Enter: “Jewel School Blog, Random Prize Drawing!”
This is my 100th blog post for Jewel School, and to help us celebrate the Jewel School Team would like to offer you the opportunity to win a Jewel School Goodie Bagwith a retail value of $100!!
Entering our Random Prize Drawing is easy:
- Write your honest comments, regarding our Live Jewel School show and/or my Weekly JS Blog.
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- Please enter once, between (ET) 11:59am Saturday August 23 and Wednesday 11:59pm August 27, 2014
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The winner will be contacted personally by me, and also announced in my 9/10/14 JS Blog.
Jewel School Program Monday August 11 from10am-noon (EST)-
Wow, join us this week for another fabulous show! Introducing New Guest Artist, Jen Cushman, a member of the Ice Resin Design Team. Jen will be sharing some of her unique designs and knowledge with us, such as how easy it is to make your own flashy pendant or classy earrings (shown below) by using one or both of these Ice Resin Kits.
Imagine being able to make tomorrow’s heirlooms today, using this quick drying, two-part epoxy resin that will remain crystal clear. Expertly taught in the product inventor, Susan Lenart Kazmer’s book, Resin Alchemy you’ll be able to preserve special memories, photographs, tiny treasures …. the possibilities are endless! (Shown below are a mixed media cuff, and earrings created by Jen Cushman.)
Don’t you just love the yummy gemstone bead combination shown below? Tune in to Jewel School Monday to see what beautiful projects Susan Thomas has created using them! From top to bottom are: African Opal, Chrysocolla, Peridot and Chinese Turquoise.
We’re also very excited to have a Third Guest Artist this week! Joyce Richman, Executive Producer of our Live Jewel School Show, will debut her Viking Knit skills by sharing both her experience and her jewelry designs, made using Stephanie Eddy’s Lazee Daizee Viking Knit Tool Kit (that comes with Stephanie’s complete, step-by-step, colored instructions).
What’s the Latest Craze for Jewel Schoolers?
Why Christiane’s and my favorite Jewel School Over the Shoulder Tote Bag of course! It seems that a lot of you will be sporting this compartmented, zippered storage bag while you’re here for Jewel School Customer Appreciation Days next month. (Very cool.)
“Cougarism”- Judging Jewelry Contest Entries
Over the years, I am honored to have been chosen to judge jewelry design contests all over the world, and in many different media. Fun? Yes! Inspiring? Of course! Easy? Not at all!!
Whereas our Jewel School Designer Showcase Challenge entry deadline has just passed, it’s time for me and other jewelry making experts to begin the difficult task of judging these gorgeous pieces. What do each of us look for in a winning item? Only able to answer for myself, I thought I would explain my personal judging method.
Keeping in mind that this particular contest is done virtually, the first think I do is to copy and paste one good photo of each design entry into its appropriate category folder on my computer, with no names or titles! (Of course, personally I would love to see the reverse side of about every piece, but that is not yet a requirement of the entry photographs.) Then I go through each category folder, inspecting each and every design for my personal criteria:
- Is the design in the correct category?
- Is the design truly an original?
- Can I relate the item’s name/title to the finished piece; see the artist’s thought behind the design?
- Techniques, are they well done?
- Has the item been finished in a professional manner?
- Details, be they minute or not, do they contribute to the overall design aspect?
- Use of materials
- Eye and wearable appeal of the piece.
I then place the images in order of the ones I like the best (according to my personal rules) and remove all but the top five in each category. One or two days later, I go through the designs again, and then I bring in my family to see what they think. (Sometimes one of them will notice something I didn’t.) Only then do I make my final decisions and send my results along to the JTV panel that will compile them.
Be sure to tune in on Monday to see how Joyce completes the Viking Knit piece shown below!
Whew! With so many fabulous entries this year, I’d better get started!!
Until next week, stay “twisted”!