Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bummer of a show

Well, at least it wasn't just me.  The first three days of the Jazz Festival turned out to be a losing proposition for the artists with handmade goods in the Artisan's Village.  The crowds were far below the numbers from last year - rumor has it even the festival itself is losing money - and there was competition with vendors selling stuff from Africa and Asia.  Even they weren't pleased with attendance.  One Canadian jewelry maker said she did so well last year over four days that she signed up for eight days this year.  She is not happy now.  And to make matters worse yesterday, there was a sudden downpour.  Turns out the tents provided by the festival aren't the least bit waterproof.  Mine started leaking so fast I didn't have time to cover things up.  Fortunately, nothing was damaged by the water.  I did sell four rainbow items, but the Pride events were taking place in another part of the city so we didn't get many folks coming through the Jazz Festival location.

I decided not to do the fourth day that I signed up for partly because my car "check engine" light came on and I'm worried about having car trouble and partly because thunderstorms and wind were forecast.  I discovered that my lightweight plastic earring display stands are not suitable for use in a tent because the slightest breeze knocks them over.  I've got to re-think how to display my earrings.

All I can say is that it was a learning experience.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Pretty scraps

I had a lot of multicolored scrap material left after making my rainbow earrings, so I mushed it up and put it through the pasta machine and ended up with some lovely striped sheets.  This pair of earrings was made from the scrap.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

More rainbows

Here are some rainbow heart earrings.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Rainbow Earrings

I'll be a vendor at the Toronto Jazz Festival later this month which coincides with World Pride Week, so to honor the occasion, I made a rainbow cane and produced these earrings.

I hope people like them and the other versions I plan to make, because I made one big mother of a cane!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fun Earrings for Spring and Summer

I've been making some colorful earrings for Spring and Summer.  Some of them are color blends (Skinner blends) and others are single color.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Polymer Clay for Beginners

I've decided to start teaching a full-day workshop on the basics of polymer clay.  No prior experience will be required, and I will provide the clay and the use of all the tools in my home studio.  Students will learn about the different clays, how to properly condition and bake them, what tools are really needed, how to use texture sheets, mica powders, sealers, and how to make Skinner blends and what to do with them once you make them.  A 12-page handout full of information will be provided as well.

Because my orientation is toward jewelry, the first project will be a pendant and earrings made with texture and mica powders and the second project will be a convertible brooch/pendant using a Skinner Blend and inlay techniques.  As time allows and depending on student interest, we will look at mokume gane or some basic canes.

If you know of someone in the greater Toronto, Burlington or Hamilton areas interested in learning about this versatile medium, tell them to contact me at cynthiablantonstudio@gmail.com.  I'm located in Oakville convenient to the QEW and Third Line.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Terrific Knitter's Frolic

I had a great show at the Toronto Knitter's Frolic and sold lots of my shawl pins, scarf clips and buttons. Despite the fact that the major freeway leading into Toronto was closed in both directions all day, the crowds were plentiful and definitely in a spending mood. It was probably my best show ever.