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Scraps., originally uploaded by antigenre.

What do I do with all of these? I know I can send my silver back to the supplier for credit, but what about base metal?  It’s times like these when I wish I had a rolling mill so I could melt this down and roll out new sheets.  (Do you think anyone has ever asked for a rolling mill for christmas?) 

*** Holiday Shipping Announcement ***

I recommend ordering holiday purchases by December 17th for domestic destinations. International orders vary in shipping times, so the earlier, the better! I’ll be making every attempt to get orders out the door as soon as possible after receiving them until I head out to Kansas on the 23rd.

Take a look at my updated Ready to Ship section for gift ideas that will be shipped in 1 to 2 business days!

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Riveting…, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I doubt that this was what Sarah Palin had in mind, but hey, it works for me. I went to town with my Foredom a while ago and created a pendant that was originally supposed to be part of my Buckshot series. I love the decayed, broken-down look of all these holes. I never did much with the pendant, so I decided to add to it, make use of some leftover brass tubing, and play around with some rivets. I plan to make some more pieces like this and should have the results posted in my shop soon.

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New Moos, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I just spent almost a week in Kansas with my family – it was a lot of fun, except for the tornado warning and the constant reminders of the recently-passed Concealed Carry law.  I picked up some neat vintage treasures, including the pleasingly-distressed metal filing draw that I used for the background in this photo of my new Moo cards. 

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Corsico Rings in progress, originally uploaded by antigenre.

Yep, I’m back on the assembly line! I’ve been wanting to get some items back into my shop and also have some extras to send along with my consignment order. These rings are going to be given a blue-green patina, but I’ve discovered that the patina I’m using can be really hit-and-miss sometimes. It’s always interesting to see how it turns out.

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Discs, originally uploaded by antigenre.

Well, I guess I’m not really ‘mass producing’ anything unless making four or five identical pairs of earrings at a time qualifies. The point is, last week I got my first consignment contract! I met with the manager of a museum shop in northern New Jersey who was very enthusiastic about getting my various collections into the shop. The sooner I get my pieces into the display cases, the better, so I’m having to produce everything in sort of an assembly line fashion. It’s fun, though. I like having all the components lined up and seeing the pieces come together as I finish them.

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Hey, Copper!, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I’m playing around with some new techniques and ideas and seeing what will come of them. I want to add more rings and bracelets to my store (getting a bit earring-heavy, ya know?), so I’m seeing what I can do with copper discs and silver grains. Something like this work-in-progress will be available soon in my shop.

In other news, the treasury of the day (or two or three days, depending) is called ‘Firecracker COLLIDEoscope’.  Take a here to see an explosion of colors!!

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Tools!, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I’ve recently been on a bit of a buying spree for tools and reference material. I just purchased this terrific set of metal stamps from Evie’s Tool Emporium, and came back from a trip to Metalliferous with a starter collection of dapping tools. Also, after ignoring the advice of people who really do know what they’re talking about for too long, I finally ordered a copy of Tim McCreight’s Complete Metalsmith. It arrived yesterday, and I’ve only given it a quick glance-through, but I’m already thrilled with how clear the step-by-step process are and how well it is answering some of my basic technical questions.

Also, and totally unrelated, I snagged a Treasury West today quite by chance. The thumbnails below are just a few of the beautiful items included.  Click HERE to take a look at the whole collection!!

   

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Citronne, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I found these lovely vintage glass beads today at my local bead supply store. They are a pale lemon-y lime-y color, and I thought they could be used to make something light and summery for my shop. I had a difficult time, though, photographing them because the background colors I was using all made them look a bit gross. I would use white or a pale cream, but whatever photo I go with still has to blend in with the rest of the shop. I ran out of light and just threw this polka-dotted paper down for fun. I actually like it!

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Corsico Set, originally uploaded by antigenre.

Since summer is now upon us, I thought I should brighten up my jewelry collection with a bit of color. I’ve just recently started playing around with patinas on my brass and copper pieces, and I am loving the results! It is an interesting process and seems to require a bit of patience with letting each layer dry so the color can come out.

The Corsico ring and earrings are among my first offerings – now available at AntiGenre on Etsy –  and I have plenty more ideas to start work on.

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As I was out and about yesterday evening running errands, I decided on impulse to stop by the local bead store.  I was completely out of the vibrant green vintage glass beads that I use in my Nitta earrings, and I wanted to list some more pairs in my shop soon.  I thought I would just dash into the store and grab them – twenty minutes left on the meter, a hungry cat at home (see Levi v. Frist, I & II), lots of orders to get out… I couldn’t afford to linger.  I knew exactly what I needed and where in the store they were. 

So I grabbed my tray, headed to the bin, and holy cow!  The bin was full of identical glass beads in three or four different shades of green that weren’t there before, and I suddenly had no idea which one was my shade! 

I tend to keep a lot of things in my head when I’m making jewelry, relying on memory instead of writing certain specifications down.  This works fine when I’m at home in my workspace with the tons of photos I’ve saved open on the computer in front of me. 

I thought that I could rely on memory again and mentally picture the exact shade of green I used in the earrings, but when confronted with a bunch of unexpected choices, I panicked!  I ended up buying several beads in each shade and spending a lot more money than I had intended.  The moral of the story is to plan ahead, take careful stock of what is needed, take samples to the store if color matching is needed, and avoid impulse shopping when it comes to supplies.  My local bead supplier might not like me much, but at least I won’t put unnecessary strain on my already tight budget.

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