Archive | July, 2010

More bookmarks and pendant settings

I received more cabachon settings, including some in silver, so I thought I would share them. This silver filligree one was among my favorites. I made a handful of them, thinking that I would link them together (see the corner connectors) to make a Victorian styled cuff bracelet. Unfortunately I didn’t have any beads in colors to match the glaze that I used. (I wasn’t able to get the color in the photo right, either. It’s actually a lot more lavender than rose in tone.)

The order also contained more bookmark blanks, including silver. I suspect another color of glaze would compliment the silver better, but I had done a large batch of this shade of green so it was what I had. (It’s my favorite for testing things because it is a very predictable glaze, which is a rarity in the colored glazes.)

Here are two more of the pendant setting styles in antique brass. There are other styles, and most came in silver, too. I ran out of beads before I ran out of settings. They are also different glazes, though I suppose dark and light turquoise aren’t that far from green. I need to pull out some of the red and blue glazes when I get back from Kentucky.

Speaking of which, while I won’t be selling at the Artisan’s Gallery this year, I will bring samples of these and some of the other jewelry components for anyone who would like to see them in person. I find art glazed pieces harder to accurately photograph, especially at this level of magnification. (The filligree piece, which is the largest of them, is only 1.25″ across.)

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Breakables Challenge Awards

I leave in just a few days for the North American Nationals and BreyerFest. I haven’t attended the event in the last few years, so I am really looking forward to seeing old friends. I also plan to take lots of pictures so I can share them here. For those readers that aren’t involved in the equine collectibles community (as I’ve recently learned many here are not), BreyerFest is an annual event sponsored by Reeves International for collectors of their Breyer model horses. Almost as soon as it began, it became the defacto national gathering place for those interested in three-dimensional equine collectibles of all kinds.

The North American Nationals (usually just called “NAN”) is the national competition for the model horse industry. NAN rotates coasts every other year, so that on even-numbered years it is held in conjunction with BreyerFest. BreyerFest draws a large number of people from all over the world to Lexington each year, and for those years that it is paired with the Nationals it is larger still.

This year the event has another draw for those of us involved in the ceramic end of the industy. Maggie Barkovitz has brought back the all-ceramic show “Breakables“.

I am bringing along some green art glazed “Inspire” tiles for the winners of the Breakables Blackberry Lane Challenge class. I’m hoping to include some matching bookmarks, too, if my order for the brass blanks gets here in time.

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