Monthly Archives: September 2007

New pieces

Everyone has loved my signature piece. I have had quite a few people tell me that I should make more. I only had one stone that was like the one below and haven’t ever really found any others. Last night I really wanted to be productive and made four pendants, with a fifth still in the process, just to show myself that I can still actually make jewelry. Since starting school, it seems I am not getting a lot done these days.

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And here are the new pieces. I still like the original, but it is quite a bit larger. I will play with the design of some of the others some more until I get a feel of what I really like. The first two are Red Sardonyx. The third is black onyx and the last one (lower right) is Carnelian.  These are actually much smaller than the original. They are only 1″ from top to bottom and side to side. The stones are 6mm, the one above is 8 or 10 if I recall correctly.

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A new leaf – Part four

Well, I am not super keen on how this one turned out. Once it is returned to me I will do a little more work on it, and it will probably change drastically. However for now it is done and handed in.

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I even tried my hand at a couple of rings. The little knot one is a lot of fun, but DANG it is hard to make.

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A new leaf – Part three

Well, we had to turn in the third installment of our “line” this morning. I was up working on it until about 2:00 in the morning. UGH! This one turned out okay. There are some things I really like about it and some things that I don’t.  I am not super keen on the bail, but I tried three different times to solder one on and all I ever ended up with is 3 melted blobs that weren’t anywhere near attached. It was rather frustrating.

It didn’t turn out at all how I originally intended for it to look, but hey, I finished it about 6 hours before class and that was all that mattered. HAHAHA Besides, the instructor wants me to do one more. Yipeeee – *yawn* So watch for “A new leaf – Part four” on Wednesday.

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It looks like we might be adding a new class to the schedule at Grand River Beads on November 10. We would like to do the copper cuff bracelet. I will post here to let you know if it happens.

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First class at Grand River Beads

Today was so much fun and busy. I had 8 students in my class and everyone was fabulous and very creative. We held our first basic soldering class at Grand River Beads in Rocky River, OH. I am hearing that it was a great success. Everyone finished at least one bracelet or necklace and they were all very well done.

I am really looking forward to the next class. I know that we already have a few students signed up for the next few classes and the owner asked me to check my schedule to see when we could add some more. We are going to start scheduling January and beyond. YAY!

Who is Kelsi and What are we doing in her closet?

I have been asked who Kelsi is a number of times lately. I am not Kelsi. My name is Melissa Muir and I am Kelsi’s mother.

Kelsi is my second daughter and sadly, she is an angel. Kelsi was born 16 weeks early due to Pre-eclampisa, a complication in pregnancy where my blood pressure became dangerously high in addition to poor kidney and liver function. Please visit the Pre-eclampsia Foundation for more information regarding Pre-eclampsia.

You can read all about Kelsi and my story on her website… www.babiesonline.com/babies/k/kelsi2005/

I started Kelsi’s Closet with a couple of things in mind. Kelsi and I have been able to raise a lot of awareness of Pre-eclampsia, I even know of 4 lives we have saved because of that awareness. Kelsi’s Closet Jewelbox is also a place where I sell the angels made in her honor and in the honor of many other angels.

When Kelsi died, my amazing mother made her the most beautiful dress. It is the dress she was buried in. She asked if I would like her to make other “Kelsi-sized” dresses for other future angels. In the hosptial, Kelsi was dressed and brought to me when we removed her from life support. This dress absolutely drown her as she weighed less than a pound. My mother made 12 dresses and blankets for me to donate to the NICU at Fairfax INOVA Hospital in Virgina on Kelsi’s due date. I donated all but one, and I kept that one for myself. With this beautiful act of my mothers, Kelsi’s Closet was born.

I still have ideas for Kelsi’s Closet and Kelsi’s Closet Jewelbox, but until I get on my feet a little more with things, we will just keep plugging away as we are.

There you have it. Now you know who Kelsi is and what we are doing in her closet. haha

A new leaf

What a crazy week this has been. I have not had a moment to slow down since the weekend before last.

In my jewelry production class we were given the assignment to come up with a finished piece for Monday morning. I had been working so hard on one and just couldn’t get it to work for me. I even hired a baby sitter for Friday so I could go in to the studio at school and work on it for 4 hours. I came away almost no closer to being done than when I had gone in. It was so utterly frustrating. Finally, Sunday night after wanting to never make jewelry again, and sadly, after getting upset with my family, I was able to come up with something that would work even though it wasn’t exactly what I was thinking of.  Oh, and yes, I have made up with my family.

Here is the piece I came up with for Monday morning.

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Monday we went through all the pieces by everyone and gave each other feedback. While I felt I had a good start on mine, I wasn’t completely pleased with it. It also looks like my viney thing has a frogs foot. haha! So we were given the assignment to come up with another finished piece by Wednesday – YIKES! I have been working so hard on this with the VERY LITTLE time I have right now. I finally finished and it is 12:00 in the morning. That means I will be handing this in to my instructor in just a little over 8 hours. *YAWN*

There is such a big difference between these two pieces. I would like to perhaps try to make this a bit smaller. The copper pendant is rather large for my taste. Nealy 3 inches long and just about 2 inches wide. Anyway, I would appreciate any comments you may have. Thanks for looking.

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Oh what to do with a can?

Tonight we had to finish one of our projects. The first night of class our instructor gave us a soup can and some raffia paper. The assignment was to make a vessel and support with the materials. We could add other materials but had to alter the materials she gave us.

I cut the bottom of the can off and then cut down the side. I rolled one end of the can over onto the other, drilled holes and attached it with copper colored brads. It was pretty ugly and still quite dangerous at that point. I had been playing around with some other jewelry techniques and had some copper tape sitting right by me. So I took that copper tape and edged around the sharp edges of the can. It was still quite ugly on the inside of the can so I cut some 40 gauge copper sheet and lined my little can. It was no longer ugly. At that point, my can had a pretty darn good self-esteem, especially when everyone saw it in class. They all ooh’ed and ahhh’ed, the can was happy, very happy.

The base was made with scrap copper pieces found in my classroom. I soldered a ring for the base and attached two longer pieces that swirl up and around to hold my sweet can in place.

I made a flower with the raffia paper, but it doesn’t have a very good self-esteem and didn’t want to be photographed, poor flower.

Here are the pictures of my altered soup can.

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Do you want to take a class with me?

I have had several people ask where I will be teaching. I currently
have two locations where I teach classes. Both are in North East Ohio.
The first is Grand River Beads. They have just recently relocated and
are now in the Silverthorne Gallery in the Cleveland area.

Grand River Beads Current schedule:

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Intro to Soldering
Saturday, September 22, 11:00 – 4:00 pm – Class is FULL
Saturday, October 13, 11:30 – 4:30 pm  *NEW CLASS*
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Bezel Setting
Saturday, October 20, 11:00 – 4:00 pm *DATE CHANGED*
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Solder-free chain making
Saturday, November 17, 11:00 – 4:00 pm
Cold-connections and mixed metals
Saturday, December 8, 11:00 – 4:00

Grand River Beads and The Silverthorne Gallery is located at:
19361 Detroit Road

Rocky River, Ohio
44116
440-331-4950

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second location is in Norton Ohio. These classes can be scheduled
through me. We will work together to create just the right class for
your needs. You can call me between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm at (800) 876-6981.

What a crazy week.

Well, School started about 2 weeks ago. As you can see it has been a while since I updated my site. Sorry about that. So lets see what I have been up to……

What’s new?

The redesign on my website ( www.kcjewelbox.com) has hit kind of a road block. I don’t want to have people clicking through a lot of links just to get to my shopping cart. I need to speak with the hosting company to see if they can help me out with something different. I am thinking that I will leave Kelsi’s Closet Jewelbox the way it is and start a new website with my name domain. Watch for updates on that a little later. I thought this would be a good idea so that my work will be associated with me, and Kelsi’s Closet Jewelbox can feature my angels and memorial jewelry and remain an honor to my sweet angel Kelsi (
www.babiesonline.com/babies/k/kelsi2005)

School

I am now taking two classes. HOW FUN! It is so nice to finally get some formal training, although we haven’t done much yet. In my morning class we had to come up with 50 drawings, 10 models and one finished piece. I think I have around 150+ drawings. That isn’t too bad since I never really drew my stuff out before. I am getting quite a bit better at drawing also. It is kind of nice. So far I have 4 models and I was hoping to have a finished piece, but it isn’t done yet. It is due on Monday so I had better get cracking.

Teaching

I taught my first class a week ago today. That was so much fun. I had 3 ladies and I taught them how to make the wire wrapped pendants. They all did a fabulous job. I am teaching my first Intro to metalsmithing a week from today. I have four students in that class. Then on the 22nd, I will be teaching at Grand River Beads. They just moved into the Silverthorne Gallery in Cleveland. I have a few students signed up already. I am very excited about that. We have some fun things planned for the classes.

New Pieces
So what have I been working on? I hae had several projects that I have been working on. One that didn’t turn out as well as I would like. I was going to use it for my “finished” piece in class, but I think I will make something else.

The first piece is the one I was going to use. It kind of looks like a little man doing a cartwheel. hahaha The cuff is a design the owner of the shop, where I will be teaching, came up with. We are going to teach it as a class as well.

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Answers to questions:

Thank you all so much for the comments you have left on my design journal. I really appreciate it. I have been asked where I learned to do all of this stuff. Honestly, I have just been playing around and hoping for the best. I did take a simple intro to soldering (like a 5 hour class) and another simple bezel setting class (again 5 hours.) That is pretty much the extent of my formal training in this. I also took a 5 hour class to learn to do the border wrap around my wire worked stones. The rest of it has just been me trying things out. The heart in the stone piece finally sold. YAY and I made another one. I will be posting it on my website just as soon as I get it photographed. I think I am going to try to make another one with doming resin instead of the glass stone I used for those. The glass stones have an irregular shape and bottom and are very difficult to work with. I will post my results when I get the chance to try it out.

In the meantime, I will be hard at work making jewelry and some metal sculpture and will be posting my progress on that as I go. So please check back often and don’t forget to check out my website http://www.kcjewelbox.com