Happy Valentine's Day!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Posted by Cristina Leonard on Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
After I return from Tucson, I'll be opening a new Etsy store (in addition to my jewelry and findings shop). It will be a tool shop. You all know how much I love tools! I will have many of the tools that I use everyday. Many of the tools that I commonly use in my classes will be available in my new shop, including riveting hammers, chasing hammers, saws, bench pins, French shears, bench blocks and much more. I'll post here again when it's up and running.
Posted by Cristina Leonard on Sunday, February 05, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Jewelry Haiku Generator
Fretz Goldsmith Hammer
lovely, strong, powerful....mine
Oh, how I love thee
Jewelry Haiku Generator
Why do people say
"Dumb as a bag of hammers"?
Hammers are my friends
Rio Grande has a fun random haiku generator on their blog right now. I tried it twice and these were the first poems that I got. Kinda says it all, doesn't it? It's fun, go try it here.
Slide Tubes on a rubber cord bracelet.
Zig Zag Scallop Necklace taught by Julie Campbell (designed by Sheryl Yanagi).
Sidewinder bracelet taught by Jeanne Craine.
Wire-Wrapped beads taught by Jeanne Craine.
Cindi from Bead Haven will be hosting February classes at the Fairfax Center on Saturday, February 25. I'll be teaching 2 PMC classes that day. In the morning we'll be making fine silver tube beads which are perfect on a bracelet or on a chain and in the afternoon we'll learn how to make our own toggles. Julie Campbell and Jeanne Craine will also be teaching classes that day (see the photos above). Jeanne is teaching a third class that day, but I couldn't get the picture to load! See that picture on the Bead Haven website. Cindi Slater will also be teaching 2 free sessions of how to crimp and make wire wrapped loops for earrings. These are 2 of the basics of jewelry making, so if you've always wanted to learn, now's your chance (and for free!). It should be a fun day filled with a lot of laughs and learning. See all of the details on the Bead Haven website.
Valentine is located in downtown Iowa City, next to Herteen and Stocker.
Some of the Valentine inspired earrings that I took to Valentine today.
Bronze Heart Pendants
Iowa City has a new pop up store called Valentine. I took some work there today. It's a very cute store filled with lots of fun handmade gifts. I love the pop up concept. If you don't know, pop up stores are retail spaces set up for a limited amount of time after which they close. Often, they're in store fronts that would otherwise be vacant. There have been Halloween pop ups around for a long time in our area, but the gift pop up is a fairly recent thing here. It's a fresh, fun way to shop and a really nice way for artists to get work out into their own community, which isn't always easy. Go check it out if you have a chance or visit their Facebook page here.