Monday, August 17, 2015

The End of Summer

August brings with it the pain of school starting and all that goes with it.  Buying school supplies, new school clothes, the packing, the moving saying goodbye to the college freshman in your family.  

Since I live in a college town, when the college students are moving in and flooding the city, I'm avoiding the discount stores (Walmart and Target) and not driving anywhere near the campus (too bad it's in the center of town).  Instead I spent the weekend etching copper in preparation for making new jewelry. 

I worked on a turquoise and green copper bracelet shown below.  I have some new designs I'm trying out and hope to show those to you very soon.

On September 12, 2015  Lisa and I will have a booth at the Lenexa Spinach Festival.  I've got four weeks to build up my inventory.  Check out more about the Lenexa Spinach Festival.  It's a fun day with all kinds of spinach related things including Popeye and Olive Oil and a Sweet Pea baby crawling contest.  It's a lot of fun, so bring your family to
Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park at 87th and Lackman and have a great day. 

I also just got notified that we have been accepted to the Aaron Douglas Art Fair in Topeka on Saturday September 26.  It's a fun day of Music, Art and Food.  

See you at the Fair,

Barbara 

Monday, August 10, 2015

First Friday Art Walk

Thank you to everyone who came out to the First Friday Art Walk at NexLynx.  I had a wonderful time and was happy to see everyone.  Some of my jewelry will be on display through the end of August, so if you didn't get to come last Friday, please stop by during regular business hours.

I worked on a new piece while I was there, didn't quite get it finished, but might already have it sold as someone who saw it asked to see it when complete.

I really like including a photo in each post, so here is a bracelet that I made a few weeks ago.  It's Amethyst and sterling silver.  Purple and turquoise are my favorite colors and I tend make lots of jewelry in those colors.
 

Happy Monday.  Hope you all have a good week.

Barbara

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Penny Train

You know the machines and tourist places that for 50 cents you can smash a penny and have a new design placed on it.  I saw an article somewhere that showed making jewelry out of them.  (Admit it, you have always wondered what you were going to do with them.)  While I was at Union Station for the KC Fringe Festival, I noticed that they have two of those machines, one with three different train designs and the other had four different designs for Science City.  I took three pennies up to the machine for the trains and proceeded to smash my pennies.  I used new pennies as they were shinier.

I took the pennies home, added color using patina paint, curved them with my bracelet bending pliers and punched holes in them.  Then I proceeded to make a bracelet out of them.  I think it turned out great.  What do you think?

Barbara