Showing posts with label artisan jewelry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label artisan jewelry. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

A Simple Pendant with the BIG made by hand Attitude

Being an artisan member of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania makes me, of course, USA made but, even tighter than that, #PAWildsmade.  Wild's creatives immerse themselves in the landscape producing such work for ie. photos captured, wood carved, metal formed or spirits distilled.  When enjoying artisan's work from this Wild's 'scene' you are part of the entire scope, the tangible and emotional experiences.   

Over the years my jewelry and mixed media techniques have continually drawn inspiration from those rural traditions that were once everyday life for our ancestors.  This way of tactile life, being a part of the process of just living, has become a need in this age of technology for me and so many others to make with our hands utilitarian wares or more refined artistic work from beginning to end.  


riveted copper bangles, antique cross peen hammer and air chased copper cuff #madebyhand Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry
airchasing a cuff on the anvil


There is honesty in the process, a feeling of release while striking the metal over and over and then a certain amount of authority over the finished design that is validating.


PA Wilds Made copper pendant progression in the hydraulic press. Finish work follows for the piece to get it to what is then for sale.   #PAWildsmade copper pendants available for purchase from my studio and The PA Wilds Conservation Shop at The Kinzua Bridge State Park!



SDAJ studio shot


While you are adventuring through the 12.5 county region known as The PA Wilds look for our The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania membership popping up in galleries, as shops, breweries, distilleries, wineries, restaurants and historical sites just to name a few member types. You will find artist and artisan members among trading posts, host sites art shows and studios where they capture the landscape of the WILDS through #madebyhand work. 


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Today on the bench or 'in the studio' ;) you will find decorating for the Holidays and also oxidizing a large fibula pin order.
Once a dust collection system is installed along with some other end of year tool purchases I can start  making once again or rather messy making once again.
We fell in love with this tree from Target  and can't wait to decorate with antique and ornaments my daughters have made through the years.  The antique Christmas balls were my Grandmother's and a great string of lights from the 50's (local shop) slipping on aluminum vintage reflectors (my Grandmother's never opened) that are pretty amazing.
More to come!
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Friday, November 04, 2016

November goals

What are your goals for November?  I have goals I try to keep, goals I have my dh help with, lol,  and goals that, if they are achieved, are totally liberating.


  • Post here on the blog each and everyday. (almost made it....)
  • Develop new designs in keeping with my voice.
  • Finish the studio with picking up oak display case from storage, build a porch on the street entrance and a get the closet door in. 
  • Organize house for oldest daughter and grand daughters during December's visit.
  • Put summer porch cushions, blankets, pillows, etc. away in the small camper.
  • Get the crazy dog to the vet for her check-up.
  • Deliver inventory to trading posts.
  • Make a kick butt Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Start baking bread during the week once again.
  • Make vegan cheese from the raw cashews purchased last month.
  • Set-up dust collection system for bench.
  • Locate a console style drop leaf table for the studio
  • More product photos 
Share some of your to-dos! 

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Etsy- Coupons starting at SDAJ

Hoot, hoot holiday coupons are starting up at SDAJ!!! Type in coupon code HOLIDAYSHOPPING at check out in www.stephaniedistler.etsy.com and receive 20% off on orders $50 or more. As an added bonus repeat customers get free domestic shipping also!


great time to order custom sets as in this special request for a client wanting 3 pieces built around tumbling media
close up of the tumbling media and wrapped copper bracelet


Thursday, November 07, 2013

What is on your jeweler's bench Wednesday

flickr group What is on your jeweler's bench Wedneday
Yesterday for What is on your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday I was working on the small table I use for assembly under the Ott light putting together bracelets from which I made, prepped and oxidized a head of time.  This makes the experience so much simpler..a good podcast and infused tea at the ready and I am good to go.  After assembly hit the pieces with wet/dry sandpaper and then a wire brush, ready for delivery to a trail stop near you :)

enjoy!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What is on your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday




http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/
Today on the bench, typeset and tools readied for upcoming Doctor Who textured and printed copper pendants.
tips/tricks:
I find an old polishing cloth works best to cushion a steel anvil more so than those rubber blocks. When using a rubber block during metal printing you don't get a good dead blow surface which causes the hammer and stamp to bounce for an unclear or double image.




Group Description

Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or another social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up. 
pizza baked in a cast iron skillet last night for supper...  HINT : don't use a pizza cutter while still in pan...grrrrr My poor perfectly seasoned 'ERIE' Griswold skillet :(

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

On the Bench -handmade crimps

Making jewelry from start to finish, using your own components, is a way to put YOUR signature on the pieces coming off table or bench.  Nothing is more relate-able to your potential clients or more fulfilling to you as an artist than handmade closures, beads, earring findings, jumprings, headpins or the like.
 This necklace was made for ME after locating the 6mm leather used as actually I feel another component in the piece, crimped and then a heavy 10 gauge copper wire hammer forged hook attached to various artisan lampwork, wood and glass cane beads linked by wirewrapping.  I feel wearing a design before creating more to offer to potential clients is extremely important working on comfort, wear ability, durability and overall aesthetic.
Since this is mine, the pendant was metalstamped with my signature and then the PA Wilds brand added creating the focus.

Wide shot of materials, tools and  components.  5 & 6mm leather is a beautiful addition in more organic bracelets and necklaces.

An oxidized or natural finish treatment, as seen here on some crimps.  Round nose pliers, small graduated size wrap and tap pliers, side cutters and flat nose or chain nose pliers used to manipulate wire.



16 gauge square and round copper wire, along with 14 gauge round were used for crimps.  The smaller the number the thicker the wire when looking at the gauge size.  The wrapped bead links were done in 20 gauge copper  or 18 depending on hole size for 20 gauge is more suited to double wrap as seen below making some double or single wraps.  I love the look of double wrapping on beads for it adds a relic element especially when oxidized.
In conclusion I love the pieces and will start this line for the Spring adding more metal, attribute words, charms and artisan beads to the overall design having them for sale in the online shoppe and also at Allegheny Outfitters in Warren, Pa. and also Elk County Council on the Art in Ridgway, Pa.  both trail stops not to mention amazing shoppes and galleries.

enjoy, xoxo

Friday, February 08, 2013

On the bench- sampler of sizes and types of fibula pins

Using 12, 16 and 20 gauge wire on these ancient designs with a modern twist.  I became intrigued with ancient designs and more utilitarian pieces a few years ago and the tremendous beauty in them as well as use and function.  Amazingly just ordinary everyday wire, that we use to attach and restrain, can be bent, twisted and hammered into the most unique jewelry.
The large pin from 12 gauge wire is not to be used on tight fabric but, is wonderful to attach your loose knit scarves, shawls and sweaters embellishing them.  Next, using 16 gauge wire which here I used copper, brass and tinned copper as a trio set that are thinner and can be used on medium knit pieces. We now are getting down to the smallest in the collection  in where 18 gauge was used to make these much smaller versions.  The smaller style can be used on a tighter yet knit with some having beads to add to the aesthetic.
All of my work are work hardened by bending, hammer and tumbler to with stand years of use.  Oxidation or antiquing adds depth and can be added also to the copper and the sterling silver options.  There are some added from time to time to the shoppe but, is an option you can request for a small fee.

small fibula copper safety pins


fibulas for Jan 2013
in the round 12 fibula pins

Friday, February 24, 2012

show yesterday

IMG_2812 by Stephanie Distler
IMG_2812, a photo by Stephanie Distler on Flickr.
I displayed at a local show yesterday in Ridgway, Pa. during the Chainsaw Rendezvous and Elk County Council on the Arts Feed the ARTS soup benefit.
The soup was delish as well as the people running the event.
To further support the ARTS in PA please visit Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania on facebook to assist in keeping the arts alive in PA.
New quote pendants are available and will be up on ETSY soon along with stone and metal wrapped bracelets!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Shasta Compact and working studio

A view from our bedroom towards the artisan jewelry studio and Claire, a 1971 Shasta Compact.
The addition will come out from the greenhouse window out towards you about 20 ft. and then a few feet deeper than the existing 10'x10' space.
An openhouse is being planned the second weekend in June during the Art on the EDGE, artisan trail event and tour.  The 'Shasta' will be decked out also with a vintage style striped awning which is where the studio will serve refreshments out of along with some Atomic Garden Vintage mid century modern . retro . vintage . reclaimed items. 

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Thoughts on the New Year

Illinois highway 39 by Stephanie Distler
Illinois highway 39, a photo by Stephanie Distler on Flickr.
As we were heading home from my daughter's a couple days back my thoughts were on goals. What goals should I state to keep and strive to keep as the months fly by and they do fly.
Let's start in the studio with techniques or skills to build on or a skill that I have not yet sunk my teeth into and then a little on home, moving then to social networking.

studio:
  • work more 3 dimensional in building pieces up and out using cold connections and soldering.
  • save money to build a 12'x18' addition off of the working studio.  This addition should have room for displays, classes, openhouses, working on very large projects and a reading area with the furniture from my old Gallery.  I am so excited that I could spin!!!  I have started a design board on Pinterest to compose these plans.  This board will get huge as the weeks go by, so check back often.
  • fusing pure silver wire and precious metal clay....perhaps also glass fusing
  • more wire basket weaving
  • bezel work
  • quality tool investing with Fretz hammers, Foredom Flex Shaft, Foredom grinder/lathe, rolling mill and large mandrels. 
home:
  • first and foremost...learn to make SUSHI!!!!!! I love it so much and will go broke.
  • organize the upstairs including restructuring the sewing/shipping room
  • sort through vintage and retro stash for online shop
online:
  • start listing on Atomic Garden Vintage (etsy shoppe) filling it with mid century modern . vintage . retro and reclaimed/upcycled.  The reclaimed part will be salvaged boards made into serving and cutting boards adding to your cooking/serving experience that will grow as the need grows. 
  • list the bulk of every hammered out piece in each line of jewelry I create +++++

Monday, November 21, 2011

new rings

IMG_1740 by Stephanie Distler
IMG_1740, a photo by Stephanie Distler on Flickr.
18 gauge sterling silver sheet riveted with square 16 gauge brass wire and a bark texture hammered in.
A couple loved a copper ring I created a while back and then requested 2 in silver with the brass.
Love the look :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Today's Holiday Openhouse at The Flemish House Art Gallery

IMG_1774 by Stephanie Distler
IMG_1774, a photo by Stephanie Distler on Flickr.
We have Stacie Leske's Pottery displayed all through the gallery, new artisan leather work for the season and Pat Eckstrom will have many new excited framed botanicals added to set-up in the gallery.

IMG_1777
Come and see the new designs fresh off the bench also!
Little gifts are awaiting to be tucked in your purchases along with discounts on selected items.
See you today 1pm to 6:30pm!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Openhouse THIS Sunday the 20th

November 20th, Sunday 1pm to 6:30pm
600 Market Street, Johnsonburg, Pa  15845
in the Historic Johnsonburg Community Center
 I opened the gallery up in 2006.  This photo is from Christmas Openhouse 2006 with Linda Pontzer as the feature, the jewelry I was turning out were asymmetrical large stone/glass beaded designs, beaded figure sculptures w/a fiber base and bead embroidered felt brooches and I was also 'focused' on food vignette style photography. 

The gallery has gone through quite a few changes in the last 5 years, for instance, initially every two months a new featured artist filled the entire wall space, I was not yet a PA Wilds Trail stop, my studio was on the 3rd floor and I had Stitch and Bitch gatherings on Thursday mornings at 10.

The gallery now has permanent artists with a wall section for features, I am a PA Wilds Trail stop and juried artist, the work studio is in my home garden and I am centric on metalsmithing with cold connections, torch work and fusing.

The gallery played host to 20 featured artists and 4 themed shows during the last 5 years covering many mediums including oils, watercolors, mosaics, photography, beadart, ACEOs and wood carvings.
New Projects:
I have plans on putting together an artisan jewelry show in the gallery with several fabulous bead artists, metalsmiths and mixed media artists.
 I want to see more classes in gallery and at my home studio to share the wonderful happiness we jewelry artisans all have found in creating from beginner to advanced levels given by different artisans including myself.

November gallery for Lynda Show finished49
a photo of the nook in 2006, this lovely little spot now is home to a sitting area composed of an antique sofa and a lovely hand carved chair donate from the Cotters of St. Marys. 

November gallery for Lynda Show finished54
~enter via 2006
me in the lady's mantle
2006
I hope you enjoyed our little flashback

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Openhouse and Home Vignette Thursday

Home Vignette Thursday
Home Vignette Thursday:  Christmas 2010 taken on pie safe, you see my kitchen tree covered in antique, vintage and retro potholders, terrariums and a corduroy elephant which was created from my eldest dd baby blue pants she wore in middle school.  I wish I had time to make more of these nostalgic stuffies :(

With the Holidays pretty much here the work is coming everyday with metalstamped and forged pendants, bracelets, tiered neckpieces, earrings and rrrrrrrings. New works along with artisan favorites are being created at a crazeeee pace.  Orders are also being filled and sent out all over the country with sweet  sentiments to my dear clients in all forms.  A return customer coupon was sent out in the recent newsletter.  If you were missed just contact me.
A Christmas Openhouse is being planned for November 20th at the Flemish House Art Gallery and Jewelry Studio 1pm to 6:30pm.  There will be artist displays featuring artists from all over the region, new artisan jewelry and Patricia Eckstrom's new framed mixed media work.  Eckstrom is setting up in gallery for that day!
A new pottery artists is joining the mix in the gallery Stacie Johnson Leske!  This artist has just been juried into the PA Wilds Artisan Trail!! I am so excited to carry her gorgeous and delicate work in the gallery :)

November gallery for Lynda Show finished5
A look at the gallery from 2006 with a more traditional gallery featuring Artist Linda Pontzer where she filled the entire space.  I now feature over a dozen artists with a designated space for the feature. 
Pete Winklbauer at the Flemish House Art Gallery and Jewelry Studio April 2011
Another photo with feature Pete Winklbauer in the newer layout of the gallery around April 2011.   The set-up is geared more towards a single feature in this area and then regional along with PA Wilds juried artisans filling the other spaces on a regular bases with change outs seasonally.

Friday, November 04, 2011

New Collection

The components are coming together to develop a new Holiday line which includes wrapped bracelets and necklaces using chunky glass and stones, lovely quoted jewelry, riveted layered pendants and mixed media bracelets. Everything is textured and antiqued to show loads of detail.
More, more, more to come :)

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Today on the bench is what I cut, hammered and textured, filed, printed and wrapped this morning. These copper components were then put in to tumble for a few hours with a squirt of Dawn dishsoap, warm water to cover and steel shot.
The tumbling works beautifully for polishing, smoothing out rough edges and work hardening the metal, in this case copper.
What parts you see through the bubbles are going to be made into stone and chain bracelets, MOM pendants, earrings and neckpieces.  Some of these will be antiqued using liver of sulphur while others left to patina naturally into coppers lovely multi layered verdigris. 
I can't wait to start!

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