Memorial Day Weekend – Jewelry 101 Open Studio

It hardly seems possible that Memorial weekend will arrive in a couple of days.   I look outside and today was all rain and dark clouds and I wonder how much rain we can take before we start growing flippers here in the Northwest.  There is one good thing about being inside and staying dry, and that is all the little fun projects we can work on and get into, instead lawn mowing and flower watering and all those other things we would normally be doing this time of year.    So many projects and usually so little time.

I have several things in the works and they run the gamut.  First there is the summer dress that has the pattern cut out and just needs to be run through the sewing machine.  Of course the sewing machine is buried under a pile of stuff that I threw into that corner when I started organizing my books.   Mind you the corner is a tiny one  so it doesn’t take a lot to clutter it up but I plan on clearing that up this weekend.

Then there are those signs I volunteered to paint and I have partially completed, those are destined to be worked on at the next artists gathering.

Then there is the jewelry ( I create and sell my jewelry and I host the Jewelry 101 Open studio the last Friday of most months).    I absolutely LOVE creating jewelry, it is a very close second to to my metal work.   I love finding components and beads, doing wire work, hammering metal using all kinds of materials.   I am really attracted to tools, and jewelry making really feeds that need.

If you were to visit my studio, some people might wonder,  why I have yards of copper tubing?

I say, Doesn’t everyone?

Well the copper tubing when hammered makes wonderful bracelets and rings, and if you apply heat, well beautiful things happen.  Things like reds, and blues and pinks and browns that really make the copper pop.

Now don’t everyone go get that copper tubing off the connects to your ice maker on your fridge, you can pick some up at the hardware store.   Don’t worry if they give you funny looks or even if they ask you why you need so much.   But I bet while you wait you will find other items at the hardware store that make cool jewelry.   It just depends on how adventurous you are.

I am still experimenting with clear plastic tubing and what you could fill it with to make snappy bracelets or necklaces or even a hair band.  I admit that last bit about the hair band came to me just now.  You could fill the tubing with beads or glitter or fabric and the cork up the ends and attach a elastic  to either the corks or to the tubing itself and Wha-La a new head band to hold you hair back!   Or if the tubing was very small you could pop holes through it and attach beads on headpins and have danglies that hang from the tubing.

You could even run a ribbon through it to tie in the back of your neck for a necklace.

Maybe it should really be, so many idea’s and so little time. . .


Copper Bracelet