Sunday, December 29, 2013

relaxing

The first half of December is quite busy for most everyone and I was no exception.    After the Christmas rush, classes, cookie making, shopping, visiting with family and holiday meals  here I am contemplating what my goals for next year will be in business, personal growth and health.   First of all, I feel extremely blessed that I have such a loyal following of students and clients that I have built over the years and realize in order to stay relevant and fresh I have to and want to keep moving forward with new techniques and trends that appeal to me and hopefully to anyone else who wants to follow along and learn.   One thing I really intend to do is make sure I make the time to do online class videos.  I intended on doing that last year (and the year before) but kept my teaching schedule so packed that I really didn't have any extra time and as I look over my calendar for next year I am already starting to fill the first 1/4 of the year with classes and shows and freaking out because I don't have every weekend booked and then I think "STOP"!  I need those empty weekends to edit and make videos! DUH!  What do I think I am, super women?  yes.... well not really but I do pack a lot of making and doing stuff into my daily routine and before I now it half the year is gone.   SO that is one thing I intend on doing.  The other is finish a book proposal that I never finished.....a proposal is the thing you send to a publisher in hopes of making a book and it needs to be good and convincing enough to warrant a book deal.  I started it last year and almost finished it....but life happened and here I am one year later.  Its' so hard to believe 2014 is just a few days away.    With that said here are some upcoming events and classes you may be interested in and please know, again, that I am so blessed to have you all in my life.  Thank you for humoring me and indulging me in my passionate appetite to teach what I know by taking my classes and buying my stuff.  I am truly blessed.  That is my mantra for 2014.  It is so true.

Whimzy
Jan.18 2014
11-4p
Whimsical soldered Box
$75 plus $35 kit
bring a sack lunch





Perfect timing for Valentines day, Whimzy has graciously invited Robin to teach this whimsical soldered box!  There will be a variety of techniques covered as we construct our magical box from scratch.   Robin will demonstrate 2 different ways to cut glass using the Beetle Bit and a glass scorer, symmetrical soldered box construction with box feet and subtle but effective ways to colorize a black and white photo copy for the inside.  The kit will have pre-cut glass, 4 fancy box feet, rhinestone chain for front decoration, images and words, fancy copper foil tape, wire, moss, glitter.  She will also bring extra materials to finish the project but asks that you please bring the following supplies:

SUPPLIES:

~Soldering iron with a coiled stand and sponge (I recommend Hakko or Weller with a  ¼ or 3/16 inch bevel chisel tip, no cone tips)
~Lead free solder
~fire proof surface (small tile or cookie sheet)
~scissors
~glue stick
~round nose pliers and wire cutters
~steel bench block or small anvil (optional)
~hemostats, cross lock tweezers (optional)

*******PLEASE NOTE:  If you bring your own image, avoid an actual photo as it will be ruined.  Bring only photo copies (preferably on cardstock) and keep in mind that the box is only 5”x3” and the width between the front and back is 2inches.  Your kit will have the angel pictured in the sample.  Feel free to bring any other ephemera to add to your box.  The salt shaker on top of the sample will not be included in your kit however I will have a hand full for sale in addition to the kit fee.  Seating is limited to 6 students so sign up now!

All class fees are collected before class and are non-refundable.   
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Piecemakers, Costa Mesa Ca
Feb.1, 2014
10-3p
Ritual Adornment necklace-repurposing old and new jewelry into wearable art
$80 includes lunch and some supplies
All levels welcome



With over 17 years of jewelry making experience, Robin will show you the HOW's and WHY's of designing a one of a kind mixed media necklace.   She is known for teaching her students creativity so bring in a hand full of trinkets and treasures to create a piece you'll be proud to wear.  Robin will teach her tube bead (as seen in Jewelry Affaire magazine), a focal woven wire pendant as well as several techniques to attach odd items like crystals and buttons.  Feel free to bring some of your own old broken jewelry (maybe from grandmas stash) as we explore new territory!

Supply list:

Jewelers pliers~ chain nose, small and large round nose, wire cutters. DO NOT BRING PLIERS WITH TEETH.
18 and 20 gauge wire in any OR all of the following (5 or more feet each):
Sterling silver, german silver, brass, copper, annealed steel (has a tendency to rust)
Ruler
A piece of suede or felt to work on
consider bringing these:  pearls, broken rosary, button, chandelier crystals, a couple charms and beads
Robin will have an eclectic stash of jewelry odds and ends to purchase as well.

Optional: steel bench block, chasing hammer
Teacher will bring tubes, lace, vintage paper, drill, metal hole puncher, large files and handouts.

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Mark your calendars for the next Glitterfest!  March 15, 2014!  I'll be there selling my wares!

My annual trek to Las Vegas is scheduled for April 5 and 6, 2014 so if you live in Las Vegas and want to take a workshop with me let me know and I'll send you the details and soon as they are finalized.  This will be the 5th year Jan Ballagh has invited me to come teach a workshop at her home.  I don't have any samples made yet but I do know that I'll be teaching BRAND new techniques which include a quick and easy version of resin in a hand made bezel pendant and a faux mirror technique similar to mercury class in a bottle!  Stay tuned there are lots of ideas in my head and my hands aren't fast enough to keep up!










Thursday, December 19, 2013

FREE shipping till Jan.3!

All my FB and blog followers can get free shipping on purchases of over $15 in my etsy store!  Enter code RAKFREE at checkout.  I have started listing new hand made ornaments (see post below) as of yesterday and will continue to list more along with my handmade jewelry (which I rarely do) from now until Jan.3!  Thanks for your continued support of my classes and shows!

Friday, December 13, 2013

xmas inspiration

These are the new xmas ornies I created for my class last Saturday at Gayles Crafty Chateau for an eager group of crafty gals.  Thanks again GAYLE!!!!   Enjoy!







Friday, November 15, 2013

Classes....last of the year

Hello creative ones.  I'm teaching this class by request at the Rainmaker Ranch in Newport Beach, hosted by Lisa Sarvak Heaney.  It's Saturday Nov.23 from 11-3pm.  I'm going to demonstrate how to use a quick and easy cutting system with a beetle bit glass cutter, symetric soldered box construction with box feet and how to colorize black and white photo copies.  Scroll all the way down for class info.   Hope you can come!  email me or leave a comment for more info.  I have a few more classes to end the year......please check the side bar on the right for dates.


Whimsical Soldered Box
By Robin Dudley-Howes
Nov.23, 2013
Rainmaker Ranch
Newport Beach
11-3p
$75 plus $35 kit

Perfect timing before the holiday rush, Lisa Sarvak Heaney has graciously invited Robin to teach this whimsical box at the Ranch!  There will be a variety of techniques covered as we construct our magical box from scratch.   Robin will demonstrate 2 different ways to cut glass using the Beetle Bit and a glass scorer, symmetrical soldered box construction with box feet and subtle but effective ways to colorize a black and white photo copy for the inside.  The kit will have pre-cut glass, 4 fancy box feet, rhinestone chain for front decoration, images and words, fancy copper foil tape, wire, moss, glitter.  She will also bring extra materials to finish the project but asks that you please bring the following supplies:

SUPPLIES:

~Soldering iron with a coiled stand and sponge (I recommend Hakko or Weller with a  ¼ or 3/16 inch bevel chisel tip, no cone tips)
~Lead free solder
~fire proof surface
~scissors
~glue stick
~round nose pliers and wire cutters
~steel bench block or small anvil
~hemostats, cross lock tweezers (optional)

*******PLEASE NOTE:  If you bring your own image, avoid an actual photo as it will be ruined.  Bring only photo copies (preferably on cardstock) and keep in mind that the box is only 5”x3” and the width between the front and back is 2inches.  Your kit will have the angel pictured in the sample.  Feel free to bring any other ephemera to add to your box.  The salt shaker on top of the sample will not be included in your kit however I will have a hand full for sale in addition to the kit fee.

All class fees are collected before class and are non-refundable.  Please check your calendar before committing to the class.  Payments are made directly to Robin in 3 ways:
1.     paypal (need your paypal email to invoice)
2.     check (email me:  robin@powerline6.com for my addie )
3.     credit card (email me: robin@powerline6.com  for my phone #)
Once payment is received a gate code and address will be emailed to you for entrance.   Bring a light snack to share.  See you there!

 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

more is better!

Another new piece I made for Spellbound.....a "tassel assemblage" .....made with an antique iron skate, lots of doilies,  a car piece, vintage sprinkler thingy, chain, pearls, milinery...I love making tassels and haven't made any for quite awhile so this was fun and a lot more industrial for me. Enjoy!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

SPELLBOUND!

Next Friday evening I will be at Spellbound in Pasadena CA. vending and I'm really excited.  I've never been to the event but it looks exquisite from the pictures taken last year.  Check out their site:
HERE and see for yourself.  In the mean time here is a picture of some ornies I've made.  They look slightly mischevious to me, as if they're gossiping   It's my take on the popular shaker ornies that I'll have at the event:


It's a 4 day art retreat at the swanky Langham Huntington Hotel and I believe there is still time to sign up.  The mercantile on Friday is only open to attendees.  Introduce yourself if you come.  I'd love to meet you!  More pictures to come........

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Published!

Check out the latest winter issue of Somerset Studio.  I have a 4 page spread on how to make these matchbox gifties:



Thursday, October 10, 2013

GLITTERFEST COUNTDOWN!

NEW MOSAICS FRESH OUT O' THE STUDIO:

PREMIERING AT GLITTERFEST THIS SATURDAY OCT.12 ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA SEE THE SIDE BAR LOGO FOR MORE INFO. AND HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

GLITTERFEST COUNTDOWN....

Here's a new piece that I really love!


Some more Halloween inspired snippets;


I've made oodles of stuff...hope you can come down and see it!


Friday, October 4, 2013

check in..

Those of you who aren't on facebook miss out a lot on my posts since I am constantly updating with photos from instagram as to my day to day goings' on so I thought I should update my blog amidst all that is happening.  I just finished an order for Atelier Femme in Pasadena,CA  and delivered it yesterday.  She is celebrating Hispanic month and wanted lots of Mexican folkart type work so I brought in Frida necklaces, hand painted sugar skulls and some of my art prints. 

Next weekend is the ever popular GLITTERFEST!   And now I have 1 week of un-interupted time to work on nothing else but GF and I'm soooo excited!  My studio has a flurry of projects waiting to be finished or made and I just started working on a mosaic last night and hope to finish that today (will post pics).  In the mean time hear is a picture of a mosaic I made for my sister in law for a wedding gift a couple weeks ago:
In the mean time I am teaching online classes for a new venue and there is a little write up on me Here:

icreateflix.com

After Glitterfest I will be in San Diego as a guest speaker and teacher.  I was contacted by the San Diego Bead Society a few months ago to do a lecture on mixed media (Sat.Oct 19) and teach a class Sunday Oct.20.  All are welcome.  For information click here;
www.sdbeadsociety.org 

After that I intend on attending a craft show in Costa Mesa that I've heard lots of wonderful things about Oct.25
called Artistic License Fair.   My friend Linda Bucci will be vending and it looks like lots of other wonderful artists too. 

The next large event I'll be doing, for the first time, looks absolutely devine and fabulous.  I wish I could attend it  myself but I'll be vending and living vicariously through all the attendees.   It's called Spellbound.   Check it out.  I think they still have spaces and it looks like the cream de la cream of all art retreats....just exquisite.

 I have a few more classes I'll be teaching to end the year and then hopefully after Dec.15 during a break I'll be video taping online classes and finishing my book proposal.  Here is the line up of classes for the remaining year (click each link for info).  Hope to see you!

Nov. 16:  Whimzy,  Tustin Ca. AND Dec. 14 at private residence in Santa Ana (contact me for that info)
WHIMSICAL BRACELET WRAP 




Nov. 30, Rainmaker Ranch hosted by Lisa Sarvak Heaney (please contact me directly if you are interested), Whimsical Soldered Box


DECEMBER 8, Xmas Ornies private home in Sherman Oaks (contact me directly if interested)



 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

GLITTERFEST FALL 2013!

GLITTERFEST.COM..............Clear your schedule for a most amazing show!  I'll be there selling never before seen art and jewelry along with some old favorites.  I invite YOU to be apart of the glitter and palpable creativity!  SATURDAY OCTOBER 12 10A-4PM...........GET THERE EARLY.......THERE'S ALWAYS A LINE TO GET IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

BOHO bangle openings!

2 students just canceled for this Sunday, Aug.18 Boho Bangle class....call The Bead Gallery to sign up 858-831-9190


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Gypsy jangles

My gypsy sister in Big Bear commissioned me to make her some gypsy jewels:



Tuesday, July 30, 2013

PUBLISHED!



Check out the latest Fall 2013 issue of Art Doll Quarterly and you'll see 2 of my santo cage dolls!  It's a phenomenal issue especially if you love Halloween and Santos cage dolls of all types!