Artfully Distracted

Photography, Mixed Media, and all things Crafty Crazy!

Wire Wrapping Class at the Kountry Nook

October27

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The next class I am teaching is going to be a wire wrapping class.  I have had several requests for this one, so here it is!

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We are going to make a pendant with a Faux Dichrotic Glass Center piece. This will be fully wire wrapped around it and a wire bail at the top for the necklace. This should be a really fun class. I am looking forward to teaching it!

Teaching at the Kountry Nook

October25

The local craft mall that I sell at, the Kountry Nook has recently started hosting craft classes. Somehow I got roped into teaching a few, not that I mind! So I have added to my already packed schedule a crafty class once a month! So my students get to partake in my wittiness while I teach them something amazing!

The first class I did was a dreamcatcher class. I provided all of the supplies and the students got to learn from start to finish how to make a multicolored bohemiann style dreamcatcher!

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The gals that took my class seemed to enjoy it!  This was my first teaching experience but feedback from the students was pretty positive.

The next month I thought a class on how to make a set of fiber wrapped bangle bracelets with wire and bead wrapping.

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This one was a pretty easy class, the gals there for it were so easygoing and fun, it takes a lot of the stress out of teaching! So thanks for that!!!

For the next class in November, I am planning a wire wrapped stone class. I have had a few requests for this type of tutorial so I am going to give it a shot! I will keep you updated as to the date and time!

Storenvy and Other New Adventures!

October20

Again, Sorry for the long absence.  I am starting on many new adventures and running short on time as always!

I opened a new online site about 6 months ago, there are only a few things on it, but more to come. The site is called Storenvy.  its similar to etsy, but friendlier to artists.  My direct page in the site is http://ravenwingcreations.storenvy.com/products  I will be adding more items weekly ( I HOPE!!) and you can also see them on my Ravenwing Creations Shop Page here on the Artfully Distracted site!

My current shows post has been updated with all shows before the end of the year, Hope to see some of you there!

And Soon I hope to be able to announce a new collaborative adventure! Stay Tuned!dsc_0242

My New Social Media Manager!

February16

As you all know I am a terrible blogger. I do okay on Facebook, but that’s about all. So am proud to present to you my new social media/blog/sales manager Rora ( also known as my son Gavin). He is going to rehab the blog site, take over my etsy shop, and be all things technological that I am allergic to!

 

 

Tim’s Vermeer HD Trailer – YouTube

August17

My husband and I watched this amazing documentary.  A non artist decided he needed to figure out how the artist Johannes Vermeer (1632 – December 1675) produced such photo-realistic paintings hundreds of years before the invent of film technology.   I found this documentary absolutely fascinating and would highly recommend it even to those not interested in art.

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Ravenwing Creations Upcoming Events As of 10-20-16

April12

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This is a list of upcoming events and shows I will be attending with my handcrafted jewelry.

October 30 Mackinaw valley Winery 12-5

November 5 Germantown Hills 38th annual Fall Craft Show

November 6 Lewistown High School Holiday Showcase 11-3

November 11, 12- Mt Zion Christmas Craft Show, Mt Zion IL

December 3 Pekin Moose Lodge TAPS Benefit 9-3

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Wire Wrapping Class at GenCon

October8

I have blogged about GenCon before, but for those who don’t remember I will recap.  GenCon is a 4 day Gaming and role playing convention in Indianapolis IN.  Held at the Indianapolis Convention Center, this years convention was attended by over 56,000 people.  In addition to all of the gaming events, there are workshops, lectures and special classes geared towards the amazing women who attend with their husbands.  Trying to keep with my jewelry interests, I tried to find classes that could be considered educational for me.  I chose a wire wrapping class. In this class we were given a oval pendant which students were going to wrap.

Gencon 2014 (68)Also given to us was an envelope with 5 long wires and 5 short wires. Using these we would be creating a complete wrapped pendant.  starting by straightening the long wires and facing then all the same way, I then took one of the short wires and wrapped it around the long ones several times.

Gencon 2014 (70)This was then repeated 4 more times with the other short wires, about an inch apart.

Gencon 2014 (72)Next I went over to the instructor and she showed me how to bend the wire set to match the pendant.  I then learned how to make a bail to hang the pendant from a necklace, and how to finish off all of the extra wires into spirals.  The finished pendant turned out so well. I was really surprised how well it turned out, and how easy it was.  For those of you who know me, I have been wire wrapping everything I can get my hands on.

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Altered Book Contest

October2

Last year was the first year I entered the Altered Book Contest at the Chatham Public Library.  I heard about the contest from my amazing sister Jennifer, my enabler!  This year I was running out of time and thought I couldn’t not submit a project. I had an idea in mind, but I didn’t think i would have time to make it happen.  Somehow I knew I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if I didn’t at least try to get something done.  Well being the procrastinator that i am, the night before the deadline, I started.  My idea for the contest was to make some sort of paper jewelry, since that is mostly my business now.  I spent hours punching paper pieces, and gluing wires into them and attaching them. And Guess what???  I MANAGED TO GET IT DONE!!!!  So here is my finished project.  My necklace was liked so much that I won an award for Most Creative as well!DSC_0096 DSC_0094 DSC_0091DSC_0100

Sorry Its Been So Long!

September30

Wow i didnt realize it had been so long between posts! I have been super busy with craft show and new project and Marching Band events for my son!  So while I get a proper pest going, here are some pretty flowers!

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What did you do on vacation?

June20

tut (144)So what have you done on vacation this year? My husband and I just got back from a visit to my In laws in Kansas City. It was such a nice trip, I loved catching up with all the family. Most of hat we do is sit and talk, and I always feel like I should be doing something.  So this year I took my jewelry kit so I could work and talk at the same time! It worked out soooo well!!!!! I got nearly 20 trees completed while I was catching up on all the family gossip! I felt so productive. This is really the way to go, so I don’t feel like I am neglecting anything. Its the best of both worlds!

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