24 May 2009

Finally! New Stuff

The days are flying by, and I am trying my best to keep up with them and be productive. The flea market is approaching WAY too fast. Here are some of the things I will be featuring at my table! As always, click on the images for bigger views.

Cameo on a long byzantine chain:

Interesting how this one came into being - Skeeter (my turbo Beetle) was acting sluggish so I took him to Les Schwab for a new battery. There was a moderate wait before the diagnosis and another 30 minutes to install the new battery, and I had luckily come prepared to make good use of my time. I randomly grabbed a bag of bright aluminum, some Anodized aluminum of the same size (18g 3/16") and my mixed bag of craft store findings. 60 minutes of chatting with flat tire victims later and this beauty emerged from my pliers.

This is actually just the clasp for something I made on Saturday.

I was at my fried Lori's house (the lovely lady from clevercakestudio.com) and her housemates were cleaning out the garage. One of them comes in, hands me an old chain with a broken goth cross on it and says to make something out of it. I took the cross off, added some green enameled copper and various leaf findings, then took the golden opportunity to use this clasp I found after getting Skeeter fixed. Voila, steel vine. The clasp is actually part of the decoration. It sits off-center on the front of the chain. Pics of the whole necklace to come - the sun came out as I shot it today and all the detail was blown out from overexposure. D'oh!

If you follow my Flickr account then you might have already seen the crapcam shot I took of this one.

I have more scales in pink, blue, red and black. I think I will make more of these chokers in various colors!

More Faerie drops! These ones are in mixed metals, completely randomized.

Why so random? I tipped over my maille box! I now have a large jumble of nickel silver, stainless steel, brass, bronze and copper. Might as well make the best of it, right? I think I will make a necklace to match.

These are a jumble of jangly things, including swarovski crystals, craft store findings and brass chain.

These were my first real shot at fastening beads/crystals on head pins. It took a few tries, but I finally got it down. I have already made these earrings with a few different crystal colors including topaz and peridot, but the purple are my favorite. (Can you tell I have an affinity for the color?) They are a LOT of fun to wear.

What's a street fair booth without some sterling? Here are some shaggy loops with deep red crystal drops.

These will all be at my booth. If you are interested in something, let me know and I can set it aside for you. It can't hurt to have something on display with a 'SOLD' sign on it, right? I will be taking limited custom commissions as well, so I can make more if folks like them.

Cheers all!

13 May 2009

A Few Things To Celebrate

Last weekend was a fun, busy one. I was up early on Friday to head over the mountains to the magical, beige land of eastern Washington to visit friends and family. While the friend front was a little disappointing (the majority of my college friends have graduated and escaped campus, congrats all!) I did get to have a great lunch with a former roommate/fellow jeweler and catch up with her, and I stopped by my old campus job to say hi to everyone there.

The rest of the weekend was wonderfully spent celebrating mother's day, my nephew's second birthday (5 minutes after the candles were blown out, he said 'no.' let the terrible 2's begin!) and my sister-in-law's baby shower. And somehow, I managed to throw a little maille in the mix. I can't wait to have a niece. Once she's old enough I can start making her some kid jewelry!

My nephew and soon-to-be niece both got adorable paintings I commissioned from a great lady at UW. My older nephew, Sam (he's six and has the energy of 12 cups of coffee) was doing his best not to take control of his little brother's birthday party. It's been forever since I saw him last, so I took a little gift for him as well.

What 6-year-old doesn't love glow in the dark things? When I got back from the baby shower he told me that the bracelet glows in the bathroom AND the closet. Awesome!

I was extremely belated in giving my sister-in-law her birthday gift, so I decided to make something a little more special. E4-in-1 bias in sterling with a small toggle clasp. Oh how I love my toggles. She really enjoyed the bracelet and ended up wearing it all day! Happy belated birthday!

Now, as the proud auntie I have to share this photo of the birthday boy with his favorite birthday gift. Such a cutie!

06 May 2009

What do you think?

I whipped these up last night. Might make more for the Flea Market. Brass and bronze chain with brass and Silvery-Gold anodized aluminum scales. I'd love to do the necklace in sterling too... Thoughts?

03 May 2009

Commissions - Order Now for PAX!

Now that I have Batch 2 supplies, it's time to update the commission list!

++Commissions++ (Paid = Italics, completed = Bold)

redhalo -- solid red
nightrunner -- fancy watch chain
Gary Fultz -- Camelot bracelet
Jaxx -- blue/black (blue on the outside)
Mojo -- fancy watch chain
Kala -- Turquoise/Orange
nightrunner -- solid bronze ($50)
Predd -- red/blue
Snifit -- Red/Black
MSpencer -- flattened steel ($45)
Minja -- 2 bracelets, green/silver 18g 3/16"

Tajah -- red/gold
Rogue_Hunter -- black/violet
Chelseabot -- blue/purple lanyard + black/blue glow choker ($85)

EntOnFire -- Silver/Blue
Morte -- Silver/Blue
Snapty -- Green/Silver
Snickers -- Green/Gold
DaNerd -- Purple/Red
Contre -- Blue/Yellow
Captain Tapole -- Green/Blue and Blue/Black ($80)
Wormdundee -- Red/Bronze (AA)
Spoony -- Euro/Persian stretch bracelet, black EPDM/BlackAA(inside)/BA(outside) ($25)

DIMD -- Red/Black
ACC3SS -- solid black
StankerBell -- copper/green helm chain lanyard ($45)


Please note, Batch 3 will likely be the last batch of lanyard orders before PAX.
If you want a lanyard for PAX, order it before July 1st. That will be my final cutoff date, and the day I order materials for Batch 3. If you are curious about options or more info, refer back to my first lanyard post. If that doesn't answer your questions, email me at jules@knittedsteel.net or send me a DM on twitter: @KnittedSteel.


Right now I have two priorities on my plate: Finishing Batch 2 commissions, and building inventory for the Flea Market (I have one month HOLY CRAP). If you are in Batch 2 and need your commission post-haste, let me know.

In regards to the Flea Market, I'm still looking for inventory input! Let me know what you would be interested in seeing, please!