Tuesday, August 26, 2014

review by Jean Baldridge Yates of The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making, 2nd Edition, by Tammy Powley

Review by Jean Baldridge Yates of

The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making,
2nd Edition,

by Tammy Powley

It is not surprising that this fun and well put together book has been issued in a second edition. The author of The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making, 2nd Edition is one of the most well known American teachers of jewelry making. Tammy Powley has offered the reader a fine collection of all kinds of jewelry to make. The line up is suitable for new designers as well as experts. The book is heavy and packed with great projects (45 of them). Many are new for this edition. The resin category has been updated as has the polymer clay section, for example.
It is great to see a new twist on many, many designs. Update to the second edition--it's great!

The most amazing thing is the wonderful combination of beautiful photos and nice clear instructions. Whether the reader is soldering, knotting pearls, wire wrapping or trying mixed media for the first time, this is the go to book to own and use as a very thorough reference guide.

This big beautiful book has over seven hundred photos, as it says on the cover. It truly is a labor of love by Ms. Powley. More that that, however, it is a totally wonderful offering for anyone who wants an excellent overview of all kinds of methods of jewelry making.
The forty five projects are really great. The techniques taught will take you on a journey which offers endless possibilities. It is a very satisfying adventure to read and use The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making,2nd Edition. There is so much to learn. It is taught simply yet with tons of engaging energy by Tammy Powley.

The format of the book goes as follows. After an introduction by Ms. Powley, there is a section on Basics, and one on General Jewelry-Making Tools. These are followed by another overview, this one concerning Jewelry Findings. The photos really make these sections outstanding and the thoroughness gets the reader ready for the body of the book.
Each section which follows has its own tools and supplies list as well as specific techniques.
Then come the projects. There are ten of these sections, all nicely complete and clear. They range from Bead Stringing, to Metal Clay, to Resin, and more. There are four to five projects, all very pretty and appealing, to try in each section.
For example, if you decide you want to try polymer clay, you will be reading the basics and techniques. These are excellent for assisting anyone, newcomer or person familiar with polymer clay.
Up next come the projects. I liked the "Lava Lamp Pendant" which has a retro appeal yet is hip enough for everyone to enjoy. It uses the following polymer clay techniques: Conditioning, Rolling an Even Log, Rolling a Slab, and Finishing. The colors are Turquoise, Brilliant Azul, and Translucent. It makes a bright yet soft comment when set, as it is, wired with a Swarovski Elements cube in aurora borealis, attached to a silver chain.
The blues are swirled together and the project is suitable for a beginner. I think it is very charming and very unique.
It is typical of what you will find in  The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making, 2nd Edition.
Tammy Powley has produced what should become yet another leader in jewelry technique making reference guides.
This book has it all, and more!
There is a new gallery to inspire the reader, as well.

The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making, 2nd edition  is a super book for anyone who needs a reference book (it has everything all in one place!), or for a new jewelry maker who wants to get to know her way around all kinds of jewelry as she gradually studies the ins and outs of the techniques of each type of jewelry design.
This book is a real inspiration for any reader.
With beautiful designs backed up by a solid teaching background, Tammy Powley has hit another home run with this excellent teaching and design book. You can't go wrong if you purchase this great book for yourself or for a gift!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Having Fun Making Art with Chameleon Art Supplies

I recently gave myself an entertaining challenge, thanks to Chameleon Art Supplies.
I had received an artist's paint palette and a Number 12 brush. Both are lovely, well made items which suit me to a T!

Here they are:

They are not sold together.
They are available for purchase on Amazon.
I like both of them a lot.
I like the paint palette because it is made of sturdy plastic. You can really work your colors using it. I love illustrating, and mixing watercolors is super easy with this palette. It has ten circular wells, and a larger eleventh well.  That larger well, in the middle, gives even more flexibility and options. I mix like crazy when I use this awesome paint palette. It is a lot of fun! The size of the artist's palette is around 6 1/2 " . The white colored plastic is a good aid to help you see your colors accurately. They "pop" as you paint. Outstanding!

...I was using green. This is easy to clean--I promise!

On to the Number 12 Brush. It is a beauty! Long handled, well balanced, and top quality. It is made of  baby soft "faux" sable hair bristles.I have never lost a bristle even when painting fast and heavy.
This is not a tiny brush. You can really sweep your colors.
The shaping of the brush is impeccable.

look at those gorgeous bristles! The brush has been rinsed as I was working with pink for a bit.

I prefer faux bristles.
These more than surpass my expectations. I love all of the brushes Chameleon has given me to try! I have reviewed for them on Amazon.

The challenge I decided to give myself was to use these two products and also photograph the painting as I painted it.
The fun part was the fact that I was doing this as the sun was going down!

I wanted to see if I could "flash paint" anything decent with a time constraint like the fading light.

Here is the base of the painting:

that was OK but I knew I wanted pink and LOTS of fun color...

 I was using loads of paint!

I washed the brush throughout the time I was painting to keep the colors unmuddied.

Finally, I was done.

Cleanup time!

What to do with the painting?

I have an inexpensive 5X7" frame which is black.

I decided to add some black to the painting itself, in order to pull it together when I framed it in the black frame.

The sun was gone now.

This took 1 1/2 hours, including drying time. Painting, photography, and framing!

Here is the completed piece...photographed in the dark!  :)

I hope you decide to try Chameleon Art Supplies and give yourself a fun challenge, the way I did!

You don't have to be anything but interested and curious. 

It is worth it--lots of fun!!!  :) 

Thanks, Chameleon Art Supplies !

jean xox

on Amazon.com: paint palette: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K5MIINO

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Beadbloggers and a photo of a Blythe

Above I am showing a necklace I made which is in my own private collection.
I named it "Robert's Parrot".
It has a parrot focal from Artbeads. I made it when I was a design blogger for them.
jean xox

here is Roxy, wearing "Hope and Joy" earrings by me  



Art Bead Scene
Check out Brandi's art bead palette of the month!

A Bead A Day
Are you wearing sparkle today? Would you give up your exercise time to make something sparkly?

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew shares the Reveal for the latest design challenge, Dark Bloom.

Craft Organizing
Tips for organizing or not organizing depending on how things go!

Resin Crafts Blog
Super easy coasters with resin and glitter!

How to Repair Beaded Fringe
Here's how to DIY bead fringe repair or find a pro. BTW, craft repair is a very nice niche especially as a supplement to selling items you make from scratch.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a review of Irina Miech's new book, Finding Style. You'll love all t he new components that are available now!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Beadbloggers hot links and a photo of some jewelry taken by jean baldridge yates

available on my Etsy! OOAK VINTAGE!  :) eanbaldridgeyates

Hi! I am delighted to be posting these super links to my dear friends!
Thanks! Jean :)


Crafty Cupcake "Recipe" Calls for Styrofoam and Glue

Not only are they cute, these cupcakes are fun to make. They’re guaranteed to be sugar-free, gluten-free, calorie-free and cute as the dickens.

Back to Amigurumi

Crafty Princess is loving amigurumi again with this new project that was a tad challenging.

Carmi's Art/Life World

It is wonderful to see how a bit of fabric ribbon and a button can be featured into a new beaded cuff.

Resin Crafts Blog

There are inexpensive bamboo tiles that can easily be turned into wearable jewels with some simple resin application techniques.

Beading Arts

With a few funky components and a little bit of wire, you can quickly have a new necklace!

Mixed Media Artist

Cyndi is head-over-heels in love with a new book on reclaiming and upcycling textiles!

as for me, jean:
I am busy restocking my Etsy shop! Finally!
Take a look sometime if you like.
Here is a perfectly beautiful family heirloom which I have treasured for years. 
I estimate to be from the  Victorian Era. I need to find out for real before I list it.
"We ladies"  ;)  in my family prefer the good stuff!
And we take good care of it, because it represents our ancestors, fine people who made us who we are today.
Am I proud of my family?
Of course I am!
Yay for  all awesome old people who are great! Yay for everyone who teaches their children and their childrens' children what is worth learning.
for example: How to see beauty!

TEN Things of Thankful, a linking blog hop conceived and orchestrated without fail by wonderful Lizzi


Brought to you by Lizzi Rogers, every week : this is number 57
1) thankful for spidergirls
2) thankful for words ending with the letter Y:
 ..a) serenity
...   b) property
 .....   c) family
 .....    d) Skippy
3) thankful for Romi who taught me about respect for other cultures and enhanced my appreciation for simple beauty with her explanation of the meaning of pine trees once. Here is one of her amazing posts (see her name, Romi. Thank you Romi. You inspire me to photograph better.learn to cook better, and keep it simple!
4) Thankful for good hairrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs! Blythe people call hair "hairs". It is always good to have good hairs.
5) Thankful for my sons.
5) Thanks for my grandkids
6) Thankful for mistakes
7) Thankful for humor and the amazing brilliance of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in
...here is a clip I love:

 8)thankful for all the fish, even though I don't eat fish. This is a literary reference to a famous book, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
9)Thankful for Ten Thankfuls
10) Thankful for my Etsy shop once again going live! Yes!  See me on the FB as The Original Jean Yates
or see me on Etsy!
 "Crackle and Glow Bracelet" by jean baldridge yates, below:                                            

Ten Things of Thankful this week goes out to Dyanne,
to the letter T,
and to black tea

 I really prefer black tea.It doesn't have to be Earl Grey, Dyanne! I found that Tetley makes a good black tea which is really inexpensive. I can have it all the time! Thanks Tetley! Thanks Dyanne for making me more flexible!
love, jean xox

Saturday, July 12, 2014

En plein air inside , jewelry by jean

I reworked some of my own jewelry.
I make progress reinventing design
failing perfection every time!
I keep trying , knowing I am never going to "get it"
but maybe I will advance eventually in technique.
Clearer photos help.

The last time I photo'ed these,
I was racing to try and sell them.
I didn't have time to shoot well.

I understand the basic mechanics of photography now.
of course I have plenty of time to refine that.
I have plenty of time to repurpose my jewelry as well.

I am working from the inside out now.
If you don't understand that, it is ok.
here are photos from today:

I took them inside.
We were all happy.
I am happy.
White is my friend, but light is my best friend.
White is all colors
Light is the sun
without the moon, however,
this little planet would not exist.
There is a place and time for everything

 Above is  a  straight download from me today
I just grabbed my camera and took the pic.
The materials tell the story better than I can.
Pati Walton : soft glass etched Bonez (from that fad "dese Bones" on eBay)-I grabbed these as fast as
put them up. I watched her postings like a hawk. I have had two opportunites to buy it now ("BIN") from here. These are first quality. Not seconds. Pat Walton never makes seconds in any way. She experiments instead.
She will always  rock the beads and focals.
Snaps for John Olson too. He rocks too at her link above as well!
Thanks for looking at a work in progress.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thirty words Thursday a linking blog hop hosted by Miss Erin

I love 30 words Thursday!
Erin always cuts right to the point, something I am trying to do!
If  you would like to join the fun, go here:

Erin says:

"The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple... Take an image (preferably one you shot, or have permission to use). Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less. Post it each Thursday. Add your link to the InLinkz on my 30 Words Thursday post." Thanks Miss Erin! We missed you but I am honored to know you! --jean
photo  by jean 

that's all folks

I am sending this bracelet to someone I love.
I made it while learning to weave, using Janet Parson's store and my family reunion for 
Now my understanding of what I was learning is in my heart,
and I can send this not totally perfect bracelet to someone who understands
that nothing is perfect and doesn't mind
now it is time to say goodbye,
you can leave this world behind


Ten things OF Thankful
brought to you by Lizzi Rogers!

1) Thankful for birds

2)Thankful for Skip!

3)Thankful I can rest

4) Thankful for Pine Trees

 5) Thankful for for Lizzi R & Laura

6)Thankful for "good hairs"! As they say in Blythespeak.

Here is some "good hairs", below

 7)Thankful for crappy grammar

*) thankful for mistakes.

9) Thankful for my  friends.
10)Thankful for my family!!!

jean xox

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Beadbloggers and a jean baldridge yates photo

What's This? 
It serves as a preview photo, taken by me
I didn't make these earrings. 
a GREAT jewelry designer did, however.
Find out next week on my blog! 
:)  jean!


Cuteness Alert
What is cuter than a matching bunny and baby afghan?

The Inspired by Reading Book Club reads about botany and booze!
"The Drunken Botanist" by Amy Stewart is an intoxicating exploration of the botanical histories of some of our favorite beverages. See how this book inspired a group of artists and jewelry-makers!

Would it be Pretentious to call this my Studio?
I ask because it's really starting to feel like one. And I remodeled it on less than $15!