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Marshall Handmade Market Arts & Crafts Show

Peace, Fine Silver Pendant by Sacred Jewelry & Yoga DesignsI was finally able to take some pictures of my new silver jewelry designs I am bringing to the Marshall Handmade Market, which is happening this Saturday, November 20th, from 10 to 5, at the Marshal High Studios in Blannahasset (Blannerhasset?) Island, NC. This is a place I had never been to before. I went today to start setting up and was very inspired by all the studios there. The building is an old school that was renovated for this purpose, and the place is just beautiful. It is nested in the mountains and to get there you drive along the French Broad River. It feels so peaceful and full of energy!

Many Blessings, Silver Pendant by Sacred Jewelry & Yoga DesignsAs I got into downtown Marshal I saw a sign that said something like, ”Marshall: the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains.“ I couldn’t agree more. The town is so quaint and gorgeous! There are cozy little cafés, galleries, beautiful architecture (such as the building that holds the Court House), and friendly people everywhere you go. Anyway, I hope you can make it tomorrow to the Arts & Crafts Show. There will be good music, good food, and about 30 artists selling their handmade creations.

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Fundraiser Craft Show at Asheville’s Biltmore Mall

Wisdom Fox by Sacred Jewelry & Yoga DesignsI will be setting up shop with my handmade jewelry designs this Saturday, November 6th, from 10 to 8, and Sunday, November 7th, from 12 to 6, inside the Biltmore Mall in Asheville, NC, to support a fund raising event for the Fire Department. I know there will be a raffle, but I am not sure what else will be happening, other than many artists showing their creations for you to purchase. So if you happen to be in town, stop by and support the cause!

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Asheville Art in the Park Shows

After a little break from making jewelry and all business related activities to devote some time to family and writing, as well as resolving some connectivity issues with my internet provider, I am back, now getting ready for the upcoming Asheville Art in the Park shows, this Saturday, October 9th, and next Saturday, October 16th, in downtown Asheville, NC, from 10 to 5. Looks like the weather is going to be nice, so spread the word and stop by to say hi!

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Ready for Art in Autumn Arts and Crafts Festival

Sacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs at Asheville Art in the Park

I have been dealing with tooth pain and dentists lately, which has prevented me from following my regular schedule and writing on my blogs, but things seem to be getting better now, and boy, am I grateful for that!

Not only because tooth pain is one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced (yes, much worse than childbirth), but also because I need to get all my jewelry and booth display ready for the Art in Autumn Arts & Crafts Festival this coming Saturday, September 18th, on Main Street in Weaverville, NC.

Paper Mache Sculpture by Sacred Jewelry & Yoga DesignsI like to look at my booth setting after every show and see if there is anything that can be improved, both in terms of how to display things as well as how to make it more efficient in terms of space, while keeping it practical and easier to transport, if at all possible. I usually have a booth partner, and that is a wonderful thing to have, but I still want to make things easier for both and to be able to manage on my own for shows I will be doing alone. Since I will be sharing the booth at the Art in Autumn Festival, space is of the essence, so this time I will be adding a couple gridwall panels to add vertical space to my side of the booth. I also made the papier mâché display on the photo shown here as a central piece (and hopefully attention drawer), so I want to make room for all this new stuff on the table without crowding it too much.

Ganesha Bronze Pendant by Sacred Jewelry & Yoga DesignsSome of the displays will now go on the vertical panels, leaving plenty of room for my other jewelry on the table, including fine silver pendants, sterling silver necklaces, and the new bronze jewelry designs (one is shown here as an example, with a handmade sandalwood necklace). I will be sure to post some new photos of the booth to show you what it looks like once it’s all set up.

You can view some of the new fine silver and bronze jewelry designs I already uploaded to the my Handmade Jewelry Shop, but if you happen to be in the area, come visit my booth even just to say hi, while you enjoy the changing colors of Fall in the mountains! The show goes from 10 to 5. Hope to see you there!

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New Bronze Jewelry Designs with Pro Clay

After my Art Clay Copper experiments (see New Art Clay Copper Experiment and Copper ArtClay Disaster!), I decided to try a different brand of metal clay for copper and bronze pendants. I ordered some of the Prometheus clay made in Turkey (usually referred to as Pro clay), instead of the other brands, simply because it fires quicker and seemed easier to deal with. I was not disappointed at all! The fresh clay was a pleasure to work with, as it is so soft and moist, and very manageable. After they dried, some of the pieces looked like this:

Dried bronze clay pendantDried bronze clay Ganesh pendant

Dried bronze clay face pendant Dried bronze clay devi pendant

So I wrapped them in paper towels and then bundled them up in fiber blanket to get them ready to be fired in the kiln:

Wrapped bronze clay ready to fire

I am not too fond of fiber blanket, but I wanted to try this quick method to see how hard the bronze would come out and how much oxidation it would prevent. Most of the bundles were tight, but I left a lose end on a couple of them (to measure oxidation if I fire them without the blanket). Once fired, the bronze pieces came out wonderfully hard, with a somewhat copper-ish color. As expected, the ones that had more air exposure had more oxidation than the ones completely wrapped in the paper towels and fiber blanket, but nothing excessive, which was pretty nice to see. Below are the pieces after being tumbled. You can still see the copper-ish hue they have (sorry for the bad photo, it was a very quick one with bad light).

Bronze clay pieces just fired

I brushed them with a brass brush and the color changed to more of a usual bronze tone:

Bronze clay devi pendant

I love the feel of these pieces! They’re like little jewelry sculptures… I chose a blue and green patina to finish these designs:

Patinated bronze jewelry designs

I will have better pictures of these for the web site’s Jewelry Shop once I make bronze chains for them, and I will also share more experiments with the new Prometheus copper clay soon. Stay tuned…

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New Yoga Jewelry Video

Ok, so I’ve been having too much fun making videos of my jewelry designs, finding the right designs, the right music, synching everything, and so on, so now I came up with a yoga jewelry video that I just uploaded to YouTube. Check it out:

It is kind of hypnotic, and I really like that quality about it. I know, I know… I should be in the studio creating more jewelry, or uploading all the photos I have for the web site, but this was so much fun! Now back to work…

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New Designs for Asheville Art in the Park

Yep, that’s right, Gaucho Glass and I will be sharing a booth at the Asheville Art in the Park show June 12, 19, and 26, in downtown Asheville, NC, from 10 am to 5 pm. So I have been getting ready for these shows by creating some of my unique fine silver pieces and also many affordable jewelry designs, especially lots of earrings, although I haven’t had a chance to put them for sale on the web site yet.

Lava Stones with Pure Silver by Sacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs
“Moon Stones Bracelet” (Lava Stones & Pure Silver)

One of the unique aspects of Asheville Art in the Park is that it is a local art market that gives back to the community by donating 10% of all sales to a local non-profit organization, which I think is very cool.

Jade Bracelet by Sacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs
“Grapes” Jade & Sterling Silver Bracelet

Even though they are expecting some rain, I think it’s going to be a beautiful sunny day but not too hot. So come say hi if you are around, and support local merchants and non-profit organizations at the same time!

Crystal and Garnet Earrings by Sacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs
Crystal and Garnet Earrings

I will try to post a few more designs before the weekend. Till then…

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Silver Jewelry Designs for Upcoming Craft Shows

I haven’t had the time to upload the pictures of my new designs to the web site store, since that is a much more time consuming process that involves writing descriptions and such, and I need to keep producing pieces for my upcoming craft shows, so I thought I’d just keep posting a few at a time here.

Given the state of the economy, I’ve been trying to find a middle ground (price wise), so that people who cannot afford my pure silver artisan designs can still enjoy some of my smaller fine silver pendants or earrings. And of course, I keep making sterling silver pendants and earrings, not just because they are more affordable, but because I simply love to pound, twist, and solder that silver wire!

Moon Spirit Pure SIlver Pendant by Sacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs
“Moon Spirit” Pure Silver Pendant
Agate Sterling Silver Pendant from Sacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs
“Fire Pendant” - Carved Agate and Sterling Silver
African Moon Fine Silver Pendant from Sacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs
“African Moon” Fine Silver Pendant

I draw inspiration from universal symbols, ethnic cultures, and the elements, but it is obvious that the moon is one of my main sources of inspiration for silver collages. Perhaps it is the feminine energy of silver? Or perhaps it is just me being a woman, but what is certain is that the moon is one of my muses! I do believe and feel its energy affecting everything on the planet, how it brings water, love, and life, and balances out all the other elements. Can you feel that, too?

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Another Peak at the New Jewelry Designs…

Here’s a few more shots of the new designs I will bring to the Montford Arts & Music Festival tomorrow. I am just waiting for a few silver metal clay pendants to come out of the kiln today, and maybe I will have the time to photograph and post them here, once they’re finished and polished. If not, I will do it later on…

Coral Air Sterling Silver Pendant
“Coral Air” Sterling Silver Pendant
Agate & Turquoise Necklace
Agate & Turquoise Necklace
Colorful Copper Doodle
Colorful Copper Doodle

Even though they are expecting a thunderstorm tomorrow in the Asheville area, I think it’s going to be your typical mountain weather, and the festival should be fun. So come on by! Gaucho Glass and Sacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs will be sharing a booth. Stop to say hi!