Well folks, it's that time again! Each month we ask the question, "What Are You Working on Now?" and we eagerly await a peek at your jewelry bench! We love seeing inside your studios and hearing about how your work is evolving. Each month we also feature the work of a random winner—who, in addition to getting a moment in the spotlight, wins a $10 Rio credit!
This month's winner is Sarah Lewis of Lew's Jewelry. Sarah shared an enameled monarch butterfly wing that she just finished:
I’ve made several wings, but I think this is my favorite! This is a torched-fired enamel monarch wing. I had just started experimenting with sgraffito techniques in landscape pieces but wanted to give butterflly wings a try and they turned out to be a lot of fun. I love that its a straightforward piece but the enamel is what gives it life.
And here are a few more examples of Sarah's enamel work from her Etsy Store, Lew's Jewelry:
Now it's your turn to show us what you're working on. What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Add a comment to this post with photos of something that's on your bench right now. This next part is REALLY important, so take notes!
To enter this contest, leave your comment RIGHT HERE in the comments on THIS BLOG POST.
WE NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN ORDER FOR YOUR ENTRY TO BE CONSIDERED.
- Your full name (and a link to your website/Etsy store, if you like).
- A photo of your chosen project. Include a few photos if you like!
- A description of the project you're featuring. If you can include a little about your approach or technique, even better! Your fellow jewelers LOVE to read this stuff and so do we.
- After you add your comment, be sure to check back and make sure your photo has uploaded as it should. We don't want to miss your pic!
Enter and you might be spending an extra 10 bucks at Rio Grande this time next month. Our next winner will be in the spotlight in January—Amy, over at Rio's facebook page will keep you posted on the deadline, so stay tuned!Comment on this article
On Saturday, November 23, the 2013 Montezuma Ball will hold an auction to benefit several worthy New Mexico non-profits . It will be an evening with a gorgeous, historically rich theme, The Year of Turquoise. The name and the cause lured Molly Bell, a Rio Grande director and daughter of founder Saul Bell, to dig into an old family treasure and elicit the talents of exquisite local jewelry artist, Shane R. Hendren....Read the Rest
What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Denise Harrison, has won a $10 Rio credit, and November’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!...Read the Rest
On a recent vacation to Monhegan Island, Maine, Molly Therese Bell visited the studio of talented jeweler Susan McDonough. Susan shared her beautiful handmade chains, her tourmaline pendants and rings, and her exquisite 22k granulation work. She told stories about her enchanted island home, and shared her exciting plans to adventure beyond Monhegan to expand her jewelry-making skills....Read the Rest
Do you teach jewelry making to a student under the age of 18 who continues to amaze you? Or, perhaps you are a young jewelry student reading this, and wanting to try your hand at a renowned jewelry competition. If so, then it’s time to throw your jewelry design into the ring! The Saul Bell Design Award competition includes an Emerging Artist category, and is accepting entries for 50 more days!...Read the Rest
Rio Grande, based in Albuquerque, NM, is a proud sponsor each year of the New Mexico Jewelers Association “All That Glitters” design competition, held annually at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. On September 28, as the 2013 winners were voted on and announced, that local talent was on full display. Find out more in today’s post!...Read the Rest
Check out jeweler Melodie Owen’s recent interview on jewelspan.com, in which she talks about how much she’s learned in Rio Grande’s classes over the years. Melodie has become part of the Rio Grande family as she’s expanded her skills and knowledge, and we love following her work. Thanks Melodie!...Read the Rest
The Now That’s a Jig!™ wire-wrapping system, invented by jewelry artist and wire wrangler Brenda Schweder, is an ingenious tool that gives you consistent, smooth wire-wrapped results every time. You can create gorgeous, original chain links, ear wires, clasps, and more using this amazing stay-put jig. In today’s video project, Brenda demonstrates how to use the jig to create components for a striking Phlox motif bracelet....Read the Rest
After the many hours of work you put into creating jewelry that others love, your line deserves a good story that accentuates it, puts the marketing edge on it, makes it stand out! That includes your jewelry line for Fall and Winter, which is just around the corner! In our latest contest, “Show Us Your Fall/Winter Fashion Trends,” which wrapped up late last week, we asked you to create a Pinterest board of your own fashion trends/creations for the upcoming season, and we asked you to present a story about your line there as well. Meet our winners!...Read the Rest
Christine Terrell of the Etsy store Adaptive ReUse elevates the humble decorative tin into really spectacularly whimsical and special jewelry pieces. Today on The Studio, I chatted with Christine about how she loves finding inspiration in materials that are completely lacking in value to others. She says, “I think my work reminds folks to think a bit more deeply about the ‘stuff’ around them.”...Read the Rest