The Flying Hearts Series

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, my new series of flying heart pendants is available at the Main 404 Gallery, in Bloomington, IL.

Flying Hearts Series

All ready to fly into your heart, these pendants comprised of art glass, antique glass buttons, lampworked beads, dichrioic accents, and copper are strung on 30″ beaded-ball chains.

Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU!

For the Holidays 2015

Just dropped off items for A Coppery Christmas at the Main Gallery 404.

Coppery Christmas jewelry 2015

Okay, Mr. Duck is a 6″ high suncatcher.

Also available at McLean County Art Center, a selection of fine silver earrings.

Holiday Treasures, 2015 - silver earrings

I admit and apologize; not my best pic.  Very shiny stuff, in person.

THERE’S STILL TIME!!! Holiday Open House 2014

Yes, it’s that time of year again!  I’m delighted to co-host my annual Holiday Open House this year with fused-glass artist Christine Dossett.

Holidays closing in?  Running out of time?  Counting down the days?

Holidays closing in?  Running out of time?  Counting down the days?

Examples of Christine’s work are below; please visit the drop-down choices in my “Gallery” to see my work.

Here are the details for our event:

When:     Saturday, 12-13-14
                 12 Noon – 4 PM
 
Where:   203 Park Drag Lane, Normal, IL
                East off North Linden
                (Between Shelbourne and Raab Road) 

                Second house on the right

A few examples of Christine’s talents:

Love this!

Love this!

And this!

And this!

Not to mention these!

Not to mention these!

We’d love to see you!  Please drop by and bring a friend!

Holiday Treasures Opening Gala at McLean County Arts Center

McLean County Art Center’s Holiday Treasures kicks off Friday, November 8, 2013 with an Opening Gala.  Details are at the end of this post.

This year I’m sharing my Sea Glass Candy Series:

Sea Glass Candy pendants, earrings, bracelet

Sea Glass Candy pendants, earrings, bracelet

My husband and I found the green, amber, blue, clear, and brown bits of sea glass during many walks over the years on Florida’s Panama City Beach and Mexico Beach.

One of my favorite sets.

My favorite piece of “candy”.

 

I set the glass in fine silver metal clay, then fused the glass and silver together in my kiln.

Not all types of glass are created equal.  Most retained their beautiful colors.  I haven’t decided what to do with the ones that didn’t…

Remember wearing rock bracelets?  This one is just as fun.

Remember wearing rock bracelets? This one is just as fun.

 

A few more pendants...

A few more pendants…

 

I also included my Hammered Heart Series, hearts hammered from copper or fine silver; some jeweled with pieces of art glass, crystal, gems, or beads.

How can you ever have enough hearts?

How can you ever have enough hearts?

Hammered copper heart with ruby, garnet, emerald, crystal, fine silver.

Hammered copper heart with ruby, garnet, emerald, crystal, fine silver.

It’s always a beautiful event at the McLean County Arts Center:

An Opening Gala on Friday, November 8 from 5-8pm will kick off the McLean County Arts Center’s (MCAC) 38th Annual Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale. A donation of $20 at the door is suggested for the evening of live music, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages a festive way to begin the holiday gift giving season with friends. 

The Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale runs from November 8, 2013 through January 4, 2014 and features over 70 locally and nationally known artists exhibiting paintings, glass, fiber, photography, jewelry, wood, ceramics as well as handmade seasonal items. The McLean County Arts Center is free and open to the public during regular hours for the holiday season.

The Holiday Treasures Exhibition is generously sponsored by Sue & Julius Alexander, Ron Bacon & Dee Bohbrink, Anne & Brian Boyden, Kelly & Lynn Gray, and Steve & Deb Wannemacher.

The McLean County Arts Center is located at 601 N. East Street in downtown Bloomington. Arts Center hours are Tuesday, 10am – 7pm; Wednesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm; and Saturday, Noon – 4pm. For more information, please call 309/829-0011 or check on our website: www.mcac.org

You can also find this event on Facebook and/or follow my jewelry at Silver Charmer Jewelry on Facebook.

Would love to see you there!  ~ aka, Ms. Silver Charmer

First Friday is Back to School at Main Gallery 404!

Today is the First Friday of September, so all the galleries and shoppes are open in Downtown Bloomington, IL from 5 – 8 PM.

My work is at the Main Gallery 404 located at 404 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL.

The theme is “Back to School” and many artists are sharing art bookmarks.  I couldn’t resist using my cats and bats and scary ideas for an early Halloween theme.

bevy of bookmarks

Rings are the thing this month as I’ve added some “bullet” lampworked glass/wire-wrapped rings, and beach glass pendants with tinkling drops.  A splash of last minute color to remember summer as we head into fall.

Beach glass and rings

Hope you’ll join us tonight if you’re in the area!

Etsy, Etsy, Etsy!

Yes, I finally went LIVE on Etsy!  

Here’s where to go to directly visit the site:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverCharmerJewelry 

I’ve also added a page to my website here: “Shop Online for Jewelry” with a couple of examples.

It’s been quite an experience fine-tuning all the details.  I have a lot of jewelry in the queue waiting to have magnificent photos taken, so… I’m working on that piece by piece and will offer a full array of my work there very soon. 

Thank you for all your patience.

My first piece, of course, had to be a kitty!  =^.^=

My first piece, of course, had to be a kitty! =^.^=

Valentines and Beyond… A Tree of Hearts

Tree of Hearts

Tree of Hearts

 

There’s a new tree of hearts in town available at The Pod, in Uptown Normal, Illinois, across from the Discovery Museum.

Here’s their information through Uptown Normal, and here’s their Facebook page.

I love to make and wear hearts all year round, but especially for Valentine’s Day.  It is one my favorite times of the year.  Hearts, chocolates, champagne… who needs more?  Oh yes, jewelry makes celebrating complete.  

Other places to find my jewelry are listed on my Here I Am page.   Thanks again for your continued support.

Here are a few more new things you’ll find on that tree:

Copper heart with wrapped silver, garnet, charm.

Copper heart pendant with wrapped silver, garnet, charm.

Dichroic glass heart with silver and copper.
Dichroic glass heart pendant with silver and copper.

Double heart pendant with sterling and Thai silver and copper.

Double heart pendant with sterling and Thai silver and copper.

Ceramic kitty on silver heart pendant.

Ceramic kitty on silver heart pendant.

 

An array of heart pendants,some with copper, silver, ruby, amethyst, crystal.

An array of heart pendants,some with copper, silver, ruby, amethyst, crystal.

 

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