New in Town

 

Even though I had to bow out due to a holiday timing mix-up, they used my earrings on the flyer anyway.  Timing, I guess.  Go see and support a fledgling new venture. It’ll grow and grow with community support.

Last year…

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From the  January Tett Centre newsletter. Members of the Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club at the inaugural Metal Rocks show and sale.  To learn more about the club visit  www.mineralclub.ca

That’s me and part of my display in the upper right corner, wearing a pink scarf. The event took place in November at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, in Kingston. A great place.

 

Addition to the Blog

I’m adding a Tutorial section to the blog.

The first one will be How To do safe, effective Salt Water Etching on Copper. The link to the Tutorials is in the menu bar above.

Metal Rocks! was a good show. The Tett Centre was hopping, with the annual Pottery Guild show, a pop-up holiday shop, dance classes, music instrument lending library, children’s creative club. We were on the first floor, which in that building is two floors below the entrance level — but on a direct path to the Cafe. There were lots of people browsing steadily for most of the day on Saturday. Sunday was slower.

Here’s part of my display. The pendant and earrings on the left were made with petrified coral.

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More of my work.

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Next up…

Come say Hi at this exciting new event.

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But wait! There’s more!

The Kingston Pottery Guild is also holding their annual holiday sale – on the same weekend – in the same building, which is home to both our groups.

For high quality artisinal gifts come to the Tett Centre Nov. 26 & 27.

See you there.

Another Fine Gem Storm

There was a great turn-out with Sunday being the better day, for me at least.

I was at the member’s table along with 8 others – each of us allocated a width of 2 feet to display our work. Sounds tiny but it actually works well.

The pair of earrings at the top of this blog found a new home, as did a smaller version of them. Some copper earrings also sold…things I did not take pictures of!

The great thing about creating things that you sell is when somebody likes them enough to buy them. But the downside –  one every artist knows – is that when you work one-of-a-kind, once the pieces go – they’re gone. That’s why photos are so valuable to us and that is what spurs me on to make more.

I will make more earrings similar to these but each pair will always be different, from the cut of the silver, the curve of the ear hooks to the hammer blows and the final polish.

(I see that these are actually showing up far more yellow and not nearly as gleaming as they really are.) (Next investment: proper photo lighting set-up… :)…)

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Our table was the first one at the door, but of course Gem Storm is a huge show with over 30 exhibitors and so many kinds of stones and chains and rocks and rings, etc etc I could barely take it alllll in. I did get a nice deal on some packaging though. Will show you soon.

Next year the show is moving to the Cataraqui Arena and it will be held in June. Bigger space, more parking, food on site – all good. But I sure will miss being able to just walk over with my little rolling suitcase to set-up…

 

In Progress

blue patina pendant

This square copper pendant was treated to a bath in ammonia to give it its lustrous blue patina.

in progress May 2016

The fan shapes are pieces of copper I shaped with no particular plan. Also visible here are some brass pieces that went through the rolling mill. I later used them to emboss the copper fans but I am still working on them.

Part of my display May 7 & 8

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Sterling silver earrings, hammered copper disc earrings, bezel-set ring, spinner ring, wrapped silver wire ring, enamel and copper earrings, sterling silver necklaces, copper dangle earrings, pendant with Lake Ontario stone and three charms.

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Also had on hand: more hammered copper earrings, green leaf enamel earrings, poppy seed pod earrings (on manequin),  sterling silver bar necklace, a variety of rings and pendants.

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A real conversation starter: the elegant wood card holder which other vendors were quite keen on! You can see it better in the previous picture.