Today is Labor Day, a holiday to take a break from working. But we artists never take a break, do we?
I've been working hard all week on photos and editing. Since I live in a loft apt that faces Northeast and our windows are in the recessed part of the building (the apts on either side stick out), we don't get any direct sunlight. I have 2 large full spectrum lights for taking photos but really could use a couple more. Anyway, I usually take 4 or more photos of each objects just to make sure I have one that looks good. Sometimes there are things I dont' see until I get it in Photoshop, sometimes its blurry, or weird shadow or cat hair sticking on it, etc.... So I take a ton of photos and it takes me forever to go thru them.
I went thru alot of them and put up a bunch of new necklaces, bracelets and earrings. You can see them on the "new items" page of the website. I've also got another pile of stuff that needs to be photographed, or rephotographed too. I wish I had a photo taking elf to do all this for me magically.
I've also been trying to put together some new class samples. It's hard for me because I assume that everyone already knows how to make everything. I assume you are all brilliantly clever and dont' need any classes! Of course, there are always people just getting started into jewelry/art making who want to learn. What I need is someone to sit here and say "THIS" would make a great class or "I'd love if you'd figure out a class for THIS". My brain doesn't seem to work that way right now. I need to get over it and put together more classes and samples.
I also sent in 2 show applications, fingers crossed. I have nothing set up for the fall yet. I've been trying to apply for a local craft fair, but the application keeps giving me an error message. I have emailed them with no reply-but it is the holiday weekend so I'll try again next week. I may have trunk show here in November too. Lots to think about, plan and do!
And now-Beady Blog Reading Time!
A Bead A Day
Do you have some favorite beads that bring you joy? Lisa is using "inspirational sliders" to make gifts for friends and would love to hear about your joyful beads!
About.com Jewelry Making
What's in a name, the name of your jewelry pieces that is? Here are a few tips to consider when naming jewelry you sell through the web.
Art Bead Scene
Wondering how big 20mm really is? Here's a handy size chart to keep by your computer. It'll help you out!
Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts
Let's talk about tools! This time it's hole punching pliers and wire cutters.
Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi shows off her unexpected bead finds from a store in Little Portugal.
Cindy Gimbron aka The Lampwork Diva
Cindy brings some color to her new bronze floral medallions.
Jean's got a cool job – check out what she's been working on!
Jewelry & Beading
Cyndi shares another CopprClay project, which includes making your own mold! Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
While in Philadelphia for BeadFest, Lorelei met up with Andrew Thornton and he gave her some presents!
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews Contemporary Copper Jewelry by the wonderful Sharilyn Miller.
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew and Diana Ptasynski of Vintage Blue Studio have a throw down! See how Andrew uses Heather Powers of Humble Beads' Polymer Bird-Head Pendant!