Abella Blue at the Park Silly Sunday Market

I did my first outdoor market! If you were in Park City, Utah on June 29th you may have seen Abella Blue at the Park Silly Sunday Market. This was my very first outdoor show and it was so much fun. Because I sell mostly on the internet, it was especially fun to get to talk to customers and see what pieces generated the most attention. Also, being my first show I was very nervous because it was actually the first time I set my booth up completely. There are a few changes I would like to make but overall, I was very happy with how it turned out.

Abella Blue at Park Silly Sunday Market

Abella Blue at Park Silly Sunday Market

 

Mark your calendars because Abella Blue will be back at the Park Silly Market on the following dates:

  • July 27th
  • August 24th
  • September 21st

Mention this post to get 10% off.  I hope to see you there!

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New Year’s Resolutions – Etsy Metal Blog Carnival

New Year’s Resolutions. Resolution #1: Stop making New Year’s Resolutions.

New Years Resolutions

Did you know that out of the people who actually set New Year’s resolutions, only 8% end up following through. That is not very many people. Making very unlikely that even if I set them that I will even achieve my resolutions, resulting in a large amount of stress and guilt, and who needs that?

But I also don’t want to just wander through the months aimlessly without achieving anything. So this month I am going to take some time to reflect on 2013 and how I want 2014 to be different. I do have a few general ideas in mind such as growing my business and improving my health, but I will be damned if I am calling them resolutions!

 

Welcome to our EtsyMetal monthly Blog Carnival! Each month a group of metal artists get together and blog about the same topic.

Check out what these amazing artists have to say:

1. Laney – http://silentgoddess.blogspot.com
2. Konstanze – http://nodeform.com/blogs/news
3. Laura Jane Bouton: http://laurajanebouton.blogspot.it/
4. Evelyn Markasky http://www.evelynmarkasky.com/blog.html

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Custom Jewelry Orders for the Holidays

Whew!! We made it. The Holiday season is always busy around here. I love the crazy action of the holiday and it only makes the time off just after all the more sweet. One of my other favorite things of the season are the custom orders that I get. I love making special pieces for people and now that the big day is over I can share a few of my favorites.

Here are a pair love gleaming gold hoops. The 18k tiny hoops are so small and sweet.

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These 16mm sterling cufflinks are based on the sterling silver stud earrings in my shop. They are hand formed and textured and then attached to sterling silver cufflink backs.IMG_5170

This piece is really special, given to a college soccer player. The charms have the years they won.IMG_5184

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Favorite Thing to do in the Studio – Etsy Metal Blog Carnival

This month’s Etsy Metal Blog topic asks us what is our favorite thing to do in the studio? My first thought was the obvious. Make things! But I thought I would drill it down a little bit further. Right now my most favorite thing to do is use my rolling mill. This is one of my more spendy tools in the studio but I have been using it a lot lately. There is something so cathartic about rolling out silver and I am working on a new collection doing just that. If you want to see what I am making with the rolling mill check out these pieces of handmade jewelry.image

My next favorite thing to do is to put on some music or an audio book and use my saw. I just finished the book theif and loved it.I am always looking for recommendations if you know of a good one. It is amazing what this basic tool can create with just a little imagination.

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Welcome to our EtsyMetal monthly Blog Carnival! Click the image above to visit the blog.

Check out what these amazing artists love doing most in their studio:

1. Laura Jane Bouton http://laurajanebouton.blogspot.it/
2. 2Roses: http://www.jewelrytutorial.blogspot.com
3. Tosca Teran aka nanopod Hybrid Studio: http://www.nanopod.me
4. Nodeform: http://www.nodeform.com/blogs/news
5. Laura Bracken: http://laurabrackenblog.blogspot.com

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From sketch to finish – chevron druzy pendant

I thought I would share a piece from my initial idea through all its stages of completion. This chevron pendant all began with a lovely black druzy.

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  1. This is my initial sketch. I decided to gussy it up a bit with some markers to share with you.
  2. Here I have soldered on the  bezel for the druzy and the little stone at the top.
  3. The little chevron detail is made from some square wire. In this step I have soldered them on and am starting to shape the pendant.
  4. The shaping is all done and the piece is all cleaned up in preparation for setting the stones. Most of my polishing is finished at this point as well.
  5. Here it is all finished! The stones are set and I chose an oxidized snake chain to finish it off.

This piece was really fun to make and it turned out just as planned. I think I might work on the purple one next. You can find the Chevron Druzy Pendant in my shop soon!

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New Handmade Running Jewelry & More

We have been busy in the studio. Here is a look at a new piece of my handmade running jewelry plus a few other pieces that have come out of the studio.

This first piece is an addition to my running jewelry line. A sterling silver disk with a charming running shoe cutout. To personalize the piece the wearer can put the distance or even initials on the front.

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I have been working on expanding my offering of personalized handmade jewelry. This next piece I made for close family friends and gave the mother and two daughters each a matching pendant with their initial.

Personalized Mothers Necklace

Cowgirl Necklace Ivy & Prehnite Necklace Purple Plume Ivy Ring Cheerleader necklace

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Favorite Recipes – Etsy Metal Blog Carnival

Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t cook anything without a very specific recipe. I don’t know what it is about the culinary arts but their skills are beyond this metalsmith’s abilities. So this is why I decided to share a recipe given to me by my Grandmother. One Christmas she gave each grandchild a little family recipe book, filled with recipes that she had made since we were little. I love this little book so much.  I hope you decide to try it out!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies –

  1. Cream together 1 cup shortening – 3/4 cup brown sugar – 3/4 cup white sugar: then add 2 eggs and mix
  2. Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour – 1 tsp salt and add to creamed mixture.
  3. Dissolve 1 tsp soda in 2 tsp hot water and add to mix
  4. Stir in 3 cups quick oatmeal – 1 tsp vanilla – 1 cup chopped nuts
  5. Drop from a teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet
  6. Bake in moderate (350/375) about 10 to 12 minutes

Check out the favorite recipes of the talented metalsmiths below:

1. Silentgoddess: http://silentgoddess.blogspot.com
2. KSkilesJewelry http://www.kaskiles.com/
3. Peculiar Forest: http://peculiarforest.blogspot.fr/
4. Laura Jane Bouton http://laurajanebouton.blogspot.it/
5. Andrea Ring http://amuckdesign.blogspot.com/
6. Abella Blue https://www.abellablue.com/blog

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