Remember, freedom isn't free...
It's time to finally let few of my Objects and Elements line go. Because these are pieces were designed especially for Objects and Elements, they haven't been available until now. I hope you enjoy them!
A gorgeous hunk of faceted olive jade topped by a beautiful amber glass and rhinestone button...recycled sari silk in olive and teal blue, etched bronze chain with metal heishi for movement...
...and, oooh la la...a bronze bowl clasp layered with resin papers, mica and another one of those incredible vintage glass buttons.
Texture, color, elegance...what more could you want in an earring? These are classic.
Completely unique and feminine...made from the heart...
...vintage brass fluted buttons...
...vintage French rhinestone jewelry finding...antique religious medal...carved magnesite rose.
"Butterflies Are Free"
Real butterfly wings, encased in resin...faceted snowflake obsidian with vintage rhinestone headpins...yum.
omnium gatherum: a miscellaneous collection. a gathering.
Mixed media at it's best...one-of-a-kind, enamel, bronze, copper, silk...even a rhinestone or two...gathered, collected, assembled.
We want you...to attend the Inaugural Event (drum-roll and fireworks, please)....ArtBliss! Co-founders Cindy Wimmer and Jeanette Blix Ryan had a dream to bring inspiring mixed media and jewelry workshops to the Washington D.C. area. After much hard work, their dreams have come to fruition with ArtBliss retreats.
Cindy and Jeanette have some wonderful things in store for attendees of their grand first event. First off, my friend Richard Salley will be kicking things off with a sold-out, create-for-a-day workshop coming up on May 24th. Then, for the big inaugural event...
...I'm more than thrilled to announce that I'll be teaching at ArtBliss, along with three teachers you will love. Kerry Bogert, Melissa Manley and Lesley Venable will be offering must-take classes. It's quite an impressive line-up! I'm so excited about this venue! Cindy and Jeanette have done a fantastic job organizing and preparing and it promises to be a wonderful retreat. Here's what I'm offering:
I love this line-up of classes. Crowned Gems is such a fun class with lots of great metal-working techniques...the easy way. Link Love is a new class for me to teach and I'm really looking forward to it as it allows for a lot of student creativity in the classroom. And, my Musical Notes earrings, featured in a recent issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry, have generated a lot of interest. In that class, you'll get a primer on using Ice Resin.
The retreat will be held September 24th to 26th, 2010 at the Washington Dulles Hampton Inn Hotel. If you have a spare moment left after the fantastic workshops, there are tons of things to do and see in the area. Cindy and Jeanette have graciously posted some of them on the website, here. They're even working on an online ArtBliss shop and a group site, not to mention a twitter site to keep you updated. I'm looking forward to an outstanding retreat, checking out some Civil War sites and seeing some of D.C. for the very first time. You can see why I'm so thrilled! Registration begins June 13th...I hope to see you at the Meet and Greet!
It's been a long time since I've held a giveaway so I thought I'd do a little shameless promotion and give this pair of earrings to one lucky winner. Many of you may know that I've been on Facebook for a while now. While it's been fun sharing a few more personal things there on my main profile page, I thought it would be great to finally create a Facebook business page strictly for my jewelry goings-on. This business page will keep you updated on what jewelry I've got available for sale, where I'm teaching classes, what's going on with the Objects and Elements design team...well, you get the idea. So, here's what I'm up to...and, I admit, this is purely to promote my Something Sublime business page...if you go to my Something Sublime page and hit the "Like" button at the top of the page, you'll become a follower of my business page. In the next week or so, I'll choose one of my faithful followers to win these earrings. If you decide later, that you don't want to be a fan, you can always "unlike" me. But, I hope you don't! While you're there, maybe you want to become a "friend" of my personal page, as well. Good luck!
I'm excited to be teaching "Clear Applications in Resin" for the Brazos Valley Jewelry Artist's Guild, in College Station, Texas. The class will be held on Saturday, June 5th. I'll be revealing all the secrets of Susan Lenart Kazmer's fantastic Ice resin. Students will be filling bezels...
...making and pouring molds...
...and creating beautiful resin papers.
This will be a fun class and, I promise, you'll love what you can do with Ice resin. I hope you can join us. Click here (or on the icon and/or link in my left sidebar) for a complete description. Please contact Joanne Kendall at BVJAG1@gmail.com for more information and registration.
Super exciting and terrific news! The secret is out...Susan Lenart Kazmer's new line of jewelry making elements called Industrial Chic is now making it's debut in Michaels stores! It's been at least a year in the making and it's finally here. I can't even tell you how thrilled I am for Susan, and to be promoting this line!
You can get a look at the line here, on the Michaels website. I promise, you won't be disappointed. In fact, when I first saw the elements in person, I thought they'd come straight from Susan's workbench...they're that good.
The pieces are wonderful to work with. The real beauty of the line, aside from the fact that it's incredibly unique and...well...chic, is that you really only need three tools to work with it: chain nose pliers, round nose pliers and snips. It's almost instant gratification with a one-of-a-kind, this-was-complicated-to-make look.
On the Michaels site, Susan's got some great demo videos posted (here) and some how-to instructions (here.) Make sure you check out the Objects and Elements blog too, as we'll be doing some blog hops and other fun stuff, including a few surprises, to celebrate the introduction of Industrial Chic!
While I've been preoccupied, lately, with my garden, I've managed to list a few things in my Etsy Shop over the last few weeks.
This one features the last of my antique, Victorian medallions. They were lovely treasures to work with and made up into beautiful, unique jewelry pieces.
You might recognize this piece from the Winter 2009 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry where Lynn Davis and I had an article featured on our collaborative work. The amazing, reversible, hand-cast pewter focal is from Lynn's workshop.
Available on Etsy (Sold)
"The Possibilities of Flight"
I've become hooked on creating these double wrap necklaces. They're so versatile, worn as a single long piece or doubled...and so subtly striking. What woman doesn't want to make a statement?
Yep. It's another pair of cowboy boots. In all fairness to me, I got a little excited and jumped the gun, buying these before I found the dreamy boots in this post. If I'd known I was going to end up with those others, I might not have got these.