Category Archives: Maikes Marvels Creations

New pieces at Artem Gallery

Recently my elaborate copper necklace sold, which was a test piece to see if someone would collect it. So I worked on a collar to add to the wrapped jasper I had brought in before. I really like this look, and I think it elevates the pendants too. I also replenished the musical pendants that […]

A Beehive for Ice House Gallery

Artists who work with encaustics are naturally bee lovers as well, and I have often toyed with the idea of a beehive. My friend Bridgette Guerzon Mills made a gorgeous hive for an outdoor art installation, which I find very inspiring. I started making bees last year and really enjoy the design I came up with. […]

Making Flora

It’s been a busy month that broke my routine a little bit, and I just realized that maybe I should promote my upcoming show! The Flora, Fauna & Fascination Opening Reception is on Saturday, September 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 609 South Boulevard, Evanston, Illinois 60202. Hosted by Ice House Gallery Evanston, Flora, […]

SwirlyWhirls Necklace NTaJ! Challenge

Every Month Brenda Schweder of Now That’s a Jig! proposes a challenge to her JigUFacturers on Facebook. For August 2019 the challenge is: Media Inspiration #mediablitzntajchallenge “Pick a visual from a magazine, book or online source (i.e. Pinterest, Insta) and create a piece that captures that look, theme, or feeling!” I went to my favorite […]

Evanston Sidewalk Sale Pods

We had a heat wave in Evanston Friday and Saturday. After the ever-lasting winter, I am not complaining. My one A/C unit is in the studio, so I set it up and when the ceiling fans could do no more I cleared off the futon to set up my computer station. Of course I got […]

Upcycled Jewelry Commission

At a recent Artem Pup Up Gallery visit one of the sales clerks asked me to turn a bracelet into a necklace for her. The elastic had worn out, making the bracelet unwearable. I was intrigued by the shapes. We discussed the length she was envisioning and settled on a choker style. During another visit […]

Weaving and weaving

When I got home from Bead & Button we had a lovely afternoon that lent itself to park sitting. This time, instead of bringing a book I took along wire and one of the Druzy stones I had purchased from Elka Designs.   I was thrilled to have learned a portable technique that I can take […]

Making Pods

When I looked at the Bead & Button Show Schedule, none of Brenda’s classes worked for me, but Looped Leaves, Pods and Cages caught my eye. The description read: “Students will use steel, and craft and copper wires to create shapes that include a knotless netting. Fine wire will be used to create the layer of […]

Aquatic Critter Necklace

For the June Now That’s a Challenge!, Brenda Schweder’s JigUFacturer design team was tasked with creating a story with their jewelry. I had received some cute rubber critters from a friend, and as I was clearing the studio to make room for my brother, I came across them again. My brother and I traveled part […]

Evanston Made at Artem Pop Up Gallery

On Saturday a plethora of local artists will open their studios to offer a glimpse at their methodology and creative habitats to the public. This once-a-year event is a wonderful way to get to know Evanston better and appreciate the creativity that abounds in our city. I don’t want to make anyone climb three flights […]