Thursday, June 25, 2009

Arts Across Ellsworth Fine Art and Craft Show

This Friday and Saturday, June 26th and 27th, I will be at the Arts Across Ellsworth Fine Art and Craft Show. It will be upstairs at the Maine Grind on Main Street in Ellsworth. The hours are Friday 10:00 to 5:00 and Saturday 10:00 to 4:00.

Looking forward to seeing lots of people there! I'll be in the back room. Just look for my new sign!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tool Junkie: Murphy's Law of Learning Riveting

Apologies in advance to those who may have read this on the Etsy Maine Team Thread. This is a post, pretty much word-for-word, that I decided would be a better blog entry than a post (should have thought of that before I posted it, though!). And I think it can fall under the Tool Junkie Series since I do mention tools.

I have a large order of pins I am making and I got the bright idea that I would rivet the pin ba
cks that weren't already attached on the forms. Never having riveted before, I posted a question on the Etsy Maine Team thread, got a great convo from Jenn and jumped right in. So never having been taught metalsmithing, and through books knowing just enough to make me dangerous, here is what I have learned so far. Maybe these can be called the Murphy's Laws of Riveting.

-If you drill both your holes and then set one rivet, the other holes will never line up exactly.

-It's hard to hold on to those little rivets and my hands are too clumsy.

-If you try to hold onto them with pliers or tweezers, inevitably you will squeeze too hard, and what was the start of a pretty good rivet will fly out of your pliers and be lost somewhere across the room.

-My work area is too messy and it's hard to find rivets when you drop them.

-Once you get a good rivet started, because you used the same size drill and wire (as instructed in the
Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight) and because you cut the piece too long, the unflared end will have expanded just enough not to fit in your hole.

-You will become so frustrated trying to fit it in your hole that you will squeeze too h
ard on the pliers you are holding and the rivet will shoot across the room and you will have to start over again.

-Brass is just enough different from sterling silver to make it hard to work with until you are used to it.

-Those cheap gold-colored pinbacks are not brass and if you try to sand out the plier or hammer marks, the finish will come off.

-My new riveting hammer is really cool.

-My new cheapo (beginner's) jewelry saw is also pretty cool. It cuts thick wire great, but I suck at cutting shapes out of sheet. But don't put too much pressure on the saw when you cut or you will break those little tiny hair-width saw blades.

-I actually like doing this
once I got the hang of it and wish I could find a place to take a metalsmithing class around here. I know there's a lot more to it than just riveting, but I really like working with metals, I have decided.

Don't look too closely at my finished product, please!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Pussywillow Earrings and Bracelet now listed

You can check them out by clicking on their pictures, below.

My newest treasury

Some of my favorite stuff from some of my favorite Etsy friends!

Monday, June 8, 2009

New Listing and New Photos of Older Listings

I've been busy re-taking photos of older listings and also posting new items. Here's my newest, a ruffled bracelet.

Friday, June 5, 2009

August Etsy Maine Team Meeting

As you might know, I am going to be hosting the Maine team meeting in August in Ellsworth. It will be at my husband's office, which has a great conference room space and a kitchen, too, as well as plenty of parking. For those of you who are familiar with Ellsworth, it is in between Oak and State Streets. It's the new white building behind where the Fork in the Road Restaurant used to be. (I'll give directions and a map closer to the meeting).

I know it seems like a long time away, but since people are usually so busy in the summer and lots of people will have shows, I thought I would start this process now.

I have a poll on the front page of my blog: On it I have listed all the weekend days I am free in August. Please take a look at your calendars and choose which day(s) are best for you. You can choose more than one day. The day with the most votes will be the one I will choose for the meeting. I'll leave the poll open until mid-July and I will remind you all every couple of weeks or so to vote if you haven't done so.

I figure this is probably the best way to find out what days are better for the most people.


Thursday, June 4, 2009