The only thing I love more than affordably priced conference is one that's right in my home town. Not-for-profit Ethical Metalsmiths has partnered with MJSA and Susan Wheeler Designs to bring guest speakers and a film screening to Chicago's Columbia ...

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Ethical Metalsmiths and Friends to Host October Conference in Chicago and more...

Ethical Metalsmiths and Friends to Host October Conference in Chicago

The only thing I love more than affordably priced conference is one that’s right in my home town. Not-for-profit Ethical Metalsmiths has partnered with MJSA and Susan Wheeler Designs to bring guest speakers and a film screening to Chicago’s Columbia College for the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference October 13-14, 2017.

“The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference invites jewelers, suppliers, educators, students, and consumers to participate. During two information-packed days, we will share specific ways individuals and companies can work together to create jewelry in an ethical, socially responsible, and ecologically sound manner.

Sharing the values and practices of producing and selling responsible jewelry is something we must embrace as a community. The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference seeks to do just that. In collaboration with Ethical Metalsmiths, sponsored by MJSA (with additional sponsorships to be announced), and with support from many industry leaders, this conference will reach beyond industry conversations. It will work to create active practices and gain solid commitments to a healthier, more world-conscious jewelry paradigm.”

Check out the terrific line up of speakers:
http://www.chiresponsiblejewelryconference.com

    
 



Wonderful Craft Podcasts

I’ve just discovered a new podcast, from a consortium of the craft schools in the U.S., you know, the summer camps for adults where you can take professional level craft classes.

Here it is:

http://www.craftschools.us/podcast.html

Another terrific one about craft, process and business is Abby Glassenburg’s While She Naps podcast.

http://whileshenaps.com/category/the-podcast/episodes

For even more podcasts, here’s a list in this blog post:

https://www.elainelutherart.com/podcasts-for-inspiration-creativity-tip-16

That’s Creativity Tip #16, I’m doing a series of 100! (What was I thinking!?) I’m also doing #the100dayproject over on Instagram, find me here, https://www.instagram.com/elaine_luther.

and I’m doing the 365 Project, posting photos! I’m not sure why I took on all these long term projects at once, but I did! I’m enjoying the regular practice of them and being a part of a community, on Instagram of folks who are also doing the challenge.

    
 



Findings Jewelry Symposium June 2017 in MN

Findings Jewelry Symposium

The Grand Marais Art Colony in Grand Marais, Minnesota is hosting a jewelry conference June 8-11!

Here’s the schedule:

http://www.grandmaraisartcolony.org/pdfs/Symposium_Schedule_2017.pdf

    
 



Reverse Alphabet Stamps that Snap Together – Perfect for Making Your Own Texture Plates

 

I was super excited to see these rubber stamps of the alphabet that you can snap together in words and even rows of words! Back when I manufactured custom tools for metal clay, I was super into tools for writing and actually worked on creating a tool like this.

For metal clay use, this particular tool will only be useful if you’re making your own texture plates, since the letters are reversed. I still just had to mention it here because — it’s so cool!

Available from LesleyRiley.com.

    


“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” Necklace by Elaine Luther

"Oh, the Places You'll Go" Necklace by Elaine Luther, copyright Elaine Luther 2016. Detail.

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” Necklace by Elaine Luther, copyright Elaine Luther 2016. Detail.

I made a necklace. When you say the title, notice there’s no exclamation point, say it kind of flatly.

What’s the story behind this? We often travel to the east to visit family, which we love doing, and also, the drive is a long slog across America, so many tollroads that all look the same, with the same roadside stops.

One thing we do to break up the monotony for the kids is let them choose and buy a squished penny. Yes, they really sell souvenir squished pennies at the oasis stops on the toll road! (I always see other kids begging for one, but their parents are less fun than we are, apparently.)

A few years ago, I started buying them for myself too, not just for my kids. By this year I’d saved up more than enough to make a necklace.

In the grand tradition of my art about #firstworldproblems, this one is lamenting my lack of travel to far away and glamorous places.

Alright, that’s the back story, let’s see some close up shots.

"Oh, the Places You'll Go" Necklace by Elaine Luther, copyright Elaine Luther 2016. Detail showing Ohio Turnpike souvenir penny and bronze ice cream cone.

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” Necklace by Elaine Luther, copyright Elaine Luther 2016. Detail showing Ohio Turnpike souvenir penny and bronze ice cream cone.

"Oh, the Places You'll Go" Necklace by Elaine Luther, copyright Elaine Luther 2016. Detail.

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” Necklace by Elaine Luther, copyright Elaine Luther 2016. Detail.

"Oh, the Places You'll Go" Necklace by Elaine Luther, copyright Elaine Luther 2016. Detail.

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” Necklace by Elaine Luther, copyright Elaine Luther 2016. Detail.

"Oh, the Places You'll Go" Necklace by Elaine Luther, copyright Elaine Luther 2016. Detail showing souvenir penny and bronze jack.

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” Necklace by Elaine Luther, copyright Elaine Luther 2016. Detail showing souvenir penny and bronze jack.

Materials: Bronze chain, rosary chain with glass beads, bronze toggle clasp, pennies, bronze finish brass jump rings, brass circle pendant, cast bronze jack and ice cream cone, steel wire shaped into circles, and a rock.

All images and the necklace itself are Copyright Elaine Luther 2016.

    


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