Friday, January 27, 2006

Busty Betty comes out of the closet

So I realized the other day when I was down in our storage closet trying to retrieve my bust form, Busty Betty...

Ok, stop. Her name isn't really Busty Betty, but that's what Todd named her because she is, most definitely, more gifted than I, even when I'm breastfeeding the baby. I really need a new name for her. Any suggestions? She's actually a pant form, but she doesn't know that, so don't tell her, ok? I'm sorry; I meant to post a photo of her, but I'm out of town and forgot to take a picture of her before I left. (Besides, she was having a wardrobe crisis and didn't want to pose.)

Anyway, I was trying to dig BB out from among the boxes and backpacks and sleeping bags and I realized that I have way too many hobbies. There's the knitting machine, which hasn't seen the light of day for about two years. And the tabletop loom, which I really want to use but just haven't warped it up since taking my weaving class 3 1/2 years ago. There's the paper-making supplies, the soap-making supplies, the half-finished mosaic from a class I took at the Transit Museum years ago. And while I was looking at all this stuff I decided I really need to come clean and show you my jewelry. Maybe I'll show one secret at a time until you just can't believe all the stuff I've crammed into that little storage space!

Here are a few shots. It's all made of fine silver or gold-filled wire, semi-precious stones, and freshwater pearls. Occasionally I'll thrown in a few Swarovski crystals for a little extra shine and color. I love making it and have sold quite a few pieces but have never really pursued it as a business because I was either working full-time-plus or chasing after this baby of ours. Maybe now is the time to start marketing it and shopping it around to local boutiques.







I'm considering putting a few pieces up for sale in the Etsy store I recently set up. I'll keep you posted if you're interested and I'll take care of it when I return home.

8 comments:

  1. kristina12:17 PM

    I love the bracelets! You should definitely consider selling them again. Wow!

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  2. Those are beautiful!

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  3. Gorgeous, as always. I have also done a bit of jewellry making, but I love your technique - the density of the wire swirls and beads. Would you consider an online tutorial??

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  4. the bracelets are so cool

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  5. Sheila4:29 PM

    I work with your sister(she is FAB!) at the MIA and she turned me on to your site, which I visit frequently....:)
    I loved your jewlery and seeing it reminded me of an exhibition at the Goldstein Museum called; Mind Over Matter, Body Under Design: Bodyworks by KeySook Geum
    This exhibition featured the conceptual fashion of Dr. KeySook Geum, an internationally known Korean designer, teacher, and scholar. Geum's elegant works usually take the form of clothing - dresses, jackets, and coats. Often made from strands of wire and silk, these transparent web-like sculptures are enlivened with the addition of beads, sequins, feathers, coral, and amber.
    It was a gorgeous exhibition...Enjoy!

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  6. Wow these are really beautiful. You're very clever! And yes, you should definitely have a look around for shops to put them in.

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  7. Esta muy bueno lo que haces, yo tambien hago ese tipo de joyas y me encantan.

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  8. wow! those are amazing! did you ever put them up in your shop? I'd totally be interested...

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