Happy 2017

We’re 2 weeks into a brand new year already. It’s time to implement those changes. So, what are your plans for 2017? I’ll tell you what mine are.

Those who know me know that I LOVE TO CREATE! But, am I making enough time for it? Probably not. Living a handmade life and running your own handmade jewelry business isn’t all about making. There’s lots of other stuff that takes over your time.

My plan is to set aside blocks of studio time. If necessary, I’ll even drop everything when an idea comes about (I should, right???). Now I’m not normally one to waste time, however, it does happen. So, I plan on working more efficiently and being more aware of time flying out the window.

I will also continue to implement sustainable practices into my contemporary jewelry.

There will also be education for me in 2017. I will be attending Arrowmont school of arts and crafts in Gatlinburg for the first time this summer. I’m so excited about this! Lot’s of friends have gone or taught, so I’ve heard so much about it. Can’t wait for that playtime.

I hope you’ve reflected on 2016 and are looking forward to your fresh new start. Who knows what else the year will bring, but make it count…

Peace, Jo

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AMAZING molding putty: For the love of…

This necklace was made using Amazing molding putty, concrete, pewter, resin, birch bark, leather, wire and rivets.

After making the mold with Amazing molding putty, I poured concrete into part of the mold and allowed it to cure. Next I poured molten pewter over top to fill mold. Then I attached it to the red leather heart and brown leather with rivets. It’s finished with a crochet wire chain.

For the love of…NATURE!

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Coincidence or not

 Lately good vibes have been coming my way. No black cats crossing my path…Is it because I’m open to it? That I’m paying attention? I don’t know for sure, but who am I to question things?

Here’s the chain of events:

In March of 2012 I met Susan Lenart Kazmer at Artfest and became part of her mixed media design team in September. Late October I met Regina from RMA Design Studio. In a discussion, I discovered she manufactures in pewter (which I happened to be researching).

  Fast forward to July of this year: I am fortunate enough to meet the wonderful people at Makers Square in Ft Lauderdale. They are as passionate about creating as I am and in less than 2 weeks I will be teaching the very first class there on Ice Resin®!

A few months ago Regina and I got together and pow wowed! We produced some pieces and she sent me on my way.

Last week a friend asks if I want to get together and do a photo shoot with my jewelry. Well, YES!                         I’m (im)patiently awaiting the photos to add to my look book for my pitch for a major retailer. Can’t wait to see the photos…

I also had the good fortune of being given an enameling kiln last week. How sweet!

 Rewind to yesterday: I get an email presenting the opportunity to make jewelry that will end up in celebrities’ hands at the Emmy’s. Are you kidding me??? Of course I jumped on the opportunity.

I’d have to say the planets are aligning…

Peace, Jomama

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Playing with resin

Being part of the Ice Resin® mixed media team is fun AND challenging for me. I’m being pushed creatively and I have committed to submit 2 projects a month, so I’ve been motivated too! (I can’t disappoint my team members!) This is my latest submission~ a faux cork bottle topper. Go on, click, take a closer look…

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Having fun working

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Ever wonder how you make a ring? With some wire and a stone. It’s really quite easy, (ok, maybe not the soldering part), but do you have the eye to put it together and make it exciting?

This ring I recently made started with the inspiration that came from this beautiful turquoise stone and I decided to follow it’s curvy shape.

So I begin; sketch, shape, then solder, then cut, then solder, then file, form, hammer, and polish. Isn’t it sweet?

Peace, Jomama

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Forever inspired

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ImageJust back from Milwaukee where I attended the Bead & Button show. WOW! So much good information from some of the countries best teachers.   I started with Robert Dancik’s faux bone class and it was AMAZING. You can carve it, shave it, cut it and ink it. My ring looks Frank Lloyd Wright meets primative stone. The embedded a worn piece of brick was found in Seattle while at Artfest. It’s a truly unique nontoxic pvc product. For someone so organic, I find myself in love with pvc now ;] The 9 hours we spent with him were fun. He started the class with a singing bowl, filled it with fun & knowledge, and ended it with compliments. What an interesting guy he is.   Next on to Kim St Jean’s class where we hammered the crap out of metal! How fun. Fold forming, texturing and annealing was on the menu that night.   And then there was steel wire wrapping with Brenda Schweder. LOVED THIS CLASS! Since I Work with so many found objects, Brenda trap and capture techniques are something I’ll use forever, as I can literally suspend anything (here I trapped a piece of sea glass also found in Seattle).   Last but not least was Melissa Manley’s enameling class. Ahh, the possibilities with enamel…(and the palette of colors) What a beautiful soul Melissa is. I liked her from the start and ended up chatting with her over lunch. Maybe I’ll see you in the NW one day.   New friendships were formed and I ran into my favorite teacher, Susan Lenart Kazmer, always a pleasure. With so much new inspiration, there will be lots of new pieces flying off my workbench in the next few weeks. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted. Peace, Jomama

June is approaching

ImageJune is approaching and the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee is on my mind. I love learning and have signed up with some of the best forging and emaneling teachers. Along with my necessary tools, I’m also bringing along an aluminum hairspray can and tin cans to experiment with.  I’ll be learning techniques to manipulate metal with hammers as well as emameling glass onto metal. Oh, and  a class working with faux bone. How cool is that? Being a child at heart,  I’m excited for this adventure and the new friendships that will form. Besides that, what will I come up with next? Stay tuned…

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