Artist Profile: NiceGirlsTV.com

Back in 2009, one of the editors of NiceGirlsTV.com was viewing the artwork in the Comic Con Art Show where I was exhibting my artisan jewelry.  After the venue, I was contacted and asked if they might do a profile on me.  Well, these things take a little time and at long last the profile is now spotlighted on their website.  Please do follow the link and pay them a visit.  It’s an interesting news site. 🙂

Artist Spotlight: Wendy Van Camp

Sterling Carnelian Tree of Life Pendant on Black Spinel Necklace

Sterling Carnelian Tree of Life Pendant on Black Spinel Necklace

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New Home for Indigoskye Bead Fashions Website

Welcome to the new online home of Indigoskye Bead Fashions.  I’ve decided to drop my former web hosting service and to move over to wordpress.com for my jewelry blog and website.  The tools here are easy to use, which is fantastic! It is my hope that I will be able to present plenty of examples of my work for everyone to see and keep my booth schedule more easily posted here.

As time goes on, I will be posting more updates here on the blog.  Thanks for stopping by!

My RenFaire Booth

My RenFaire Booth

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Grove of Tree of Life Pendants

Copper Tree of Life Pendants

Copper Tree of Life Pendants

The tree of life pendant is a staple of my jewelry line, harkening to my celtic roots (if you’ll forgive the pun!)  This year I’m making them slightly smaller in diameter, 1 1/2 inches and making them of more affordable copper wire. I’m creating the woven bails big enough to accommodate a 6mm neckwire.  These five will be available at the upcoming Escondido Renfaire in April.  The stones featured are unakite, garnet, amethyst and peridot.

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Sterling Poker Champion Bracelet

Mensa Poker Champion Bracelet Commission

Mensa Poker Champion Bracelet Commission

This is a commissioned sterling silver bracelet for the 2010 Mensa Society Poker Tournament. It was the grand prize for the winner of the 100+ participant tourney. The bracelet is hand forged and stamped and tumble polished to a high sheen. The design of the focal was provided by the head of the tournament committee. I think that it is the most lettering I’ve ever put on a bracelet before. The band is handwoven chainmaile in helm weave. It measures 10″ in length since it was designed to be worn by a man, however since a woman won the tournament, I am resizing it down to around 8″.

I am available to make custom poker champion bracelets.  Each one is a unique creation featuring a handwoven chainmaile band and a custom hand stamped focal with the name and year of your event.

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Anvils and Hammers: Hand Stamping in a Small Studio

I’ve recently published an article on the equipment that I use for hand stamping.  I make many poker tournament champion bracelets and hand stamp the event and year on each one to customize it.  Recently, I’ve wanted to use more intricate stamps to create designs on cuff bracelets and pendants and discovered that my old tool setup was not working as well as I would have wished.  The results of my tool research are in the article.  I hope you’ll stop by and read it if you are into hand stamping jewelry.

JewelryLessons.com: Anvils and Hammers for Hand Stamping in a Small Studio

Railroad Track Anvil

Railroad Track Anvil

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Copper Penannular Brooch

Copper Penannular Kilt Pin

Copper Penannular Kilt Pin

This is a 2″ Copper Penannular Brooch or Kilt Pin. It is an ancient design dating back to the middle ages and was used to fasten shawls, tartans and cloaks. My pin is made of heavy gauge copper wire that has been hand forged and textured. A simple copper coil is added to each side to add interest.  You wear it by threading the material through the pin and then twisting it to trap the shawl or kilt in place.  The pins are heavy, but striking.

This is the first of several I have planned to make over the next week or two, just in time for the Las Vegas Highland Games coming up mid-April.

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Sterling Alice in Wonderland Charm Bracelet

Sterling Alice In Wonderland Charm Bracelet

Sterling Alice In Wonderland Charm Bracelet

I’ve been going crazy for all things “Alice” this year.  There were three Alice in Wonderland movies released in a year’s time and all three were unique and highly interesting movies.  With that as my inspiration, I created this handstamped charm bracelet.

The Alice in Wonderland charm bracelet features handmade glass beads of playing cards, magic mushrooms and an adorable white rabbit. The hand stamped sterling charms read: Your Nothing But A Pack Of Cards -Alice. It measures 8″ in length and is adjustable. It closes with a lobster claw clasp.

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New Materials To Work With

Copper Celtic Bangle

Copper Celtic Bangle

I’ve returned from my buying trip in Tucson, AZ with lots of new goodies to be made into jewelry and many tools that will allow me to explore new techniques. Stones include peruvian opal, kyanite, tourmaline, sunstone, rainbow moonstone, assorted beryls, boulder opals and blue lace agate.  I’m planning several new cluster bracelet, earring and pendant sets with the new stones.

I’ve also purchased several new tools that will allow me to expand my inventory to include bangle bracelets, cuff bracelets, neckwires and torcs.  New pendants featuring wirewrapping around stones or corrugated leaves will also be in the works.  As I complete things, I will post photos here to the blog and on my facebook business page.

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Tree of Life Pendants

Sterling Blue Topaz Tree of Life Pendant

Sterling Blue Topaz Tree of Life Pendant

The tree of life is an ancient celtic symbol that pops up in all forms of celtic arts.  I’ve taken a basic pendant design and ramped it up with additional wire weaving and coiling techniques to create something a bit more unique.  I have ten of these in various forms for sale in my booth, some made of copper wire and others of solid 925 sterling silver.  All the stones are natural and of the highest quality.  The pendants are 1 1/2″ across and approximately 2″ high.  They can accomodate a neckwire or chain up to 3mm in width.

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Spring Season Concludes

The last of my spring shows have concluded and I am now home for the next six weeks or so to manufacture new jewelry items for my booth. It has been lovely to have time to enjoy a soda on my garden patio and to play with my dog, not to mention putter in my garden. It is also pleasant to find time to do a few cooking sessions and fill my freezer with wonderful dishes that will keep my family fed in style for the next few months.

My newest purchase for the studio is a jeweler’s bench. It is a used one from a retiring jeweler. It is banged up and needs a bit of sanding, otherwise it is sturdy, of the right height and has a nice pull out catch drawer for silver shavings. I haven’t figured out where to put it yet, but I’m hoping to get it moved into my studio sometime in the next week or so. I’ve also purchased new zippered walls for my booth, a new rolling canopy bag and am shopping for photo lights so that I can set up an area to shoot my jewelry more easily. I am so far behind on photographing my work it isn’t funny.

My Advanced Colored Stones class ended last week. I got an A on my lab final where I had to identify 20 stones and I’m waiting to learn what I scored on the written final. I’m glad that I started back to college last Fall. I’ve learned so much about the jewelry profession and about the raw materials that I work with every day. I have more to share with my customers about stones and it has made me a better buyer now that I’m more aware of stone treatments and where stones come from. There is still much to learn before I can start offering appraisal services to my customers. I’m looking forward to continuing my education.

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