Monday, March 9, 2009


Finally! I am able to upload some photos! I tried shutting down my Firewall and now it seems to work. Although until now, I never needed to shut down the firewall for uploading photos.
Anyway, here is a picture of polymer clay pendant pieces I made. I got the idea from a photo in a book on decorative finishes for metal jewelry. I thought, "I could do something like that in polymer clay!" I want to try this again and fine tune it, they did not turn out exactly as I was imagining, and I know what I did wrong, but I think these are pretty cool anyway.

Also, I have been working more with metal lately. I purchased some decorative punches, a 'raw silk' texturizing hammer and a dapping block.

Here's my dapping/doming block:

And here's my fancy texture hammer:

I have also been working on metal jewelry, using my new tools. With my dapping block I have been able to take flat sterling silver discs and dome them. You place them in one of the round depressions on the doming block, choose a dapping tool-the metal tools with the round ends shown in the photo, and when you place that on the silver and tap with a hammer, you get a nice domed piece of silver. Also, with various hammers you can pound away on the silver and leave really cool textures and impressions. Here's pictures of some earrings I have made using my cool tools:

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I Have 2 Craft Shows This Week!

Well, I really wanted to add photos to my post, but I have been unable to upload any to blogger lately and my requests for assistance have gone unanswered by "those in charge."

So my blog will be fairly short and pictureless today.
I have 2 craft shows this week and I am very excited and also very nervous and wonder what was I thinking trying to do 2 in only 4 days!

My first one is at the Terra Ceia Village Crafts Fair . It is this Wednesday, March 11th. It is in it's 23rd year so it should be well attended.

The other one is on Saturday, March 14th in Orlando. It is called Spring for Handmade and is held by Cottage Industry Co-Op.

I am grateful to the promoters of these shows to have the opportunity to show and hopefully sell lots of jewelry and to get my name out there to the public.

In the meantime I have made some really cool polymer clay pendant pieces and some hand forged sterling silver and copper earrings--but I can't show you! I am in the process of listing them to my Etsy and Artfire shops, so you can see them there, until I can find out what is wrong with Blogger.............