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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!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Soldering...How fun!

As always, I am trying to find ways to be creative in my jewelry and add more elements that I have made myself.

I have experimented with silver preciuos metal clay and have made my own pendants and charms that way. I have also been playing with found objects like dominoes that I have been collaging or inking and stamping (you'll see those in another blog).

Well, I have had some experience with soldering in the past (a little bit in High School and a little bit more in the Air Force), but not enough to feel comfortable with my usual "just jump in and try it attitude (tools with heat, etc.). I decided to take a class (gasp).

Last Wednesday at The Bead Fetish (my favorite bead shop) I took Treasured Memories, a soldering class. A shout out to Tessa for being a great instructor. In the picture above, the pendat on the far left is what I made in class. The one on the far right will be come a Christmas tree ornament, I made it on Thursday for more practice. The one in the center is the one I made on Friday. It is 2-side and features Japanese papers. I think I am getting better as I go along. I am really enjoying this medium as it give me a creative outlet to add my love of little tiny collages to my art. Feel free to let me know what you think.

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