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Archive for November, 2009

I sold lots of jewelry at the Second Storie Indie Market this weekend, so I’m working on restocking the shop, but there are still lots of great items available, and it¬†is Cyber Monday, so TODAY only, please enjoy 15% off your Small Bird order using discount code “cybermonday” at checkout! ūüôā

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If you’re going to be in the Rochester, NY area during the Thanksgiving weekend, stop by the Small Bird table at the Second Storie} Indie Market¬†to say hi! It’s at the Visual Studies Workshop¬†at 31¬†Prince Street on Saturday, November 28th (11am-6pm) and Sunday, November 29th (11am-4pm). Last year’s event was fantastic, and the artists who work behind the scenes have been busy making this year’s event even better. Check out the awesome¬†vendor list…it’s a great opportunity to buy handmade for the holidays! Hope to see you there!

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stamp happy

My taste in jewelry usually leans toward the fairly simple side. But while I appreciate clean, modern shapes, I still like my jewelry to have a little…something.¬†For a while, I have been using precious metal clay to create textures and patterns in silver, but recently I’ve been experimenting with metal stamps. ¬†At first I used¬†them to add just a bit of detail to accent a gemstone, then I tried creating¬†clusters of stamps as texture, and finally began using them as the center of interest (in place of a gemstone) in several jewelry pieces.¬†¬†I’m really liking the results…

I keep adding new shapes to my metal stamp collection and playing with different combinations, trying to discover the patterns that best suit my aesthetic. I’ve also found myself wanting to create larger, slightly more involved pieces, too. Not that anything I make is huge, by any means, but it’s been really satisfying to create some pieces that take a little more time, more material, more work. Because sometimes less is more…and sometimes more is more.

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