Monday, March 21, 2011

March Project Blogroll - Whistle while you work!

Music to My Ears - Cuff by Lori Lynn Designs

What do you listen to while you are working at your bench?

Do you rock out while you work? Or are you more the classical type? Perhaps you relish the simple sweet sounds of your hammer against the metal? This months blog post is all about what you listen to while working away in your studio.

See what gets these talented artists creative juices flowing by taking a look at the blogs below.

Kat -
Stacy -
Clarity of Scrollwork Designs -
Brandy -
Happy Tortoise Designs -
Claire -
Silver Pearl Jewelry and Metalworks -
Autumn -
hemlockhollow -
Beatriz Fortes -
Resurrection Silver -
RadianTrace -
nancycreations -
Jessica @ Abella Blue -

Sunday, March 6, 2011

March Challenge

Last months movement challenge was a lot of fun, and the entries were fantastic. Thanks for all the votes! I'm truly honored to be in a group with so many talented and creative artists and I can't wait to see what the teamies come up with this month!

This months challenge is to create something architectural, but in a literal sense, so houses, buildings, bridges, etc. Your piece doesn't have to be limited to jewelry so consider sculptures and household objects. It can be 2d or 3d. Here are some fascinating examples to get the creative juices flowing:

Etsy seller Ardent1's cute Little House Ring

Philippe Tournaire's wearable creations based on actual buildings and houses.

Kent Raible's fantasy architecture
like his amazing Floating City

Lynn Cobb's Yurt ring

I hope these images have inspired you and started your creative minds racing! This challenge is open to anyone who would like to participate and we welcome involvement at all levels of the craft so I hope you'll all be a part.

So ready, set GO ON AND GET TO WORK! Deadline for Entries is Friday April 8th. Please upload your pictures to the Flickr Pool and tag them with "March Challenge" to keep us all sane.

Friday, March 4, 2011

And the February Winner is...

First I want to congratulate everyone who entered. Really this is the best turn out we’ve ever had… Thank you, Esme, for putting a really great task in front of us. I really hope that as time goes on we will continue to have this much participation. We’ve got 304 members on the Etsy Team… I, personally, am very proud of the group we’ve all built, and would love to see every active member enter something in the next year…..okay, off my soap box and on to what you’ve all been waiting for…

And the winner is…Julie of jamauerer!! Her spinning “rattler” ring totally walked away with the votes. It looks a bit like a bee hive (or a cartoon hamburger) and has some wonderful movement. Julie constantly amazes me with her creative designs. Thankfully she also makes tutorials in this shop (jewelstutorials) so the rest of us can try to glean some of that innovation!


See it in action!!


Second Place is Lilian of GirlLovesGlitter. Her spectacular bangle with 6 tubes and 12 tube set stones was in tight running for a while, and really blew away the rest of the competition. Such a sparkly pretty piece and a never ending combination of stone colors! This project really took my breath away….she’s only been playing with the torch for a few months and setting stones for less than that!

Girls on a Trapeze, tube set sterling bangleGirls on a Trapeze, tube set sterling bangle

Girls on a Trapeze, tube set sterling bangle

Third place was a 3 way tie… Lori of StonePeace, Clarity of Scrollwork Designs and Asa of AsaPDesigns all collected a few votes…. Considering the amazing competition (17 entries this time around!!) I think we’re all just happy to have placed among such great work!

Two-sided vine ring - THAW 6.2Challenge Entry

moving wheels necklace test 001

In a few days (maybe less) Julie will post her challenge for us…..I await it with baited breath!! Stay tuned for further updates!!