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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!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

IndieSacramento blog special

If you don’t know already, I will be out at IndieSacramento this Saturday (no rain on Saturday, no rain on Saturday…chant with me now). I have decided to have a blog special! If you are one of the first ten people to come by my booth and say the Super Secret Password, I will have treat for you. Tune in tomorrow for the Super Secret Password (sorry, I am still trying to think up something suitably Super and Secret, otherwise I would give it to you today).

Monday, April 27, 2009

My Twinchie

This is my twinchie. This is the seccond non-bottlecap or domino related collage I have made. The image is from an ARTchix collage sheet, "Helga's Faves". I love her because she loves fabulous jewelry and I make fabulous jewelry. I hand set all the little, tiny "beads" on her bracelets and headband. I also cut the loop off a tiny star dangle to make the centerpiece of her necklace. I created this little twinchie because I was inspired by Helga's weekly blog "http://www.myartisticlife.typepad.com/". I love ready her challenges (and her weekly dose of cuteness). I felt I could play along in this one. I hope she likes it.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

And now for something completely different...

This is my first Artist Trading Card (ATC). I was feeling just a tiny bit stressed out about the big craft fair weekend that I will be having next weekend (May 2nd & 3rd). Frankly I was overwhelmed. I had about 15 pieces that needed to be finished, as well as a a bunch that needed to be priced and carded. I had so much to do, I actually made a list. (Those of you who know me, know how I feel about lists.)

Well...I craft to relieve stress (which is why I have so much to sell, hehe), but the thought of making more jewelry made me a little more stressed (gasp). So I was trying to clean up my paper area, when I picked up my bag o' images and (many from the ARTchix Studio) and an ATC kit fell out onto my lap. I had purchased it some time ago for inspiration in my bottlecap and domino designs but most of the images where too big. (In the past I would have given the stuff I can't use to my daughter, but she doesn't live that close any more.)

So anyway...I thought I would try out the ATC kit. It had a bathing beauties theme. This is what I came up with. I don't know if the scan really does her justice, but you get the idea. I had a hard time keeping the glitter to a minimum. I painted a little bit of glitter on the star fish and let the rest of the sparkle come from the blue shell border on the bottom.

Just to let you know, I figured out how to turn her into jewelry anyway. I scanned her so that I can change her scale and print her out and put her between glass and turn her into a soldered pendant. But this way, I can keep my original ATC as inspiration. By the way, I have begun a second collage, called a twinchie (2" square), that actually has a jewelry theme. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

IndieSacramento is coming!!!

IndieSacramento's May Market is quickly approaching. Swag bags for the first 150 attendees, Craft University, live music, all kinds of great stuff. A beautiful day in the park. Bring a picnic or eat nearby.

I have been making all kinds of new stuff that I will be showing for the first time.


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