Patreon is an amazing way for people to earn their livings as independent artists. For hundreds of years artists have thrived on the patronage of their communities and Patreon is a modern day continuation of that integral process. Patreon.com is a website for artists to achieve their goals through gaining and maintaining a regular monthly… Continue reading Be a Patron!
Do you ever get those ideas that grow and grow in your mind and on paper until sketching them out is not enough? And then you have no choice but to make those ideas exist in the real world, no matter how hard or time consuming? I had my idea for my spring jewelry and… Continue reading My Big Metals Project for Spring Semester
I just finished a new little pendant (only an inch across and not much taller!) and, honestly, it just makes me smile. It is definitely my new favorite layered pendant. I know, as an artist, I am (as a stereotype) supposed to be perpetually dissatisfied with my work. This is supposed to be part of… Continue reading Honey Bee Pendant and Happy Artists
What did I do over winter break? I played with 22k gold! It was amazing. And nerve-wracking. And absolutely worth it. Every metal feels different to cut. Nickle is kind of rough and springy, copper is a bit softer than nickle, silver is smooth, like gliding through with every cut. I had been told, however,… Continue reading A Commission with Gold: Keeping cool when working with precious materials
The semester is winding down its last week and like most college students at the end of semester when projects are due, I've been busy! Today I finished not one, but two projects. One, the Honey Bee Box from the beginning of semester, shined up beautifully! There are fifteen individual layers in the lid. And… Continue reading The End of the Semester and Two Shiny Boxes
Whew! It has been an exciting beginning of the semester! My box is still in the process of being finished and already I'm moving on to the next project. And in just a couple weeks I'll be starting project three! It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm and energy necessary for such a fast paced… Continue reading How to Juggle Multiple Projects Without Going Crazy
Fall semester is in its second week and I have my first project: The Integral Hinge. Suffice to say, this project is a little outside of my norm and just a few centimeters outside my comfort zone. It's highly technical, requiring precise (perfect, meticulous, exact) use of both tools and materials. One swipe too many… Continue reading Art Student vs. The Integral Hinge! And Fight!
I did it! Over the last few weeks I've spent most of my time (when I wasn't working at my day job, riding my bike or hanging out with friends - it's a full life!) making four pieces to offer to Artforms, A Perrysburg Gallery. And they took all four of them! So my work is now… Continue reading Making Jewelry to Sell: Some Ideas on Choosing What to Make
It's an exciting new week with new designs to start making! As I mentioned in my last post, a local gallery has asked to carry my work and I'm pretty much up the wall with excitement. I've never been carried in a commercial art gallery so this is a new and wonderful experience! Since it… Continue reading Three New Designs and a Postcard from a Messy Studio