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Linking Up with The Chainmaille Lady

The Chain Maille Lady

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Lauren the Chainmaille Lady is a fabulous artist, author and Beadalon Design Team member.  Her work is dazzling in its complexity and design.  Be honest now – haven’t you always wondered what it was all about?

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This is Lauren’s first bracelet – it’s a Japanese 12-in-2 design

I asked Lauren how she got started in chainmaille.  Here’s what she said:

It all happened one day while I was watching a Jewelry Making TV show.  I saw a gal making what I thought was the most beautiful bracelet I had ever seen! (The weave is known as the Japanese 12-in-2).  You see I came from a needlepoint background.  I would cross stitch, do some Swedish weaving, and Danish Hardanger and the bracelet reminded me of the lacy effect that you get in needlepoint.  Well, I just had to learn how to make that bracelet so I went to the gals website ordered both of her DVD’s and I have been hooked ever since.

For the first year my husband and I sold my jewelry at the local Farmer’s Market. People would tell me that I needed to sell at larger venues.  So we decided to make a huge investment and buy a booth at the Pasadena Bead & Design Show.  Soon we were selling exclusively at the Bead Show.  In 2008 I opened my Etsy shop 

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The Dragonscale Bracelet

In 2010 I was invited as one of 8 artists to demonstrate and sell my stuff at CHA (the Craft & Hobby Association).  It was at this show that I met the wonderful people of Beadalon®.  My partnership with Beadalon® has been fantastic!!  They have published two of my booklets on chainmaille and also produced my two latest creations the Snub Nose pliers and The ChainMaille Lady™ Travel Kit.I have been approached by Kalbaugh Publishing to write a book on chainmaille.  The book is due to be released October 2013.

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These are small Celtic Star Earrings

Lauren talked a little about chain maille:

Chainmaille, also referred to as maille first appeared around 300 B.C. and is a type of armor consisting of small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh.  Maille continues to be used in the 21st century as a component of stab-resistant body armor, cut-resistant gloves for butchers and woodworkers, shark-resistant wetsuits for defense against shark bites, and a number of other applications including jewelry.

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The Purple Haze Necklace

I asked Lauren to tell us what inspires her:

Just about everything inspires me.  When I need to really get inspired I look through jewelry magazines and I look on line and usually something will come to me. Shapes and patterns inspire me.  I like to look at geometric shapes and angles and design jewelry around those. One other thing, I must chainmaille every day!  I’ve written two booklets, “Basics of Chain Maille” and “Advanced Chain Maille”.  I have my own line of “Snub Nose Pliers” as well as “The Chainmaille Lady™ Travel Kit”.

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The Purple People Eater Necklace

Who is The Chainmaille Lady?

My alter ego is The ChainMaille Lady™.  I am honored to be a member of the Beadalon® Design Team. I’ve made several appearances on Jewelry Television’s show “Jewel School”. My designs have been published several magazines including “Step By Step Wire Jewelry”.  I have been a guest on the popular jewelry TV show “Beads, Baubles & Jewels”.

You can Find Lauren here:

http://www.TheChainMailleLady.com
http://www.TheChainMailleLady.etsy.com
http://www.facebook.com/TheChainMailleLady
http://www.TheChainMailleLady.blogspot.com
http://www.flickr.com/TheChainMailleLady
http://www.twitter.com/ChainMailleLady
http://www.beadalon.com/andersen.asp

Thank you so much, Lauren!  I just loved having a peek into your amazing world!

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Aloha from Kay Ann Hartman

Kay Ann Hartman

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Kay Ann Hartman is a lovely young jewelry maker  living in Hawaii.  Candace the Muse happened to see a photo of her work on Pinterest and was intrigued.  This French Vietnamese artist has an eye for for form and color that is refreshing and delightful!

Alchemy Skull Earrings 300x271 Aloha from Kay Ann Hartman These Alchemy Skull Earrings are what first caught my eye.  They have everything that I like in my jewelry – color, movement and imagery of ancient and esoteric symbolism. 

Each piece is an original design by Kay.

Below are a pair of bookmarks and a peek at Kay’s workspace and creative process.

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Aloha my name is Kay and I adore handmade crafts and handmade costume jewelry. At first I made jewelry for myself and then I started making them for my family 3 years ago for Christmas, Birthdays and * Just Because I’m thinking of you * presents.

 

These are Tibetan Bird Swing Earrings

Below are some of Kay’s necklaces

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Kay Ann 9 e1343157811802 Aloha from Kay Ann Hartman I really enjoy creating with my hands and my happiest moments are when I am spending time with my family & friends by cooking a delicious meal for them, or making some pretty jewelry to wear. My Sisters in law have always praise and encouraged me to sell my jewelries art but I have not the courage to do so as of yet.

Closeup of the Rosary

 

Below are Kay’s wonderful earrings

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Moi Shaka e1343159996786 Aloha from Kay Ann Hartman Mahalo and thank you so much for sharing, Kay!  Your work is lovely!  You really should be selling it!

You can find Kay here: Pinterest

1 Candace Signature Aloha from Kay Ann Hartman

 

 

 

Alana’s Articulated Skelly

Alana Lowe Articulated Skelly

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A while back Candace the Muse shared an articulated skeleton project.  It was fun and whimsical and caught the eye of a young woman in Brisbane, Australia.  Alana built an adorable skeleton and agreed to share.

Yea!  I love it!  Here’s what Alana told me:

Well my name is Alana, I’m 22 from Brisbane Australia. Iv been working with polymer clay for only about 6 months but iv been making jewellery for as long as I can remember :D my mum taught me everything I know about jewellery crafting. I recently opened up a little shop just on Facebook called Amity Apparel that sells cute, creepy and geeky items as well as custom made chibis. I try keep the prices as low as humanly possible. The URL is www.facebook.com/amityapparelshop

Thank you so much for sharing, Alana!  I just love you work!

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I hope you’ll check out Alana’s Facebook page, it’s really charming!

Click here to see the articulated skeleton tutorial

Do you have a project you’d like to share?  Email me – candace@cool2craft.com – with photos and stories and I’ll post them here on the Creative Community Blog

Cookie and Crystal Earrings

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[Candace’s blog]  Who doesn’t love cookies!  Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite and I use the images of cookies and tiny polymer clay cookies in all kinds of mixed media art and jewelry.  Exhibit A:  Pearl, Crystal & Cookie Earrings.

My daughter doesn’t always like my jewelry, but she loved these!  It’s just the right combination of elegance and kitsch, she says.  Booyah! is what I have to say.

What are YOU working on?  I want to see and hear all about it!

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candace@cool2craft.com


 Cookie and Crystal EarringsLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Introducing Reely Creative from the UK!

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alannah Introducing Reely Creative from the UK!

The crafty folks at Reely Creative are a mother and daughter who are absolutely smitten with the art of Irish Dance and anything connected to it.

This adorable handmade Irish dancer doll is Alanna.  She was created across the pond (from me) in the UK, by two lovely ladies!  This is their story:

“We love to shop for items that have the Irish connection and this is where we got our inspiration from.  As we are also both obsessed with creative arts and crafts we decided to make personalized items available for Irish dancers at a feis. Our gifts are small and personal and we try to keep costs down so we can sell to young children and dancers. Feisanna can be a very expensive affair and items often sold at these competitions are way beyond the pockets of young children and their parents.”

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How cute is that!

“Our rag felt dolls are all cut out from pieces of felt and hand sewn together. Each doll comes dressed in her practice costume (wearing school colours and logo) but a solo dress, same design as the dancers dress, can also be bought. Every doll has her own pair of leather look ghillies (dancing shoes).”

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“Our cards initially started off as just being made for Irish dance enthusiasts, however, we realized that the market was not big enough for these specialized cards and therefore expanded our audience by creating greetings cards for everyone and for every occasion. Each card is individually designed, no two cards are the same and are created to suit the customers design, they are also personalized free of charge.”

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Simply beautiful!  Thanks so much for sharing, ladies!

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You can find Reely Creative here: Facebook and Reely Creative online

Holly Sinnett’s Art Doll Eye Candy and More!

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Ever since Holly was a little girl she has been inspired by fashion, film and make-believe. She continues to adore anything vintage, sparkly, romantic and feminine. Here’s a peek at Holly’s wonderful creations!

Adventure e1332951442562 Holly Sinnetts Art Doll Eye Candy and More! Holly loves creating exclusive one-of-a-kind items whether it is something to hang on one’s wall or wearable art.This piece is called “Adventure”. It has graceful, flowing movement all around that wistful look in the face that is the focal point.
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Magical Mermaid Pillow 1 e1332951916587 Holly Sinnetts Art Doll Eye Candy and More! Holly always strives to be original and unique and never a day goes by that she isn’t working on a projectThis lovely is called “Magical Mermaid Pillow”.
Flight of Fancy Art Apron 2 e1332951987567 Holly Sinnetts Art Doll Eye Candy and More! She enjoys being an instructor as well as a student and has been fortunate to meet like-minded women through social networking and amazing artful events!
Birdie Darling Tin Shadow Box 9 e1332952127320 Holly Sinnetts Art Doll Eye Candy and More! “Birdie Darling Tin Shadow Box”.  So sweet!Thank you so much for sharing, Holly!  You’re work is delightful!

1 Candace Signature Holly Sinnetts Art Doll Eye Candy and More!

audrey trio 1 e1332952254519 Holly Sinnetts Art Doll Eye Candy and More! This photo is called “Audrey Trio”.  Love it!Please visit her blog at HollyLovesArt.blogspot.com ~ There is always something new and fun to see!

  Do you have work that you’d like to share on our Creative Community blog?  Contact me at candace@cool2craft.com


.2012 Logo C2C a creative community e1326591287152 Holly Sinnetts Art Doll Eye Candy and More!Launched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


 

Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins!

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Martha Jenkins is a frequent Cool2Craft Creative Player.  In fact, this fabulous submission earns Martha a second package of handmade swag from the studio of Candace the Muse and Candace is as pleased as she can be!  It’s always exciting to see what Martha has been up to!

Victorian Romance R e1318081924314 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins! I was thrilled to open this email from Martha!  Here’s what she told me:

“You’ve had me scrambling about the computer trying to find appropriate photos. My all time favorite project is also my most ambitious. I spent more than 2 yrs in the thinking process before I ever did anything tangible but I think the results are well worth it.

It began when I saw an Old World Father Christmas figure my friend had on display in her living room. (Picture open mouthed awe.) I immediately wanted one—forget that thing about coveting. I WANTED ONE! Did I mention that he’s 6′ tall?

 Cranberry Spice Wood Song e1318081983475 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins! Aside from not knowing where to find one, there was the price tag—her’s was originally about $3,000 but greatly reduced on clearance. I’ve since found a few in stores (Chicago, Tennessee, Virginia, Alaska) but the cheapest was $2,500. Still too much to justify.

After much mental trial & error, with my husband’s help, I finally realized my dream.

The Boss helped design & build the wooden frame. My figure is unique in that, unlike the others I’ve seen, he can be dismantled without tools & stored in 2 large plastic containers
…except for his walking staff.

 santa R3 e1318082008838 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins! After the SantaI got so caught up in them that I’ve made several using rich looking upholstery fabrics for the robes. His face is purchased papier’ mache & he has a real Santa beard. I also make most of the accessories.

Teddy bears, balls, stick horses, flower decorations, etc. figures reached fruition, I hit on the idea of using just the face with his beard & hat as a wall decoration & from there, I’ve
also made just the decorated hats that can be worn or displayed during the Holidays.

 red BB e1318082045123 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins! He’s definitely my favorite creation but I’m not certain if it’s “because of” or “in spite of” the difficulties I had with him.  Jenx

BTW, there are more examples in my FB album labeled “I Create” as well as in my Photobucket:

http://s92.photobucket.com/albums/l24/Jenx_photo/Life%20size%20Santas/

 

Martha, your work is delightful!  Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Martha has earned another package of handmade goodness from my studio and I’m so happy to send it to her!

You can get something handmade from my studio, too!  Keep reading to find out how.

Candace the Muse

 

 

 Queens of Green Factor1 e1302499058519 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins!  Whenever you submit an entry to a monthly theme you earn one CoolCash Smacker.

When you’ve earned four Smackers I’ll send you some handmade swag from my studio!
With the Queens of Green Factor, you can earn DOUBLE COOLCASH – just submit an entry that is earth friendly, uses gifts from the earth AND is uplifting to the spirit and you’ll get that extra Smacker!

 CoolCash 300x131 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins! Remember, it’s never too late to enter any theme!  email me with questions, photos and stories at:

candace@cool2craft.com


Cool2Craft34 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins!Launched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Mixed Media Tiki Woman

Tiki Woman Beaded No. 1 by Candace Jedrowicz

Tiki Woman Beaded No. 1 by Candace Jedrowicz Mixed Media Tiki Woman

[Candace’s Blog] Candace Jedrowicz loves the tiki culture, from its ancient roots to its whimsy!  You could say the tiki culture is to Candace as cool water is to an unquenchable thirst – SHE NEEDS MORE!

Did you know there is a Tiki Magazine?  I found one when I visited Hawai’i several years ago and fell in love.  I’ve always loved tikis, but had no idea there was a whole cultural movement to preserve all things tiki.  There are fabulous whimsical drawings and sculptures everywhere, if you know where to look!  The magazine keeps an updated list of tiki themed bars and restaurants all over the world, as well as artists and musicians.  Oh, yes, there is music!  Wonderful music!  Think surfer music meets rockabilly.

One of my favorite artists is Thor.  His drawings of tropical drink machines are amazing!

I made this mixed media piece as a last minute inspiration before the Ogden Arts Festival.  I made some small prints of the original Tiki Woman Makes Art in Her Pajamas.  She is one of my favorites.  I’ve made and collected some funny skull beads, so I decided to do Tiki Woman up with colorful beads and kooky skulls.  It made me laugh and it seemed to tickle folks at the festival.  She sold at her first show, so I know I’m on the right track with my inspirations.  More tikis to come!

If you’re into tikis, tell me about it!  Send me your tiki photos and stories and I’ll share them!

candace@cool2craft.com – and don’t forget I’ll need the largest photo file you can give me, at least 1MB please!


Cool2Craft34 Mixed Media Tiki WomanLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.