Juli Geldmacher Nocita
- Juli grew up a shy, middle child and is a woman of few words whose jewelry speaks volumes about herself, her feelings and her perspective on the world. A modern alchemist of design, she melds industrial imagery and organic aesthetics together to create new and unique designs. Juli's love for asymmetrical design was immediately made apparent in her very first bead craft: a pair of mismatched earrings created when she was sixteen. She developed her eclectic style by reading about and experimenting with every style and technique she could get her hands on, from stitched bead jewelry to riveted metals and from wire wrapping to precious metal clays. No matter what Juli creates, her sense of humor & fun, love of the craft and sense of style come through. Juli would probably blog more often if her rather large tabby cat, Rocky, didn't insinuate himself between her hands and the keyboard. However, she does regularly update her facebook fan page for Juli's Jewels. Juli is always paying-it-forward, not only on a personal level, but through her company with "just because" giveaways. Juli's Jewels ArtFire artisan shop is jam packed with earrings, pendants, necklaces, anklets and more that are ready to ship and she loves to make custom orders for people too!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This weekend at 3rd Saturday, I will be partnering up with Dyana Martin of DyMa Creations. Please come by and check out her fabulous hats.
As Halloween draws nearer, I have become all nostalgic, thinking about Halloweens past and all the fun of trick-or-treating (I must admit, I have never done a trick, more's the pity.).
I have decided that I will share the fun of trick-or-treating with you. If you purchase any Halloween item from my ArtFire Shop or from me at a craft fair ( I will be vending at 3rd Saturday this weekend, look for me on 11th between K & L Streets, across from Ambrosia Cafe) I will give you the Halloween Treat Bag of Fun.
I have just made some new pieces, including my current favorite, the Poison Necklace (a simple soldered pendant on black suede lace). The new items will be uploaded to my shop by this evening, and I will have a few more items at the show this weekend.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Here is an ATC I made at last month's ATC Night at Vox in Midtown.
Check out their weekly art challenges here.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I have chosen to be on ArtFire and here’s why:
1. Membership for sellers-There are two membership levels for sellers, Basic and Verified. Basic is free, Verified costs a nominal amount ($12 a month, I think). I am Basic. The nice thing about this is I can be come Verified easily, and if I don’t like it, I can go back to be Basic just as easily.
2. You, the buyer (I hope), DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER WITH ARTFIRE, you can just shop and buy stuff without having to give them (ArtFire) all of your personal information forever. (You do need to give some info, otherwise how can we send you your stuff?)
3. You can shop from my blog. See that thing over there called Rapid Cart? If you see something you like, you can buy it right now. (Again, without registering with ArtFire…)
4. Back to the fee thing…because there are no listing/final/etc fees on ArtFire, I can charge the exact same prices I would charge if I was selling you stuff at a craft fair. I don’t have to raise my prices to meet the fees.
So, have you checked out ArtFire yet? Well get going…here’s a link to make it easier. http://www.artfire.com/
Oh, and if you want to get to my shop directly… julisjewels.artfire.com …hope to see you there soon!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
to get to Placerville, just drive up highway 50 towards Lake Tahoe, you can't miss it. (Plus, they put up event signs)
Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Here is a small sampling of what new fun I’ve been up to this past week. Copprclay pieces, all one of a kind, are just waiting to be turned into jewelry. All of the pairs have already been made into earrings (the skull and crossbones pair is so cute, I want to keep them for myself!). The long curved one will be a bracelet using chain to finish it off. All the rest will be necklace pendants (except the Owl and the Hippo, they were special for my family. Dee, forget you saw this.). They are “Embrace Imperfection”, “Live the Life You’ve Imagined”, “Hey Cupcake”, a rustic bird coin, the little love monster, and the sun.
Want to see how they turn out? Well, you can visit me at one of my two upcoming shows this August.
My current show schedule for August –
What: 13th Annual Placerville Craft Faire
When: Sunday, August 9th from 8 am to 3 pm
Where: Main Street, Placerville
Handmade only craft faire in the middle of Historic Placerville’s Downtown area.
What: Third Saturday Design Downtown
When: Saturday, August 15th from 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: K Street between 10th & 11th
Shopping and music and fashion...what could be better
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
This Saturday, July 11th, is Second Saturday. Here is a list of Second Saturday events that I am interested in and will be figuring out how to cram them all into my Saturday evening.
Saturday, July 11 from 6pm – 10pm
Side Show Studios – 5635 Freeport Blvd #6 (near Fruitridge)
Comic books, action figures, board games; these are the popular themes representative of pop counter culture and are distinctly Americana as apple pie. Pop Art takes iconic images from television, magazines, and all forms of advertising as a way to define us as a society. If Star Wars, Chia Pets, and Spam influenced your childhood and now your art, then this is the show for you! (btw, my collage, “Pink Plastic Flamingo”, will be on display.)
"Painting for Paws" - A Fundraiser for Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary
Saturday, July 11 from 6pm - 10pm
Pavilions Shopping Center, Fair Oaks Blvd., Near Howe Ave.
No admission fee!
“Park Your Art” (July theme – Ice Cream Social)
Saturday, July 11 from 6pm - 11pm
McMartin Realty parking lot, 21st & K Streets
Artists and crafters selling in the parking lot and there will be live music, too. Say “Hi” to Sophia of Simply Strands.
The Sacramento Art Complex
2110 K St
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I know it’s not done yet, but I don’t know what it needs to finish it (aside from some glitter, that is.).
My road block on my Pinky collage led to these.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I recently picked up a copy of "Collage Discovery Workshop" by Claudine Hellmuth and have been perusing it for ideas for my little tiny collages. Well, what with the "FUNK OVER" idea, I decided to stretch my self creatively (really give my brain something else to concentrate on entirely, as it where.). I stopped of at Michaels (you know, the craft grocery store), on the way home and picked up the worlds smallest (okay well maybe not the smallest...) stretched canvas (4x5 inches) and some cheap brushes (I wanted to stretch myself, but not go into hock to do it.). I had plenty of artsy-craftsy supplies at home to complete the rest. So please take a minute to look at the following pictures to see how I spent the last couple of hours. These are all new techniques to me, but I think I did okay.
Monday, June 8, 2009
This is the copper after 40 minutes in the tumbler with stainless steel shot.
This is the star after I used my rotary tool and the "scotch-brite" polisher. Shiny but still kind of dark.
All in all, I like the CopprClay and will definitely be playing with it more and seeing what else I can do with it.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This is my Sewing Area. I gave myself plenty of space on the side for when I am working on my big patchwork quilts. As you can see, I have two in progress, stacked on the drawer unit to the right, between the sewing table and the little book case.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Coppr Clay (100 gram packet) - I only pinched off about a fifth of the lump, as this was my first try
My non-stick sheet (I think its Teflon, but I've had it so long, I forgot)
Assorted cookie cutters
My food dehydrator
My kiln (we call her Lilly)
A stainless steel firing container
A wire brush
Ready? Here we go…
I rubbed a little olive oil on my hands and the roller, cutters and rubber stamp (just a little, like, a couple of drops).
I unwrapped the clay and pinch off a bit and rolled it around in my palms until it formed soft little ball. I put the ball on my work surface and put the mat board next to the ball of clay and used the roller to start rolling out the clay. Relieved the CopprClay is stickier than SIlver metal clay and got out the olive oil again. Continued rolling and turning the clay until it was an even thickness with the mat board. Used the rubber stamp to texture the clay and then used a large butterfly cutter to cut out the bulk of the pendant. I rolled up the scraps and repeated the process for 2 more smaller butterflys, a star with a small star cut out to hang as a charm, and a flat rectangle frame to put something into later.
I out all the pieces into the dehydrator and then cleaned up some of my work area and got ready for sanding. This is really important as something that is not too big a deal in the greenware (ceramic) stage will be sharp or slicy after firing. Smoothed all the edges and felt around for and bumpy bits (these equal sharp metal spikes after firing). Drilled holes for jump rings etc. then checked for dryness. The pieces must be bone dry before firing or they could crack.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Anyway, back on track…Scary Craft. The group last night was Krissi, Yoli, Di, Char, Khai (?), Becca and me. From what I gather, there is often a tutorial or theme for the evening, but not last night. Last night was just working on whatever project you brought. It was a very laid back evening, a nice combination of yakking and crafting.
Krissi was working on little mermaid pendants and a kitty plaque (mmm, love the smell of burning wood). I’m not sure what Yoli was working on, but it looked like tags. Di was working on super sparkly mini hats. Char finished a painting of a smoking penguin for Di. Khai(?) was making curtains. Becca was mostly getting out of the house and hanging with people (I feel you sista’) but she worked on a picture in her notebook. I was doing some domino and bottle cap collages (mostly barely-dressed babes).
For those of you who know me, the hardest part of the evening was getting out of the car. Once I get warmed up, I can do okay. I made the decision to go when Facebook told me I might like. I ran home to throw together some stuff to work on (I never sat down, that would have doomed my resolve). The hubby handed me a hot dog, which I ate standing up. I hopped back in the car and got on the freeway drove straight to Side Show, pulled into the parking lot and sat. It took me about 10 minutes to convince myself to get out of the car and walk into Side Show. I did it though and had a really good time. Scary Craft = not too scary.
I will be going back next month, which is good as I promised I would do a wire-wrapping tutorial. Hope to see you next month.
Monday, May 18, 2009
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