Wire was hot, hot, HOT! The colored wire spools were delightful to drool over. Many of the booths had folks giving demos on creating your own wire masterpieces. Like potato chips, once you start, there's no stopping.
Wireworking pajama parties until the wee hours were plentiful in Tucson! A tradition sure to continue next year.
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I always get excited when Pantone releases their fashion color reports. These color-splot lists feature the shades top fashion designers are using on the runways for any given season. Spring 2011's report has an "exotic journey" theme, with the designers citing their color influences as anywhere from New Wave French electronica (Honeysuckle) to Peruvian textiles (Regatta) to a 1950s garden party (Lavender). The great thing for us jewelry designers is that these reports can give us a leg up on one area of design that many of us struggle with: color. Why not rely on the pros to help us be fashion forward?
I just received a copy of Mixed Metal Mania for review and dove right in. Here's the scoop.
Mixed Metal Mania makes metal jewelry accessible to a brand-new audience---those looking to include wire, metal and other materials in their work. Beginning with a excellent introduction to both traditional and "unconventional" tools, the book then moves into basic metalworking techniques, including cold connections, sawing, soldering and more. These sections of the book are detailed enough to get a novice off on the right foot.
Kim then moves on to simple projects before building into more challenging work. The author also includes the stories of inspiration behind each project, adding to the appeal of this book.
I found most of the projects in the book attractive and aspirational, with detailed, well-written instructions. The major flaw of the book is the lack of crispness in both the photographs and the text. Sharper photos and text would make the book much more visually appealing and easier to use as well.
About the author: A former public school instructor and current owner of a retail store, Expressive Impressions, Kim now combines her love of teaching with her creative talent as a jewelry maker. Kim teaches metalsmithing and other jewelry-making techniques at the William Holland School of the Lapidary Arts, the Bead&Button Show, Swarovski's Create Your Style in Tucson, the Wildacres Retreat, and other venues across the U.S.
Here are a couple of tricks to make swatching circular knitting easier. No longer do you have to make a hat to test your gauge for that new seamless sweater, or knit half a sock before discovering you're really making a mitten for your favorite kid. Today's little tricks let you test your CIRCULAR gauge on a piece of FLAT knitting. One of these tricks has been shown on TECHknitting blog before, although rather hidden, but the other trick is making a first appearance here.
Every artist/designer I know finds beauty in nature. There's the most obvious beauty: a pristine Caribbean seashore, fall in New England, your local craft store. You expect to find beauty there. But what about the uncommon places? Sometimes you have to search deeply, but unexpected beauty can be the most joyful of all. As artists and jewelry designers, it's critical to train your eye to see unexpected beauty. And what is beauty anyway? It's completely subjective, so, what is beautiful to you may not be to your buddies (such as lava lamps and pink flamingos). The range of beauty in jewelry making is as wide as the western plains. And I'd like to share with you some of my latest unexpected beauty finds to spark your creativity so you'll open your eyes to possibilities you may have not thought of before.
Okay, I admit it: I love jewelry-making tools. Even if I don't use them all, I love having them in my studio. I'm perfectly happy hanging out with my steel and wooden buddies.
Nothing upsets me more than to be happily working on a project and then realize I don't have the proper tool to finish, so I've taken care of that little problem by purchasing the best-quality tools I can afford and taking good care of them. I clean them after each use and keep them oiled.