By the end of the market season last year between waking up at 4 a.m., the horrible heat, working 3 Farmer's Markets by myself-loading, unloading, setting up the market tent and tables, hauling out tubs of soaps & other goodies and practically weekly trips to the specialists to get injections in the spine I was not physically or emotionally able to go to any of the Fall or Christmas Craft Shows that I normally attend.
I am not sure which was worst, losing the income from the shows or the absolute boredom from sitting at home with nothing to do. When I started physically improving for lack of anything better to do,( and I truly mean ANYTHING better), I started cleaning closets and ended up with a huge load to take to Goodwill-which I did. Of course after giving them a bunch of stuff I had to go inside and purchase more. The 1st thing I saw were copies of Wirework and Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, 2 magazines I had never seen before. So for $.50 I bought them both and immediately went home to read.
The first thing I learned was that I wanted to make jewelry again. I had had some minor experiences in working with jewelry in the early 1970's. The 2nd thing I learned was after looking at the actual price of the magazines, the only way I would be getting anymore would be from Goodwill.
I also found that any kind of tool or material that I used in 1970 was now 25 times the price it was then. What is this world coming to? Who is making all this profit? Think about it.
|1st Pair of earrings-Made from Recycled copper & Aluminum Wire|
There are shortcuts to be taken and tools to be substituted, materials to be recycled.
|Made from Copper Washers & Recycled Wire|
|2nd Pair of earrings from recycle Wire|
I have found many shortcuts to making jewelry. Not by choice necessarily but by necessity. I hate playing poor me but I am sure that there are many of my customers and readers that are in almost as bad finances as we are.
As time goes on I hope to write about those money saving tips and short cuts as well as show you what is going into the Artfire shop.
|Abercrombie belt turned into a cuff with a Magnesite stone|
Next week I hope to finish some mixed media cuffs that I have been working on. I have never really loved sewing but I am finding these fun to make. What is really becoming the most fun is finding the bits and pieces to put all these pieces together.