Monthly Archives: January 2015

Made it to Tucson

i just pulled in to my hotel here in Tucson and am ready for a week of fun working in Kevin Potter’s shop, shopping and teaching.  Speaking of teaching, I am changing the dates for a couple of my workshops. The components workshop is now on Friday, February 6th.  And I am canceling the Caught Ya! Pendant. I still have a few spaces left in the other workshops, so check them out if you are  in the area.

http://kcjewelbox.com/Workshops_c26.htm

NEW CLASS DATE: FRIDAY, FEB 6th. Melissa Muir - Hydraulic Press Components Workshop

NEW CLASS DATE: FRIDAY, FEB 6th. Melissa Muir – Hydraulic Press Components Workshop

I will post pictures of everything as I get the chance. See you all soon.

Tool Time Tuesday – Rotary Tumblers & Another Giveaway

Hey everyone. Yes, I know it is Friday. But, the video was posted to my YouTube channel on Tuesday, so technically it is still Tool Time Tuesday, right?  Hey, when you are a mom to three busy girls, you just have to roll with it sometimes. That, and Sales Taxes caught me off guard. I looked at the due date wrong. D’oh! So glad I looked again.  And, I owe a whole whopping $2.46 in Sales Taxes. LOL. That is good and bad, as it is an indicator of my sales for this past year. However, I believe I squeaked out a tiny bit of profit. Like maybe a hundred dollars or so. WOOT! Last year was probably my worst year emotionally and everything, so that tiny bit of a profit made me smile all night long, even now. 😀 <== See? Big Smile.

When I asked about topics for Tool Time Tuesday, a couple of people asked about Rotary Tumblers. I have a couple of them here in my studio so I thought I would give a quick comparison between the two of them.

If you are interested in getting a 3A Lortone Tumbler (the one featured in the video) and Mixed Stainless Steel Shot, let me know. I do sell those, however I do not keep them in stock. They do meet my minimum purchase amount from my supplier, so I can have it sent directly to you. Just let me know.

GIVEAWAY – Pepetools Jump Ring Maker

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That is right, Pepetools has graciously offered a Jump Ring Maker (JMR2). Same deal as the last giveaways. You are just giving us (Pepetools and I) to add you to our email lists. You can always unsubscribe if you would like. Pepetools only sends out a few a year. There will be a few more than that from me, especially as I would like to just have my blog posts go out to my email list. That way I can have everything in one tidy little place.

** Oh, and no worries. You won’t be added to the list multiple times. I know it says you are, but you really aren’t. So you shouldn’t receive two emails and such. But I do still need you to actually enter the drawing through the link provided below.

When will the giveaway be done? Well, that depends. Pepetools has asked that we have a certain number of entries before we do the giveaway. We are currently about a 1/4 of the way there. So please share and share and share. I am dying to find out who is going to get the jump ring maker.

ENTER HERE: http://eepurl.com/bbI3kj

Here are a couple of videos for you to get you excited about winning it.

Progress and feeling great

I want to tell you all thank you so much for all your love and encouragement over the past little while. The last couple of years have been so hard for me with the moves and trials we have had. I really suffered emotionally and it is crazy. The kicker for me was when my blog had to move and I lost all my subscribers, photos and had to redo them all. That was so frustrating that I just had to stop even visiting my blog because it just made me so mad. But, The fog has lifted. I am creating again. I feel great again. I have ideas again. I am ready to go and moving quickly. Thank you.

This past week my friend and jewelry artist, Mary Govaars, came and worked with me for 7 solid days. What did we do? We got my book organized. She helped me identify ALL of the projects. She also helped me to see that I have at least two books that I will be writing. There is just too much for one. That is a good problem to have, right? We laid out the sections and flow of the projects. All of the projects and steps have been written and are currently being edited and verified. The book progresses beautifully from beginner projects all the way to advanced. There are more beginner to intermediate projects than advanced, but the second book will pick up where this one leaves off and readers will continue to grow their skills. I am so revved up and excited, I am almost like a kid in the candy store and can hardly wait for my kids to leave for school so I can get in to the studio and play. I haven’t felt that for such a long time. It is wonderful.

Fold and Hydraulic Formed Pendant - Melissa Muir

Fold and Hydraulic Formed Pendant – Melissa Muir

This pendant is one that I started working on when my friend Francesca Watson came to visit in October. It actually had several melt downs and went through a fair amount of silver trying to make the bail. However, I changed it up, finally bought my acetylene tank and got my torch set back up, and there were very loud squeals of delight and celebration coming from my studio when everything worked and I didn’t melt it again. If you were within about 30 miles, I am sure you heard the squeals. I floated on clouds for the next two days knowing that I finally got this project done. It feels so good to be back.

Talkin’ Tools

If you enjoy Tool Time Tuesday, then I would like to introduce you to my friend Kathleen Krucoff.  She offers a feature on her blog Mystical Mytical Metalwork called Talkin’ Tools. In her first installment, in a long time anyway, she talks about chasing hammers. Her work has evolved and right now she is really into chasing and Repouse’, and she shares her favorite tools for the different techniques she is trying. it is always good to hear about tools from a number of people. Everyone has their opinions and way of doing things. So take a few minutes and check it out. You might find another blog you love to read and is full of great information and resources.

Speaking of Tool Time Tuesday, I will be back tomorrow with another installment. So I will see you all again tomorrow!

The Tucson Gem Show Is Right Around The Corner

I have finalized the dates for my workshops in Tucson. Some are starting to fill up. So if you think you will be in Tucson for the Gem Show, please consider taking a workshop with me. I promise it will be a lot of fun. All the workshops are in the evening from 5:30 – 9:30, so all the shopping will be done for the day. Each workshop is only $165 and includes everything. All you need to do is show up and have some fun. Most are hydraulic press related, but you don’t have to have a press at home to enjoy these classes. In fact, the components workshop would be a great one as you can come and make tons of components that can be taken back home and incorporated into your work.

And if you register for more than one workshop, I will refund $20 for each additional workshop you register for.

Register for workshops herehttp://www.kcjewelbox.com/Workshops_c26.htm

Dates for each workshop is listed below and on each photo:

Component Making – Feb 1, 2015
Silhouette Die making – Feb 2, 2015
Cuffs, Cuffs, Cuffs – Feb 3, 2015
Forming with a Swage Block – Feb 4, 2015
Caught YA! Pendant – Feb 6, 2015

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Finally Making Some New Pieces

As you know, I have really struggled lately (like for the past 4 years) to get back into the groove of things. Between having a baby (now 4 years old) and moving across the country a couple of times, setting up a new house and trying to figure out what I want to do, it has been awful. But This year…. This year is going to be different. We are now in a  routine. The house still has a LOT of projects and I need to figure out how to get organized, but I am finding I finally have some time to myself. I have set many new goals. Utah isn’t the easiest place to have a jewelry making business. The people here are just different and value things a bit differently. Let me just say, there is a reason why I can do what I do. I grew up here. I knew the mentality of Utah when it comes to being creative and “crafty.”

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I have been approached by several online places to offer my workshops and videos. For a while now I have wanted to have my own video subscription service on my website with projects and such. This year, all of that is going to happen. Dates  have already been set for multiple national teaching opportunities. I will be teaching in Tucson at the Gem show next month. In March I will be teaching in the San Antonio/Austin area. Then in July, I will be teaching in Las Vegas. I am so thrilled to be “getting back to it.”

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The other day my husband came home from work and I left the kids in his charge and retreated to the studio. He came in and asked what I was doing. I told him that I was tired of not creating and listening to the awful enemies in my head. So I figured that if I just came in the studio and forced myself to create something, then perhaps my creative muse would awaken and I could get back to “me.” The Me that used to sit and just pull out a stone or two and create. When I was that “ME” things just came together. That is where I am going to get back to. I am excited to get back to ME. This should be a fun year. Want to see what I have done so far? They aren’t perfect but I am sure pleased with them. It is a fabulous start.

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I am also really excited that this week a good friend of mine is coming in from California to help me get the layout of my book going. I am  hoping to have the first volume of my book out in just the next couple of months. We will see how it all goes. I may be even further behind than I think. Then again, I may be further ahead than I think. Cross your fingers that things go well. 🙂

 

 

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Next week I may be a bit quiet as we get our nose to the grind stone and really push to get everything going.

I have been going through my studio and found that I have a lot of things I don’t use. This includes tools and beads and such. So in an effort to raise money for the costs associated with  publishing my book, and hopefully getting a few things in Tucson, I will be holding a destash. I haven’t figured out how I am going to run it yet, but I need to get some things cleared out. I just don’t use some of this stuff and it might as well go to someone who can use it.

But in the meantime, I am so excited to be back. Thanks everyone for the encouragement and support.MelissaMuir-YOJ2015-Week1

 

Tool Time Tuesday – Shears in the Studio

First off, let me tell you all THANK YOU for entering the giveaway for the mini hydraulic press from Potter USA. It was a great success, although, how can you not have a successful giveaway? Our winner was Lecia Woessner from Maryland. It is always so much fun to be able to  give away great tools. If you didn’t win, don’t worry, there are a few more in the queue that I am sure you will still want to check out.

In Addition, I still have room in my workshops in Tucson. Please check them out and consider hanging out with me for an evening or two at Potter USA. You won’t be sorry. You will leave with finished pieces and best of all, LOTS of inspiration. And, if you sign up for multiple workshops, I will take off $20 for each additional workshop.

You can register for workshops here: http://www.kcjewelbox.com/Workshops_c26.htm

I find it funny that questions from people seem to come in category waves. Lately, the questions are about shears in the studio, more specifically bench and guillotine shears and the difference between the two of them. I happen to have one of each in my studio. So I thought I would do a video showing the differences between them. I meant to make a really short one, but there was quite a bit of info, so it is just about 9 minutes long. But if you are considering purchasing one of these shears, you might just find this video helpful.

And yes, I know that this isn’t Tuesday. But sometimes when you are a mom, you just do what you can do when you can do it. And, I did do the filming and editing yesterday. It finished uploading this morning at about 1:00. Let me tell you, 6:00 came awfully early here at my house.