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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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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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The Dream: New Pure Silver Pendant

I had promised to post the pendant I was working on when I wrote my New Silver Jewelry Designs post a while ago. I just hadn’t had the time to make the chain I wanted for this pendant with one thing or another getting in the way… Ok, so here is a close-up view:

The Dream Fine SIlver Pendant
The Dream : Close Up

Below is a view of the whole pendant with the oxidized sterling silver chain I made for it:

The Dream Silver Pendant with Chain
The Dream : Silver Pendant with Chain

This design was inspired by a song I wrote many years ago entitled A Dream Within a Dream, which referred to the yogic philosophical view that the external world is not real, just an illusion, and that the only true reality is the self, as well as by the incredibly versatile nature of dreams, where desires, fears, experiences and people get mixed up and re-created to fulfill a subconscious purpose. I tried to blend the masculine, outside world-ish aspect with the feminine, more introspective side of our mental field, as they intertwine in the subconscious.

This silver collage pendant was handcrafted using PMC (Precious Metal Clay) and weighs 44 gm of pure, beautiful silver.

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My Love for Paisleys…

I was attracted to the Hindu ethnic culture and anything Indian since I was a kid. My mother had history and art books with photographs of India and designs of tapestries and such that I always loved looking at. My first contact with the Hindu culture actually happened when I was around 11 or 12 and a very close friend of mine moved to a new house in a neighborhood where there was a Krishna temple. She invited me to check it out because they were very open to having people come by to dance and feast with them.

There was a beautiful big Ganesha statue at the main entrance that robbed my heart and got stuck in my mind forever. I didn’t know anything about the Hindu culture, or Krishna, or Ganesha at the time, but I certainly fell in love with all the colors and designs, smells and tastes, and Ganesha, of course! Little did I know back then that the Hindu spiritual culture would have such an impact in my life later on…

So my love for paisleys and Indian design goes way back… And to counteract my frustration with the somewhat failed Art Copper Clay experiments, I gave myself the pleasure of creating some paisley earrings that I wanted to share here before placing them on the web site for sale:

Fine SIlver Paisley earrings
Fine Silver Paisley Earrings

I added faceted Amethyst beads and a Garnet tassel, which has become somewhat of a signature for many of my designs (yes, I love tassels, too).

Working with PMC silver has always been easy and a real joy for me, so I tend to go for it whenever possible. I have been working on other gemstone designs lately, but haven’t had the time to take pictures yet. Trying to promote your work as an independent artist is so time consuming that I wish the day would be longer than just 24 hours! Plus, I am starting to get ready for tax season for the family business and my own business, and that is so much work!

Anyway, no excuses. I will get to taking pictures and uploading them to the site soon, I promise…

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New Pictures of Silver Jewelry Designs

After the Copper Art Clay disaster I decided to cheer me up with a couple new designs in Silver Metal Clay (PMC) while I wait for some more copper clay to come in the mail and continue with my experiments…

I was able to take a few pictures that I would like to share with you before uploading them to the site. Below is a finished pure silver pendant that I slightly oxidized to add contrast with the fine silver and the thin layer of gold accent that I placed in some places. The finished patina is slightly blue-ish purple-ish, which is my favorite patina.

Inside Out Fine Silver Pendant
Inside Out: Fine Silver Pendant

I have always been fascinated by the relation of the subconscious and the dream world with our everyday life, and how we can discover what is inside of us by watching our mind and actions in the world. This design, as many of my jewelry pieces are, was inspired by this fascination with the subconscious.

As I was taking the picture, I realized that the photographic background had some scratches on it! Anyway, I don’t think I can fix that, which means I will have to “photoshop” my pictures whenever I use this background… Oh well. I wonder what photographers do to keep this type of background clear and unscratched.

Below is another precious metal clay design I am working on and I wanted to share this picture here before it is completely finished.

The Dream - Metal Clay Design
The Dream (unfinished)

This photo was taken before the piece was fired, and although I fired it already I will share it here when it is completely finished and photographed. I am waiting for some sterling silver wire to come in the mail because I would like to create a chain for it. I will post this pmc jewelry design again when it’s completely done.