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05
May
09

Grandmother’s Jewelry Box Challenge

This month our JAM challenge is Grandmother’s Jewelry Box!  I remember playing in my gramma’s jewelry.  She had lot’s of shiny stuff in there, and she never said no.

Let’s see what creations our memories will bring us…

I’d like to thank everyone for participating in the Flower Garden challenge.  It was our largest slide show yet.   Great job everyone!

02
Apr
09

Featured JAMer: NansGlam

NansGlam Today, I’d like to introduce you to our next featured Jewelry Artisans’ Market member: Nancy of NansGlam


Q: Tell us a little about yourself, the personal side.

A:  My name is Nancy Trujillo. I was born and have lived my entire life in Southern California. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for 32 years and we have two awesome grown children; a son & daughter and two grandchildren. Recently retired, I now spend most of my free time doing what I am passionate about and that is creating jewelry and spending quality time with my family. If I am not designing or creating jewelry, then I am out hunting and gathering beads I can’t possibly live without to use in one of my future pieces.

Q:  Tell us how you became a jewelry artist. What started it all?

A:  About seven years ago I decided to take a beading class at a local bead store. Little did I know that when I took that first class I would be hooked! I couldn’t get enough of it, learning new techniques, subscribing to every beading magazine that was printed, and experimenting with what I learned. I now teach beading designs and techniques regularly at that same store. It is so rewarding to be able to help fellow beaders learn new techniques and designs and to meet so many wonderful people that have the same addiction as me!

Q:  Do you remember your first creation?

A:  It was a wire wrapped bracelet named “Cha- Cha” and it was my very first beading class. I made three more that same week!

Q:  What inspired you to start a business? Pearl Medley Necklace

A:  I had been selling my jewelry locally for over four years and after much encouragement from family, friends and clients, I decided to expand on-line. Also

Q:  Tell us about your business: your first event where you sold, your first online, brick & morter, etc.

A:  Three of my friends hosted a jewelry open house for me at one of their homes. It was catered with wonderful food and wine, etc. We had music and I had one full room in her home with 4 tables set up with all my jewelry. It was a big success. I have numerous repeat clients from that original open house. I opened my Etsy shop in May and started listing items at the beginning of June 2008. When I heard about 1000Markets I was thrilled to open up a shop here in October and have been adding creations ever since.

Q:  What is your favorite medium to work with?

A:  I don’t really have a favorite since I find myself jumping from different metals, stones repurposing vintage components and using so many different techniques. If I had to choose, I guess it would have to be working with vintage components which excites me to be able to repurpose these lovely treasures from the past.

Caramelized Champagne BraceletQ:  How did you hear about 1000 Markets?

A:  I am a member of the California Crafters Club Of Etsy and several of the members started talking about this wonderful new venue. I joined in October and love it.

Q:  1000 Markets is still evolving, but tell us about your favorite feature so far.

A:  I love the different unique markets and feel it offers a wonderful shopping experience for the consumer. It is like going into a custom home development and looking at all the wonderful homes; each with a character of its’ own and is unique and different. Each potential client who drives through just goes “Ooh, or Ah or Unbelievable!!” That is what I find myself saying every time I “explore” the markets in 1000Markets!

Q:  If you could have one wish granted for 1000 Markets, what would it be?

A:  I would love to have a shipping profile that I could apply to all my items at once, rather than having to edit each item individually. I am looking at the future postage rate increase.

Thank you Nancy!  That was very inspirational!  Please visit Nancy at NansGlam!

01
Apr
09

Flower Garden: April’s Challenge

Wow, the JAM artisans did a great job for our “Charmed” Challenge.   Thank you to everyone who participated, and came to see our slide show.

Now, on to spring…

Flower Garden is our theme for April’s inspirational challenge.  I can’t wait to see all the creations!  Woohoo!!  Don’t forget to turn on the music video!

28
Mar
09

What plays behind those sleeping eyes?

I saw this on a blog today and wanted to share.  It’s simply amazing!  I sat watching this thinking, “How do they come up with this cool stuff?  Where do the ideas come from?”  Imagination is a beautiful thing.  I hope this inspires you today!

05
Mar
09

Charmed Challenge

We had so much fun dreaming up, designing, and piecing together pieces for the Sunrise Challenge. Thank you to everyone who got inspired!

Our new Inspirational Challenge is: Charmed! Completely up to the imagination, Charmed could mean good luck or lots of fun charms, or even being swept away by a dashing person. 😉

Ta Dah!  Here we have it.  The CHARMED slide show 🙂

04
Mar
09

Know your Feldspar

Let’s start with Wikipedia’s definition of Feldspar as: the name of a group of rock-forming minerals which make up as much as 60% of the Earth’s crust.

Feldspars crystallize from magma, and they can also occur as compact minerals, as veins, and are also present in many types of metamorphic rock.

Now, let’s hear about all the great variations  of Feldspar from our guest blogger, Kristen of Earth Charms~

I have recently seen a lot of larvikite being sold as spectrolite. I thought I would jump in here and straighten things out.

First of all, we will start with Labradorite:

Labradorite (calcium sodium aluminum silicate) is a stone that doesn’t look

Labradorite

Labradorite

special until you see what we like to call “the flash”. The surface of the stone shows off an amazing array of colors (sometimes a full spectrum). A mineral resource describes it this way, “Labradorite can produce a colorful play of light across cleavage planes and in sliced sections called labradorescence.” Labradorite tends to be a dull grey/green in color until you see the flashes. Most of the flashes you see will be blue, aqua, green, yellow/gold, and orange.

Spectrolite

Spectrolite

Spectrolite is labradorite. It is the labradorite with the most intense colorful flashes, the highest quality mineral specimens. If you Google “Image spectrolite”, you’ll see it’s labradorite with the flash on full blast.

Now how about larvikite?

Larvikite is a feldspar like labradorite. This means it also has the flashy properties. However, larvikite is a grey and black stone with blue and white flashes. Larvikite is known by many names, including: Birds Eye Granite, Black Moonstone, Blue Norwegian Moonstone, Blue Pearl Granite, Blue Granite, Norwegian Pearl Granite,

Larvikite

Larvikite

Emerald Pearl, and Pub Stone. It is not, however, a granite or a pearl by any means. It IS related to moonstone (which is also a flashy feldspar like labradorite).

Larvikite is not spectrolite! The colors of these stones are easily distinguishable.

The pictures to the right are, from top to bottom: labradorite, spectrolite, larvikite, moonstone

Sunstone has inclusions of red hematite, giving it a warm-toned, glittery appearance. Sunstone is also known as “red labradorite” and “aventurine-feldspar”. The Oregon variety of sunstone can contain copper crystals, and those stones are known as “schillers”. The colors range from pale orange to deep red, depending on the inclusions.

Moonstone

Moonstone

Moonstones are either the mineral adularia, or the combination of plagioclase feldspar oligoclase. Moonstones tend to have a pale color, soft appearance, and either a light shimmer on the surface or blue flashes similar to those in labradorite. Commonly, moonstones in jewelry are white, grey, or peach in color.

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Thanks to Kristen of Earth Charms for all that great information.

15
Feb
09

Sunrise Challenge

Each month, give or take, we will submit a challenge to all JAMers to create a piece of jewelry to go along with our theme!  What fun 🙂

This month’s Challenge is SUNRISE.  It’s hard to imagine all the possibilities, but we have some submissions, and they are pretty darn fabulous!  Check them out.  And come back to see new submissions!