Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cider Days


Please join Details Jewelry at the Cider Days Fall Festival on Saturday September 23, 2017 from 10am to 6 pm and on Sunday September 24 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Kansas Expo Center in Topeka, Kansas.

In addition to the craft vendors, there are historical re-enactors, a petting zoo, fresh pressed apple cider and food vendors galore.

I've been working on new jewelry for the show and am sharing some photos with you below.

 This set is made from resin and sprinkles.  The posts on the earrings are sterling silver



 These copper and crystal earrings are flirty and fun.
 The red brass rectangles are wrapped in sterling silver wire with 16 gauge sterling silver accent.


 These copper tags are accented with aqua stone.



 The copper washer in these earrings have been colored with a patina using bleach.



The copper and sterling silver sections of this pendant are intentionally hanging at different angles and not aligned.

I've had the idea for these earrings for a while.  Just finally got them made.  They turned out pretty much like I imagined them.


To see these and many more of my new  work, come by Cider Days this weekend and see us.  Justook for our purple table skirts.  I hope to see you there. 

Barbara

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

After the Festival

The 13th annual 2017 Fringe Festival is over.  I had a wonderful time and not only met several great people, I sold lots of jewelry and also made lots more.  There are ups and downs, days when you are super busy and days when you don't sell anything, but overall it was great.

I made this necklace using two different sized copper discs that I curved and enameled using three different colors of enamel powder and some enamel threads.  I sold it before I got the earrings made. 


I am also trying my hand a resin.  I have been experimenting with some failures but have these pendants that work.
Resin Pendant with map of Topeka.
 This pendant with the map of Topeka has a bubble at the top, but otherwise turned out good.

Resin pendant with alcohol inks.
 This pendant was colored with alcohol inks at different levels.  I left the tiny, little bubbles in the resin to see what it would look like. 

Agate pendant with Appetite and sterling silver accents.
 This necklace is the first item I made during the festival.  I really like the pendant and the long silver links.  The color is much more vibrant than this photo shows.

Log on to our Facebook page (Details Jewelry) for more of my new items. 

Hope to see you at our next show at the Lenexa Spinach Festival on September 9, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road in Lenexa, Kansas.

Barbara

Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 Kansas City Fringe Festival

Join Details at the 2017 Kansas City Fringe Festival.  We are located in Union Station next to City Stage and across from the concessions stand.  Look for the Fringe 411 Ticket Office. Go to the main level and check out the other visual artist and vote for your favorite Fringe Prize.  

Mine looks like this.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Leather

I'm always on the lookout for a new technique or type of jewelry to make.  I have been seeing a lot of leather around and while I have created a few simple leather bracelets, I haven't explored a lot of avenues.  Other than a leather necklace from which you hang a pendant, I tried this technique first.

The basic design is called many things but I call them Lulu bracelets.  My sister taught me this technique. Beads are stitched between two lengths of leather cord.  I have used many different types and sizes of beads.  The one below is my first one. I find this fun as it is relaxing to hand stitch the beads onto the leather.  
Mint green leather with 4mm round beads.

The pink and green one below with the pyramid beads and coordinating seed beads was fun to make.  I had the idea when I bought the pyramid beads and just happened to find the pink leather on clearance.  It screams spring to me.  

Pink and Green Lulu Bracelet
Next I was intrigued with the flat leather about 1/4 of an inch wide.  The leather is kind of stiff and at first I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but I kept it simple.  I just added a few sliders to the leather and glued on the metal clasp. I made a purple one below I made for myself to see what it would be like and I wear mine a lot. My purple one is now very dark from the oils in my skin, but that is what happens as leather "ages".  I've made other colors including pink, turquoise and the blue one below.  Note that it has the initials KC on it and the clasp is baseball shaped.  
Purple leather with pewter accents and a magnetic clasp.

KC Royals blue leather with baseball shaped magnetic clasp.
My latest leather bracelet is made from braided leather (no I did not braid it myself, I bought it that way).  I found this leather in a package with two other colors, turquoise and purple.  I stitched the beads on the leather, going through each bead three times.  I want to make sure the beads don't fall off.  it is a triple wrap bracelet with a magnetic clasp.  I really like to work with lots of color, but this leather and beads was really calming to work with.
Triple wrap taupe leather bracelet with small Swarovski beads and a magnetic clasp.



I have more leather and more ideas.  Check back here or on our Facebook page at Details Jewelry.  some of the jewelry is mine and some is Lisa's.