Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Stuff....

 The winter holidays kept me busy this year; I haven't had much time to create in the last month, but that's changing.... Just as I was getting back to work, I got a message from the editor of Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine. I guess she was trolling Etsy and found my site. She encouraged me to submit my work to her magazine! Cool!

The only caveat was that they wanted ACTUAL jewelry pieces- no pictures. Hmm...  I get it- they want to photograph everything themselves so the magazine has a consistent look. She said I could be selected for a how-to article or maybe just some 'boutique' pics in their gallery.

Not that I don't relish the idea of seeing my work in print, but my inventory is a bit low right now, and I have a group Ladysmiths show at the end of April- would I get my work back by then?

She assured me my work would be returned in a timely manner, so I thought- I'm going for it! She specifically wanted examples of my granulated pieces as well as the keum-boo (gold foil) pieces, but wanted more of the latter because I had sold actual examples and had only one in hand. So I made a couple more pairs of earrings to illustrate the technique:

I really hope they select my work! I went to the bookstore to take a look at their magazine, and they have A LOT of projects and artists represented. I hope if selected, I can manage to stand out from the crowd! In the end, it's nice to be published in order to add it to my resume and seem more 'credible' as an artist. It's basically a trade magazine, as is Art Jewelry Magazine, in which I had an article in last year, so I can't expect any sales. But last year I did have a reader (also a jewelry-maker) make a large purchase from my stone supply shop, so that's a possibility!! 

The above sheet was what I submitted, along with the actual jewelry pieces (hope they make it there in one piece...) with tags/instructions attached, per their requirements. Cross your fingers for me!


  1. Dana, that looks GREAT!! :)

    Can I ask - thge two new Keum Boo pieces - are they roller milled, etched, scribed?? I love the look of the lines!

    1. Hi Janice! The pieces were put thru the rolling mill with brass texture plates from Metaliferous. I agree- the textured lines give it a nice additional layer of detail. It was a challenge figuring out how to place the gold in order to accentuate them!

  2. Congratulations and good luck, Dana! Your earrings are fabulous, they would be crazy not to include you in their magazine!

  3. Looks great Dana. I think your work is perfect for the magazine.

  4. Thanks, Ladies! Hoping I find out by next week! ;)