To put it simply, sanding sticks are great. Particularly when you need good, firm pressure behind the sandpaper to accomplish your task. I like to use sanding sticks when I need to sand down edges and corners of sheet, to sand bezels and in tight spaces. They also save my tender, over-worked fingers from the ravages of the sanding job!
Embracing My Inner Tortoise
I just finished a pendant that I started six months ago. It’s not that I worked on it for six months, I probably worked on it for three hours. But, for several reasons, I just stopped in the midst of working on it. It got me thinking about why we leave things undone, what makes us pick them up again, and all the emotions we experience just because of that unfinished project. Read more
How to attach a flat, even-count peyote stitch bail to the brick-stitch edging on a bead embroidered piece.
Last weekend we had a really wonderful “Bead Embroidered Cabochon” class. Students learned how to set a stone (or button or anything else that’s nice and flat) using bead embroidery including back stitch, peyote stitch and brick stitch. We also learned Read more
A routine chore becomes the seed of artistic inspiration.
I am new to spending a lot of time in my studio. I am more accustomed to the daily 9 to 5 routine with some studio time peppered in where I can fit it. I am trying, with this “new endeavor” (see my previous post), to spend the bulk of my working hours in the studio, building up inventory for upcoming shows and for a good selection to offer the public. With this change in creative time spent and the demand of work to be produced, I’m discovering a new respect for an artist’s relationship to her muse. I’m talking about artistic inspiration. Read more
A jewelry studio emerges from a mess
For artists and craftspeople, the studio space is, well, personal. I’m sure that sounds like an obvious thing to say. But after spending eighteen years in the retail craft world, I know first hand that everybody conceptualizes their art – and therefore their studio – differently. Some people are messy – but boy, they know where every snip of wire is. Some people are super-tidy and organized, and they need that open, clean space for their brains to allow their creativity to flow. Because I am in the process of creating a studio space for myself, craft spaces have been on my mind. A LOT. Read more
Taking the proverbial leap
Some of you reading this may already know me and, for some, this is our first introduction. Either way, I am enjoying the opportunity to connect with people through this journal – to share my thoughts and experiences, my artistic struggles and breakthroughs – hopefully developing a community of like-minded jewelry enthusiasts that can share ideas, woes, techniques and laughs! Read more