Showing posts with label metalprinting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label metalprinting. Show all posts

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Start of Taking Holiday Orders

 Holiday orders are starting to come in with some already off the bench, in the mail and at the doors of a few much loved clients.   New designs are being added to the ETSY online shoppe weekly.
personalized copper stamped cuff

1" wide food grade aluminum cuff

celebration of family handcut large heart pendant w/family charms and Swarovski crystals for birthstones

family pendant oxidized copper and sterling silver

Rosary wrapped artisan beads on necklaces and bracelets

Storybook letter upper and lower case just to show a few letter stamps available to personalize your pieces

SDAJ wooden displays available @ select Trail Sites around the PA Wilds filled with original designs just in time for the Holidays
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Christmas through the years

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Printing out an order, on the center stump bench, for 5 two sided aluminum cuffs and also adding rivets to the ends of hammered copper tubing components for bracelets.


http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/ 
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.

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Inspiration everywhere!
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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday



View of the bench this afternoon while typesetting 1/4" aluminum cuffs for clients.  Some were the start of Christmas commissions, some Mother Daughter gifts and others mantra single orders.

 Can you tell what dvd is in the player?  I was in a Princess Bride frame of mind, lol.

Has anyone read the new, 2014 book, Actor Cary Elwes has written As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride ?  About his experiences starring in this wonderful 1987 flick.

The quotes from the movie are the best!

 “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” —Westley

found HERE
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http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/ 
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.

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Summer and Fall shots 2014
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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

News from the Bench- Bracelets for Local Songwriters Titchner-Scott

Bekki and Mark Titchner, of Titchner-Scott, commissioned two cuffs from SDAJ stamped with not a mantra, verse or quote but, a song line and title track,  In dreaming I need nothing, from their upcoming album, I Dream.
1.   The couple in SDAJ studio wearing the pieces 2. promo shot for one of their albums 3. shot taken with my Sony RX100M3 4. taken in Edinburgh, Scotland on Campbell Close Street.  Scotland is one of their favorite sojourns
a recent post taken from the Facebook Fan page:

Bekki, "Mark T. usually lets me take care of posting. But this song is different. This song is inherently more personal...."
His words :
I suppose every song will mean something (or nothing) to anyone who will take the time to listen.
Art audio? Audio art? Music!!! Uh huh....
But to make a song accessible to others it needs the players - composers, writers...yes!
For us, from the start of a project to its finish, all of our creative pistons are going balls to the wall. The highs and lows on the emotional scale are light years apart from each other, as with all art processes (universal artistic bi-polarity). One day you’re up, next day you’re down. Does it go right? Does it go wrong? Does it go somewhere? Does it go nowhere? Did we nail it? Who knows! We do our best.
So here we have our latest little tune, which managed to break all laws of our creative process. From an unbelievable high to the darkest, saddest, lowest of lows we have ever known.
And now it’s finally (well, 99%) complete. And we are stuck somewhere in the emotional spectrum, we’ll say “in the middle.

Here it is:

THE MOST HIGH: My son loved this song. He would listen and sing it constantly. Sometimes he’d bitch about needing a new song to get into.

THE MOST LOW: Suddenly he’s gone. I can’t say if he’s still listening or not.

THE MIDDLE: Maybe he is.

Lyrics:

In Dreaming 

I’m waiting at the wall
Waiting for the end
Waiting ‘til tomorrow
It will all be better then

I’m waiting for the words
They just never come
There’s nothing left to say
Nowhere left to run

In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing

Falling from the sky, like a gull on the wind
Crashing waves
Jagged shore
I disappear again

I listen to the stones
Sometimes I can see
The way moving forward
The past in front of me

In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing

Clouds race against the blue
Shadows come and stay
Ribbons of time unfurl
And softly float away

I’m here and then I’m gone
Chained and then I’m free
Waiting at the wall
At the edge of the sea

In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing

When Bekki emailed last week, to let me know the song was ready, the entire evening was then filled with her voice,  for many more songs were added to the site.  They use Reverbnation. as a tool with 50% of sales going to the organization  Love Hope Strength.

The talented songwriting/performing team play at countless venues.  Their next show will be in Lock Haven, Oct. 18th, 7-9 p.m. Avenue 209,

taken from bio on Reverbnation-
For most of the past nine years, Mark and Bekki Titchner performed mostly traditional Celtic and Appalachian music with fiddler Tara Sansom in the trio Fieldstone. Two years ago, with Tara out of grad school and living in Kentucky, the two turned their focus exclusively to songwriting. Longtime friend and drummer Don Strandberg said he would love to be a part of a recording project, and suggested bassist Mark Santaniello to round out the rhythm section. Recording began in earnest in the fall of 2011. Along the way another old friend Dave Piccirillo added guitar work to some of the tracks and Tara played fiddle on a song as well. The project was completed the spring of 2013 and should be available for sale in the summer of 2013. The Titchner-Scott Band began exclusively as a recording endeavor, but keeping all that fun confined to the basement seemed wrong.


this gifted songstress/writer above at an open mic event @ECCOTA wearing an original SDAJ copper & Serpentine rosary wrapped crescent moon piece purchased November 2011.
















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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Team support through ETSY- UPDATE on bracelet promoting

Over a week has passed since promotion of  the Mother/Daughter bracelets on 2 teams through ETSY and the results were well worth the effort with much, much success.  To date 8 sets have been sold, 6 finished and out, 2 sets on the bench with 3 in the planning stages for clients.  I have been generating quite a few sales from the United Kingdom also with the Doctor Who pendants which is fun.
two of last week's sets
package mailing
With getting the word out there on Pinterest, Keep, Wanelo and various other social media platforms, not only has been lucrative but, also creates 'scam' ordering by heavily promoting.  These orders never get passed the conversation/message phase of the process but, are still time consuming and all in all a big fat pain in the butt.
A couple red flags to sort the real from fake are if they signed up that day ;) , feedback and also if they have not favorited any items/shoppes on their profiles.  Most of these time suckers, the bulk of the time, have signed up that same day like I said... although there are exceptions to that rule for my shop has a lot of ETSY first timers, which makes me smile too.
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When it comes to time spent on cutting out all those 6" bracelet blanks with filing, sandpapering and steelwooling also to prep them for stamping, it is tons less time consuming which in the long run, tons less expensive for the client.  I find ordering these aluminum blanks in, now also with getting in thicker gauge copper bracelet blanks for personalized bracelet creating choice making...very exciting I know, right ;)  The small shoppes I deal with are all in the USA!



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What is on your jeweler's bench Wednesday

Today for What is on your jeweler's bench Wednesday I started to punch out more 18 gauge copper blanks for branding, tags, attribute charms and pendants.  Each will be hammer textured and stamped so the imperfections just add to the over all desired effect.
A Pepetool disc cutter along with a 2-lb brass hammer to punch each disc out.  The brass is softer than steel and you have less chance of chipping or totally destroying your punches. www.riogrande.com  now carries Swanstrom square, rectangle, oval and heart shapes.  Eventually a hydraulic press is going to find it's way to the studio.

makes me smile :)

Thursday, September 05, 2013

On the Bench -setting up a typeset when printing with sheet metal

Setting up a typeset, when metal printing, is the best way not to waste sheet metal by making a crazy mistake while stamping. Here I have used the top wooden lid of another letter stamp set to arrange the different fonts. I also stamp out the saying/quote/names before to make absolutely sure the letters chosen work with the thought/design or even with especially the lowercase letters making sure the b, d, h, p etc. are the b, d, h, p or even y It is important also to check for the aesthetic by stamping on a piece of scrap wood with your leather mallet seeing if it all works together. There are about 3 scrap pieces of wood floating around the studio (I will get a pic later) for this reason so I don't stamp on the benches in studio.
setting up a typeset for PA Wilds woodland pendants 'Wild about the PA WILDS'

group shot showing tools used

signing and branding with custom created metal stamps
centering and measuring with then marking with a Sharpie and a metal ruler

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

feeling it....



Yes, it is school time with all of the crazy running around, deadlines/schedules and the nagging that we parents need to spew forth on some level to keep it all on an even course.  
My youngest comes out in the studio to visit while I am finishing up whatever needs to be worked on that day before supper is put on the table.  We chat about it all and I truly love our time with her wheeling over one of the bench chairs in one fell swoop sitting down talking about this days shenanigans.  
I am definitely savoring every morsel... for it goes by in a sna--ap!
available in my ETSY shoppe
Moms and their daughters have an undeniable bond, a force to be reckoned with :)  Before school each year Mother/Daughter jewelry are metal printed on my bench, after typesets are laid out forming a centering string of words  better to ease them into that long school day.  The Moms and daughters have sweet sayings that are just for them, stamping the letters inside the cuff  and then on the top ends ,initials or mom and also symbols on the opposite ends adding to the design or feel of the bracelet.
Moms and Daughter cuff style bracelets HERE
available in my ETSY shoppe
Charm bracelet style too with Swarvoski crystals, Czech, semi-precious and sterling silver charms.  Perhaps My Little Pony meets Tiny Toons was the inspiration ♥ 
Loads of fresh tomatoes were devoured that evening on fresh bread and olive oil with a rather large quantity of garden basil....yummmmm



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Shout outs are good

Busy on the bench.  Here is a great shout out from author John Schlimm  


Thank-you John!!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Quotes on Copper

Quotes on Copper by Stephanie Distler
Quotes on Copper, a photo by Stephanie Distler on Flickr.
I love metalprinting and have fallen in love with these wonderful quotes from books and movies.
David Tennant, the 10th Doctor Who, is one of our favorites and I love Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice..who doesn't, lol. Matthew Macfadyen is a perfect Mr. Darcy present, just wrap him up and put him under my holiday tree!

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