There’s a swirl of activity around here building up to Hatch, a creative-reuse art festival in March. I was lucky enough to get in to both the Hatch Art Fair and Hatch Art Exhibit. I’ve never submitted my work to any juried event. And I certainly haven’t considered myself an artist. But I guess the cat is out of the bag because I submitted two pieces and both were accepted in to the exhibit.
Art aside, I’ve been making fun things to sell at the Hatch Art Fair. I took this event as an opportunity to push myself creatively. It’s easy to get in a rut of creating the same thing over and over. I’ve wanted to make fancier, more elaborate jewelry for some time now and finally rolled up my sleeves.
This first piece was made using mostly beads from the IDEA Store. That really cool goldfish charm was from there, too. I love the way the clasp looks in front. I wore it once to see if it fell the way I wanted. This one might be a keeper!
This one is made from beads from the IDEA Store and off of old necklaces. The copper came from electrical wire and I made little bezels with resin and antique German text paper. I could keep this one, too!
Next up is this necklace made from a petit point pill box. All of the beads and even the chain are from old jewelry. Isn’t that gold leaf cool?
This is the first piece I’ve made with a watch face. I’ve played with them many times, but never got it down. Doesn’t it look neat on the embossed butterfly?
I busted out the blinged out old earrings for these next few. Some of these pieces I have had for years. That silver flower, for example, came off of an huge brooch.
Here’s the mother-load of blue bling. I think these were all earrings at one point.
Here’s a really fun spring design in metal flowers and leaves. It adds just a pop of color and shine.
Lastly, is this beautiful lemon yellow piece. I found the focal at one of the IDEA Store jewelry sales and it really spurred me on to make this entire series. And yes, I might just have to keep this one!
I have lots more stuff to share before the show next week. I hope to get a bunch more stuff made, too. Stay tuned!