Monday, February 1, 2016

Etsy Metal Blog Carnival-"Inside our Sketchbooks"

This month we are peeking inside each others sketchbooks to see what might be on the horizon for our work or what has been in our books and maybe started, never started, etc. I have so many sketchbooks lying around my house and I find it really fun to look back into them every once in awhile. Two of the pics I grabbed today I believe were from 2011 and the bead idea was from this past week.
seeing this one again makes me excited, why didn't I ever do this one! Well, I bought myself a bracelet former for Christmas this past year so I think I'd better take another look at this design and try it.

Had forgotten about this little owl idea(which is why I love to scribble down all ideas because I'd never remember them all).

Someone please keep on me to work on this one!
Check out my fellow EtsyMetal teammates and their sketchbooks:


Monday, January 4, 2016

EtsyMetal Blog Carnival- 2016 Plans

Since we just looked back on our year we are now discussing what we see for our upcoming year for our businesses and personal.

I'm super excited to be signed up for 2 engraving classes this year at GRS Training in Emporia, Kansas. If you have an interest in engraving or stone setting I highly recommend attending classes there. I really look forward to spending a week with other metalsmiths/jewelers. This year I will be taking deep Relief and Western style engraving.

I bought my first little pieces of gold last year so I'm anxious to make a few higher end pieces this year(and work on that stone setting!)

Personally I need to get a hold of my weight! Gained ten pounds last year so I have got to watch my sweets and walk more. So far I've signed up for a yoga class as I also need to work on getting the blood pressure down!

It should be a fun year, I've already made two pieces that I am really pleased with.

Check out my fellow teammates and their thoughts on the upcoming year:


Monday, December 7, 2015

EtsyMetal Blog Carnival- 2015 Inspiration

This month we are looking back on 2015 and what inspired us and how it came through in our work this year.

Back in January I visited Prague, Czech Republic and it really influenced my colors usage. Normally my work is full of bright primary colors but I did a 360 turnaround this year and mostly worked with brass, silver and bronze. I became a bit obsessed with gold and gemstones as well and have finally bought my first piece of 14KY. As far as the stones I was able to take a week long intensive course on stone setting during May. I've yet to incorporate this skill but have been sketching and designing with this in mind(as well as purchasing stones in preparation).

I look forward to carrying over this inspiration into 2016.



Please check out my fellow EtsyMetal teammates and what inspired them this year.

Monday, November 2, 2015

EtsyMetal Blog Carnival- Studio Tours

This month we are taking a visit through several EtsyMetal team members studios. I always find it so interesting to see where other artists work, don't you? Here's a glimpse into mine and Bryan's workspace. We've been doing some re-arranging and everything is not quite in place yet. We recently bought a second workbench just for stonesetting and engraving.
just recently scored this anvil from my father in law. Makes the studio look official I think!

Stone setting and engraving space. One of these days I'll get all the bits and bobs put into these drawers.

enameling and soldering to the right and forming to the left.

 A jumbled mess of tools, buffing and pickling area.

Beads and do-dads fill this old vintage cabinet. Eventually I'll label all the drawers so that I don't have to pull out 6 drawers before finding the one I actually want.

I like to leave parts and scraps on the top of this cutting bench, it helps give me ideas for future pieces.
To check out some more studio space click on each of the following links, enjoy!

1. Laura jane Bouton
2. 2Roses
3. Fenton Design
4. Beth Cyr

Monday, October 5, 2015

EtsyMetal Blog carnival- Halloween

Hi All!  This month we are talking about Halloween which is my favorite holiday of the year. What's not to love about this holiday, you get to dress up as anyone you want to be, there's candy, the weather is getting cooler and the trees turn gorgeous colors!

 Its always an extra special time of year for Bryan and I since it's also around our anniversary. We got married as close to Halloween as we could then went down to New Orleans for our honeymoon. I'm so excited this year because we are going to New York to check out the Village Halloween parade( check back here for fun photos later this month).

I do love to decorate my mantle with loads of spooky goodness and a big pot of chili and cinnamon rolls on Halloween night is just perfect!

Check out what my fellow EtsyMetal teammates like to do for Halloween:

 Lou Hunter, Peculiar Forest,

 Beth Cyr -