Tag Archives: Now That’s a Jig

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 […]

May Now Thats a Challenge!

On March 8, 2019, Brenda Schweder Jewelry’s Facebook Live video included a guest appearance of her husband, Jim Schweder. The couple is putting their house on the market (for a move to warmer Tuscon), which prompted Jim to volunteer some of Brenda’s beautiful ephemera finds for our May Now That’s a Jig! Challenge (with her […]

JigUFacturer Ornament Challenge

This month the JigUFacturer Design team for Brenda Schweder’s Now That’s A Jig! was challenged to make holiday ornaments. As you know this is kind of my jam. I started making ornaments in 2013. Initially I was freewheeling all the designs with pliers, but when I saw that Brenda Schweder had developed Now That’s A […]

Replenishing the Angel Stash

Amidst all the frosty making last month, I also have a variety of angel ideas percolating in my head. No matter how many times I tell myself I will start holiday production early, it always ends up being a mad rush in October. Summer is just too enjoyable outdoors and always packed with events. So […]

Making Sportsy Frosties

At Hip Circle we would call any major event like the Super Bowl and World Cup a Sportsing event, and I like the ring of it. I do follow the World Cup when the Dutch and German teams are playing, but am only marginally aware of what goes on in the sports world. Of course […]

Found Objects NTAJ! Challenge

It’s October, which means another month for another Now That’s a Jig! Challenge. For this month the JigUFacturer Design Team was asked to incorporate found objects into a NTAJ!-created wire form. Alternatively, we could use a Fall theme. On one of my daily walks I found some early Fall leaves, so I knew I could […]

Artist Inspiration Challenge-Pencil Prayers

For our September JigUFacturer Design team challenge, our theme was artist inspiration. Of course numerous artists inspire me, but translating an inspirational work to wire was a bit of a challenge. I thought of all the women artists I love and didn’t really have a concept. Then as I was packing for my Michigan Cottage […]

Crafting an Art Deco Necklace

As part of the JiguFacturer Design Team we get a sneak peek of the monthly challenges for Brenda Schweder’s Now That’s A Jig! Facebook Group. The August Challenge is Eras in Time, and our team spent July making amazing creations. I’ve been researching the 1930s for other reasons, and after a few book consultations from the […]

Inspired by Diane Hawkey beads

Every year the Bead & Button Show offers a Round-robin Make and Take. I had never done one before, but this year the Fly Me To The Moon design struck me, and my friend and I played along. The make & take is $29 for materials, which we paid as we picked out our focal bead […]

JigUFacturer Certification

June was such a whirlwind. Fresh off the Hermosa ArtShow and the EvanstonMade openings I quickly refreshed my Pop Up Gallery inventory to make sure Northwestern Grads would have purple mementos. I also worked on the June 2018: #RadJewelryNTaJChallenge! for Brenda’s monthly Now That’s a Challenge! Then I headed for Milwaukee, to attend the Bead & […]