Friday, April 30, 2010

Green Machine Etsy Teams!

Every since I found Etsy, an online venue selling handmade and vintage items, I have been ecstatic! I simply LOVE Etsy and communities that have developed within. I belong to several teams that have formed based on commonalities or focuses in life. We share the same ideas and thus support and help promote each other. I am very proud to be a member of all of my teams, but a few were mentioned most recently in a wonderfuly written Storque article. Please follow the link HERE to see the original article that features Eco Etsy, Trashion Team, and The Etsy Recycler's Guild.

The Etsy Recycler's Guild will be featured on Craftopolis begining May 2 - July 12!

To see some of our team blogs, just click on our logos below! :0)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Custom Order Jewelry using YOUR OWN Beach Glass!

I have been doing custom orders for a very long time now and my most recent project involved using some of my customer's own finds. Making a piece of jewelry or art using the pieces you find can be very special and rewarding. It can however, be a challenge. Not all pieces of beach glass are well suited to specific styles of jewelry, like bezel setting.

The pieces that were used were a challenge due to the size of the pendant and the curved shapes and surfaces of the earrings. Most pieces that I choose to bezel are flat on the bottom, more uniform in shape, and with as little curves as possible. These aren't cabachon's that you would buy at a bead store or make with dichro or fused glass. Those forms seat very easily into a bezel cup or custom made bezel cup. The differing heights and slopes of beach glass make the custom bezel a challenge and a purchased bezel cup near impossible. So, here is the finished product and I hope my customer is happy with her pieces!

The third piece is wire wrapped in sterling silver and is much more accomodating to the random curves that natural beach glass developes. :0)

On a side note, I want to thank Justin Lazarz for doing an awesome job on redisigning my business cards! Justin is a Senior student at Edinboro University and is majoring in graphic design. He's also an excellant black belt in Tae Kwon Do at Park's Tae Kwon Do in Erie, Pa. Thanks again Justin!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

2009 Lake Erie Beach Glass Year In Review

Thank you, Jason for setting up this You Tube Video for me!

My son has been a tremendous help to me! My life seems to keep getting busier and busier and I haven't had time to complete some things, like my yearly you tube video. He has graciously taken on some of my roles. Here is the result...