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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…