About Our Guild
Our guild represents a wide variety of jewelry artists with unique talents and techniques, as well as the suppliers of beads and beading supplies.
To gather together Jewelry Design and Jewelry Supply Studios for the purpose of sharing information, ideas, techniques, and strategies for promoting our Artfire Studios.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
This latest guild challenge begins tonight at Midnight and will run until September 15th at midnight (EDT). The theme of this challenge is "Autumn Leaves"--Please interpret this in any way you would like. There are no limitations on your choice of supplies that you can use. You will have 3 weeks to enter this challenge and then voting for it will be done on our blogspot publically. I hope that you will find this a motivating and fun activity.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
You are just gonna love visiting this studio. Haffina creates beads, buttons, cabochons, pendants, and clasps out of polymer clay. And , let me tell you that they are just fabulous. In what ways are they fabulous you ask? They are fabulous in colors, shapes, textures, and designs. Each piece that she has created is a "masterpiece" in clay.
When visiting this wonderful studio you can easily see that Haffina really loves creating beautiful pieces for making jewelry. It is definitely apparent that she puts a lot of love and effort into her fantastic pieces. She is inspired to design a piece by different things at different times. And, as you can see she is inspired quite often--which is great for all of us!
Haffina is quite an energetic lady. She better be since she is the mother of 5 children. Hey Haffina, how the "hell" do you have the time to create anything with 5 children "on board" the Haffina train?
But, she is not just a "mum" ( she's an Aussie, by golly) and a jewelry designer--Haffina has her fingers dipped into many activities. I will be out of breath by the time I finish telling you about these activites. Here goes...Haffina is the Guild Master of the Artfire Chainmaille Guild, she is a member of the Polymer Smooshers Guild ( oh, you figured that out already--great!), she is also a member of the Cafe Mom Team, and the We LoveArtfire Guild. Not finished yet--she is a columnist for the Craft Techniques Department of handmadenews.org., an aministrator on an online forum - Alundra's Conundrum, a moderator on the Handmade Artists Forum, and a member of BeadingForum dot com dot au. Okay, I am definitely out of breath--thank goodness I am sitting down! Hey Haffina, can you please send some of that energy over here to Staten Island,NY?
I am so impressed by all the different activities you are involved in. Bless you girl!!!
Haffina just loves all that she does--she is , with out a doublt, one lady who loves to be busy. Yea!!!
Come visit this fabulous studio for yourself and see all of the wonderful possibilities when creating with polymer clay.
Btw, custom orders are very welcome here.
If you have any questions for Haffina please contact her through her studio:
Sunday, August 16, 2009
are lovely and your artistry is totally awesome.
It is amazing to me that Bonnie happens to be a self taught multimedia artist. From looking at her work I would think that she has taken numerous classes in jewelry techniques and design.
Bonnie had been creating jewelry for a number of years in many different forms. This is something that she really enjoys immensely. Well, anyone can see that enjoyment in each piece that she has in her studio.
Bonnie goes to great lengths to provide potential customers with beautiful and interesting pieces.
Each of her designs is created with the highest quality materials and are designed to be sturdy and durable to enjoy wearing for a lifetime.
If you have a special order just contact Gravel Road Jewelry--custom orders are quite welcome here.
Bring some visual pleasure to your life--visit this studio and you too will be in awe of great designs and wonderful artistry.
If you have any questions just contact Gravel Road Jewelry through her studio:
So, if you entered a design PLEASE pat yourself on your shoulder, and say," I did a great job"! :o)
The favorite design is the "My Little Garden" Necklace by Cyndi Smith Designs, a member of the Artfire Jewelry Artisan Guild. Well, Cyndi congratulations are in order for being the most favorite designs out of 9 fabulous designs. Kudos to you!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
To my surprise the next day I found a wonderful note from artfire about giving me a mentor button for taking so much time to help another artfire seller. So, if you happen to visit my studio you will indeed see my special mentor "award" is in honor of helping Marissa.
That was the beginning of a wonderful on-line friendship. I get a real kick out of our friendship since I will be approaching the ripe "over the hill' age of 60 in September and Marissa is young enough to be my daugher (she's 30). But we have helped each other in so many ways that the years do not seem to matter. She is my mentor for anything to do with the computer--she is so knowledgable and patient--I have become quite savy about working on the computer because of her. Thank you so very much Libertydoll--you really are a doll.
It certainly is a very pleasant experience to browse through Marissa's studio. She is a multi-talented crafter. Marissa has a wide variety of handmade items. You will find shop banners, logos, avatars, doll clothes, jewelry, drawstring pouches, polymer clay creations, zipper pouches, totes, bags, altered notebooks and many more items. If you need a custom made item just send her a message and she will work with you.
I am so impressed by her various talents. After knowing her for almost 9 months I have come to believe that she is capable of creating just about anything. Her mind is always filled with new ideas for creating. It is so great hearing her talk about what she is planning to make. I'm sure some of her enthusiam has to do with her youth--LOL.
Have you seen her zippered pouches? They are not only very useful but they are adorable too. Definitely a great gift as are the little drawstring pouches for jewelry items or anything that is special that you want to keep. I bought some to use for gift giving myself.
She also makes fabulous business card holders, cute doll clothes, and of course jewelry. Jewelry is a fairly new endeavor of hers and yet she is really doing a wonderful job with the combination of beads, colors, and lovely designs.
She is very demanding on herself to create as close to perfection as possible no matter what it is that she is creating.
On the personal side--Marissa served in the armed forces and was in Iraq. She is a single mother of a precious and vivacious 5 year old daughter. She is not only quite knowledgeable about the computer but is trained in graphic design--hence the avatars, logos, and shop banners.
Ya know, this is a great studio to buy lots of your Christmas gifts from because of the variety of items that she makes and her great prices.
Yea, this feature was like an advertisement for Libertydoll--I just can't help but be impressed by this young and multi-talented, genuinely kind and sweet artisan who I have a tremendous amount of respect for.
Do yourself a favor and visit her studio--I know you will be as impressed as I am about how multi-talented she is.
If you would like to talk with Libertydoll please contact her through her studi:
Hey, Libertydoll--You really are a doll!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
To choose a favorite entry has proven to be a difficult decision for our guild members. That's prove that this guild is filled with truly talented jewelry artisans.
Voting started on August 1st and will continue through August 5th. The three most voted creations will then be entered in the 3 Guild Challenge competing with the 3 most voted items from the Artfire Jewelry Artisans Guild and the 3 most voted items from the Artfire Chainmaille Guild. The voting for this part of the challenge will begin on August 7th and end on August 14th. This vote will be a public vote and you will be able to cast your ballot on the Artfire Guild Challenge Blog which has been created by "AllWiredUpToo" the guild master of the Artfire Jewelry Artisan Guild.
Good luck to all! But know that each entry is indeed a winner!