15% off thru Sunday, Creative Explosion Part Deux and “HOW DO YOU DO THAT?”

15% off Thru Sunday!

I decided to extend my 15% off discount through this Sunday, Mother’s Day!  Use code SPNMAMA and you’ll get 15% off!

Did you also know that whenever you make a purchase from my shop you’ll receive a 15% off coupon code good towards your next purchase?

Yup!  It’s my way of showing you my appreciation!

***Please remember to read the shop announcement and policies for coupon use : )

Creative Explosion Part Deux

Yep – I’ve been BUSY!  Having breaks between conventions has been such an amazing time for recharging the creativity – I hope I have enough room on my table for PhoenixCon with all these new babies!

I added a couple of new pieces to my Shattered Resolves collection: Amara and John Winchester.  The Shattered Resolves collection consists of stained glass fragments – each piece is unique!

Shattered Resolves AmaraShattered Resolves - John Winchester

 

There are a couple of pieces inspired by the episode, Sam Interrupted, including a piece of the same name, shown below!

Sam, Interrupted

And of course, Spectaculacular!

Spectaculacular

 

And one of my all-time favorite episodes, Frontierland!

Frontierland

 

Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary – I DARE you to say it!  I was so excited by this one!

Bloody Mary

 

Some new pieces in my Actor-Inspired series including Jared’s Compassion

Jared's Compassion

Jensen’s Rockin’ Out – inspired by seeing this man belt out the tunes!

Jensen's Rockin' Out

And, of course, Jensen’s Sense of Humor!

Jensen's Sense of Humor

 

Let’s not forget – MEGA Coven!

Mega Coven

 

I’m Bloody Crowley! Well, he IS!

I'm Bloody Crowley

 

 

SO happy to say that Oh God, It’s Chuck was designed 2 weeks before the big reveal this past Wednesday!

Oh God It's Chuck

 

And I even got a new The Walking Dead piece in!  Negan’s Destruction!Negans Destruction 3

With PhoenixCon being a month away, I now need to shift focus from new designs to building inventory, so the new pieces are going to be on hold for a bit!

“HOW DO YOU DO THAT??”

When I’m working conventions or even hanging out on social media, I get a lot of people asking me how I make my pieces.

I’ve been making jewelry since I was a little girl – maybe 5 or 6 years old.  By the time I was a teenager, I was making pieces for family and friends.

I’ve had my online shop for over 8 years, have been doing my jewelry professionally for over 10 years, and have been working the convention circuit for over 3 years.

I was in an arts-driven curriculum while in high school and have a degree in art as well.

With all this being said, it took me a loooooong time to develop  my style and find what works for me.

There were so many different types of processes I experimented with like metal-smithing, beading, etc.

It wasn’t until I came upon wire-wrapping that I found my heart.  It just felt RIGHT, you know?

I went out and got the tools and supplies, spread everything out on the table, and then…NOW what do I do?

The one thing I knew was that I needed my work to look different; unique.  I wanted my pieces to LOOK like they were handmade.  I didn’t want my pieces to look like they were mass-produced.  Even if I was going to make multiples of the same design, I wanted to make sure that each piece was still unique in its own way.

The first thing many people do is want to run to the bookstore or pull up some YouTube videos.  I decided that if I wanted my pieces to be uniquely mine and not replicating someone else’s techniques, I had to figure it out myself.

Which is exactly what I did.  Years of trials and errors evolved into the style you see today, which is still in its own evolution.

I am always looking to further develop my work, experiment with new materials and ideas.

I refuse to look at other people’s work – I want my inspiration to be purely from within me and not influenced by someone else’s hard work.  I know it sounds harsh – but as a designer – I can’t feel good about a piece I made knowing that there were components borrowed from someone else’s heart and soul.

I’ve had instances where people have copied my work and it’s heart-wrenching, aggravating, upsetting, and it tears me apart, to be honest.  I just have to keep on keepin’ on and hope that y’all know the difference between my work and a copycat who can’t come up with an original idea on their own and make something truly their own, as I have.

So my ultimate advice to anyone? Find what resonates true in your heart, pursue it, and make it your own – figure things out for yourself and you’ll develop your own unique style that screams YOU : )

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day to all of you moms, grandmas, aunts, nieces, third cousins twice removed…

Bye, y’all!

 

 

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