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i'm not sure if i've posted about my jewelry making before but it's something i've been doing for nearly 10 years.  next weekend, i have a sale coming up in hood river so i've been preparing for it in a big way.  yesterday, i made 10 necklaces and 8 pairs of earrings and it was fabulous!  i love the times when i lose track of time when i'm working.  stephen nachmanovitz calls it flow, that wonderful space we arrive in when the creative juices are flowing and the world fades away for a while.  i was in serious flow yesterday because the day disappeared almost before i knew it.

a couple of weekends ago, i learned a new technique with silver wire called basket weaving which is this really easy thing that looks fantastically complicated.  so i made a pendant of rose quartz with a bright silver woven frame and it looks gorgeous.  i use only sterling or pure silver and semi-precious stones--i started out years ago doing bead stringing but now make really good stuff if i do say so myself.  unfortunately, the switch to stones from beads has left me with 1000s of dollars of seed beads in my huge fishing tackle box storage system.  but i'm thinking about posting it on craigslist...there are always neophytes looking to find extra beads.   anyway,  i'm hoping to get some photos of what i made yesterday, so i can post so you can see what i'm doing.  however, photos mean a camera which i don't own so....but i'll try!  because, oh, the pretty! 

today i'm taking a class on fusing so i'll be able to make my own chain and jump rings and hopefully even some findings.  since the price of silver has never been higher, being able to not pay for the processed stuff may help me to keep my prices relatively reasonable.  i've taken out a page on etsy but haven't used it yet because i'm collecting the photos from brides i've designed for...that's my new big hope to have a bridal design business.

i've definitely sold jewelry before and i've been in a few stores locally, but i've never put any kind of marketing push behind my work so it's generally languished. the thing is that i love doing bridal design.  i've done about 8 weddings now and making something that makes the bride feel like even more of a princess?  that's pretty awesome.  so i'm hoping to make this happen.   anyway, cross your collective fingers for me, flist, i could use the good energy.  you know what they say, if you write it down, it will happen, so i'm writing it down. hey universe, i'd like a bridal design business, m'kay?  thanks.


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May. 11th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
I would so love to see some of your work.
May. 11th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
i'm definitely going to try. it's all about getting ahold of a digital camera and then actually figuring out how to use it. easier said than done. but it's the one big thing i've never done--the documenting of my work. and that's just silly!
May. 12th, 2008 10:58 am (UTC)
The digital camera is easier than you think. I'm no expert but the hardest decision is figuring out which one to buy. I need to start photographing my artwork with one. As a matter of fact, I need to resume the artwork.
May. 12th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
oh what kind of art do you make? other than really wonderful writing......

funny story about the digital camera--actually i have several but i'll share just this one: i was at the zoo with enzo the other day and we were near the petting zoo which also has an old tractor you (read: kids) can climb on. and this young couple in their late teens came up and asked if i could take a picture of them. i look over at my TWO YEAR OLD nephew who's running around just behind me and say ok. so they climb on the tractor and i take a couple of shots and see enzo is already 30 feet away so i say, ok here, hope they turn out ok and give back the camera. and begin to run after my INCREDIBLY FAST nephew. just then the girl on the tractor calls out, hey you didn't take anything! and she's holding the camera out as though i'm going to COME BACK and leave my TWO YEAR OLD nephew (did i mention he's fast?) alone for longer than i already have. so i called back, you'll just have to find someone else to do it.....and that's just one in a long history of failed digital photography.

man, as cool as being able to post and send pictures on the internet is, i miss the no-grad-school-degree-required of my old horrible film cameras.
May. 12th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
That's so cool that you make jewelry! I do a little beading myself, but nothing as advanced as what you're talking about. I think the idea of doing bridal design is a great one. Custom-designed jewelry for brides -- seems to me that could be a very successful niche. Good luck with it!
May. 12th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
thank you! i'm really hoping to get some photos posted this week so you guys can see what i'm talking about.
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