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.

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

The Pea Pod Shuffle ~ 2013 Grape Soiree

For this year’s September 28, 2013 Grape Soiree, an annual fundraising event featuring fine art and wine to benefit Easter Seals of Central Illinois, I’ve donated a piece for the live art auction titled The Pea Pod Shuffle.

The Pea Pod Shuffle

The Pea Pod Shuffle

 

The Pea Pod Shuffle is an organic piece modeled from a sugar snap pea.  It features a fine silver pendant embracing faceted hematite crystals, catching the light inside and reflecting it outward.  Coordinating fine-silver earrings with smoky crystals complete the set

Details about the event can be found on the Grape Soiree Facebook page and on the Central IL Easter Seals website.  It’s always an inspirational and amazing evening.

Aside

Spring Bloom Art Festival on Saturday, March 30, 2013

This year’s Spring Bloom Indoor Arts Festival is on Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 10 AM ~ 5 PM at the Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market Street, Bloomington, Illinois.

There will be 106 featured artists.  I’m honored to be included in this group of diverse and talented artists.

They managed to add another 10 artists.  Yaay!

They managed to add another 10 artists. Yaay!

 

I am in Booth 396.  This LINK will take you to the map.

The rest of this week, I will be busy putting on final touches to new designs and pieces.  I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

My previous Spring Bloom Booth.

A previous Spring Bloom Booth.

 

More photos to come as the week transpires!

There will be plenty of these fine silver "janthina, janthina" pendants, each a little different.

There will be plenty of these fine silver “janthina, janthina” pendants, each a bit different.

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.

 

Hearts, Hearts, Hearts ~ Hammering Away!

There are hearts and then there are hearts.  I love them all and will be offering many varieties this Friday …..  

…at Main Gallery 404 for the First Friday Event and The Tour de Chocolat’:  Details and more jewelry HERE!

Here are a few hammered hearts:

Hammered copper and fine silver.

Maggie’s Heart:  Hammered copper and fine silver.

Hammered copper heart with fine silver and lampworked bead.

Hammered copper heart with fine silver and lampworked bead.

Hammered copper heart with fine silver, olivetine and garnet crystals.

Hammered copper heart with fine silver, olivetine and garnet crystals.

Hammered copper heart with fine silver and peach drop.

Hammered copper heart with fine silver and peach drop.

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

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

Four Swinging Hearts

Four Swinging Hearts

And a few other new hearts, too!

Almost kept this for myself:  Lampworked copper-wrapped bead with crystal.

Almost kept this for myself: Lampworked copper-wrapped bead with crystal.

Agate heart with lampworked bead, hematite, crystal, garnet, sterling, copper,sterling silver.

Agate heart with lampworked bead, hematite, crystal, garnet, sterling, copper,sterling silver.

Fine silver with crystal.

Fine silver with crystal.

Hammered copper heart with sterling silver.

Hammered copper heart with sterling silver.

Hammered copper with blue and green crystal drop.

Hammered copper heart with blue and green crystal drop.

Hammered copper heart with sterling silver and sleeping kitty charm

Hammered copper heart with sterling silver and sleeping kitty charm.

Hammered copper heart with sterling silver.

Hammered copper heart with sterling silver.

 

Okay, technically not a heart, but he has a little red glass heart nose…  =^.^=

Mr. Kitty; hammered copper with red glass heart nose and sterling silver whiskers.

Mr. Kitty; hammered copper with red glass heart nose and sterling silver whiskers.

Next Up ~ Exhibition News ~ Merlot and A Masterpiece

I’m honored to be participating in the first Art Circle Member Show at Merlot and a Masterpiece, 412 N. Main Street, Bloomington, IL.

It's in the paper, so it's official!

It’s in the paper, so it’s official!

The show begins with an opening on Friday, 12-7-12, from 5 ~ 8 p.m. and runs through the month of December.

And, yes… there will be refreshments this Friday.  Yaay!

Two of my pieces are being shown.  Here they are:

I See An Angel.

I See An Angel.

Fine silver with dichroic glass.

Blue Sky Sun.

Blue Sky Sun.

Fine silver with micro-mosaics.

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