Monday, November 16, 2009

Thanksgiving Thursday thru Cyber Monday Deals

Welcome to the House of TorAbove are some of the items chosen for the Free Shipping sale!

Holiday Gifts and more...

We have chosen special items and placed them into a section devoted to our
Thanksgiving Thursday thru Cyber Monday Sale.
Not only are we are offering our special Holiday prices;

For our sale,
we are offering free shipping on every one of these chosen items,
and that means great savings for you!

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No refunds needed to be charged back through PayPal, just shop away and no shipping charges will ever be added to your total, as long as they are from the sale section.**

Just click on any one of these links and you will be whisked away to the Free Shipping section.

Wires 'n Pliers wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

and even more fun in their shopping flurry, the days afterward.

**It might be a good idea if purchasing from other sections to use 2 invoices, so as not to confuse the computers and receive any 2nd item charges on items that should be free (the computers are set up to automatically charge for the 2nd item.)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ho Ho Ho Holidays are just around the corner now....

Recent Fun New Holiday Items !

Different gauges of copper wire (14-24) have been shaped and formed into various Holiday iconic shapes, then hammered and hardened, before beads have been woven on to the edges.

Being that this is a new technique it is rather easy to see where improvement is needed when viewing an image.

Hehehe, but that's why I am here, right?

I can look through my past posts and see the progress I have made over the past few years; and with my new widget, I can show little thumbs at the ends of each post with internal links, and get there faster! How fun is that?

Anyway, here are my recent Holiday fun items:

Star of David *** Christmas Tree *** Angel

After shaping and hardening (and in the case of Magen David, soldering with my torch); I weave beads around and through the shapes in different methods depending upon the style.

Noel Bell *** Magen David star

I came across my stash of dismantled Swarovski Holiday crystal baubles all ready to go, only requiring the framework from which to hang, so they should also be showing up in the listings just in time for Holiday Shopping....
Oh, yes, I also embarked upon a hand forged (cold) Christmas Star with a black spider (Aranea sp.) orb web, that I wove last year, and if my teeny ecru spiders get here soon (being shipped right now), perhaps it might also be listed, for those of you on the darker side of the Holiday Spirit...and you know who you are... loving the Holidays, your way....
HolidayBlack Web Star

So that's probably all I will be doing for the Holidays, of course I always leave room open for the creative urges that I get, so something will always be in the works at this house. I am currently working on a custom piece, and after that plan to play with the Swarovski's and Black Web Star. (Hmm I like that name: "HolidayBlack Web Star")

Over and Out!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

eJAG Autumn Abundance Challenge is now ON!!

Come to our eJAG (Etsy Jewelry Artist Guild) and vote for your favorite entry (of course I am there as #4, ahem, choke cough-shameless plug).

My entry shown below, was my first attempt at weaving, and what better to weave at this time of year, but a Cornucopia (a horn a plenty), filled with fruit, and spilling outward.

This is how our challenges work. Each Season our Guild has a challenge.The winner of the challenge not only gets featured in our Team's Public Blog; they also get to choose the theme of the next Season's Challenge (our next Challenge is the Winter Holiday Challenge). Then each participant uses their own personal style of creativity to invent a piece of jewelry to enter into that Challenge. Call it a "Chain Challenge," call it a contest that goes on and on; either way I always find it very exciting and I absolutely love making something that I have never done before (see my Spring Challenge entry in links section at the bottom of this article). I didn't enter the Summer Challenge this year, as I was busy with KT's famous wedding (link at bottom)!

But now I'm baaaack, to full productivity. I never try to do something I have already done, for me creativity always represents something new, otherwise it is not creativity applied.

My entry was quite fun to create. I could see it in my mind's eye. Of course, creating it was my difficulty as I have never attempted any weaving like this before. But I have lashed! In fact I can lash a whole house's worth of furniture! I guess one might say I can lash just about anything! Too bad I wasn't on Gilligan's Island, eh? :o) Last year I lashed spiderwebs everywhere and I even have some in my shop now.

I got my fruit beads from another Etsy Seller, Deb (RedArtPriductions), Red's Home for Vintage Beads, Cabs, and Supplies; something I always try to do, considering we are all striving to make ends meet in our little shops online, and I always try to buy from them first, if the items I need are available.

Please visit our team blog. It is a public blog, and there, everyone is allowed to vote for their favorite entry.

It is always fun to see what comes out of the minds of others, creatively speaking.

So come one, come all, stop in and visit, add a comment and if you would like to follow our blog feel free to click the follow button, and just like this blog, follow us in our ventures through our creative minds. And don't forget to vote! I sure could use the votes. :o)
Jewelry Artist's Guild

Links to look at:

Spring 2009 Challenge entry: Barren, Sticks and Stones

Summer 2009 KT's Famous Wedding: wedding

Deb's Etsy shop (glass fruit) @ RedArtProductions: RedArtProductions

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

¡Oh, Dios mío, la bomba! Art Careers is Here!!!

Where the firs meet the ocean, and the rain and mists visit almost daily, we bring our beautiful artisan jewelry to you.

Here are some selected items from Sarahbushka's Art Career necklaces recently listed at our shop WiresNpliers.
Ummm, Black Bean Salsa
So spicy and so good,
Dipped on a chip
Or added to your food.
No matter how you use it
Add tomatoes, bright red and good
Jalapenos, beans, and onions
It warms you like it should.

¡Oh, Dios mío, la bomba!Aptly named, this necklace is “The Bomb.” There are no two ways about it. It’s the Bomb of necklaces! A choker length, color bar necklace.

An evening out on the town, or just to wear around the house, over your “little black dress” or an evening gown, this gorgeous necklace glows with elegance and charm no matter how it is worn.
Why, it can even be worn over nothing at all, but remember to put something on before you go out.

A nice Autumn necklace with shades of warmth and woods, together, with pearls in beautiful dark rose and cranberry colors; its long styling is appropriate for any season of the year.

Sarahbushka brings to you, more of her gorgeous colorful necklaces, including her Plain Jayne colorful beaded earrings at our Wires 'N Pliers site. Stop by for a visit and see our other items too. Beautiful Handmade 3 -piece Suregrip Breakaway beaded Lanyards for your ID badges, Metals bent and Battered (not deep fried), and rocks and gems to throw around, sometimes with chains attached, too!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New Art Careers Necklaces coming!

Twilight Night
Tribal Spirits

Sunset Woods

Of Grapes and Grey

Looks Like Candy!!
On Green Ice

Flying Dragon
Evening On The Veranda

¡ La Bomba !
Cinnamon Hot Shot

Celery and Greens
Black Bean Salsa

When Dolphins Dance

Sarahbushka's done it again!

Art Careers

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Art Careers has started again!

Sarahbushka's Art Careers "Shenzhen at Night"
Art Careers has started their Fall schedule now, so every Monday one can expect that many good things will be emerging from Sarahbushka's Art Career class. Yesterday, she finished a Tribal style necklace which has suspended "teeth" of a beautiful jasper, similar to a leopardskin variety and coconut heishe, wood, and fiber-like paper thin disks that line up like african vulcanite wafers which create a unique look.

Her second necklace which she will be finishing next Monday is a beaded gray, black and silver chain style with a pendant consisting of a large onyx ball (about 25mm in diam), from which hangs a little pewter grape cluster bauble.

After that, she'll be starting a glass multi colored transluscent tube bead necklace with black and copper accents.

Of course Sarahbushka will also be continuing her beading here at home, but currently her work at home is allocated as donations for our up and coming silent auction which will be held at our Chikara Hair Show, the DollHouse, on November 9th. I have also created 2 pieces; and plans for the third are out "on the bench" awaiting my hands, as I type this (actually I am killing time, here, before getting down to work).

Sarahbushkas Suite #1 Black N Blue

Sarhbushka is very pleased with the two suites she has turned out thus far, with one more to go. She is also excited because around the same time that she gets finished with her donation suites, it will be time to go to the Gem Faire, which will be rolling through town in early November.

Sarahbushka never misses a Gem Faire. In fact if, for some reason, there is a weekend when she cannot attend, I get sent instead (oh, pity) with orders of what color and size to focus on, for her bead selections. And after I get her bead selections, I get to pick accent beads out for her too!

I always love to see her face when we walk in to the Gem Faire. Her "one long leg"-ged walk is with urgent persistance, her eyes filled with intent, a sharpened sense of the expertise needed to zero in on her booty: the tables laden with jewels and beads of all colors, shapes, and sizes, all shining through her eyes as she strides along.

She is so intent upon making her purchase, that she will attempt to fulfill her needs from the very first table we come across. So what we do is focus on her first color choice at the first table...unless she finds something that she falls in love with, which we will go ahead and buy right then and there.

Her facial expression is one of utmost importance to get the job done and get the heck outta here. It is always this way, 4 months of build up in excitement, then the day comes and she is all done shopping in about 10 minutes! And she gets it done.

I, myself, need almost 3 visits. The first day to be completely overwhelmed, and with my supply list in hand, I will buy what I need first, barring anything I find that I simply cannot live without. Then on my second sweep, I scan the tables as I pass, for my favorites, specialty items or anything that is new or different from the regular Gem Faire stock that is always present. I look for the new emergence of ore or stock from the mines that are currently being worked around the world; as many times the byproduct slag of precious gem mining, becomes the emerging semiprecious stock in the jewelry making world of beads. Each year something usually emerges (for example: a couple of seasons ago, blue peitersite being one of those great items). One never knows until it starts to show up in the marketplace.

Golden Fluorite-"Golden Ties"
On my 3rd sweep I will actually do a lot of purchasing, usually of stock items needed, like black onyx, pearls, trade beads, and of course visits to my regular preferred vendors (which, of course, will remain my secret).

On this 3rd and final trip (usually the final day of the Gem Faire) I return to purchase the items I really cannot live without, but didn't think to purchase when I was there previously. These are the items that either: 1) I realize I really did want it when I saw it 2) Even though I can't afford it, if I don't buy it, I will kick myself later, because as every rock/gem person knows, if you don't buy it when you see it, you'll never see it again, and is it worth living with yourself (or your family living with you) if you don't get it? (don't even ask what goes through my head if I don't get it and find later that one of my adversaries got it instead of me....woo boy). This brings me to the biggie, and the shopping methodology I use on that final visit: 3) If it is meant for me to have, it will still be there when I arrive.
My last Gem Faire? Shopping this way, I now have 2 absolutely gorgeous strands of the richest royal violet amethyst in the shape of tube beads (TUBE BEADS!! How often does one see amethyst in tube beads, hmmm?). Problem is, now that I have them, do I want to use them, or just covet them, by running them across my hands.... sigh.

It is amazing what comes back to me, my shopping memory, as I lay in bed at night, and when my shopping rationalizations between reasons 2) and 3) appear in my mind, especially if I am still on day 2, or my second visit to the Gem Faire. Many times I will remember something that I saw that day, and I will actually have to get up to write it down, lest I forget, because it will haunt me later....

Pandora's Star

That's it. Because.....

I was just asked out to lunch, for chili verde nachos, at one of our favorite local mexican food stands here in town. So it is time to go. I can make jewelry later.

Bye for now.

Monday, August 31, 2009

I am honored, once again.... It's Atists Up Front, a VickiDiane Treasury from

VickiDiane's Artist UpFront Treasury featuring selections by marco and teaman of Etsy's Artists

Once again I have been honored at being chosen by the esteemed VickiDiane of, to be one of her featured Artists in another Treasury at Etsy.
The Treasury feature at is a cross promotional feature where shop owners cross promote each other in Treasuries, which are collections of items from different Seller's Shops Art freely and randomly chosen by the person who is able to "grab" a Treasury on a first come first serve basis.
At times this is a very hard thing to do considering that there are hundred's of thousands of shops with owners poised at the keyboard all watching the timer tick down to zero, when the Treasury officially opens for grabs, sometimes with just a single Treasury opening available!

Vicki Diane is well known throughout Etsy for her Treasury Features.
I am alwayds happy to be in one of Vicki's Treasuries. This has been my 3rd Event, so far!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Get Ready........ The Season is coming once again!

It's Chikara Salon & Spa's Annual Hair Show Season...
and it is rapidly approaching.

This Year, it is on Monday, November 9th
Advance Tickets go on sale September 15th for $15.00
Tickets at the door on November 9th will be $20.00
For information call our Salon.

Our Theme this year:

  • A fundraising event for Local Resources like Lane County Relief Nursery, or Food For Lane County

Live Music


Silent Auction

of a child's Tea Party
also to be held
at the same time or shortly beforehand,
though it has not set in gold yet.

First Model Call: early September

So, If you think you will be a good model, and are a local person, and can handle the excitement, last minute hub-bub and wonderful stress of a bunch of hair, make up and fashionista people fussing over you, just before you walk down the runway.....Call us for more information at 541.683.2353

And the rest of you out there: Keep checking back as there will be more information coming very soon as we approach that special day, when we deliver you to:

The DollHouse

Thursday, August 27, 2009

We've arrived at Craftgawker

Recently I submitted images of some of our items from our Etsy site.

I was lucky in that 2 of our 6 images were accepted.

Introducing Ice Gold - A frosty farfalle necklace with little golden farfalles in the mix, this beaded pendant necklace incorporates a natural chunk of Pyrite, or "fools gold" above a frosty completely natural rock quartz point. This crystal point is very unique.
To see other angles: Ice Gold

New to farfalle? Farfalle is italian for bow tie (pasta), and butterfy is another term associated with farfalle. Either way, these beautiful little beads are stunning. To see more farfalle: click here X

And now to our next piece:

Peachy Keen - pink coral and pearl knotted necklace.
Hand tied Peachy Pink coral, with gold and oblong creamy white Freshwater pearls, this long necklace can be worn a variety of ways; not only in the traditional long open necklace style, but also tied in front, doubled, and even wound on the wrist

For additional images: Peachy Keen

To see our images online at CraftGawker, click here

But we're not done yet. More will be submitted on a regular basis. The interesting thing is, these submittals have actually caused me to look at my own image composition from a new angle.
these were declined :o(

Craftgawker is cool in that they will actually give the submitted images short critiques as to why they have been declined. I found Craftgawker through Etsy Forums where some folks were confused as to why their images had not been accepted. When I submitted my first group of two, both were declined. One seemed valid to me, the other, so so. However, when returning to their site I studied the images that had been accepted, and submitted images of mine that were in a similar layout, and from each of my submissions one was accepted. So that made me happy. And it has taught me something too.
Always room to learn something new...