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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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makers pledgeJust ran across this great quote from the inspiring Kathy Van Kleeck, who creates and sells the most fascinating handmade jewelry:

Kathy calls her style ‘Urban Primitive’, and that fits, as much of her work is realized in ‘primitive’ elements such as stone, bronze, silver, clay, leather, silk and rough gemstone – and it speaks of the modern woman grappling with ancient themes – personal growth, rite of passage, and spiritual expression.

To me, Kathy is one of a kind, with lessons to teach all of us engaged in the art and life of fine jewelry creation. As she puts it, she is ‘above all else, a maker’. It is her life’s passion, her raison d'être. She craves simplicity and finely crafted wares created with equally fine ingredients – and her jewelry and design philosophy is an extension of that craving. She strives to create a beautiful structure that is free of superfluous details – grounded in a rugged simplicity – comfortable and effortless.

Like us, she is not fond of our materialistic culture, and struggles with the idea of creating ‘more stuff to put out into the world’. So she is careful to run a sustainable, green business, using certified green and humane sources, and recycles as much as possible. She quotes an online friend for giving her the language to describe this commitment: ‘We live in a world of things...[so] make things with soul, consciously, with gratitude for what is used.’Her spirit SHINES through her work – and I know that is what we all strive for, and many of us (thankfully!) have achieved. Best of all, she shares her process and inspiration with her fans & followers on her web site, where you can see her work, read her journal, and watch videos about her creative process and more.

Her spirit SHINES through her work – and I know that is what we all strive for, and many of us (thankfully!) have achieved. Best of all, she shares her process and inspiration with her fans & followers on her web site, where you can see her work, read her journal, and watch videos about her creative process and more.

kathy newWhat is your pledge (to yourself and/or others) regarding your handmade jewelry? And what is your philosophy? We hope to hear from you! In the meantime, check out these incredible art works from Kathy’s new web site, 'Tending a Handmade Life'. You can also follow her on Instagram @KathyVanKleeck and via her Etsy shop, KathyVanKleeck.

Shown here is a sampling of Kathy's work. From top to bottom are:

"Tabula Rasa", a lush collection of symbols and elements intended as a reminder that we begin each day with a "blank slate" ... A fine silver "tabula rasa" or "blank slate" medallion is topped by a pyrite flecked raw lapis nugget, and a bronze "begin - again" nugget;

Dragonskin steel Tribal treasure; and

kathy 2A photo featuring her latest focus, the 'Talisman Creation Station' where customers can design a special talisman with a meaning and purpose just for them.

We hope you'll check her out, and let us know your thoughts! She is truly unique among jewelry designers, and I hope to see more of her jewelry creations in the future.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy: Boho Style or Steampunk Rage

Until Next Time,

Sheila

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