Monday, January 26, 2009

Anne Dinan

Its not often I find TRULY unique metalsmithing on etsy. Don't get me wrong! I LOVE etsy, and adore gazing at metal on there. but it really gets a little hum drum all the hammered stacking rings and PMC. This woman really has a unique take on using copper and enamel check it out:
It really has her personality in it. I plan on showing my Metals 2 class tomorrow. They're enamelling right now. Just love to share.
Have you seen really far out designs on etsy or elsewhere? Please share!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New Ideas

Hey y'all! Lots of new ideas percolating here with our little group. If you haven't yet, check out our site. We have polls and discussions. We will have a new Yahoo egroup starting up soon. Also Deborah Beasley has suggested a CFM Etsy store and/or a CFM sale to raise general funds. We all would love a co-op metals studio here in Wilmington for workshops and open studio time. To make that happen will take tremendous work and time and money. But I think it would be enormously popular. I also have numerous out of town metals friends who'd love to pay for a trip here by teaching you guys their stuff. So I am interested in any input about what you'd like to learn.
LOVIN' the snow! Robert and I have gone out to walk in the woods, and also walked to the nearby store tonight just to get out in it!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Was that FUN or WHAT!?

Ladies and Gents,
If you were unable to make it to the gemstone showing at Wabi Sabi today with Anne Kennedy, YOU MISSED IT! Man, she is just so flippin' cool for one thing, and her selection of cabochons is wonderful. She has stones for as little as $6! Most of what I picked up was $22- $32. There were gorgeous boulder opals, chyrsoprase, druzy, fabulous rich, colored Lapis, petrified tree fern or "peanut wood", yummy Sonoran Sunrise Agate(?), Ocean Jasper some with druzy crystals (my personal fav). She had a tray of Picasso Jasper and really beautiful fossilized Dinosaur bone, and so much more. One thing Anne always has a lot of are beautifully cut "bookend" matched pairs of stones that are great for earrings. She is so knowledgeable and loves to talk about rocks! I think we had 15 or so people attend and everyone who showed up found some really luscious stones and had a great time. Debra Pyeatt really came through with some delectable snacks, thank you Debra! Those that missed it, take heart! Anne said she'd be more than happy to return late summer and have another showing. She says she'll be getting lots of new items before then, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for the encore! And if you'd like to be notified, let me know!
Thank you to all those who came!