Tag Archives: Now That’s a Jig

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 & […]

Teaching at Bead & Button in June

Next month the Bead & Button Show returns to Milwaukee. I love going bead shopping there, and this year I will also be teaching. This year, Brenda Schweder of Now That’s a Jig! Fame will offer 20 in-booth workshops. The Now That’s a Jig! Booth, number 907, will be teeming with wire designers who will […]

Making Bees

Last week I cleared off my studio table and started organizing the debris on there. Of course my sofa is covered with it now, but at least I have  clear work surface for the time being. I have a variety of ideas for new creations, and last week I was nudged to create a bee […]

Prepping for Handmade Market

Yesterday I spent time in the studio to replenish my stakes. I have placed most of them at The Evanston Pop Up Gallery, and a few larger ones are at Green Edens Horticultural Services, which meant I had ‘sold out’ of ladybugs and dragonflies in my personal stash. So I started playing on Now That’s a […]

Garden Stakes at Green Edens

As I was making bud vase stakes, I also had another venue in mind. I met mother-daughter team Amy and Heather at a local networking event, and learned that they ave a store front up in Evanston’s West Village. Green Edens Horticultural Services is a professional garden design and landscaping company owned and operated by women. […]

Easter at the Pop Up Gallery

I’ve been making stakes to bring in spring, and it has lifted my mood. I tried to jig a flower on my Now That’s a Jig!, which took a few attempts. While the pegs are symmetrical, lifting the wire off the jig shifts the tension and the petals get a bit wonky. After settling for […]

Bat and Bar Mitzvah mini-books

In August I was asked to create a Bat Mitzvah book. After brainstorming with a person practicing the Jewish faith, Ruth 1:16-17 was selected as the appropriate verse to use in the gift commission. I printed out the verse on paper and created the mini-books. Then I cut out the verses and coated them with […]