by Janet Smith. (Lowell, Ohio, USA) I was given a scarf similar to the ones pictured in this blog, (which are quite beautiful). Then I came upon the idea of designing my own. These are quick to make, using approx. 12 inches of wire, a single large hole bead that will accommodate a doubled strand of wire , and a donut or other large whole gemstone or … [Read more...] about My Rendition of Scarf Jewelry
by Leticia Castaneda. (Guatemala City) Hi!! my name is Leticia from Guatemala city, I love Rena's mini tips I have been working for four years in this bijouterie and I love it!! I have earned money and I had to invest it again in materials to continue working. I'm working on this Pashminas or cravats or scarves I think there's a big difference between Pashminas … [Read more...] about Pashminas With Decoration
by Alicia. (Behind the Scenes, JMJ, USA) Years ago, when I first "met" Rena online, just like everyone else, I had a line of jewelry that I did turn into a business. However, life took some unexpected turns and that business had to go dark while I took my skills in another direction. About a week ago I received a freebie in the mail. Normally, I don't pay much … [Read more...] about My Miscellaneous Mini Morning Project
by Tracy L. Carothers. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) My question is this - how good and /or unique does artisan jewelry have to be, to be considered for Galleries? I am a jewelry designer from Vancouver, BC and have been told by some that my pieces are good and spectacular by others, so I am trying to determine if my work is of the caliber for the galleries … [Read more...] about How Good is Gallery Good?
by Yvette. (Lake Elsinore, California, USA) My neighborhood is having a 2-day community garage sale. It's organized by a professional so there is going to be a lot of advertising and signs that'll direct people to your home. I've never sold my jewelry at garage sales, but I was wondering if it would be a good idea to try to sell some. It would also be a … [Read more...] about Should I Sell My Handmade Jewelry at a Garage Sale?
by Tamara Summers. (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) I made up some pieces last week which may be sold on an artist’s (painter’s) website. Part of the proceeds would go to support charity work. As I’m not sure if it’s a go yet, I won’t give details, but I will share some of the pieces I made up. Because the young woman running it is an artist, and her logo, etc. are … [Read more...] about Inspired by An Artist’s Heart
by Melinda Jernigan. (Muskogee, OK) This is a design that I developed with a friend to showcase her grandmother's, mother's, and aunt's large stash of beautiful vintage, antique, and estate jewelry. I used a store bought shadowbox and then cut out a piece of foam core and wrapped it with fabric. This allowed for the jewelry to really stand out. I collected the … [Read more...] about Vintage Estate Jewelry Shadowbox
by Camille and Bill Williams. (Oroville, California, USA) Like a perfect estate find this fine engraved bronze antique style Roman mechanical pocket watch has precision engineered mechanical jeweled movement, see-through front acrylic cover and mineral glass rear window to allow viewing of the entire movement and back and forth rotation of the balance wheel as the watch … [Read more...] about Airship Pirate Pocket Watch
by Joan Williams. (Springfield, MO) Another visit to the antique store, and some more fun stuff pulled out of a junk box! The base of this mixed media pin is the nameplate off of an old bicycle. I flattened it, added some patriotic emphemera, enhanced it with a little Gilders paste and finished it with a thin coating of Ice resin. I then just attached a pinback … [Read more...] about All American
by zoraida. (patchogue, ny) Where the Heart Is pin Bird's nest inspired design I am in love with birds' nests. These careful, meticulous constructions created by birds has always fascinated me. By now, I have created a whole series of them and I'm always trying to make them look authentic and maybe fool some little bird. I wanted to make one that would be … [Read more...] about Where the Heart is Pin
by Lisa Briseno-Croome. (France) Brooch? Necklace? This is a large scrolled setting which I have set an oval glass cabochon on and embellished it with a stamping that I cut in half and formed around the cab. All brass was raw brass and I used Liver of Sulfur to blacken it. It measures 7.5cm x 5cm. It is a substantial piece. I'd really like to know what you … [Read more...] about What Should This Be?
by Paula Hisel. (Nicholasville, KY) Inspired by Bon Jovi's "Diamond Ring" I joined a group called Beaders without Borders and periodically we have a jewelry swap. The theme of our current swap was barefoot sandals. It was inspired by 1980's rock (Bon Jovi in particular). Each sandal has over 90 unique beads that are attached to a silver chain. I also … [Read more...] about 1980’s Inspired Barefoot Sandal