Show of a very different stripe

November 19, 2008

A few weeks ago I attended the ACC Craft Show in Charlotte, NC.  Today I scouted out the Southern Christmas Show, also in Charlotte.  They could not be two more different shows! The ACC show was held downtown at the Convention Center, a newish very nice facility.  Huge hall, never very crowded with customers, high […]

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More Experiments with Electrolytic Etching

November 15, 2008

I have continued to experiment with the electrolytic etching, and have made some changes to my setup, and some discoveries. I got tired of screwing and unscrewing the plastic connectors to the wires, and added some alligator clips from Radio Shack.  These are the kind where you strip some of your insulation from your wire, […]

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The Rest of My Studio “Helpers”

November 5, 2008

Today I had everyone “helping” in the studio, at one time or another.  Unfortunately one of the cats, Mugsy, does NOT think the dog, Patch, should be allowed in the studio.  And she is VERY vocal about it!  So it was a rather loud day, in places 😉 This is in my hallway, not in […]

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Studio Cat #1

November 4, 2008

My studio is called Three Cats and a Dog, because they all “help” me in their own very special ways. The dog is a German Shorthair pointing dog named Patch.  He is now very old, and going blind and deaf and doesn’t smell well anymore either.  His hind legs have a tendancy to go out […]

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Electrolytic Etching on Copper – first try

November 4, 2008

The November issue of Art Jewelry magazine has an article on electrolytic etching by Ron Pascho which intrigued me, so I have spent the last week or two collecting the necessary supplies to try this.  I come from a fine arts/visual arts background, so the idea that I could draw/paint on metal, and have my […]

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Thoughts on Booths from the ACC show, Charlotte

November 2, 2008

I was paying attention to booth design as I browsed the ACC show in Charlotte yesterday.  I want to revamp my booth design, and the Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail that I am a member of wants to do a booth design workshop. I was looking for what worked visually, and yet was […]

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Inspiring Day

November 1, 2008

So a fiber artist friend and I drove the 2 hours to Charlotte, NC today to see the ACC craft show at the Charlotte Convention Center.  What an inspiring day!  In addition to fabulous jewelry, there was great glass, clay, wood, fibers and more.  Great eye candy. Here are some info/links to some jewelry artists […]

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Queen of Melted Jump Rings

October 31, 2008

I still consider myself a “newbie” to soldering, although I have been doing it for several years now.  I have only been able to create rather erratically until this fall though, so I’m still not where I want to be in terms of skill and technique. I had a Paua shell necklace I made last […]

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Of Pearls and Hospital Stays

October 25, 2008

You may well be wondering what pearls and hospital stays have to do with each other!  Well, I have spent entirely too much time in hospitals with admitted family members over the last 20 years, and have come to realize that without something productive to do I go slightly nuts 😉 So when we realized […]

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Show Report

October 18, 2008

I am a founding member of a “new” artisan’s group, and was in charge of our first ever wholesale/retail show this weekend.  This blog post will cover some thoughts and observations on planning and running the show, and on the effect of the economy on the show.  Hopefully it will be helpful to others planning […]

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