News segment that aired June 8.



Congressman Nick… Continue

Added by 2Roses on June 14, 2011 at 2:19pm — 2 Comments

2Roses wins 1st and 2nd place at Bead Dreams Show

2Roses of Anaheim California won 1st and 2nd Place in the Polymer Clay category of  Bead and Button's 2011 Bead Dreams Competition. A prize of $500 accompanies the award.

 

2Roses, "La Reine Noir"

Polymer Clay, Sterling Silver

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Added by 2Roses on June 3, 2011 at 8:56pm — 20 Comments

New SNAG program will benefit members

SNAG is launching a new program to promote members work.  This looks to be quite different than the tired old approach of a few images and a CV.  Anthony Tammaro is leading the program which will be unveiled at the conference.

Added by 2Roses on May 20, 2011 at 9:49am — 4 Comments

Tool Lust

This month’s EtsyMetal Blog Carnival** question reminds us of the old joke about the dog chasing after a car.
2Roses and 6 other artists get in touch with your inner tool junkie at http://www.jewelrytutorial.blogspot.com

Added by 2Roses on April 5, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Exhibition as Extortion

Open letter to the The Michigan Silversmiths Guild

 

The recent national call for entry for your regional show sounded enticing. Interesting theme, notable juror - even a small amount of prize money. The $35 entry fee seemed in line with many other exhibitions of the same level. Then we read in the fine print that membership in the Michigan Silversmiths Guild is required to enter - another $35 fee, bringing cost of entry to $70.

 

This thinly disguised membership…

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Added by 2Roses on February 1, 2011 at 11:06am — 4 Comments

2Roses featured in the October issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Check out our article on making large stone beads.

Added by 2Roses on September 22, 2010 at 10:16am — 2 Comments

2Roses blows

We recently had an opportunity to do some glass blowing with master glass artist Stephen Woodruff. We love adding skills to our repertoire. Corliss is making a drinking glass here. That glass on the end of the

tube is cherry red molten hot. And yes, a glass studio is only slightly

less hotter than hell, particularly in Southern California in July. But glass blowing is more fun than a barrel of

monkeys...in…

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Added by 2Roses on July 20, 2010 at 9:59am — 2 Comments

Jewelry as Portrait

The latest from the folks at Etsy Metal - A challenge that paired two artists who made portraits of each other - in jewelry.…

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Added by 2Roses on July 5, 2010 at 2:16am — No Comments

You're an idiot, thanks for asking

There's an old expression, "too clever by half".

Here is one permutation of that in real time.



We woke up yesterday, checked on our Etsy store, and there was a sale

from one Rhonda Ryan. Hurray. Nice way to start the day. Or so we

thought.



Checking with Paypal revealed no payment, but this could mean all kinds

of things. so we wrote:



"Hi Rhonda,

We have received your Etsy order for the 2Roses…
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Added by 2Roses on June 12, 2010 at 11:00am — 20 Comments

Las Vegas Jewelry Week 2010

Rolling down the Las Vegas strip at 10pm on a Friday night and it’s a solid 98° outside. We’ve been here before. Its going to be jewelry/hell week in Vegas. Saturday does not disappoint as the temperature rockets to 110° by mid-morning.



Ok, the shows are in nice air-conditioned casinos, so we’ll only have to fire-walk from show to show. We mention the weather as one possible reason for the noticeably light crowds in town. Having been to Vegas… Continue

Added by 2Roses on June 11, 2010 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Earrings to Shut My Mother-In-Law Up

"Why don't you make nice jewelry that normal people can wear?" My mother-in-law is generally a sweet person, but our jewelry seriously disrupts the balance of her universe. We don't have the heart to let her

know that we actually find this amusing. Instead we made these, as a sort of offering/sacrifice. Unfortunately, we did not anticipate the law of unintended consequences, as this gesture simply reinforced her…

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Added by 2Roses on June 1, 2010 at 9:48am — 2 Comments

The Back Story



One of the cool things about handmade items is that there is almost always a story behind the piece. Take this pendant, for example. It’s made of Biggs Jasper, which comes from Oregon. We have been prospectors and rockhounds for many decades, and collected the rough used in this pendant in the late 1970’s. You generally have to get pretty far off the trail to find anything good when you’re…

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Added by 2Roses on May 16, 2010 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

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