September 2011

Hi! I am getting so excited about the fall weather coming! For Florida that is the end of October, November and December! Winter isn’t usually until January! I can’t wait for that first cool breeze. I took a hiatus from beadmaking this summer and polished my metalsmithing skills up but I am ready for glass! It’s the color that I love and miss. I am excited about finally having a shop on Etsy, (I know I am way behind the ball here), but taking the time this summer was worth it. I have customers at shows and the people you meet on errands, ( that remark about that beautiful necklace you’re wearing), always asking where they can buy. At the shows they would wonder when your next show was, but sometimes you don’t know because of the policy of having to get juried in. You just never know for sure even though you were accepted for the last 5 years! It will be great to offer another outlet to see my work. Here are 2 necklaces I just listed on Etsy. Check back often because the great thing of Etsy you can list anytime and it’s relatively inexpensive.
This necklace is called Safari and made with 5 different animal patterns. A great classic design that never goes out of style and can be passed on to future generations. The 2nd necklace is 3 tiered with handmade sterling silver rings and my favorite glass Triton.

I am excited to announce that I am opening a Etsy store! The name of the store is CharmaineParker, (that’s with no space). I have been working this summer in sterling silver. It has been a while since I’ve worked with just metal, but with this brutal Florida heat taking a break from glass torch work seemed like a good idea! I actually started jewelry making 15 years ago learning metalsmithing. It has been a joy taking saw to metal and I have some wonderful Fretz jeweler hammers that I just love to use. As some of you know I have struggled with a torn rotator cuff from a previous art show and even though its better, ( I am grateful to be able to work with no problem),  I am excited to be able to sell my jewelry online without having to deal with the heavy booth set up. Most of the jewelry I am posting now is sterling silver metal but more glass with jewelry is to come. I will be uploading new jewelry all the time so please take a look! Here is a sample of the earrings I have in the store for now. This oak leaf is sawn from 18 gauge sterling silver sheet, the earrings are polished then textured with hammers. The gems are gorgeous AAA deep sky blue Topaz faceted tear drop briolettes and parrot green Peridot micro faceted tear drops. Address for shop:    When my web tech, (darling daughter) comes home I will have her link to website. Thanks!