Starting now and thru this weekend only, take $10 off any RED item in the shop! Put the word Redhot! in the message to seller section as you are checking out, and your item will be $10 off! Please wait for me to send you a revised paypal request before fully checking out. Grab a little something red for your sweetie for Valentines Day!
I've decided I like the name "Topographies" for my new new collection! I liked "fossil" or "fossilized" too, but was then concerned that people might think there was actually organic material invovled, and then be disappointed whey then found out its just metal and glass. And the winner is "Eddie Van Halen!" Eddie, you know who you are, so drop me an email for your prize!
Above is a picture of the collection in process, need to sand and polish still.
Perfect for your Valentine! Transparent and opaque enamels on copper. The heart "drawing" is made from inlaying fine silver wires and then filling with blood red transparent enamel, on an opaque white background. The enameled piece is appx. 2 1/2 inches in diameter, and hangs by both sides on a gun metal chain. The necklace is 16 inches long and sits just below the collar bones in a choker style. This is a one of a kind piece created by sifting ground glass in layers and firing in a kiln at 1500 degrees for each color. While durable, this is glass on metal, so please handle with love! In the shop now!
transparent enamels on copper w/ fine silver inlay
I will be debuting a new collection at the 2010 ACC show in February, and need your help to name it! Here is a sneak peak at 3 pieces in progress. If you have a brilliant idea for a name for this collection, leave it in the comments below, or on the Dandelion Blu Facebook fan page. If I choose your entry, you will win a fabulous Dandelion Blu prize! The winning entry will be chosen next Wednesday, Jan. 27th. So let your creativity shine and help me out! Every idea will be considered, but please keep your ideas clean guys!
2009 Graffiti Cocktail Rings! These fun rings will soon be discontinued and replaced with rings set in sterling. Don't miss your chance to snatch up one of these extremely affordable, one of a kind pieces of wearable art! High fire opaque enamels on copper. The copper disc is hammered to a concave cup shape before enameling. The colors are layered creating the "graffiti" effect. Due to the nature of this enameling process, no two pieces are alike. Please allow for subtle (but exciting!) variations. Enameling is a process of fusing powdered glass onto metal at 1500 degrees. While durable, please handle with care and love as your piece is comprised of glass on metal. Chipping can occur to the glass if not careful. Best suggestion is to wear as a cocktail ring or for special occasion wear- not recommended for everyday wear. The enameled disc is appx. 3/4" in diameter. The edges are polished to a copper shine, and a piece of polish cloth is included. The ring shank is adjustable silver plate, one size fits most.
New rings added daily to the shop!
Baltimore artist, Cara Ober's solo show "Glittering Generalities" opens Jan. 7th at Randall Scott Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. The artist's reception is Thursday Jan. 7th 6pm-8pm.
"Cara Ober layers drawing, painting, and printmaking into mixed media works that reinterpret sentimental imagery. Working in series, Ober combines culturally mediated imagery from children’s schoolbooks, home décor, historical texts, and greeting cards to explore notions of authenticity, appropriation, personal identity, and vocabulary.
Ober’s narrative works utilize specific phrases and fonts to suggest multiple voices, perspectives, and time periods. Rather than illustrating the text, the images create discord, layering metaphorical and nonsensical outcomes over personal notation. These works reveals the inadequacy of words in expressing the complexity of experience, and exploit the multiple meanings within one simple phrase, exposing the gap between meaning and language. Painterly gesture alternately reveals and conceals Ober’s imagery, uniting disparate elements into a palimpsest where memory and commentary merge into a visual diary."
Introducing a new line of earrings for 2010! Itty Bitty Graffiti Posts! Perfect for everyday wear or to dress up a blahhhh outfit. Each pair is unique, enamel on copper with surgical steel posts.
The copper discs are appx. 12mm in diameter. Look for them to be added to the shop frequently!
Transparent rose dropped over opaque white. Concave disc.
Opaque aqua splashed over opaque fire engine red. The disc is slightly domed.
Does your craft related business need an overhaul? Not sure how to be the maker, seller and accountant? Feel like you need an MBA on top of your craft training just to keep your books? Help is at your finger tips! Megan Auman, designer, jeweler, and teacher, has launched a new blog called "Crafting An MBA." It's chock full of tips, resources, reading lists and referrals. Just in time for that New Year new plan for your small business!
Happy New Year Everyone! 2009 brought A Lot of changes for this here Dandelion. The biggest being of course was the debut of The Sprout! Now, I am not one to make resolutions, I feel like it's silly to try to enact a huge list of changes all on one day. So I prefer to think of them as goals for the new year. I try to reflect on the past year and then envision how I would like the next year to unfold, and what I can do to help it along. Obvioulsy I have several personal goals that involve The Sprout, and those also affect my little business here too. How I allocate my time is on the top of the list. So here are my goals for Dandelion Blu's 2010:
1. Be a more consistent blogger, promoter on facebook, etsy and twitter.
2. Strive to update my shop more frequently.
3. Keep better records of sales, time spent, where the money is going, etc.
4. Stream line my product line.
5. Update my wholesale catalog.
Hope you all have a happy and healthy start to the New Year!