Sunday, September 29, 2013

I have a NEW WEBSITE & Blog

Come visit me at my new Website and Blog

I'm excited to announce my new website and blog is up and running.



www.debVdesigns.ca

You can also follow me on Facebook here


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Labradorite fold form bracelet

I found this beautiful labradorite at a Rock & Gem show last year.  It's been waiting patiently for me to decide on a design and at last... I set it it a handmade bezel on a fold form cuff bracelet.



Sunday, August 11, 2013

UPCOMING show at "ARTS ALIVE LANGLEY" - August 17, 2013

deb V designs

AUGUST 17TH & 25TH

20th Annual 

ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL

Along Fraser Hwy. from 204th to 206th Street
Langley, BC

DATE:
Saturday August 17, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Visual Artists and Artisans






TOWNSHIP 7 WINERY

21152 16th Avenue (at 212th Street)
Langley, BC V2Z 1K3


DATE:
Sunday August 25th
12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Upcoming Shows

deb V designs

UPCOMING SHOWS

AUGUST 2013


CLOVERDALE BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL
57th Ave. & 176 Street 

56 & 176th Street
Cloverdale, BC

DATE:
Saturday, August 10, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WEBSITE:




20th Annual 
ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL
Along Fraser Hwy. from 204th to 206th Street
Langley, BC

DATE:
Saturday August 17, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Visual Artists and Artisans






TOWNSHIP 7 WINERY
21152 16th Avenue (at 212th Street)
Langley, BC V2Z 1K3


DATE:
Sunday August 25th
12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Evolving Displays - Practice Makes Perfect (hopefully)

Display is a trial and error thing.
Mine has been evolving 
with each setup.


I'm pretty happy with my last setup.  
The 2nd weekend I liked even better as all the displays were black.

It's an art I have yet to perfect - perseverance is the secret - I'm hoping.

Maybe a few more tweaks but it is less cluttered than when I first started out and the white topper helped brighten things up, especially in a dark forested area.  

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Having one table will present a bigger challenge but hey, I'm up for it.
I see possibly 3 layers on one table.  Need a practice run though.

Festival of Arts Set Up - Day 2
Table two
Having looked at some of my earlier setups,
I see clutter which means pieces were being overlooked.

Busts can take up so much room but are necessary for larger items and things on cords.
When it comes to small chains, these beautiful tall skinny display stands below work perfectly.
They take up so little space, yet allow each piece to stand on it's own.

I had these made these and stained brown but the copper just disappeared against it.
I had another set made then sprayed them black and it works much better with the copper.
I had the brown ones converted to black.
Tall Sleek Display Stands
A white wash with sanded edges would give these a nice rustic look which may well be something to consider for future projects.


Festival of Arts - Day 1

Festival of Arts Set Up - Day 2
Table one

Hospital - One Table

Christmas Craft Show
Small little cabinet to display on.  
I had mirrors on the table and the lights reflected and glared in your eyes - it was not a good idea.

My First Debut - Coffee Shop Set Up




Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Frozen Charlotte's Found a New Home

I designed this necklace for 
The Jewelry Junkies of the Fraser Valley
2013 Bead Challenge
and won 1st place.

SOLD


I'm looking forward to getting into my studio next week and have new designs dancing in my head itching to get out for next weekend show at the Festival of Arts.

Torch Fired Enamel with Sterling Silver Ear Wires

Having fun with the copper/brass hearts.


What a Beautiful Setting

Mikelson Festival of Arts
Surrounded by 3 acres of beauty.


I spent the day at Arnold Mikelson's Festival of Arts yesterday and every once in awhile I would pause and take a look around at the beautiful surroundings.  It's like camping in the forest, the trees are so abundant.  

The sun in shining again today but I will take a sweater as it is a little chilly in the forest.  

My DH is such a great help - he does all the heavy lifting and gives so much support and encouragement.

Friday, July 12, 2013

NEW - Follow me on TWITTER

To keep up to date to what's going on and where I'll be, just Follow Me on TWITTER.
Link is on the right hand side of page.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

Festival of Arts - July 13-14 & 20-21

Over 100 new (that's me) and established local artists will be at the 
40th Annual FESTIVAL OF ARTS

I'm looking forward to participating in this show.  


Monday, May 27, 2013

WHAT's NEW?

WEAVE WITH A LITTLE TWIST

I haven't posted for awhile and thought I'd pop in to say hi and
show a picture of a bracelet I just made.

I came across a great tutorial for a weaving a wire bracelet and
here is the first one I made in copper using
twisted, coiled wire and round wires.








Monday, May 13, 2013

All that glitters

All that Glitters... gif
gif Found this neat little site that lets you make glitter.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blue, Blue My World is BLUE


Blue Blue My World is BLUE (SOLD)

These two beads rolled together and I thought, oh yes, that will work.

Titanium Parawire wraps the top glass bead and
black annealed steel wire wraps the bottom one.
Finished off with a black rubber cord.

Fold Formed Heart

Fold Formed Heart

Large Brass Fold Formed Heart.




Monday, February 18, 2013

Jewelry Junkies of the Fraser Valley 2013 Bead Challange

Jewelry Junkies of the Fraser Valley
2013 Bead Challenge

Today was the "Big Reveal" for the 2nd Annual Bead Challenge
Everyone did a fabulous job.

Everyone stepped up to the challenge to incorporate the Frozen Charlotte Dolls (FCD) into their designs.

Here are a few pics of some of the entries.  
(Some entries had several pieces made from the beads in the kit)

FIRST PLACE WINNER 
I was surprised (but happy) to win 1st Place as the entries were all so fabulous.


This piece is inspired by Diana Frey.
I've been wanting to make it for a few years now and
loved how I could bury the large FCD into the wire and beads.

I created a few wire beads using annealed steel wire and love the effect.
The two baby FCD's are caged and were rubbed with a light touch of blue & silver color.
A faceted heart dangles from the bottom.


SECOND PLACE WINNER
"KAREN"



 THIRD PLACE WINNER
"LOIS"


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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Double Helix Focal

The focal on the bracelet I think is called a "Double Helix" Wrap.
It took me awhile to figure out how to do it but well worth the effort.



Monday, January 28, 2013

JJFV Bead Challenge 2013

Jewelry Junkies of the Fraser Valley (JJFV)
2013 BEAD CHALLENGE

As I've mentioned before, I organize the Jewelry Junkies of the Fraser Valley Meet Up Group.
This is our 2nd Annual Bead Challenge (Big revealed on February 17th).
Here is a picture of the bead soup everyone received.
This year's challenge is incorporating "Frozen Charlotte Dolls" ((FCD) into a jewelry design using all the beads in the kit.  We can add anything we want.

The FCD's are 1" and 1.5"


You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore...

You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore

And I am so happy cause I now look at special occasions as an
"Excellent Opportunity" to add to my tool and supply stash.

My journey into the world of jewelry design has created a monster.  
Visions of tools, beads and all the other wonderful items available dance in my head.  
My DH actually likes that I say "I just ordered my birthday gift" so don't buy me anything.  
I'd rather a new pair of special pliers or a Fretz hammer over flowers - any day.

Here are a few pics of my most recent additions to my tool heaven.

New Dapping Block. 
This is the 3rd one I've ordered and finally, the right one.  
I needed a deep block for the domed pendants I make.  



Miter Jig Cutter
This will help get even ends for soldering. 
A must have for any studio. (so I hear... I'll get back on that once I have a chance to use it).

I want to learn tube setting and this is the tool to close the tube over the stone.
I will order the silver thick walled tube for Valentines day.
I'm not giving up a delightful Valentines dinner accompanied by a nice bottle of wine.  
A girl's gotta know the important things in life cannot be substituted.

Cup Burs to take all the sharp bits off ends of wire.  
Useful for ear wires mostly but good for ends on wire wraps as well.

I have been using my foredom more lately.
I shied away from it as there are so many bits to use and it can get confusing.
After watching the videos from interweave on hand and machine finishing, 
along with Nancy Hamilton's YouTube videos, 
I feel more confident in using the flexshaft.
I also took a class at the FVBS last year which was helpful.
These Snap on Sanding discs are one of Helen Driggs favorites and
a great addition to help finish pieces.

I've been playing with Steel wire lately and you really need a pair of cutters 
that can handle steel wire as it can kill a good pair of cutters very quickly.

These are great for cleaning up edges

Tim Holtz and other bits and pieces for the the future designs I have in mind.