My First Video.

I posted my first video to youtube! It just showcases my bracelets. I enjoyed arranging this video, but don’t really care for some of the new changes in Movie Maker. It seems like you used to be able to do a lot more with Movie Maker. Oh well, it was fun. Check it out and like it (if you have four minutes to spare). Thanks in advance!

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Easter and other written wordaerobics.

I was reading some bios on the freebie jewelry projects I get from an online blog and was turned off by how heavy it was with artist self-aggrandizement.

“I like an urban tribal look. As manufacturers started coming out with more and more interesting materials and chains, I responded and started incorporating them into my seed bead work. As an art form, there is a very feminine aspect to Steampunk, as well. Even with the growing interest in Gothic and vampiric ephemera, Steampunk is there in the shadows — no pun intended!”

Bla bla, bla bla, bla. And what the bleepety bleep is “urban tribal?” (Yeah, yeah, I know, and what the hell is bleepety bleep?) And this person’s jewelry prices are in the hundreds, upwards of six hundred dollars, to be exact. Six hundred? Am I missing something? Beadwoven Steampunk jewelry? Hey, I like Steampunk jewelry. But get real! Are you paying for the name? I like my name, but it ain’t that special!

I solemnly swear, and everyone who reads this post is my witness, that I will never get so freakishly serious about my craft that I feel the need to convince people that my jewelry is so special, I have to charge so much that you feel like a Hollywood celebrity when you wear it. I charge what the piece is worth, plus a little extra for my time. If you buy it, then that tells me that you like it, and that’s good enough for me.

On a different note, happy Easter! Despite all the political craziness and all the militant PC’s out there trying to bust everything worth celebrating, I still call it Easter. So, happy Easter!

I celebrated by creating this very, complex, wire-wrapped piece that incorporates new-found objects in the shape of bunny rabbits and glass beads. I feed my need to bead by mixing my metals, which I consider to be a fascinating technique that requires a refined crafting palette in order so as never to mix the wrong two metals with the wrong new-found objects. (Ha, ha, couldn’t help myself.)

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I used silver-plated pewter bunnies,

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freshwater pearls,

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sterling silver,

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czech glass beads,

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silver beads, and a sterling silver lobster clasp.

Harmony, Honey, and Happy

I just completed a bracelet in micro maille, a really fine chain maille. I hand cut all the rings from red brass wire. I love red brass. It is an alloy of copper, tin, and zinc, mostly containing copper – 85% I believe. The clasp was done in yellow brass. Yellow brass contains mostly zinc and some copper. Yellow brass is a lot stronger than red brass. The rings measure 2.5 mm, inner diameter.

I used red crytal rondelles and bamboo coral to compliment the red brass. The end result is a refined, delicate piece. I’m pretty happy with the resulting piece.

   

As an aside, I have been fortunate to have been featured in Etsy seller treasury lists two times now. A treasury list is when a fellow Etsy seller creates a gallery of items concentrated on a theme. I’ve been in Harmony by Unlimited Craftworks, and H Is For Honey by Melissa R. Below are the items that have been featured: