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Grape Soda Necklace by Instinctively Indie

The artist behind Instinctively Indie is Ann Jepsen. Ann Jepsen creates unique upcycled jewelry from all sorts of bits-and-bobs. Her jewelry features lots of upcycled buttons, pieces of vinyl records, soda cans, marbles, melted crayons, and so many other interesting objects.

Cool Tones Melted Crayon Bracelet by Instinctively Indie

Instinctively Indie jewelry is cute, colourful, and full of vintage whimsy you just can’t help but love it! When not creating beautiful jewelry, Ann Jepsen can be found at home chasing around her home in Sioux City, Iowa with her family.

If you would like to see more of Ann Jepsen’s beautiful creations, here’s where you can find them!

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Black Eyed Susan Bakelite Bracelet by Uniqlets

Uniqlets is owned by jewelry artist Lisa Rosenberg. As her businesses name “Uniqlets” would suggest, Lisa specializes in making one-of-a-kind and unusual pieces. She especially enjoys bringing new life to vintage materials such as old jewelry, vintage buttons, or, really, any unusual object that strikes her interest and could create a bold statement piece. Uniqlets jewelry is fun, colourful, and very different from other jewelers work. Every piece is certainly a statement piece of jewelry and sure to get noticed!

Pearly Grace Bracelet by Uniqlets

If you would like to see more of Lisa’s work, here’s where you can find it!

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Hi, everyone! I know it’s been a long time since I last made a blog post, but I’m going to try and start posting again now that my summer art shows have come to an end. To get things restarted again, I thought I’d share some of my excitement from this summer: being invited to consign my jewelry to the Artistica art gallery in Dexter, Michigan.

Artistica is a small art gallery run by four ladies who are artists in their own right. I met one of the managers while exhibiting at the Midland Summer Art Fair where she was also exhibiting her work. The next month, I got a phone call from her asking if I would be interested in consigning some of my work to their gallery. And, of course, I was!! I then spent the next two weeks making a whole pile of new pieces specifically for the gallery so that I wouldn’t diminish my show inventory.

Here are a few of the pieces I brought down to Artistica!

Trizanov bracelet

Sterling silver and Dragondust Trizanov bracelet featuring Chrome Diopside beads. Trizanov is one of my own designs.

Half-Trizanov bracelet

Sterling silver and Dragondust Alternating Half-Trizanov bracelet with Iolite. Alternating Half-Trizanov is one of my own designs.

Vipera Aspis bracelet

Sterling and copper Vipera Aspis bracelet. Vipera Aspis is own of my own weaves.

Celtic Flower bracelet

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been making a lot of pieces lately in lime green and hot pink. This one is Celtic Flower bracelet in sterling silver and that lime green/hot pink enameled copper colour-combo I’ve been favouring lately. It sold at Artistica the day after I set up my display!

Byzantine bracelet

Sterling silver, burgundy, silver-gray, and blue-black enameled copper bracelet.

Celtic Flower bracelet

Copper and blue and orange enameled copper Celtic Flower bracelet. I really like how this one turned out. It reminds me of forget-me-nots.

Half-Romanov bracelet

Copper and lime green enameled copper Alternating Half-Romanov bracelet with Pink Topaz. Alternating Half-Romanov is one of my own designs.

Crotalus bracelet

Copper Crotalus bracelet. Crotalus is one of my own weaves.

Trizanov earrings

Sterling silver and Dragondust Trizanov earrings with Chrome Diopside, Pink Chalcedony, and Pink Sapphire.

Half-Trizanov earrings

Sterling silver and Dragondust Alternating Half-Trizanov earrings with Iolite and Tanzanite.

Dragonscale earrings

Copper Dragonscale earrings.

Romanov earrings

Copper and lime green enameled copper Romanov earrings with Pink Topaz and Pink Chalcedony.

If you would like to see more of the jewelry that I brought down to Artistica, you can find it here.

Summer Blog Posts

Posted Monday, June 16th, 2014

Hi, everyone! Sorry for the recent lack of blog posts! I just wanted to let everyone know that as we are now entering the art show season, the number of blog posts will be becoming more erratic due to having to dedicate more time to preparing for shows. I will still be making blog posts as frequently as possible, but fore the next little while I may only be able to manage one or two blog posts a month. The blog post schedule should be able to go back to normal about mid-September.

If you do a lot of shows, or have higher priced items, then you’ve probably considered, or will eventually be considering, accepting credit cards at shows. Accepting credit cards at shows really does make quite an impact on your sales. Since I started accepting credit cards at shows, I’ve noticed not only increased sales, but also an increase in the average price, so I would definitely encourage other artists to look into accepting credit cards. However, as there are several different options out there for doing so it can be very confusing to find which method would be the best one for you.

Most methods require that you have a merchant account service (sometimes banks offer this) which will rent or sell you the credit card processing equipment. Some of the methods will approve/decline the cards right away, while others record the needed information requiring you to phone the information into your merchant account service to complete the payment(s).

Regular credit card processors and merchant accounts can be very expensive. Besides the cost of the equipment, merchant accounts charge a monthly fee (whether or not you’ve actually processed any cards that month), as well as, transaction fees for each credit card payment (the % varies for each credit card company).

Thankfully, these merchant account services are no longer the only options out there for accepting credit cards, Other options out there are: Intuit GoPayment, Square, or PayPal’s card reader. All three of these options allow you to accept credit cards via a smartphone and know straight away if the card is approved or declined. I use Square and absolutely love it. The card readers are free and there’s no monthly fee, so the only cost is a small transaction fee which is the same for all credit card types. Square is the method I would most recommend, but I know others that have used Intuit GoPayment and PayPal that are also really happy with their choice. Whichever one you choose (if you choose to accept credit cards via a smartphone), just be sure to do your research as two which phones they are or are not compatible with.

Wearable Wednesday: Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks

Posted Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Coral Ribbonwork Corsage - Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks

Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks is the product of the imagination and artistry of Pamela Scudder from Los Angeles, California. Pamela specializes in one-of-a-kind bridal, special occasion, and costume accessories. She has been making them since 1989.

Chocolate and Teal French Ribbon Millinery floral Applique - Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks

Pamela’s love for the elegance of Victorian design is very evident in her designs! She also draws a lot of inspiration from the beauty found in nature. Pamela creates headpieces, tiaras, jewelry, hair combs, and bridal accessories; all of which are beautifully and intricately designed.

If you would like to see more by Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks, here are the links:

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Daisy Photograph - LMR Photography 2

The artist behind LMR Photography 2 is Lynne Rowe from Alamogordo, New Mexico. Lynne has a passion for flowers and a passion for photography, this has, of course, led to her combining her two passions spending countless hours photographing the flowers she loves.

Lynne was 12 when her father taught her how to use his camera. She has had a love for photography ever since and, in 1999, was thrilled to get her first digital camera.

Yellow Gerbera Daisy Photograph - LMR Photography 2

As mentioned earlier, Lynne absolutely loves flowers. Sometimes, she will buy flowers just so that she can go home and photograph them! She photographs them from all manner of angles. Lynne shows a beautiful understanding of how to compose a truly successful and artistic photograph!

Red Gerbera Photo Tile Necklace - LMR Photography 2

In addition to Lynne’s photo prints, LMR Photography 2 also creates beautiful photo glass tile necklaces.

If you would like to see more work by LMR Photography 2 here is where you can find her:

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Circular saw blade painting - Silhouette Arts by JE

The artist behind Silhouette Arts by JE is June Evon Bishop from Alboin Maine. June has loved art from an early age, and, for her, it is an escape from the world and all its issues. June is what you could call a ‘found-object painter.’ Acrylic paints are her medium of choice, but, instead of painting on regular canvases (although she does sometimes), she mostly chooses to paint on more unusual surfaces such as: license plates, saw blades, rocks, shingles, etc. Objects that other people just throw away as trash, she reuses in artistic ways.

The One That Got Away (slate painting) - Silhouette Arts by JE

June largely paints landscapes, birds, and other nature related imagery, but she does paint other non-nature related pieces as well. If you would like to learn more about June and see more work by Silhouette Arts by JE, here are the links!:

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Hi, all! This is just a short announcement regarding this week’s blog post schedule. I just wanted to let everyone know that I will not be posting anything for this week’s ‘Wearable Wednesday’ and ‘Free For All Friday’ blog posts as I will be out of state visiting family. Next week’s blog posts, however, should be able to be posted as normal. So see you all then!

I love Steampunk; its crazy blend of history and science fiction. I love seeing the contraptions and creativity of other Steampunk enthusiasts. I also love dabbling in some Steampunk of my own. It’s not a very large Steampunk sculpture, but it is one of my favorites. This is “Arachnida Typographicus” the Steampunk spider.

Arachnida Typographicus (Steampunk spider sculpture) - Laura Hepworth

This Steampunk spider sculpture, as I said, is not very large, having a leg-span of only 7 inches. The carapace (main body) of the spider is made from an old watch, while the legs are keys from an old typewriter (hence the name “Arachnida Typographicus”), the abdomen was just a clear plastic bead I had lying around (it actually came from one of the first bags of beads I was ever given when I was 6), and all the parts are held together wire. Sorry, unlike some other Steampunk spider sculptures I’ve seen, my one is simply a sculpture and is not mechanized.

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