Friday, December 24, 2010
I made these little keyhole necklaces earlier in the year and have parted with a few of them. I gave some to friends. I am in the process of working on some new ideas and will try and post some before the new year. I have a few days off and am looking forward to spending time with family.
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Friday, October 8, 2010
I love the handmade papers. They are all so different and beautiful. It is hard to want to use them because they are so special. I ordered one earlier this year and gave it to a dear friend. I am going to keep one and give two away for presents. I just can't decide which one I want, maybe I will have to keep them all.
Posted by Denise Petersen at 4:38 AM
Friday, August 27, 2010
I am looking forward to teaching classes on how to make soldered jewelry. The focus will be on creating square, round, and oval bezels for use in jewelry. We will also be learning how to use resin I will be teaching two classes on Saturday, October 9th &16th at Hobby Lobby in Layton from 9am-4pm. I will be sending out an email to everyone who signed up, please register early as there is not going to be much space. Just send me an email or call me to sign up (801) 560-1365. Leave a message if you cannot get a hold of me and I will call you back. I will not have access to the intranet for about a week so be patient and I will contact you. To register please indicate your name, phone number, email address and the date you want to take the class and send your check for $75.00 to:
P.O Box 562
Bountiful, UT 84010
I look forward to meeting everyone for this fun event.
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Friday, July 30, 2010
It has been a while since my last post. I have been so busy mostly having fun. I went to Los Gatos, CA for an art retreat called An Artful Journey. I stayed with a really good friend, Carol and her sister Nancy. We had such wonderful food since Carol is a really good cook. I am still waiting for those cookie recipes (hint, hint). We all took a class with Stephanie Lee who taught us some really fun jewelry techniques. It was one of the best classes I have ever taken.
This is the retreat center in Los Gatos, CA it is about 30 minutes from San Hose
Carol, Nancy, and me hanging out at half Moon Bay. We saw some really good looking surfers. I am sorry I did not have a picture of Richard who was such a good sport.
Carol and Nancy hanging out with Stephanie Lee
Three soldered boxes that we made in class
Nancy's box is so pretty and I love the ribbons
This is Carol's necklace. I love the design and religious symbolism
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Monday, July 5, 2010
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
It is going to be a busy week with Park City Tomorrow and the Ogden Artist Festival on Saturday. It is at Union Station courtyard and runs down 25th Street. This is going to be my first art festival so I am excited and a little nervous. It opens on Saturday at 10-8pm and I am not sure the weather is going to hold up since there is a chance of showers. It would be really bad to get rained on for my first festival. There are going to be lot of great artists, lots of really yummy food, kids craft booths, and two stages for music. I will be on the courtyard South side in booth #4. So much to get done and so little time. I hope you like my new pieces on etsy. Just scroll down to the bottom right side of the page and click on my etsy shop, if you would like to see them.
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Sunday, May 9, 2010
I decided to post another picture of the butterfly bracelets, so you guys could get a better look. This one has black vintage beads from and old 1950's necklace. It has wire wrapped freshwater pearls. The chain is from another old necklace that I found at an antique store. Inside the bezel is old text and a cutout of a vintage looking beautiful butterfly. I then poured resin inside the bezel. I hand make these bezels for use in my jewelry creations.
Posted by Denise Petersen at 2:28 PM
It has been a busy week as I started back to work this past week and started physical therapy and even had the nerve to tell my PT that it should be called physical torture. I am sure he just thought it was funny since he is always joking about something. I finally had the time to take some pictures of my finished bracelets. I made eight of them and this is a sample of six since I could not fit all of them in the same photo. Let me know what you guys think, I value your opinions and appreciate your honesty. It was fun to come up with a new design but these took a long time to make. Next, I am planning on doing some with an ocean theme.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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Friday, April 2, 2010
I took this picture in beautiful Sun Valley Idaho in Sawtooth National Forest, Last summer we (the family) spent the day hiking up to an old ghost town and gold mine. After getting up there we were all tired and hungry so we stopped to eat and enjoy the scenery. I noticed that the window in this old building was the frame for the little pine on the other side. So I took a lot of pictures. I love to go to the mountains and smell the fresh air. There is something so calming about being out in nature and away from the hustle a bustle of the city. We go camping here every year and have been hiking these mountains for the last twelve years. I am hoping I am up to going this year. I am so ready for summer to be here. No more snow!!!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I created this design out of a vintage tin canister that was from the 1950's. I loved the retro feel of the can and all the vibrant colors. It would go great with a lot of different clothes and look cute with jeans, which is mostly what I wear. I used vintage blue aurora borealis crystals from a broken necklace and plumbing pipe from the hardware store. The metal is all copper and will take on an aged look after it is worn a few times. I am taking a poll. Would you wear this?
Monday, March 29, 2010
I made this fun necklace out of a vintage Arm & Hammer bird card. This one is from the 1930's when they used to put these little cards into baking soda boxes. It is fun to imagine what is would have been like back then. I can picture grandma with her apron on and in the kitchen baking. I can visualize her anticipation in opening a new box of baking soda to see what little treasure she was going to find. I have about 30 of these little bird cards and they are so beautiful and really colorful. I have been cleaning out my craft room and bought box type shelves to organize it all. I have all kinds of fun vintage finds down there that I like to use to make jewelry the only problem is it has overtaken the room. So I need to find away to organize it all so I can have more work space. If it turns out okay maybe I will post a picture. I think it is going to take a while to get it all done. I want to hang some pretty lights above my workstation. I am looking for an idea that will work for the tools, so I can hang them above my workbench. I want to try and make it look creative. If you have any ideas please forward them to me.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I received a copy in the mail of the premiere edition of a Jewelry Affaire. I was looking through the magazine and to my surprise my jewelry was on page 16 &17. I have not seen these necklaces for over a year and have been asking for them to be returned but no one seemed to know where the necklaces had gone. I had sent the necklace to Belle Armoire Jewelry back in January of 2009. I thought that they be missing and I would never see them again. I tend to get attached to things I make. It was a wonderful surprise to see them published and to know they have been located. I am posting another one that I have made that was in my collection. I have about 500 pieces of handmade jewelry just waiting to take with me to the Ogden market this summer and may do Park City but am not sure I will have time. I have some other things going on right now and am waiting to see how it all plays out. I hope my readers enjoy this necklace and please leave your comments.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
My message today is about recycling. I like to recycle vintage jewelry and came up with a few of these fun necklaces to share with the readers of my blog. When I think about keys I wonder where they have been. My imagination runs wild with pictures in my mind of a time long ago where these people had much different lives then our own, How did they dress, what kind of jewelry did they wear, what kind of house did they live in and what their lives where like?
To me keys are symbolic. I like to think of how keys open doors in our lives. What do you have to put into the door to get it to open? and what will come from putting in the effort? What we do now to get the door to open is really important to our future as well as our children's. How will we be perceived by people in the future and what will our lives represent to others?
Will be looked at as the big society of overuse and waste? This reminds me of one of my favorite books I used to read to my kids. The book is called, The Wump World. In this book people over consume everything around them and throw their garbage everywhere. The world becomes a big dumping ground, and is overtaken by waste and most living things die. Finally someone decides to take responsibility for what is going on around them. The book has a great message for kids.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I love this heart necklace and may not be able to give it up. Sometimes I make a piece and just cannot part with it. I made this a while back along with about 12 others. All the hearts turned out differently and one even had a compass. Talk about finding your heart, it had a compass to help you find the way. I hope it worked for the person who bought it.
I made this piece by cutting out a piece of copper with my jewelers saw and then aging the copper to look old. I then took E6000 and glued all the pieces on one at a time. It took about and hour to glue the watch parts onto each piece because trying to get all the parts to fit just right was a difficult process. My son (Jordan) and I have been making some new pieces that I decided to call Broken Hearted. He has been busy cutting lines and etching the metal to make the hearts look broken. Some of the hearts have stiches and have been repaired. I hope everyone enjoys these new pieces. Watch for an upcoming post for the hearts. In the meantime, please post your comments.
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Friday, March 19, 2010
My son Jordan who is very creative decided that he would make a bracelet out of these canisters and included 44 disks on one bracelet. It jingled like the belly dancer jewelry and was very popular at the market. Well it sold really quick so then he had to make another one and it sold too. I am going to have to put him to work to make some more of these. I will post a picture in an upcoming blog. For my necklaces I used plumbing pipe from the hardware store and cut it out for the base of these necklaces. I then soldered a jump ring on top and bottom to hang the pendent and beads from. I put the pipe through an aging process to make them look old. Now the question is, how do I use up all these canisters?
Thursday, March 18, 2010
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Saturday, March 6, 2010
I just took a class with Richard Salley at Art and Soul in Las Vegas. I had so much fun and he is such a wonderful instructor. He made all of us feel at ease in his class as he joked with us about our grades and giving me an incomplete as I did not have the bottom piece connected to the sides. This is my project complete with me and grandma inside the locket. This picture is old as grandma turned 90 this year. We won't say how old I am, just that I was not the first grandchild. Grandma will always hold a special place in my heart. She was put in a care center about a month ago and is having trouble adjusting. It was hard to see her there as she has always been so independent. My uncles just could not take care of her anymore as she was falling down to much and really hurting herself and the last time ended up in the hospital. We love you grandma!!! Stay tough as always. You are in out prayers.
Friday, March 5, 2010
I was so excited to see my jewelry published in the March issue. This was an unexpected surprise. I just got back from Art and Soul in Las Vegas. I was thumbing through the magazine and saw a new section called: "From the Boutique." as I was looking I just about fell out of my chair when I saw my very own pieces in the magazine. I was not notified of this but maybe that is the idea to surprise people. I just love surprises. I am very happy to have this opportunity. I may be in for another surprise as I wrote a how to article that is supposed to be in the June issue. Wish me luck. I will be selling jewelry at the Ogden market this summer on Saturdays and Park City on Wed at the Canyons Resort. I am looking forward to this new season and meeting lots of new people.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
This is another little treasure from Art and Soul. I took the class in Las Vegas and cannot wait to take another class from Lisa Kaus. She is such a wonderful instructor with so much talent and was willing to share her techniques with all of us. I was disappointed to learn that she will not be teaching again until 2011, but I will be waiting. Honestly this is the best class I have ever taken. Who would have thought I could actually paint something? Sometimes we surprise ourselves. I highly recommend this instructor and her art to anyone. You don't have to be a painter to make one of these cute little treasures. Look for me to post some really great jewelry classes by Richard Salley and Deryn Mentock in an upcoming post.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I love this picture of Lisa Kaus teaching at Art and Soul in Las Vegas. She is so talented and helpful with the students and even brought her husband David to help drill holes for the top and the legs of our pieces. He was so great to help us in this class. I look forward to taking another class from Lisa as she is a great artist and all of us walked away with a cute little painted treasure. Some of us even did two. I was so inspired by her work that I had to paint two of these little gems. I will post the other one on Thursday.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I made this in Lisa Kaus Winsome Treasures class at Art and Soul in Las Vegas. I have to say this was one of the best classes I have ever taken. Lisa is so talented and I absolutely love her work. I feel I have left this class with a whole new medium to have fun with and explore. These little boxes have old antique paper collages such as the little leafs on the front that were done with old german text. Painted with Golden fluid acyrlics and coated with beeswax. Topped off with and old doorknob and an old xmax tree find. I will post a picture of Lisa teaching this class on Wed.
Monday, March 1, 2010
his is Susan Lenart Kazmer in the enameling class. She is helping a student drill a couple of holes and giving a demonstration. She is so full of energy. She is dressed sophisticated as always, who can look this good with a drill in hand? Only Susan. I have learned a lot from Susan over the last four classes I have taken from her and highly recommend taking a class from her. I don't think enameling is my thing though because most of what I made did not turn out very good. We did have some really good students in the class that has some really nice pieces. I love Susan's book, so if you don't have it, you can find it on the Objects and Elements website.
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Sunday, February 28, 2010
Las Vegas was so much fun and here we are at PF Chang's for dinner on Wednesday night. We missed Carol as she was not feeling good. We had Kim's favorite Honey Walnut Shrimp. It is my favorite to good thing we know how to share. It was a very interesting night as we had the plate dropped on the table which broke. We had some rude men cut in front of us, is there anyone out there with any manners or etique any more? We had a really good time and the food was really good. A thought we might have to stop Ann from beating up one of the other ladies. She must be really tolerant of others. Out of kindness we won't mention any names but we all know who.
Posted by Denise Petersen at 10:29 PM
Saturday, February 27, 2010
I had so much fun in Las Vegas at Art and Soul and met some really wonderful ladies who made the whole trip worthwhile. We had so much fun and laughed until all hours of the night. Thank you Ann, Anne, Carol, and Kim for welcoming me into your group, it was such a great experience. It would not have been the same with out you. I came home to find my new issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry and was flipping through the pages when I just about fell out of my chair. I finally had some jewelry pieces published in the March issue. It was nice to be home and see the family and the poor dog whom almost knocked me down with excitement. You an always count on the k9 for love and attention. Autumn (K9 extraordinaire) is getting really old and a hate to leave her for fear it may be the last time I see her. I hope to spend time with these great ladies at a future art event, you never know it is a small world. In the next few days I will be posting some pictures of the classes I took and some of the art work I made.
Posted by Denise Petersen at 12:33 AM
Friday, February 12, 2010
I created this fun necklace for Valentine's Day. It is done in soldered metal and stamped with the words 'Journey', 'find', and 'love'. I used one of my handmade bezels behind the heart to enclose a place for the mini compass. May your compass guide you this Valentine's Day! :)
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Saturday, February 6, 2010
The winner for the necklace is Ginny. I want to thank everyone for posting on my blog. Continue to follow me as I will be having some more contests and giving away free jewelry.
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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I just made these bezels and put in some images and charms. I will
fill them with resin this week. If you want to win a free resin necklace
enter by posting a comment on this blog and give me feedback on
whichone(s) you like. The winner will be notified on Friday Feb 5th.
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