Sunday, February 1, 2015

"Toys & Games" Monthly Challenge.

The monthly challenge was met by a wistful bunch of 'smiths this time.  L.Sue Szabo kicked off with this silver articulated fish, a little toy made for a friend's birthday present; 


Her Flickr archive is worth a peek too.


Next, NinaGibsonDesigns brought back memories of HopScotch played on hot summer holiday afternoons, with this piece in concrete-embossed copper incorporating silver HopScotch squares. Does anyone know why that game was called HopScotch?...


More examples of Nina's work here.


***THE CHALLENGE FOR NEXT MONTH***
...is,

"FEAST".

The origin of the word February is from the Middle English feverer, from Old French feverier, based on Latin februarius, from februa, the name of a purification feast held in this month. The spelling change in the 15th century was due to association with the Latin word. To whet your appetite for this challenge, here is the epic "Feast Bracelet" from 1974 by master Metal Artist Richard Mawdsley.


Perhaps your feast will involve a mouthwatering slice of watermelon tourmaline,or a skewer-kebab of textural chunks, or maybe you're inspired by goblets, drinking horns or Viking feast utensils for eating. Perhaps these feast foods from historical times will inspire you on this website.

You can submit to the challenge too! Simply post good images of your creation into your own Flickr or Pinterest account, with description and your name, then post the link to your submission by way of a comment at the bottom of this post, to have it included here on the blog.

Deadline is Sunday 1st March. 

Enjoy the challenge.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

What's New!

Rustic, elegant, artsy, colorful. This week's sampling of new work from etsymetal studios!

 Cynthia Del Giudice                                                      2Roses


 Michele Grady Design                                           LSueSzabo


 LjBjewelry                                                                         Prox


 Christine Mighion Jewelry                           Evelyn Markasky


       Panicmama Jewelry by Renee Ford                  wildflowerdesigns


 sudlow                                                                 Anne Walker


 iacua                                                            Lauren Meredith


         Victoria Takahashi/Experimetal                   Jewelry by Francine


                        betsybensen



Saturday, January 24, 2015

What's New!


A delightful mix this week from etsymetal team studios! 

 lsueszabo                                                                          2Roses


 Nina Gibson Designs                                                          erga


 Cynthia Del Giudice                                               LjBjewelry


 Prox                                                                  PureDichotomy


Beth Cyr                                                                  betsybensen


 Michele Grady Designs                                       Anne Walker


                  ZLeslieJewelry                         Panicmama Jewelry by Renee Ford


VirginieMartinStudio                                         JazznJewelry




 









Saturday, January 17, 2015

What's New!

Some lovely new work to brighten January from etsymetal studios!

 Cynthia Del Giudice                                                  lsueszabo


 Prox                                                                    2Roses


 Sarah Hood Jewelry                                     Evelyn Markasky


 LjBjewelry                                                                   erga


 jewelry by Francine                                            Anne Walker


 simplyMegA                                            NodeformWeddings   
           




Saturday, January 10, 2015

What's New!

Members of the etsymetal team show off a lovely variety of new work this week!

 Cynthia Del Giudice                                              lsueszabo


 betsybensen                                                                      Prox


 2Roses                                                                   LjBjewelry


 Markaplan                                                                        erga


   iacua                                                 Michele Grady Designs


Sarah Hood Jewelry                                      Fenton Design



Thursday, January 8, 2015

3xR Etsy Metal Challenge The Grand Finale

We have reached the end of our year long challenge, and what a year it was!  As a 3xR participant I can say that it has been challenging and liberating.  Having the restriction of only using what we had in our studios in terms of materials was a terrific limitation. It forced us all to reassess some pieces that had remained unfinished, languishing somewhat, unloved and forgotten.  In the reassessment some became adapted and others just got finished.

Secondly, it helped us address our stash of rocks and gems.  And finally, it fostered experimentation and diversification.  A success all round I'd say.

I will leave you will some of the highlights from our 3xR 2014 Challenge.  You can find them all on our Flickr group page here.

3xR 2014
In the meantime, hands up who wants to start a new challenge for 2015?  I have it on good authority that a new challenge has indeed begun.  Check back soon to see what our intrepid Etsy Metal Team members have cooked up for 2015.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Blog Carnival

Welcome to our EtsyMetal monthly Blog Carnival!
Blog Carnival is about a group of our members sharing their experience on a common topic

THIS MONTH'S TOPIC:

New Year Resolutions

It's that time of year again! What are your New Year Resolutions and how do you intend to keep them? Any that worked from last year?

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