I'm so excited to share these new photos with you.  Not all of the pieces are new to the blog-- what's new is the photography.  My friend and talented photographer Jacqueline Woods visited me the other day for a photo shoot, and I love what she came up with!
Jacquie knows how to set up a great still life shot.  It was so much fun to see her work -- building up just the right background, draping a piece artistically, turning it just a bit for a whole new perspective.  Jacquie is owner of duBois Images, where she offers still life and event photography.  Click the collage to visit her web site or go to duboisimages.weebly.com .

The other excitement for me, this week, was the arrival of my new torch from Rio Grande. I'm growing up, guys!  I've been using an $8.00 plumber's torch from the hardware store to make my jewelry.  It works ok for a lot of things but isn't hot enough for many projects, and it's just clumsy.

Old torch (boo/hiss):

New torch (woohoo!):

Can't wait to play!
My good friend and mentor, Sharon Abood, passed away on Monday.  Sharon was a wonderful goldsmith and glass artist.  She introduced me to metal work with a passion that was contagious and irresistible.  She was energetic, creative, supportive, patient, and so much fun
My heart goes out to her family.

Sharon, I will miss you.

We had a beautiful day for the Yellow Springs Street Fair on Saturday.  It was jam packed with people -- we had 5-10 customers in our booth all day long.  That made the day fly!  I'm happy to say that my biggest sellers were fold form cuffs (I nearly sold out) and anything made with pennies (those did sell out), which is great because that's what I'd like to make right now. 

This week I'm working on penny charm bracelets; here are a couple:
I love the look, but the clincher is the SOUND.  They have such a great jingle.  You just can't be in a bad mood if you're wearing one.  Laugh if you want, but turn the sound up and play the video below :-)
You don't get that from pennies in your pocket.  They take on a magical sound when they are rolled out or hammered like this. 

Play it again, Sam.

Repeating the same design can be a little bit tedious, but it's fun to see the pieces come together at the end.  This is a link bracelet, earrings, and pendant made from fold formed copper disks and fine silver jump rings.  The bracelet clasp is shaped to look like a jump ring to maintain the pattern.
Stop by my booth and say hi this Saturday in Yellow Springs!   If you haven't visited Yellow Springs before, you should.  It's a college town with  a hippie undercurrent; you can take a look here.  There are lots of artsy shops and the street fair is BIG and FUN.  The weather will be beautiful this weekend, too.   Who knows, you might even see comedian Dave Chappelle (a Yellow Springs resident) in his favorite coffee shop, Dinos Cappuccinos.  I saw him there myself once, I kid you not :)

I'm sharing the booth with three other artists.  You'll really enjoy their work.  Vicki sent me info to share with you:  Vicki Oster makes chipboard mini-scrapbooks and other paper goods.   She often creates custom books for special occasions (e.g., weddings, birthdays, babies,etc.)  Vicki can be found on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/paperpiecesbyvicki , or at her website at www.paperiecesbyvicki.vpweb.com

Yellow  Springs Street Fair
Oct 8, 2011 9am - 5pm