Busy busy bee

I've been really busy doing all sorts of things. For awhile, I had to put everything on hiatus, as I was working overtime at work attempting to pay for some car maintenance that cost me roughly $500.00 that I wasn't expecting. I still haven't caught up on that but, hopefully I will soon. I also discovered Banana Bob jewelry. It's made out of old Art Nouveau jewelry molds, and it's very high quality. The company went out of business in the late 1990s, and utilized a lot of Swarovski crystals, hand painted and hand embellished designs, and there were a lot of limited edition pieces. Anyhow, I bought some pieces from various places and I'm working on assembling those at the moment. I'm also finally working on the vintage lace pendants I've been trying to design for some time now, and also some more escutcheon (key hole) jewelry, as well as a commission for a Steampunk owl necklace that I am going to base on an escutcheon.

I'm also now vending at Ugly Glass & Co, which is located on the third floor of Le Fou Flea at 1400 W 12th St, Kansas City, MO, in the West Bottoms. I don't have my best items up yet, but as usual, everything is a work in progress.

At this point, I will be focusing a lot less on bottle cap pendants unless I see an interest in them. So far, I haven't seen any of the bottle cap key pendants really selling, so if they do not, I will just donate them to a local charity. (Probably a local thrift store that takes care of cats that were on death row at other animal shelters in the area.) It's kind of disappointing when you work so hard an idea to see it fail, but I'm finding that there is a lot of trial and error in jewelry design and art, so it is always something you must do from your heart because you love to do it, not necessarily because you want to create a profit.

I'm about to clean this place up (I clean on Sundays, obviously) and then go down to the West Bottoms and check out the jewelry situation. I think I will need to restock very soon. I'm also going to take some photos of the Bottoms, and then work on the lace pendants if I'm not too tired. I really have been working on jewelry all weekend so I wanted to give myself a small break from all that small size work. My hands are hurting from scrubbing very old rusted and tarnished brass escutcheons today, so in order to keep working, it's best if I give them a rest anyhow. (I have carpal tunnel syndrome. It makes things interesting, to say the least.)

Well I hope anyone out there reading this is having a good time, and just for your information, I do take commissions on jewelry. Just email ivoryisis@gmail.com and no doubt you'll get a pretty quick reply. I can work on restoring jewelry or create custom pieces. I think it would be really cool to use old vintage wedding dress lace (from yours or an ancestor's dress) and put that into the pendants I'm creating. :D