I am excited to be getting the family ready to head out on an adventure to Santa Fe & Taos, New Mexico. Indian reservations, studios, galleries and museums like crazy! Bead stores and jewelry artists! Oh and just as exciting, all the amazing food!
To get in the mood, I made a southwestern inspired bracelet, with a little twist. I like how the knotted leather ends turned out. I glued the knotted leather into a large silver magnetic clasp I’ve had around for a long time. Then, I created a charm from a brass flower stamping that I colorized and riveted onto a hand cut leather backing. I’ve been waiting for the right time to use those cool large fluted olive serpentine rondelles. My picture taking skills are stinking lately. This photo does not show the level of detail I would like you to see – like the turquoise patina on the flower pendant… I did not have time to reshoot.
I am totally drawn to jewelry with rustic touches and I love turquoise – so I am sure I am going to be in heaven as I explore all the shops on the Plaza. If anyone knows Santa Fe or Taos, I would love any must do, see or shop tips you have for me. Our itinerary is fairly free flowing at this point. I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed that the smoke from the fires burning in the region stay clear of Santa Fe! I’ve been checking everyday.
Before I sign off, here is a rundown of the reader stats from the “Get to Know You Survey,” for those of you that expressed interest.– 64% of you make jewelry as a hobby and do not sell your jewelry. (Many in this category expressed interest in selling it eventually). – 16% of you sell jewelry and have done so for less than 3 years. – 16% of you sell jewelry and have done so for more than 3 years. – 02% of you teach jewelry making classes. – 04% of you sell beads or jewelry making supplies. Mostly beads. – 11% of you are a combination of the above or gave me very detailed written descriptions of yourself. – 55% of you spend over 12 hours a month making jewelry. 22% of you spend more than 20 hours a month! – 54% of you take jewelry making classes or workshops of some form every year. There were over 100 detailed written comments about yourselves and suggestions for tutorials or videos you would like to see. I will not run out of ideas for a long time!
Thanks again for allowing me to get to know you better.