Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumn is here again

I've never heard anyone say they didn't like Autumn. More often THE favorite season. Especially for those who are fortunate enough to enjoy the colorful leaves this time of year. And, Pumpkin spice, anything. 

All that and a welcome break from the heat of summer makes this the perfect time of year for me. Everything else is just icing on the cake. Including boots and scarves and all the rich autumn hues we can pull from the closet.


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These earring feature handcrafted ceramic beads finished in a mossy green matte glaze; paired with rich Red Creek Jasper.
I love wrapping in a thick, chunky fine silver and adding in rustic Hill Tribe silver for added character. Natural found beach stones dangle below. 

I have recently started a Facebook group where I will be offering jewelry supplies, beads and tools. I am downsizing my studio and will be offering a significant amount of handcrafted findings, and beads as well as my sea glass collection, art and commercial beads, findings and raw materials. 

Please join me and bring a friend https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtandSoulDestash/ It's going to be GREAT! I will be listing items in the coming weeks a lot, no... loads of beads. Beautiful beads... okay, do I have your attention now? I hope you will join me!

always, peace and love, 
Cindy







Sunday, October 15, 2017

Create A More Humane Society





 
We are on a mission to create a more humane society and we need your help. 

Take the pledge today! http://ow.ly/Zl9b30fL7iN


Friday, October 13, 2017

I wished to live deliberately; Camping Leavenworth WA

 Glacier View Campground
Glacier view Campground, WA




“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,


on icicle creek road, Leavenworth, WA

and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. 


Eightmile Campground, icicle creek, Leavenworth, WA
 I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.

  
I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, 


to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life,

icicle creek, Leavenworth, WA
  to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms..." - Henry David Thoreau


Focous on Life Week 25 - Be Colorful

This months theme is all about having fun and this week focus is on COLOR. Although I had something different in mind these are the most colorful photos I have to share for this week. 

My original design had included "Montana Blue" Czech glass. These earrings have been so well received that I decided to make them in other colors. So now I have pretty much a rainbow of leaf hoop earrings to offer! 

I love the design of the hoops and the little leaf stampings around the edges. The hammered texture also gives such a rustic beauty to the silver. 

This will also be the first time I am sharing my new website

I started it weeks ago and honestly, haven't gotten very far with it yet. However, since these hoops are listed there, I decided to share it and welcome your comments!

Without further adieu ... 





 These are listed at www.artandsouljewelry.com Thanks for stopping by! Please let me know what you think! 

Peace, Cindy 

PS
Be sure to check out the posts from the other FOL participants! :-D 




Stamping On Metal; Part Three: It doesn't matter


Part three of my stamping on metal series was going to be about what goes into choosing the font for your specialty stamp set. And I will get to that. 

What I first want to say is that it doesn't matter what font you get or if you get one. Having a specialty font is nice. But when it comes down to it,  what really matters is what you create. It's what you do with it that matters. And whatever you decide to do... make it your own.

BE AUTHENTIC. 


Just look around. You'll see a lot of unique and very special art-jewelry that does not use any kind of specialty font. 


There is fabulous, unique jewelry out there that doesn't require anything but a simple block font. 

The jewelry should speak for itself.

And before you spend $400+ for your stamp set, be aware that anyone can come along and buy that same set. 


I spent over $$$$ on one set. I spent weeks looking for a font that no one else had, and one that "spoke" to me. I waited weeks for them to make the stamps and to finally have it delivered.


If I had it to do over again, I would not spend the money. There are other fonts that are commercially available now, that weren't available then. Anything you might want (style wise) is available commercially and quite a bit cheaper.

Stamp sets that look almost identical to what I have. Yes mine is a little tiny bit different. But is it really worth spending over $1000 for? Not to me.

And then there is my other specialty set. What I like to call my "Modern Art font". I get messages often asking what font it is specifically so that people can buy a set for themselves. 
And my answer is still the same. If you really feel the need to buy a specialty font set, find something that is unique to your own jewelry. 

Do you want your jewelry to be special and unique? Or do you want it to look like what someone else is doing.  



Put your own style into it, and BE AUTHENTIC. 

It doesn't matter what font you are using. It's what you do with it that matters.  It's about what you put into your jewelry. 
 
You can make extraordinary and very special jewelry with a plain block font. That is all you really need. That is all anyone really needs, IMHO. If I had to do it over again that's all I would have. 


Am I happy with my stamps? Yes. Would I do it again? No.  

I don't see myself buying anymore specialty font sets. That notion could change in time. My jewelry is evolving. As I settle into my own style and feed my soul, I am doing less personalized jewelry work.

Karen Totten recently wrote a really great article about finding your own style here is a link: http://artjewelryelements.blogspot.com/2015/01/style.html

Recognizing your own style is not easy. It has to be a natural process. Something you cannot force. You are who you are.  

 
Be authentic

You'll need to explore your own likes and dislikes. You need to look inward, and DO NOT compare yourself to others.

What I want 

is not to want 
what isn't mine 
by my own design.
Scarlet's walk, another girl's paradise
Tori Amos-


It's okay to be inspired by other artists. We all take inspiration from what we see... and from our environments. Whatever you are making and offering, make sure it came from your own soul.

did I mention?
BE AUTHENTIC. 




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Drilling Sea Glass for Jewelry



Drilling glass is something I thought I would never do. Never wanted to do, never thought I could do. But after collecting a sizable amount of sea glass I decided it was probably in my best interest to learn.

I looked online and found some articles. There is a  lot of information on the Internet. However, it never hurts to get a new perspective. So, this is my take on it. I've been asked many times about drilling glass and how to go about it.

For my work, I use a drill press. I have it set up in the garage. There are other ways to drill and I wont talk about them here because I have no experience with any other way.

Please note this is not so much a tutorial but rather a brief pictorial with explanation of my experience and helpful hints for those who want to give it go or just have some curiosity of how it's done. 
Diamond Twist Drill Bits from Rio Grande
What you'll need:
Drill Press (or other means to drill)
Diamond Drill Bits
Safety Glasses
Pencil
Sea Glass
Shallow Bowl with Water
Rubber Puck
Towel
Good Lighting
I have a variety of diamond drill bits to use for my glass. The kind I use, and have had the best luck with are these diamond twist drill bits from Rio Grande. They can be purchased online through their website or catalog. Nice, high quality bits manufactured in Switzerland. I use a variety of sizes from 1.3 to 2mm.
I use a pencil to mark the glass where I am going to drill. Once the glass is underwater, your perspective will be distorted. You will need that dot to guide you. Once under water the pencil dot will be silvery shiny and easy to spot.
Safety glasses are a MUST. 

This is my set up. Messy, yeah, I know. It is a garage! 
And I share this space, so I will blame the mess on him. (evil grin)

In this photo you will see my FireStorm Drill Press by Black & Decker, a fire extinguisher (for other stuff) a small box of sea glass, some drill bit packs, a lamp, a plastic tray for water, a black rubber puck inside the tray, my glasses and a cup for filling the tray with water.
 Glass must be drilled under water to keep things cool.
The puck is great for holding the glass steady. And it's not going to hurt anything if you drill into it. I bought this years ago from http://www.metalliferous.com/ I am unsure if they are still for sale there. I've seen others use a block of wood.

 I position my bit so that it will come all the way to the puck. 
Place the glass and make sure it's completely submerged.
Before turning the drill press on, I will lower the shank to make sure the bit will hit my mark. If not, rearrange and move the glass till your pencil mark is directly centered with the bit.
 Every piece of glass is going to be different and you'll want to figure out the best way to hold yours. I find this method works best for me in most cases. I am able to hold the piece down and keep my figures out of harms way.
You only want to drill half way through the glass. This is a tricky part, not going too far. And it's really a matter of practice. Learning to ease off the pressure, and knowing when to stop. I have even found with a new drill bit and going super slow, I have been able to drill all the way through without having any blowout or breakage. I do no recommend it!
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For best results, 
drill very slow, 
under water 
and only go half way through the glass.
Turn over.
..........
Dry your hands and glass off and hold your glass up to the light.
 
 I have a great set up here in the garage because of the large window, I get lots of natural light. I turn the glass over and hold it up to the window. I can see the hole as a black mark in the glass. Here I can mark the other side. I have found it best to find the hole this way so that your perceptive is not distorted. Mark the other side where you see the black dot with your pencil.
Again, position your glass and drill bit so they meet before turning on the machine. Once you find the pencil mark, hold the glass and turn on the machine. Again, carefully and very slowly pressing down. You'll feel it give way once it meets the hole on the other side. 

And finally holding it up to the window again I can see the hole is clean and has gone all the way through. Yeah! Success! 

I recommend beginning your practice on pieces that you don't so much care about. Maybe you'll get it on the first try and be a natural pro. Maybe not. Best to work on some ugly pieces first! 

Good luck and have fun! Let me know if you have any questions. I will answer as best I can. 

(as with all the earrings here on the EE blog, these are examples and all designs are copyright the original artists. Thank you!)  Here are some of my success stories... 
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Sea Glass + Fine Silver Available@ Art and Soul Jewelry

http://www.artandsouljewelry.com/

Monday, June 5, 2017

New Jewelry Today

A few new things available today... 
Stop by to see them all!


I had hopes of getting a lot more done for this final update but, it was not in the cards. 

Please keep in mind, I am not going away and I am not quitting. I will be back at some point! You may email me anytime while my shops are closed. Contact info will be listed on the website. I'll be posting on the blog or Instagram as I have time. I will still be working on new projects in the background. 

https://www.instagram.com/cindysartandsoul/

Please enjoy 20% off your order of $50+ now through June 10th, the final day to shop with me. Use code Take20

Thank you for your support! It does matter to me. Those of you who have written and supported my shop over the years, it has not gone unnoticed. I appreciate each and every one of you and ever word and every purchase! 

Honestly I am feeling a little sad at the thought of closing for the summer. But I am ready for the adventures coming my way and I have big hopes for what's next. Staying positive and trusting the journey.

I wish you all a fantastic summer filled with LOVE, SUNSHINE, PEACE & JOY. 

Be well, Cindy

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summer Closure Dates | New Jewelry Sneak Peek

Final days for made to order jewelry.

 Summer Closure Dates

My path is leading me another direction right now and I need to focus all my energy there. That means temporarily (I hope) closing. I will still be giving time to my creative energy whenever possible and you'll be hearing from me this fall with all new creative designs.

Saturday June 10th Cindy's Art & Soul will be closing. The final date for made to order jewelry will be Sunday June 4th. I  hope to be back in the fall sometime around late August.
 
 
Sneak peak!  I will have one more small shop update coming next week. Tentatively June 1st. TBA. I will send another quick email when listings are ready. 


Dates To Remember!

I'm closing for the summer. I hope to be back in the fall!
  • Last day for personalized jewelry orders, June 4th
  • Last day shop will be open, June 10th
  • One more update coming tentatively June 1st, TBA


Follow me on Instagram for final days sale news and codes! 

https://www.instagram.com/cindysartandsoul/
Feel free to message me anytime! Thanks so much to all of you and all of your support! It has meant the world to me over the past 15 years! ♥ 

https://www.artandsouljewelry.com/

Saturday, May 20, 2017

it's a beautiful day

The weather is finally starting to turn warmer and I'm so grateful to be spending more time out side with my sweet Molly. As furry as she is, she still enjoys laying on the patio, in the sunshine. 
I have only a couple of flowers in my yard. For some reason we mostly have ornamental grasses. Which by the way, are all but dead from our long and snowy winter. I hope to plant more flowers this summer and soon. 

I was inspired by a recent post by Carol Dekle-Foss of Terra Rustica Design. Check out her blog when you have time. She just posted some really gorgeous macro close-up pics that are phenomenally beautiful. 

Here are a few from my garden...




Shop updates are in the works for next week. I'll keep you posted! 
https://www.artandsouljewelry.com/
peace & love
https://www.artandsouljewelry.com/

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Camping at the Hoh in March



In March of this year we took a trip North to the Hoh Rain Forest to camp. We knew it would be cold and wet. That didn't matter. 

I need to be in the woods. To feel the cold air on my face in the morning and watch the sunset at night.
 And so we traveled several hundred miles and arrived at the campground near Forks, WA.
 Upon entering the camp, you are surrounded by green, luscious green everywhere. You can smell the trees and the dampness in the air. It's surreal. It takes you over.
We were blessed with a nice spot on the rivers edge. The ground was damp and there were puddles around, but none of that mattered. The sound of water rushing by makes the rest of the world melt away. And for a couple of days, this is sanctuary.
We took a stroll through the park to check it out. Half the camp was still closed for the winter. Many trees and limbs covered the some of the paths were blocked. 
This is where I am inspired. 
This is the place where my soul is grounded and my heart opens up. 
 I have these colors in my head, still. The pale blue sky against the evergreen trees next to to the blueish gray river lined with gray stones along the edge.
And the best part? 
Sitting by the fire at night, 
watching the stars over our heads. 
The forest is so still and quiet at night. 
There is only us.
Unfortunately we can't stay in this bliss forever. 
It's time to go home. 

 We passed a store along the way with some very friendly folks inside. There's a sign in front stating this is the official mail drop place for Mick Dodge.
 We stopped for a quick rest and admired some local cows. 

Until the next adventure...


Autumn is here again

I've never heard anyone say they didn't like Autumn. More often THE favorite season. Especially for those who are fortunate eno...