Friday, July 27, 2012

A weekend in NYC

After finishing up classes in New Jersey last week, my delightful traveling companions and I spent a weekend in NYC. We had a lot to see and do on our list but I think we hit them all. Friday night our first stop was Times Square. Even a bit of rain didn't dampen our enthusiasm.

Saturday was a beautiful day, sunny, seventies and breezy; a perfect day to eat our way around Manhattan. The day began with "Breakfast at Tiffanys" and coffee in Central Park, then lunch in China Town and a gelato in Little Italy. Funny how a lot of things on our list revolved around food.... :-)

We ended the day at Ground Zero. Very sobering.

Sunday dawned another beautiful day, the perfect day for a ferry ride from which to view the Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island and the Lady Liberty.

We arrived home late Sunday, a bit tired and sunburned, but with great memories of our weekend in the city!

YOJ Week 30 - Lucy in the Sky (with Swarovski's)

Yes, I know. Epic fail. Could be a serious contender in the "show us you ugliest" competition. The only thing I like is the name.

The idea was to see if I could use crystal clay to layer 2 copper cuffs together and bling the top a bit by punching holes and inserting Swarovski chatons into the clay.

Guess I'll be crossing "crystal clay" of my list of jewelry making materials....

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Classes at Create Mixed Media Retreat

I really enjoy teaching, but especially when I have a great group of students! Here's what they did. Fabulous, no?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

YOJ Week 29 - Ride the Wave!

I don't know why I do this to myself. I'm leaving tomorrow to teach for 2 days at the Create Mixed Media Retreat in New Jersey. I should be packing, making a list, checking it twice...

But no.....

I got distracted by an idea and HAD to finish it. It started out as a triple wave cuff, but then it occurred to me that I should add some color. These beautiful enameled flowers by C-Koop are the perfect accent. It looks like the flowers are literally riding a wave down my wrist. I love it. I can't stop looking at it.

But now I really must get packing....

PS: There is still room in my classes..... :-)

Eva's Workshops at Create Mixed Media Retreat:
  • Scribble Cuff & Doodle Rings (6 hours) (Thursday)
  • Banner Wrap Beach Glass (3 hours) (Thursday evening)
  • Textured Cuffs & Scrapbox Rings (6 hours) (Friday)

Friday, July 13, 2012

YOJ Week 28 - The Chained Convertible Cuff

While I was at Bead and Button, Norma Melton, the founder of WireKnitZ did a video on "The Convertible Cuff" which is designed with the 3000 series of WireKnitZ. I had some brass chain that was a perfect fit over the cuff and a perfect match to the brass magnetic closure. So I chained it up and Voila! What do you think?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Videos on "The Jewelry Making Professor"

I currently have 3 videos up on the "Jewelry Making Professor" site. This is a great resource for both hobbyists and professional hand crafted jewelry artists. Check out their membership program here and my videos here. Enjoy!

Monday, July 9, 2012

YOJ Week 27 - Student work plus some misc. ramblings

I've been so busy...I know, same old story...but really, I have. My slave driver of a co-author makes me work on our book 2 days a week, plus I'm trying to get proposals together for next years teaching schedule. I swear, all the various venues must be in cahoots.....I can hear them now...let's all make the submittal deadlines for the shank of the summer so they all have to spend the most beautiful days working in their hot sweaty studios...bwaaahaaahaaa...

But I digress...

On the upside, I did get to take a couple days off to celebrate my sweeties birthday and our anniversary, which I ingeniously scheduled on the same day 29 years ago......

This is us then.....

And now......

And just so I can keep current with my year of jewelry posts, here are some pix from a class i taught Saturday.

My students just keep getting better and better, no?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Copyright Info

Copyright issues are an endless source of discussion and disagreement in almost every group I belong to. My understanding is that techniques can not be copyrighted, only tutorials and photographs can be copyrighted. However, there is also the issue of ethics, which is where the water gets a little muddy. Here is what Mindy Brooks, editor of Bead and Button had to say on the subject....

Beaders' Ethics
Mindy Brooks Editor, Bead&Button

When, if ever, is it acceptable to sell or teach another person’s designs? That’s a question we hear frequently at Bead&Button, and it tells us that many of our readers care about the ethical and legal issues involved when it comes to the money-making aspects of beading. Unfortunately, we also have firsthand experience with beading’s darker side – the dishonest few who cause heartache and financial harm by cashing in on another person’s original work. And when unethical people profit from ideas that don’t belong to them, it hurts us all.

Maybe it was inevitable that as beading became more popular, people would look for shortcuts to exploit the growing number of lucrative opportunities, and maybe there is nothing one editor or one editorial can do to change that. So, it’s gratifying to know that my concerns about the ethics of beading are shared by the editors of other beading magazines, including Cathy Jakicic of Bead Style, Marlene Blessing of Beadwork, Pamela Hawkins of Bead Unique, and Leslie Rogalski of Step by Step Beads. They will also be covering this topic in upcoming issues of their publications. To address the question presented at the start of this editorial, Bead&Button’s position on copying designs is as follows:
  • It is unethical to copy an artist’s work to sell without the artist’s permission. 
  • It is unethical to copy any work that has appeared in a magazine, book, or website and represent it in any venue as an original design.
  • It is unethical to teach a beading project that has appeared in a magazine, book, or website without the artist’s permission. 
  • It is unethical to teach a beading project learned in another teacher’s class without the teacher’s permission. 
If you agree, please help disseminate this message by including a copy of these statements with your class materials, your kits, and the pieces you sell.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

What I sent my BSBP partner....

.....and she seemed to like it! Can't wait to see what you do with it Astrid Boyce!!!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

One Year Blog Anniversary

I wrote my first blog post on July 3, 2011 and have had more fun than I ever imagined. Here's an overview of my first year of some shameless self promotion.... :-)

Oh, and happy Independence Day my friends!!!