Thursday, January 12, 2017

Triple Pod Earring Variation II

I usually post a run down for New Year's but it became more of a journal entry, so this coming year I'm just ready for whatever is thrown at me.  My previous post was the first of this style earring. It sold less than a week after I made it and I already missed them.

So here's another variation of the 3 pod earrings, it's a bit larger than the first pair and I decided not to add any accent beads, it preferred this smooth look.  

There is a significant amount of dimension to these which has me starting to think about other, larger projects.

Of course, I'm still making smaller earrings for every day wear. I finished these recently and am working on some new leaf sets.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Triple Pod Earring Variation

I regret that these are the only photos I took of this 3 pod earring variation, but I'm happy I thought about it when I did.  I finished them on Tuesday to go with what I wore to the Arts Council's Holiday Glitter event and they just sold last night at REACH Art Studio's "A Not So Silent Night" fundraiser.

These are more difficult to put together to make them match than the ones that hang in a row, but I really love their size and shape.  

I have to admit, I was sad to see these go so quickly, but it certainly makes me feel like I should make more of this style/shape!

Outfit by Helen Welford

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Snowflake Cluster Earrings

It finally snowed here in Lansing last night.  It was glorious, and some even stuck despite the warmth today.  I have hope. I also, have been making a lot a snowflakes for holiday events and decided to make a pair of cluster earrings with the extras.  I've only made one pair of these in the past and they sold right away, so if you want these, I'd suggest emailing me (I shop for free) or come to REACH Art Studio's Holiday Fundraiser "Not So Silent Night" and see them there.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Jenny Schu's Holiday Shows 2016

That time of year is upon us where Holiday events, shows and receptions have me running all over the place.  Where can you find me toting around my on-hand jewelry out of my display trunks?  Here's your answer!

November 19, 2016
Washtenaw Community College, Lawrence Building

December 10, 2016
Not So Silent Night at REACH Art Studios
Early Entry 6:30pm-7:30pm, the event goes until 9:30pm
Preview Party Tickets are $40 and Benefit Tickets are $20 ($25 at the Door)

December 14, 2016
Speaker Law Firm Jewelry showing
Conference Room of Speaker Law Firm

Galleries that are also carrying my work currently:

Loop Swoop + Pull, A Fiberarts Exhibit
Art Supply Depot
Bowling Green OH

From Marbles to Minecraft
Annmarie Sculpture Garden Exhibit
Dowell, MD

Lansing Art Gallery
Holiday Market Reception is this Friday, November 11th, 2016, 5-8pm
Lansing, MI

Holiday Gallery Shop at Textile Center
Minneapolis, MN

Angelwood Gallery
Grand Rapids, OH

Cappaert Contemporary Gallery
Door County, WI
(they have special hours for off-season)

Paige Wiard Gallery
Calumet, MI

 and coming SOON

Higher Art Gallery 
Traverse City, MI
(I still need to send them a box of goodies)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Striped Metallic Blue and Gold Jewelry Set

I'm still playing with this metallic blue and gold blend, but I thought I'd get this simple little set up on the blog sooner than later.  

Bracelet $65

Earrings $35

Lariat Necklace $200

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Pokemon for Halloween 2016

This Halloween I have had so much going on that I fully intended to re-use an old costume, maybe make some edits to the Bloody Mary or something.  My plans to take it easy were foiled when I became addicted to playing Pokemon Go with Isaac.  The more drawing of human adaptations of Pokemon I saw, the more I wanted to accept the challenge of making a fun Pokemon costume.

The rules were to use fabric I already had.  So I poured through my stash to see what I had, then started looking at ideas.  I had nearly everything for Victreebel.

The green crushed velvet left over from my Poison Ivy costume (2006?), I have no clue where the yellow even came from (someone else's stash?) but I had plenty. I had a sliver of pink for the top leftover from a dress I made in 2005, and white stiff poly for the eyes and teeth.  The only items I had to purchase was a yellow zipper, a bullwhip and pipe insulation.

Stitching the leaves was the easiest and most fun part to make.  Since I wanted the top to loop open, I hand stitched the pipe insulation into the pink fabric first, which made any more sewing on the machine difficult later.  I managed some sloppy darts, but they pressed out somewhat.  I have to remind myself that I'm the only person who notices the issues anyway.  I always feel that Victreelbel has a red mouth so I pinned this to a red bra and wore a neckscarf that I already owned.

I put off stitching the snap at the base of the pink pipe insulation last as I cut the actual foam insulation back a few times for a better fit.  

The eyes and teeth were added last and I attached a leaf to the end of the whip (which pretty quickly was snapped off....thanks Ryan).

When I really think about it, I need to just accept that I'm making a costume every year.  Although under stress of getting jewelry shuffled to galleries, getting into the office more, demands of my house....this was the perfect short-project-with-a-deadline to make me feel better and get back into my artist groove.  I'm about ready to take on holiday once my house is clean(ish).

I did make a Pokeball for Crush this year.  He stayed in his aquarium though.

Added a new decoration idea with a bike that I'm never going to get back to and a posed skeleton, which I have been wanting to start posing skeletons for quite a while, this was a good start...

My friend Kathy sends me a Halloween gift box...this year's had these lovely black martini glasses that say "be wicked" in gold on them.  I think they'll be staying out year 'round.

I'm terrible at remembering to get photos at a party....ah well.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Purple and Gold Hex Set for Holiday Jewelry

I've been all over the map with jewelry making, but I always seem to not have enough purple.  I suppose I'm just mixing my dark gold tiny seed beads with everything for holiday.  So here's more hexagons!

I'm having fun using bugle beads and the ones on this set are "twisted" for some added sparkle.