Thursday, December 04, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
"TOO PRECIOUS" Necklace
The "challenge" was to use a baggie of beads-- mostly seed beads-- in various bright "jewel tones": sapphire, fushia, teal, and purple seed beads, and a few other smallish beads. The theme was Deep Jewel Tones. http://sdbeadsociety.org/members/challenges.htm
I added amethyst, apatite, citrine, and peridot gemstones (mostly chips/mini-nuggets), additional glass and paua beads, and the utterly, too precious Hello Kitty acrylic beads I got from Chris Prussing (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5569264). The clasp is Bali silver with a faceted amethyst.
FAQ Answers: No, this one is not for sale. Yes, I wear it. To work. No, I don't have instructions-- I kinda made it up as I went along, and really can't say exactly how I did it... other than that each strand is a different length of strung beads, brought into a single strand to which is attached the clasp. I have no idea how much it cost to make, or where I got anything except the challenge beads and the Hello Kitty beads.... and I don't think Chris has anymore of those (she has some very cool beaded beads, though...).
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
For my consignment sales, most buyers are tourists wanting a souvenir that is a bit different than the usual made-in-China gew-gaw, but don’t want to spend much on it. “Under $10” is the “price point” for most of these sales; other buyers, though, are locals looking for something “different” or “arty”—these buyers generally are willing to pay for that uniqueness, especially since the purchase helps support a local artist AND a local non-profit institution.
I’ve participated in a few Crafts’ Shows. The last time, was this past spring, at my workplace (for a fundraiser). It reminded me why I don’t do them…. Even if it hadn’t been the confused “mess” it ended up being (mistakes, miscommunications, and generally poor planning from those in charge of the event), it still would not have been a “good day” for me—I really have a hard time “sitting” for extended periods of time.
Gallery shows—ummm…. Well, I’ve taken part in our bead society’s gallery show every year it has been held. My preferences for “décor” and content generally run counter to the preferences of the “PTBs” of the last few years. “Their way” has been to make it like a “high end”, fine arts gallery show—I sell one or two pieces, and most members don’t sell anything; the PTBs sell “high end” items to their friends and current clients— the gallery show being set up like an extension of their studio shops. The way I prefer—like a fun and happy Bazaar… total sales in terms of number of pieces is higher, more artists have sales, and there is a whole lot more selection of “affordable” items for casual, spur of the moment, walk-in type visitors (the majority of potential buyers). My personal sales income is about the same, but generally it’s several “low to mid” priced items rather than one or two higher priced ones, which to me is “better”. It’s not an extension of “my studio”… which consists of my end of the dining table for beading, and a few canvas bags for crochet WIPs. (We won’t talk about how much space storage takes up…). The other gallery shows I’ve entered were at the SD Art Institute’s “Museum of the Living Artist”—once at one of their fund raiser shows, and last year, for a “Holiday Tree” show (mine sold the first night—before any of my friends got to see it! I have mixed feelings about that…). Still working on “fine art” type projects….
For the art shows… I really haven’t figured out where the main “price point” is. Sales are at low, mid and high ends… although I haven’t done but a couple of really high end pieces for sale, and somehow, I seem to forget to even put those out most of the time, or don’t have room for them. Usually, the highest priced item is under $200. The last show I did (Comic Con), the highest priced item was $165—and it sold. So did $5 cell-phone charms and hair clips, but only a couple of “moderate” priced items….
Things to consider about art shows:
As you may have gathered… I like Art Shows. They aren’t “perfect”, but until I can find a Rich Patron who will pay for all my materials, promotions and showings, and pay me a living wage to “create” as I please… Art Shows will have to do.
Art Shows are “easy”—you set up once and can leave until it’s time to pack out. AS Staff takes care of sales, credit card processing, check guarantees, and paying the Governator his cut of the sales. No resale certificate required (I have one, though).
Art Shows are “cheap”—a display space usually costs much less than vendor space. And… you don’t have to “sit” all day with your “stuff”. You don’t need as many products to fill your space, either.
Art Shows, in my experience, are “safe”—I’ve never had anything “evaporate” at an art show, nor any breakage I did not myself cause (I’m a bit clumsy and tend to drop stuff…). I have had consignment and gallery show items disappear and be broken. You also don’t have gooey-fingered kidlets messing up your pieces, nor people spilling drinks, etc on them.
Art Shows usually have limited space—but so do many Crafts Fairs. Generally, one “space” consists of a 4’ x 4’ vertical panel or a half-table (tables either 6’ or 8’ long x 30”, depending on the venue). Some shows limit the number of spaces per artist, others are “first come, first choice”.
Art Shows usually charge a commission on sales—but they do work for it, and they have to pay the rent on the room. Some Crafts Fairs also charge commissions, as do most gallery shows and consignment shops. Of the art shows I do— Comic Con charges no commission, Condor Con and Conjecture charge 10%, Westercon charged 15%, in addition to the table fees. Most of these shows are three days.
Art Shows aren’t really set up for sales of “production items”—they’re more for one of a kind or limited edition work. This can be a “pro” or a “con”, depending on how you work. Since I can have problems making two earrings in a pair match… “OOAK” inventory works for me.
Comic Con 2008 table
Friday, August 15, 2008
The initial graphing took a while, too-- it was done "low tech" (not with a graphing program). To start- you scan a graph onto a transparency, then lay that over your picture, and re-scan with the two together.... Then agonize over each partial square when filling out the paper graph that you use for your working copy, realizing that the "squares" aren't QUITE the same proportions as your beads (in my case, a Delica graph, but I used 15/0 beads).... I had planned to "someday" reverse engineer a pattern from the completed bag, but now that Suzanne has done it... I'll probably use hers if I decide to make another one. Besides, hers looks like it will be fine using 11/0 beads, which are easier than 15/0s.....
I used the same method with the Ruferto bag I made-- which was much more complicated because of the colors, and because even using 15/0 beads, details in the original had to be eliminated because they were "too close together" to make them distinctive in the overall size of the project I wanted. For that one, there were a few more steps using a copier to adjust the size of the original (which was about the same size as the amulet bag) to use for the pattern. Usually, the cartoons I use for patterns are much simpler than Sergio Aragones draws.... Hello Kitty, for example....
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Soft sea colors-- A RAW "wiggle" bracelet (instructions in B&B special issue), an "Obon" bracelet-- it started out as another "woolie worm" style, like the DoD bracelets, but it looked "right" after the first pass of enhancements, so I managed to retstrain myself from adding the other rows I had laid out.... Abalone buttons for the closures on both. Also a ring with a peuote st band and a flower and leaf enhancement.
Cell phone charms and some twiddly whatnots that may be used later as components... or not. Anyway, it was easier to make them than sort out the beads and put them away properly.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Here are the rules:
1) Link to the person who tagged you
2) Post the rules on your blog (this is what you are now reading)
3) Write 6 random things about yourself (see below)
4) Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them
5) Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6) Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
Sooo…. I’ve already linked to Michele in the first paragraph. By the way, check out her Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5662253 ), and the rest of the Etsy team’s shops (www.esmartsteam.blogspot.com has a list of members' shops).
My “6 random things about me”:
a. I'm short, too.... Not as short as Michele, though!
b. I was named after my aunt (father's youngest sister), because my father liked that name. Got my mother's first name as a middle name (family tradition), and chose my nick-name myself when I was learning to talk... my mom chose the spelling, though.
c. US Navy vet
d. Two sons-- both "grown up"; no grandbabies (except the furry variety).
e. Hubby's from Hawaii.
f. We're taking our "honeymoon" at the end of the month... just a couple dozen years late. We'll be visiting his mom and sister.
My 6 “victims” (the ones at the bottom of my blog list—meaning they haven’t been heard from as lately as the others):
Anita at http://gahooletreedesigns.blogspot.com/
Jackie and Lara at http://silverlodge-gems.blogspot.com/
Diane at http://feeds.feedburner.com/mygemstoneboxbydiane
Carlotta at http://carlottacreates.blogspot.com/
Julie Ann at http://angelamps.blogspot.com
and our shy member at http://dentedhalo.blogspot.com
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Picture 1: Sergio Aragones at the Quick Draw panel
Picture 2: Mark Evenier, Scott Shaw! and Mike Peters at Quick Draw panel
Picture 3: Sails Pavilion crowd before opening on Thursday
Picture 4: Art Show Staff waiting for opening time....
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The very mortal surfer rides the waves in the Ocean of Birth and Death…. Waves crest and trough, revealing glimpses of treasures and myriads of life forms. An occasional island offers rest and refreshment, but alas, one soon must catch another wave… over and over, until one finds the way to the Other Shore.
This is "By the Rainbow Bridge":
From the poem, The Rainbow Bridge, in honor of all the beloved furred, feathered and finny friends and family members who have left this life before us.
Focal: high-fired ceramic vessel (can hold liquid, “smelling salts”, dried herbs) from Peru; Czech pressed glass and fire polished glass, Chinese porcelain and lampwork, Peruvian ceramic, bone button (India), seed beads (Japan and Czech Republic).
On each side of the Buddha head, are 8 fire polished rounds, representing the “8-Fold Noble Path” leading to the Pure Land, represented by “arahats” (in the carved wood beads) surrounded by lotuses (porcelain beads). Along the “path” to the Pure Land, lotuses (stacks of pressed and fire-polished glass beads) are in various stages of bloom; as Gautama Buddha said, “My followers are like lotus flowers. Some are still tight buds sleeping in the water, some have just emerged, some have started to unfurl and some have fully awakened”.
Focal: high-fired ceramic vessel (can hold liquid, “smelling salts”, dried herbs) from Peru; Czech pressed glass and fire polished glass, vintage Czech glass button, porcelain beads (China), hand carved “bead within a bead” beads (China), seed beads (Japan and Czech Republic).
I also did a couple of "just for fun, because I couldn't resist the beads" pieces:
'60's Revival: Feelin' Groovy (bracelet)
Peace, love, happiness… wearing jeans, getting around in a Bug… stars in your eyes and flowers everywhere…. Which way to San Francisco?
Plastic novelty beads, Czech pressed glass, Czech and Japanese seed beads, novelty button.
What can I say… beads with “spring palette” colors, combined with glittery black ones and a skull focal somewhat left of center… what else it be?
Vintage and modern acrylic and resin beads, Czech pressed glass, Czech and Taiwanese seed beads, novelty button (plastic), acrylic charm.