Kumquat Tingle - Wire Wrapped Fused Glass Pendant Large

Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come from almost anywhere, the littlest things can spark inspiration. The way a crumpled piece a paper lays, the way a shadow cast across a yard, even in my case when a batch of glass falls to the floor and makes a large crash and a huge mess even music can inspire us-so why not a scent a glorious smell. Can a scent inspire us to create? maybe if it is a great one hey? Anyone that knows me knows I love orange and struggle not to use it in my work but oh man after I got a whiff of this soap by daisycakessoap all bets were off it rekindled my love for the color orange LOL No kidding!

I shopped late for my own mothers day gift again this year and I popped over to JM’s shop knowing full well I would buy something fresh and fruity. Kumquat was perfect because it was orange. I had no idea what it smelled like- I totally trust JM and I knew it would be good but never knew it would smell this yummy. I keep telling her I swear I didn’t eat it but it smells good enough to lick.

Now everyday I can smell that soap at my studio sink and it really sunk into me because now I can’t quit making orange pendants- Like I ever could ha ha!

This pendant is in honor of JMs soap and my love for Kumquat Soap- Thanks for making my studio smell great!

Long time no Blog- Yikes! Sorry to all my reader friends, been a little busy.

I would like to introduce to you my glass ladies. These little gals will dance on your neck to only a tune they can hear LOL Whispers of songs fill their little bead heads, happiness is their mantra.

In my 20 something years of jewelry my mind happened upon some little ladies I made from polymer glass and beads I made tons of them only to wave good bye when glass came into my life. I thought of them often and how I could cross over the design to glass and after nearly nine years the new ladies have arrived. I hope you will enjoy them they are a labor of love. I have one last armless cripples lady from ages ago as a reminder all things can be revisited.

As always-Thanks for looking


wire wrapping test

Originally uploaded by shoozles67

This is the video I did last spring on how to wire wrap. It is in slow motion so you can see the steps to wrapping a glass cabochon. I sell these class cabochons in my etsy shop with grooves and with out. I apologize ahead of time the video cuts off at the end because my battery ran out GRRRRR. I have plans to do this over but maybe this is a start for all of you great jewelry designers out there.

Flickr controversy about videos

I thought it was a positive new thing to add videos to flickr. I was quite excited. All things change and grow. Flicker owners are expanding for new generations although I highly doubt teens will come to flickr to buy a pro account to up load a mini clip when utube is a free for all. There are options if a person does not want to view videos on flickr. I hope I don’t lose friends because I up load videos? Yikes

Besides how can the world evolve to moving photos like in the Harry Potter movie if photos and video do not merge? haha

All change creates chaos- some people like to stand in the boat LOL

I am a regular Flickr user (flickerett), don’t let this be confused with some drug induced coma but I do  sometimes find my self lost in flickr flies. I know they are good when I find my self on page 25 and I am fully engaged. That is what happen when I found M-C1. I had seen her before commenting on others photos but for some reason had not went in to her file, that was a big mistake! She is just interesting and the kindest person to her flickr friends.

MCI was especially happy to see she uploaded and commented every day on flickr. Then there was this- she looks good in everything, so I wanted her to model a piece of my jewelry. I was giddy at the thought because I not only knew she would look good in it but she would take an excellent photo of herself in it. Just perfect to M-C1 style, she did not fail me! My pitiful hand photography pales in comparison to what she can do for my jewelry wearing it. Oh to be rich and pay a sweet model such as her.

My new flickr friend would not take the jewelry for free so a trade we made. I love that she told me it looked like the famous artists work Joan Miro-she is way too kind. Here is the piece she is wearing.

Later next week I will show you just what she and I traded with a link to her shop. If you would like so see this wonderful muse- her flickr file is here M-C1 -Thanks Gal

I am not a painter nor a writer but do a little of both.

I think of my fused glass as a canvas, a tiny slick canvas at that. For a few years now I have been playing with glass enamels of all sorts. Low fire high fire, powders I mix, premixed enamels and toxic ones to boot. I feel rewarded by the experimentation and I feel lots of people benefit from what I have already tried.

This week I found my self painting on a piece, and asked my self how long it was taking? If I were to punch a time card I might be way in the hole I think. 40 mins into the painting I started evaluating how much I charge for my little tiny wearable works. I also thought about what others charge for what seems to be less effort and quality. I might be under valuing my creativeness? Well, my effort maybe.

3 visits to the kiln with 40 mins of hand painting detail. hand painted garden

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I am not a huge fan of wholesale orders. I am asked quite often what I offer as wholesale. This means a few things to me when I hear it. It means, I will work harder for less money and I will be doing the same items over and over. I have done it before, I am not really into making the same items over and over and no matter how ya toss it, I will be doing the work. Consistency is the key to wholesale. Big companies want to be able to offer an item that will look the same for 100s of customers based on a photo they have published. And to be honest, that is what whole sale is about. Large orders that is the only way money can really be made.
For an artists this is neither fun nor worth the effort in most cases. I am more about creative freedom than anything.
With all my complaints put out in the open now, I will tell you I have now found a way to offer wholesale that is neither taxing for me as an artist and now consistency is firmly in place.
First Up for wholesale are 2 products I call Tarts & Lollies®. They are colorful, petite and cute and easy to make. Lollies are a small round colorful pendant and the Tarts are a bit bigger and square colorful as well. The retail on the Lollies is $10 to $12, tarts retail for $12 to$15. The wholesale price is based on the number you order so you must inquire with memonetlolly31.jpg on those prices and you must have a whole sale ID. Larger orders are welcome in fact preferred. I would rather not be contacted about wholesale orders unless you plan to order more than 10-20 at a time. My first batch of Lollies is headed out the door and I am really excited (but nervous) about this new adventure.
I offer these cute little pendants in my shop for retail -1 pendant at a time if you are NOT looking for wholesale.  To inquire about Tarts & Lollies® you can contact me HERE

		
		
	

Trends in jewelry change all the time, I am feeling like ladies are leaning toward the smaller line of items I have but I would really like some input. So Tell me what size pendants you like. Small dime size, medium quarter size or bigger like half dollar. If you prefer giving dimensions in inches go for it. I would just love to know what the people want 🙂

Have you even been working on a project or been doing a process within creativity and realizeourwideworld3.jpg -oh wow I should do it this way or hum I wonder if this will work- AND IT DOES?

Well I had one of those moments this week as I was doing my usual creative pushing. No Of course I am not willing to tell anyone what I did because that would give away my process LOL (sorry). BUT I do want to encourage any creative person to push their art in directions that say you can’t or possibly just possibly a product was marked wrong and that is why something is not working as expected- That is what happened to me. So I am quite please with the new results now that I have corrected the wrong LOL.

I have to say I am rarely disappointed when I do things in art that are out side the box or rules of product directions hahaha. Ask my friends I have discovered very cool things in doing so.

Remember the friendship pendants? They were a 2 piece pendant you would give one half and keep the other.friendship4.jpg

Oh man! when I was about 12 yrs old I wanted one of those pendants so bad. Only thing was everyone had one and the halves were not quite unique to each other and you could have the half to the pendant that matched up with just anyone, that always bothered me LOL I never got one or got to give one of thoes pendants. Oh the scars of childhood-hahaha!

 

So here they are unique to each half friendship pendants 🙂 they are different but you can tell they are made from the same batch kinda like real friends are. They also have lots of color and have a very artful thing going on. I thought of selling them as a set but my luck no one would want both halves. Besides they are good to give as a single item. So I guess if ya want both halves ya better hurry LOL they are in my etsy shop as of this Monday morning. http://shoozles.etsy.com

 

Love ya C 🙂

jingle pendantWell I have been working away on items for The gallery /studio tour (ArtEast) and I have a few new ideas up my sleeve and want to give you a quick glance.

These are Fused Glass Jingle Charm Pendants, these are delicate layered glass charm components composed to make a pendant they even jingle when you wear them- hummm- I think that is how I got the name. They have multicolored glass sticks, beads, metal charms, and glass charms all put together to make a unit. They are small and a little more fragile than my other items because they are 1 layer of glass. I like to think they are LUCKY, that is totally for fun, but any time I drill a hole in glass and I don’t break it I feel pretty lucky LOL

I am enjoying all the possibilities with this new idea. I hope you will enjoy them too.