Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mar 2014 ~ Jewelry Challenge ~ Jumprings!

The EtsyMetal Team Jewelry challenge this month is "Jumprings". Our team member participants were challenged to create a piece using their own interpretation of the theme. Your comments and questions are always welcomed.
Enjoy these beautiful creations!

"My giant jump rings, hammered, fused, enameled."
Pendant Bubble Blower
Jump Ring Necklaces
"I use a lot of jump rings in my work, but this time I decided to put the jump ring inside the link and make it part of the motif."
Sterling silver Jump Rings Necklace

what's new!

More awesomeness from the bench! Etsymetal members show you what's new this week:

 Juju By Sarah                                                           Quercus Silver

JazznJewelry                                                                       2Roses

 lsueszabo                                                                Amity Jewelry

 Jen Lawler Designs                                                      LjBjewelry

 Michele Grady Designs                                      wildflowerdesigns

 SCJJewelryDesign                                     Anne Walker Jewelry

   Victoria Takahashi/experimetal                             SimplyMegA

BrackenDesigns                                                          betsybensen 

  Form and Funktion                                            MaryAnneKarren

Nodeform                                               Peggie Calame Jewelry      

                Gotham Atelier

Friday, March 28, 2014

Charm Swap 13 ~ Charms are starting to come in!

We are down to the finish date and charms are starting to be sent and hopefully arriving soon!  Here are a few wonderful charms that are finished and some that are very close to being finished!  Excited to see all the beautiful charms and be able to hold and touch each one.

L. Sue Szabo
"so, i was thinking, "what am i gonna do so this doesn't just seem like grunt work????". hmmmmmm, grunt work you say? that's when i had my revelation to make pig butts. at least i was gonna have some fun."


"They are little forged branches with blossoms.  All of our cherry trees are in full blossom right now and they are SO incredible beautiful this year, so on my walk yesterday I was like, hunh, why don't I try and use these as inspiration for my charm, so I am!"

Quench Metalworks
 Jen Lisa of Quench Metalworks finished up the wonderful little porcelain arms.

 Nina Gibson Designs
"Here's my prototype, which worked! yay! The pennies will spin. The copper strip has a little "13" on one side. The pennies are from 1932 - I had a whole role of these wheaties. So I have all the strips and other pieces ready to go - Just need to assemble them and I'll be done."

"I changed my mind a bit and went with a simpler feather engraved charm. All are soldered and stamped and I am in the progress of engraving. 3 are finished and I should be able to get a few in each day."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

3xR Challenge 2014 Week 11

I must admit, it is very annoying when one's day job gets in the way of taking part in the Etsy Metal 3xR Challenge! I am a few weeks behind, but I'm glad to see these these fabulous participants are taking up their soldering torches and piercing saws and soldiering on wards to keep up.  Without further ado, I give you, week 11 submissions for the year long Reduce, Reuse and Recycle project.

1. Bague Cosmos Week 11, 2. Carnelian orange necklace orange EM3xR 2014/11, 3. fossil fern, sterling silver, 14kt gold, earrings, 4. 3xR week 11, 5. 3xR week 11, 6. 3xr logo

Saturday, March 22, 2014

what's new!

Etsymetal team members celebrate Spring by creating beautiful new work... and perhaps taking a break now and then to smell the hyacinths...

 lsuesazbo                                                                   betsybensen

 LjBJewelry                                                                JujuBySarah

 Amity Jewelry                                                                   2Roses

 Sarah Hood Jewelry                                    SCJ Jewelry Design

 Quercus Silver                          Victoria Takahashi/experimetal

JazznJewelry                                                 NRjewellerydesign

Peggie Calame Jewelry                                                                 

Friday, March 21, 2014

3XR Challenge 2014 Week 10

In the tenth week of the 3XR (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Challenge, our artists have produced some beautiful new work. The 3XR Challenge proves that with vision, innovation and talent, you don't need to start with brand new materials to make amazing jewelry! Please check back each week to see our newest pieces.

1. Virginie Martin Candy Earrings - Week 10, 2. Ann Hartley Etsymetal 3xR week 10, 3. SCJ Jewelry Design Enamel earrings EM 3xR wk10, 4. Michele Grady Labradorite!, 5. Sarah Hood Asscher Spinel Ring Set, 6. SCJ Jewelry Design Carnelian earrings EM3xR wk9

Saturday, March 15, 2014

what's new!

A lovely mix of new pieces from etsymetal team member's studios!

 Panicmama Jewelry                                                Juju By Sarah        

 2Roses                                                                     Amity Jewelry

 lsueszabo                                                            Geckoj Designs 

 silentgoddess                                                                   aroluna

 Michele Grady Designs                                          LivelyHood

 Peggie Calame Jewelry                                            betsybensen


Thursday, March 13, 2014

3xR Challenge 2014 Week 9

By my calculations we are 17.31% of the way through this challenge!  We still have a way to go, but I for one am enjoying the push this challenge gives me to evolve some new designs. Personally, I'm using it as a test bed for new ideas, reused, repurposed and recycled from of the things I already have in my workshop. On ward team 3xR! Only 82.69 % left to go!

1. 3xR/7, 2. L. SUE SZABO/ 3XR 7-8-9-10, 3. 3xR week 9, 4. 3xR week 9, 5. Late Spring Pendant - 3 x R Week 9, 6. Late Spring Pendant.1, 7. Cari-Jane Hakes, week 9, Etsy Metal 3xR challenge, 8. Lace agate, pearl drop, long pendant, 9. 3xr logo

Saturday, March 8, 2014

what's new!

As usual, etsymetal team members are keeping busy in the studio. Here's what's new this week!

JazznJewelry                                                                   aroluna

 2Roses                                                                            lsueszabo

     LivelyHood                                                               Amity Jewelry

Juju By Sarah                                                            betsybensen

 NinaGibsonDeigns                                                      LjBjewelry

  Victoria Takahashi/Experimetal                   House on Hudson

Anne Walker                                        Peggie Calame Jewelry

Thursday, March 6, 2014

3XR Challenge 2014 Week 8

The Etsy Metal 3XR participants have been busy this week! Have a look at the beautiful pieces they've been making using the 3 R's--Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

1. Betsy Bensen Lavender lace agate pendant, sterling, 14kt, 2. Virginie Martin Studio Paisley Ring 3xR Week 8, 3. e5Jewelry 3xR/6, 4. Hartley Studio 3xR week 7, 5. L. Sue Szabo L. SUE SZABO/ 3XR 7-8-9-10, 6. Christine Mighion 3XR 03 Watermelon Tourmaline & Recycled 14k Rose Gold Stud Earrings, 7. Nina Gibson 3XR #6 Turquoise Blooms Necklace, 8. Hartley Studio 3xR week 8, 9. SCJ Jewelry Design Mixed Metals Reversable flush set cz pear shaped pendant EM 3xR/wk8, 10. Kelly Hosford Patterson Fluttering At My Window 009, 11. Cari-Jane Hakes Cari-Jane Hakes, homage to Richard Long

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Members' News for the Month of March

When, oh when, is spring coming?  The midwest is still in the midst of a polar vortex, but I digress....
I don't have a lot of news to report this month but here we go-

L. Sue Szabo won the juror's award at the national show "Materials Hard and Soft" in Denton, TX. She received a $500 cash award. 
Click on 2014 Award Winners on the link to view all the award winners.

Also Sue is exhibiting work at the Lilliputians' March, a national small works art show at Purdue University, March 14-Apr 13, 2014.

L. Sue Szabo has work in the 4th annual online exhibition by Ganoksin, "Changing Hues", an exhibit about the use of color in metalwork.  There are several other Etsy Metal artists in the exhibit as well, so check it out on line if you have time.

2Roses is featured in the new Art Jewelry Forum publication: AJF Best Of Interviews.
From the publisher: "AJF is proud to present AJF Best of Interviews. This publication is a selection of 20 interviews that together provides insights into contemporary jewelry's backstage: teachers, makers, curators, collectors, designers, and dealers discuss how they do it, why they do it, and occasionally, with whom they do it.

AJF Best of Interviews includes conversations with Madeleine Albright, Gijs Bakker, Jamie Bennett, Lola Brooks, Helen Drutt, Iris Eichenberg, Clo Fleiss, Warwick Freeman, Matthew Friday & Kerianne Quick, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Yevgeniya Kaganovitch, Sally Marsland, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Helena and Lasse Pahlman, Sienna Patti, Bruce Pepich, Lindsay Pollock, Dorothea Prühl, 2Roses, and Tanel Veenre.

 That's the news as we head to press.  See you next month!
L. Sue Szabo

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Welcome to our EtsyMetal monthly Blog Carnival!
Blog Carnival is about a group of our members sharing their experience on a common topic


Tell us about your ethnicity
March is Irish American month, you may not be Irish, so tell us who you are. What are customs you grew up with, foods you eat, how your ethnicity may influence your work.

Read and see what some of our members think. You are welcome to make comments and ask questions! Enjoy.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

what's new!

Hot off the benches of etsymetal team members this week!

 lsueszabo                                                                          2roses

 AmityJewelry                                                               LjBjewelry

Jen Lawler Designs                                                             aroluna

simplyMegA                                                            Juju By Sarah

Michele Grady Designs                              Nina Gibson Designs

SCJ Jewelry Design                                  Peggie Calame Jewelry

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