Tuesday, April 29, 2008
When you click on the website link below, a world Map comes up showing what strange & dangerous things are happening right now in every country in the entire world & is updated every five minutes. You can move the map around, zero in on any one area & actually up-load the story of what is going on. It is amazing when you can see the things that are happening in the world, sometimes right in your own state or even your city.
Global Incident Map: There is a lot happening in our world every minute. This 'map' updates every 300 seconds...constantly, 24/7.
Friday, April 25, 2008
I’ve chosen the name Right Turn ArtWerks to represent my business. It does that very well if you understand “odd duck speak”. Let me explain. My mother was an extremely talented person. She didn’t think so because to her it was just what you learned and did. What she learned and did was to knit, crochet, sew, cook, and keep spit shined floors. And, lah de dah, she raised me. No easy task in the sixties. Later in life she took up painting and driving!!!
Her pride and joy was her first new car. One of the first automatic VW Bugs off the production line. It was baby beige, and cute as a button. She took driving lessons and passed the test with flying colors. Dad, Bubba, and I were so proud of her. Immediately after that driver’s license arrived though she had other ideas. Turning left into the Detroit area traffic is no joke. So, she decided not to do it. Can you imagine that? In fact, from decision day forward, she drove everywhere by turning right. Think about it, you can do it. She pretty much lived her life by doing things right. Be brave in the attempt if not the accomplishment should have been her motto. Do it “right” or don’t do it at all. It was like a familial challenge and an inside joke about Mom, and now it will always be that way.
Monday, April 21, 2008
This necklace is filled with local beach sand and those cute little seashells. It's hung from a silk stand I purchased at Bead and Button last year.
Now I'm just looking for a local sandbox to drag my toes through and pretend I've just had a great vacation. Something in a neighborhood preferably without a cat!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I have been drawing or sketching out ideas my entire life. But then, haven’t we all. Since college I have kept sketchbooks of varying kinds and sorts. I admit I have never met a piece of paper I didn’t like and I will draw on anything. I’ve even jotted things on my hand until an authentic piece of paper is available.
Sometimes when I am driving an idea will creep into consciousness and I always think that if I don’t get it down I’ll lose it (a little Einstein-esque!). Since I am frequently in that car and in need of a dinner I usually have a McDonald’s bag handy. No paper, no problem. I rip a hunk off the bag and jot down the idea on the inside. Later, if I still think it’s worthy I’ll use a glue stick and put it into my sketchbook. That’s usually after it has traveled about in my pants and it’s acquired some kind of pocket karma. You know, wrinkled and well loved. I feel it in my pocket as I’m retrieving an ink pen or coin I put in there when I was sans purse. “Yup,” I think to myself, “that’s the idea that’s going to make me a bead star.” They always feel perfect when they’re in the pocket!
This drawing confession comes because today I went to a site I’ve seen listed before but never visited. This artist is far more disciplined than I. The site is called, “A Drawing Per Day Blog”. The artist, John Stewart. If by chance you need a little inspiration….his sketchbook rocks and I don’t think he’s picking any lint off of the drawings.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Have a great day…and lose nothing of importance.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Was I competent in my work – is it a well made piece of jewelry.
WTMWB – What the market will bear.
Base Price Formula
(cost of materials + packaging) X 4
+ your pro-rated hourly labor rate
Then, + 10% of that total for overhead costs.
Figure your pro-rated labor cost.
30 minutes of labor to string a necklace. So, half of my $20. hourly labor rate equals $10. of labor on that necklace.
2 Next, add up the cost of your materials:
$10. of jewelry supplies + $1. packaging = $11. subtotal
3. Multiple your total cost of materials by 4:
$11. X $4. = $44
Then add your pro-rated labor to that:
$44. + $10. = $54.
Add in your overhead, which is 10% of that:
$54. X .10 = $5.40
Finally, add the overhead to your $54 subtotal:
$54 + $5.40 = $59.40
Our base price would be $59.40
(rounded to $59.)
That means we can not price the necklace below $59 without losing money on it. Here is where we can adjust the retail price up a little, or a lot, depending on all of the subjective factors you are going to take into account (the second set of red items). Does that seem like a large markup to you? When you sell beads or your jewelry, you need to be paid for all of the time, effort, and craftsmanship you put in to each piece you create. If you don’t, you won’t be in business long.
Your overhead expenses also include things like your web site, art festival fees, jewelry displays, and business cards. And don’t forget, tools, insurance, bank fees for your business account (including merchant charge fees), digital camera (and all of it’s accessories for photographing your work), trade magazines, workshops, gasoline/ or mileage, and so on.
And, when all is said and done you are hoping to have a little left over to pay yourself. Hobby or business? It’s all up to you.
Adapted from: Home Jewelry Business Tips and 20 years of Sharon’s experience.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I got the inspiration for the pretty girl to the left from a recent post on Lampwork, etc. (a forum I regularily frequent). I posted the other skulls to their gallery area and one of the artists said her teenager (who usually ignores her mother's work - don't they all!) saw them and commented, "Hey, it looks like they're pushing up Daisies." An idea born.
I expect to make more of these so I'm keeping the prototype for myself. I'm still pondering if I want to hang my pendant from a bone bead or all by itself.
Any suggestions for this pendant, or any "skull" ideas will be gratefully accepted...Sharon
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I've been watching Rex for months now and waiting for the day of his demise. I even thought a bunch of artists could jump the fence he was kept in, build a fire, and dance naked with beautiful ribbons around him. Like a maypole. For a visual person that's a pretty interesting image (especially if you KNOW me). There's no need to mock Rex though. Spring did the "dirty" for us and he's lost his head.
Now, about that BFF Susan. The rat fink is in Florida vacationing and if you get a chance go to her Etsy store (susanlambert.etsy.com) and click on all her items (buy something too!). It'll drive her that she's not at home to respond. And for me, it's a tiny pay back for her telling me when the plants bloomed in North Carolina!!!
Friday, April 4, 2008
Photo's from the Gathering Place Studio of Trey Cornette and a selection of his beads.
The pictures posted above are from Jiro Masuda’s class. The first one is of JJ (Jiro) demonstrating for us and the other is some of the forms I made in the class. I also included the pair of copper earrings out of the some of the forms.
I just need to meld some lampworking with some hydraulic work and see what I can create.