Monthly Archives: September 2008

Lots of Updates & new class schedule

First things first… Last weeks fundraiser for the Preeclampsia
Foundation was AMAZING! I finally got to meet some of the women that
helped me through the darkest hours of my life after losing my sweet
baby Kelsi. My angel was auctioned off and brought in $1,250 for the
foundation. It was really neat. Of course I cried like a baby when they
read my story and showed pictures of my baby.

I can also finally share this next piece of news. In February, the
director of the PE foundation called and asked if I would be willing to
make a new pin for the Foundation. I am not positive, but I believe
this is the new Preeclampsia Awareness pin. I am trying to get a good
photo of these, and they will be listed on my site for sale shortly.
The price is $12.50 per pin and 100% of the proceeds goes to the PE


Here is the jewelry I wore to the fundraiser. The pictures don’t do the necklace justice, but it is SOOOO pretty.

PE_fundraiser PE_fundraiser_close

Art Jewelry Magazine

Well, it finally came, the November issue of Art Jewelry. They did a
fantastic job on this issue. I love the layout and everything. I ended
up having 9 full pages in this issue. That is HUGE! They even had to
change the format of the magazine because of my article. HAHAHA, some
people are just born to be troublemakers I guess.


Here is a little ring that I recently made. It is for my 2-year-old. Yes, I know the dangers of little kids with this type of jewelry and we keep a close eye on her when she wears it. She is really funny though. She is such a Girly Girl. She is always wearing some type of jewelry in addition to the two bracelets she wears 24/7. Just today she came into the family room wearing about 5 additional bracelets. It is a lot of fun to have little girls that are into jewelry as much as mom is.


October 2008, jewelry making class schedule
I finally finished my schedule for October. Please visit my website ( for class descriptions.

Day Date Time Class Cost
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Introduction to Wire Wrapped Pendants
8:00 – 9:30 pm
Introduction to Soldering
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Basic Soldering
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Basic Wire I – The perfect simple loop
8:00 – 9:30 pm
Wire Rings
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Textured Metal
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Bezel Set Rings
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Soldered Ear Wires
8:00 – 9:30 pm
Simple Soldered Rings
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Basic Wire II – Wrapped loops $40
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Basic Wire III – Wrapped beads $40
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Soldered Pendant $100
6:00 – 9:30 pm
Wire Wrapped Pendants $65
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Soldered Embellishments $55

All classes are taught in Norton, OH. Payment must be received in full
to guarantee your space. All materials and tools are included in the
class fee.

As always, custom classes are available upon request. I encourage all feedback and I look forward to reading what you have to say.


Well, I finally finished my personal website. There are still a few changes I will be making, but since I am headed to Washington, DC this week for the Preeclampsia Foundation fundraiser, it will just have to stay as it is for now.

If you would like to visit, I would appreciate any feedback you may have.

Also, the November issue of Art Jewelry has just been sent out to subscribers. It will hit news stands on September 30th. They sent my copy yesterday, but of course I will be out of town when it arrives *grumble.* I am able to get a limited number of copies at a slightly discounted rate, so if you would like one of those be sure to let me know fast. I have a list already started.

Have a wonderful week everyone and I will update with the fundraiser results when I return home.

Honored once again

Once again I have the honor of being featured on the Jewelry of the Day website. This time the piece featured is not for sale through my own website. The piece featured on Saturday, September 6th, is Kelsi’s Angel. This is the piece for the Preeclampsia Foundation fundraiser. I have posted a little about Kelsi and the process for the Angel in a post a few weeks ago. Here is the link to that post.

If you get a chance please take the time to stop by and check out some of the other VERY talented artists. I am so honored to even be considered on the same level with these people. There are some AMAZING people out there.

Here is a picture of the original chain I made for the angel. I decided to change it after wearing it to church last week. I have long hair and it kept getting caught in the chain. Not only that, but the chain is so pretty and the angel is so pretty that they compete with each other. I decided to remove some of the links and finish it out with a simple round loop chain. It is every bit as pretty, but they no longer compete with each other. I also added a patina to the angel and chain to help highlight the details in both. It really is a beautiful piece. I hope I am able to raise a lot of money for the Preeclampsia Foundation.

Melissa Muir Jewelry

September 2008 Class Schedule And a Few Other Things

September 2008 Class Schedule

If you are interested in taking a class please call me and I can give you further details.  All classes are taught in Norton, OH.

 Day Date  Time  Class  Cost
Tuesday  9/9  6:30 – 9:00pm  Cold Connections – Pendant & Earrings  $55
Thursday  9/11  6:30 – 8:30pm  Introduction to Soldering  $25
Saturday  9/13  10:30am – 4:00  Drawing on Metal with Wire (Bezel too)  $105
Tuesday  9/16  6:30 – 9:00pm  Victorian Earrings  $45
Tuesday  9/23  6:30 – 9:00pm  Metal Beads  $55
Thursday  9/25  6:30 – 8:30pm  Wire Rings  $25
Friday  9/26  6:30 – 9:00pm  Create your own ear wires  $35
Saturday  9/27  10:00am – 1:00  Intro to Etching (Pendant)  $45
Saturday  9/27  2:00 – 6:00pm  Intro to metal/Piercing  $65
Tuesday  9/30  6:00 – 9:30pm  Working with Resin  $55

Custom classes available by request. Payment in full must be received to reserve your spot in the class.

Victorian Earrings
These very pretty earrings are very similar to the wire angels I make. They turned out into beautiful earrings as well. Again, I am totally biased. I taught a class with these just this past week and it was a total hit. People drool over them when I wear them too. I made a pair to go with a dress I wore to church on Sunday.

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Thank you all for the support you have offered as I have gone on this journey of jewelry. It has been a fun trip and is only getting better. I have some very fun and exciting news coming soon that I am a little too eager to share. But I am doing my best to keep my lips shut tight for the moment. You will all know soon enough.

Completed Angel

Well, I finally finished her. The angel for the Preeclampsia Foundation Fundraiser turned out beautifully. Okay, okay, so I am totally biased, but I really do think that this is one of my finest pieces yet. I went through several renditions of the chain but finally ended up with two handmade links and the remainder of the chain is a simple round link chain.

The Preeclampsia Foundation fundraiser is on September 20th in Washington, DC. I am really excited. I will actually be staying in my old house there. Now that is a trip. It is so strange to stay in a place you once lived, but are now only a guest. It is still kind of fun. I am really glad that our friends bought the place. It is fun to go back.

Melissa Muir Jewelry

My class schedule is coming soon. I should have it finished by the end of this week.

Also, just a reminder, I will be at the Cevasco Diamond Cafe this Saturday for their annual art festival and wine tasting. I would love to see you there. I will have a lot of items for sale and will also be demonstrating some of the things we do in my classes.

The event begins at 12:00 noon and ends at 9:00 that evening.

Cevasco Diamond Cafe
17 Metric Drive
Tallmadge, OH 44278

It is 1/4 mile East of the Tallmadge Circle.