With times being as they are, I needed to add a little sparkle to my routine. I've had these pear shaped pieces of "candy" for a while and thought they deserved a good home. Fun to make and fun to wear!
In this crazy time of COVID is just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all my customers who have supported me through out the years. I hope you and your family and friends are staying safe during these trying times.
It has been a disappointment to not be able to participate in my usual spring art show circuit here in Florida as I so enjoy meeting and chatting with people from all over. Perhaps this fall we may be able to safely gather again but mean while I will be working on getting an online shop up and running. If you'd like to be notified of this, sign up for my email list below.
Thank you again,
Join me this coming weekend at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernadina Beach, Florida. I'll be in booth 408.
Hope to see you on March 3rd and 4th at the Fine Arts Fair at Tioga. I'll be in booth 37. Supposed to be great weather so come out and enjoy the fun!
You can see my new sea glass cuff bracelets at the Downtown Dunedin Craft festival in Dunedin, FL (near Clearwater) this coming weekend. Hope you can make it!
Hope to see you at the Mount Dora Art Festival in Mount Dora, Florida the first weekend of February. Based on customer feedback, I've made some new adjustable sea glass rings. I'll be in booth 78. Let's hope for some warm, sunny weather!
For anyone interested in how I make my jewelry, here's a short video showing some of the activities involved in metalsmithing; soldering, forming, filing, sawing just to name a few. If you were to ask me what is the most fun I'd have to say "Playing with Fire"!
I am often asked if I can make a piece of jewelry with a customer's own sea glass. The answer is "Yes .... BUT...." With the BUT being the sea glass must be jewelry quality. Most of my work involves bezel setting the sea glass so there are certain characteristics I look for in sea glass for my jewelry that I'd like to share with you.
The photo above shows three pieces of sea glass that are excellent for bezel setting; smooth, relatively flat, no chips.
These are the same pieces of sea glass as photo 1 from the top. Again, no sharp, irregular edges which makes it possible for a bezel to conform to the sea glass.
The pieces of sea glass above while very pretty won't work for bezel setting. They are too irregular.
These are the same pieces as photo 3 but from the top. The pieces are too sharp and/or irregular while piece# 4 is more of a marble.
I'm sure some clever jeweler could find a method for using irregular pieces which are also known as "craft" quality. But for my jewelry I am sticking with jewelry quality sea glass.
I was inspired to make my Broken Line series of necklaces using these stunning dichroic glass cabochons from Frog Hollow Glass on Etsy. You can see them in person on Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th at the Isles of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in downtown Fernadina Beach, FL. Hope to see you there!
Join me the first weekend of May (6th and 7th) for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernadina Beach, FL. Hope to see you in Booth 335!
I'm Karen Howard the Jewelry Artist at Cozy Cove Studio. Here you'll find my random thoughts on everything from jewelry making to life on Cozy Cove. It's a beautiful place to live and I'm happy to share.