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2LittlePs

2LittlePs is based out of Virginia Beach, VA and run by jewelry artist Cathy P. Cathy creates beautiful handcrafted jewelry from a variety of materials. She works with sterling silver, fine silver, and copper and loves to combine these materials with leather, silk, beads, and sea glass. She also works a lot with precious metal clay. There is a lot of whimsy and elegant simplicity in Cathy’s style. No piece is over-fussed, or under-designed.

2LittlePs - cancer awareness pendant

Cathy is involved with many different charitable organizations and uses her jewelery talents to support and spread awareness for these causes. Among the foundations that 2LittlePs jewelry supports are: Crisis Pregnancy Cneter, Wounded Wear, Autism Up, and an array of cancer foundations.

2LittlePs - Hart of Dixie Earrings

As a member of The Artisan Group, 2LittleP jewelry has been involved in a number os celebrity gifting events such as the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes. Her jewelry has also been gifted to the wardrobe stylist’s for a number of shows and been used on TV. These TV shows include: Hart of Dixie and Vampire Diaries.

Here’s where to go to learn more about 2LittlePs:
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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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Wire-wrapped Boho statement necklace - Bronze Age Jewelry

Laura Moradi of Bronze Age Jewelry is a jeweler after my own heart, as she also takes much of her inspiration from history. Her particular period of focus is, of course, (as indicated by her business name) the Bronze Age, drawing stylistic and colour inspirations from cultures of Egypt, Crete, India, Greece, and Ireland. Bronze Age Jewelry is also finds design/colour inspiration from the beautiful embroideries and metalwork of the central Asian cultures.

Trained at the Rhode Island School of Design (generally considered one of the top art/design schools in the U.S.), Laura Moradi has a great eye for colour! With the colour complements of blue (particularly turquoise) and orange being one of the apparent favorites.

Wire-wrapped Indian style pendant - Bronze Age Jewelry

Many of Bronze Age Jewelry’s designs are wire-work creations, but other techniques are also used, and all of them just as beautiful as the others. Laura works with a variety of different metals including brass, copper, and sterling silver and just about all of her designs can be custom ordered in any material.

Bronze swirled toggle clasp - Bronze Age Jewelry

In addition, to her finished jewelry, Bronze Age Jewelry also offers a variety of handmade jewelry findings made from copper, brass, and sterling silver for you to use in your own work. Laura also mentions that she plans to add DIY kits as well!

Here’s where you can find her!

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It would seem that, regardless of what kind of artist you are, being an artist also means having to pretty much have your own personal library. This is certainly true of the jewelry arts, and, as there are a lot of really great books out there for jewelry technique books out there, I thought I might highlight just a few of my favorites.

The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques by Anastasia Young

The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques by Anastasia Young:

I absolutely love this jewelry technique book! It covers pretty much everything you need/want to know about jewelry making. It not only has a ton of great information on supplies, materials, and techniques, but also about designing, photographing, and even information about pricing/selling.

Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers: A Handbook of Techniques and Surface Treatments by Elizabeth Bone

Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers: A Handbook of Techniques and Surface Treatments by Elizabeth Bone:

This is another great jewelry technique book! From basic techniques like annealing, soldering, casting, cold connections, etc. to surface treatments (colouring, reticulation, etching, chasing/repoussé, etc.) to more specialized techniques such as granulation, filigree, and stone setting.

Jewelry: Concepts and Technology by Oppi Untracht

Jewelry: Concepts and Technology by Oppi Untracht:

Sadly, I must admit to not yet owning a copy of this, however, I have borrowed it via the inter-library loan system and fully intend to add it to my reference library as soon as possible. You couldn’t ask for a more comprehensive book on jewelry techniques, materials, and concepts! It is quite possibly one of the best jewelry technique books out there.

Making Silver Chains: Simple Techniques, Beautiful Designs - Glen Waszek

Making Silver Chains: Simple Techniques, Beautiful Designs by Glen Waszek:

Great step-by-step instructions for basic chain soldering. Includes many of the classic chain designs.

Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing by Tim McCreight

Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing by Tim McCreight:

Another one that is not, yet, in my own collection of jewelry technique books, but one day it will be! Tim McCreight has written a lot of great metalsmithing books and any of them would make great additions to a jewelers reference library.

Jewelry Lab: 52 Experiments, Investigations, and Explorations in Metal by Melissa Manley

Jewelry Lab: 52 Experiments, Investigations, and Explorations in Metal by Melissa Manley:

This is a really fun book! Great source for new ideas of techniques and surface treatments to try with your own jewelry work.

Again, this is just a short list of the many, many great jewelry technique books that are available out there and there are more coming out all the time.

Based out of Kure Beach, North Carolina, Bobbie Smith of Bobbie Smith’s Boutique is a retired nurse/special events planner turned fiber artist. Her love of the fiber arts began when, at the age of 12, she first learned how to knit and she has been knitting ever since!

fuchsia fiber art necklace - Bobbie Smith's Boutique

Bobbie Smith’s Boutique specializes in unique fiber art scarves and necklaces, what she calls ‘neck art.’ All of her pieces are just full of colour and are super fun! She has a great eye for what colours work well together and for the mixing of different fiber textures.

Knitted flow pin - Bobbie Smith's Boutique

Although neck art is what she specializes in, her shop also includes pins, hair accessories, and earrings.

To see more by Bobbie Smith’s Boutique, here’s where you can find her!:

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Specializing in southwestern style wire jewelry with a modern twist, Azteca Designs Boutique is owned by jewelry artist Heidi Williams.

Song in Your Heart necklace by Azteca Designs Boutique

Azteca Designs Boutique is largely a web-based small business that has made Zibbet their home (they do sell locally as well; they are located in enid, Oklahoma). Originally, they could be found on Etsy, but, when the artist’s mother-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer, Heidi decided to close her shop. Sadly, her mother-in-law passed away in 2013 after battling her cancer for a year-and-a-half. (Heidi, my sincere condolences to you and your family!) She, Heidi, has since moved her store to Zibbet and has recently reopened her buisness.

Twisted Charms necklace by Azteca Designs Boutique

Much of the jewelry by Azteca Desigs Boutique is made from non-tranishing copper, but Azteca Designs Boutique also works in argentium silver. She offers a wide range of jewlery types: necklaces, bracelets, earrings, ear-cuffs, as well, as sets. However, while she is primarily a wire-jeweler, Heidi also makes southwestern style leather bags/purses.

If you’d like to see more by Azteca Designs Boutques, here are the links!:

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And, Heidi, all the best to you at your new store location!

This next featured artist is a very different type of wearable artist. When I said that Wednesday’s theme was going to be wearable arts, I never said that it was always going to be for people to wear. So, with that said, allow me to introduce you to 4 Black Paws. A wearable artist for your furry friends!

Grassy meadow plaid dog bow tie - 4 Black Paws

4 Black Paws came into being when black lab Leila came into the life of artist Sarah Struett. Sarah wanted to use collars and accessories for Leila that made it clear to other people that this dog was a girl, not a boy. However, she found that it was very difficult to find girly dog collars/collar accessories that weren’t either expensive or rather on the boring side. So, she decided to learn how to make her own dog collars, and, eventually, 4 Black Paws was born.

Black, White, and Red All OVer dog collar - 4 Black Paws

At 4 Black Paws, you can find some adorable dog collars, flowers that attach onto your dog’s collar, and even bow ties for your dogs! 4 Black Paws also offers other products for your dogs besides the wearable kind, so be sure to check out their website!

Here are their links!:

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Recently on Facebook, I saw a meme that I absolutely loved and I certainly agree with. It said: “Life is too short to wear mass produced jewelry. Choose handmade.” There are so many reasons to go with handmade jewelry over made-in-China, mass produced jewelry. Besides the obvious quality differences, handmade jewelry has so much more personality and an originality you won’t find in mass production. And the designs of Lisa Burek Jewelry (this week’s featured wearable artist) is no exception.

Earth tone beaded bracelet - Lisa Burek Jewelry

Lisa Burek Jewelry is based in Oak Ridge, New Jersey. Jewelry designer Lisa Burek, has been creating gorgeous has had a love for artistic creation pretty much all of her life, but only caught the jewelry making bug in more recent years; in 2010 she and opened her shop on Etsy.

Gemstone Dangle earrings - Lisa Burek Jewelry

Lisa Burek Jewelry shows a beautiful mixture of colour and movement. And to make things even better, her work is all one-of-a-kind! Lisa works with a variety of different materials: precious metals, copper, gemstones, glass beads, sometimes even Sari silk ribbon yarns!

Blue Sari silk ribbon bracelet - Lisa Burek Jewelry

Lisa Burek is a member of the Artisan Group, as well as, a Self Representing Artist in Jewelry Design (SRAJD). Here are the links to where you can view more of her work:

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Alright all you want-to-be Vikings, Rennies, SCA, and historical reenactors, here’s an artist feature that should be right up your alley! The (gorgeous) leatherwork of The Happy Viking.

Leather pouch for re-enactment - The Happy Viking

The Happy Viking is based in Maleny, Australia and is owned by leather artist and Medieval enthusiast, Elizabeth Sek. Maleny has accomplished what many artisans would love to achieve: not a hobby or job, but a way of life. Her leatherwork business is fueled by her creativity and a passion for the Medieval Age. She is so passionate for what she does that it does not feel like ‘work’ (a fear that many have when first starting out: that if they make a ‘business’ of their art/craft that they will lose the joy they get from it) but instead makes her feel alive.

Leather vambraces - The Happy Viking

The Happy Viking offers an array of work. There are many different styles of scrips, instrument straps, belts, leather pendants, drinking horns, and a whole lot more. While the primary inspiration behind The Happy Viking is the Viking, Celtic, and Medieval Age, Elizabeth Sek has not limited herself to just these periods. She also welcomes custom orders so if you don’t find just want you’re looking for, she’d be happy to create it for you!

Here’s where you can find her!

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Black/Red Glass and Chainmaille Catepillar Bracelet - Kat Wisniewski of Elemental Art Jewelry

I would like to introduce you to one of my fellow chainmaille artists, Kat Wisniewski of Elemental Art Jewelry. Kat Wisniewski founded Elemental Art Jewelry in 2005 and is based in Chicago, Illinois. Elemental Art Jewelry focuses on the fusion of chainmaille and glass to create beautiful, unique, and fashionable jewelry.

Decadent Confection necklace - Kat Wisniewski of Elemental Art Jewelry

Kat Wisniewski brings into her designs a love of geometry/symmetry, architecture, colour, and texture. Elemental Art Jewelry is foremost in the jewelry design genre of, as she calls it, “glass-chainmaille.” Along with the glass beads, she uses sterling silver, copper, and aluminum to create her designs.

Celtic Diamond pendant - Kat Wisniewski of Elemental Art Jewelry

Kat Wisniewski is also a member of The Artisan Group and recently participated in the 2014 GBK Golden Globes Celebrity Gift Lounge. Her Celtic Diamond pendant design, as shown above, was included in all the celebrity gift bags for that event.

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

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