Yesterday started out as a pretty nice day for the Oakville Art in the Park. The sun was shining strong and the winds were low as we set up the tent and got all the displays put out on the tables. I had lots of new rings and pendants on display, and my favorite pair of earrings! Normally my mom comes with me to help out but this year a friend that I met through Instagram came out with me. It was really cool to meet in person and fun to hang out with her all day.
As the day progressed, it got hotter and muggier, but hey! that's how it goes when you do outdoor markets. The heat didn't stop people from coming out to see all the great artists. I met so many wonderful people and despite the heat and humidity, people were in good spirits. I got to meet a few people that follow me on Facebook and Instagram as well!
We were sweating buckets by 11am even though we had the tent and the occasional breeze that blew through. We resorted to wetting paper towels with cold water to cool our faces and that helped a bit but next year I'm finding a battery operated fan! ;)
The temperature reached 31'C around 2pm and the humidity was at 85%, so it was no surprise when we saw the dark clouds start to roll in.
We waited hoping that it would continue to blow over to the lake before it started raining. Mother Nature had other plans for the Art Show that day. It was around 2:30pm when we first heard the thunder. It was a rumble in the distance but it was getting closer. Time to start packing up. It's never safe to be on the field under a metal tent when there is lightening! Before we could get everything packed up, the rain started. By the time we were ready to put it all in the car, it was pouring buckets of rain down on us. To be honest, it felt pretty good after being so hot all morning! A shout out to my friends that stopped by the show and helped us pack up the car and got soaked in the process <3
We were all packed up and on the road home by 3:30pm. It was a soggy unpacking when we got home, and fingers crossed for sunny skys in the morning to dry everything out before it gets put away.
It was a wonderful day, despite the weather and I want to thank everyone that came out and to thank the organizers of the show as well.
My next show is September 22 & 23 Arts on the Credit Tour! Hopefully if you missed the Oakville show, you can make it out to Port Credit! I look forward to seeing everyone there!
I purchased some awesome etched steel texture plates from a vendor on Facebook, called Oregon Trail Silver & Metal Stamps. Roberta makes these plates by hand one at a time. She applies the pattern, has to remove the negative spaces by hand then she uses a saltwater etching process to create the plates. As you can see in the pictures below, the textures transfer flawlessly onto the copper.
As soon as I received the texture plates in the mail, I had to give them a try. I rolled them in my rolling mill, wrapping the plate and copper with a piece of thick card stock to protect my rollers and give the copper a bit of cushion. I find that I get a deeper texture transfer when I put a bit of thick paper on top of my metal.
I have several different pancake dies for rings that I used to make these copper rings. These dies are very handy when you want a perfectly symmetrical cutout or want to repeat the same shape multiple times. They save a lot of time and all I need to do is clean up the edges afterwards. The die opens and you put your metal in and I use a hydraulic press to squeeze the die down. It forces the metal into the shape and cuts it. Pretty neat right?
After I punch out the ring shapes from the textured copper sheets, I file and sand all the edges to make sure there are no burs or sharp edges. Then I bend and bend and bend them around until the are nice and round and comfortable to wear. I left them open so they can be adjusted to any size. Soldering copper is messy and never looks great so leaving them adjustable is a perfect solution!
Hello everyone! You may have noticed some big changes around Mandanastudios.com
I've made the decision to move to my shop away from the Etsy platform and open up shopping option on my website. This decision was not made lightly, and is a huge change in how I manage my business.
There are a lot of reasons why, but the biggest reason is that I want to be in control of how I get to sell my one of a kind, totally handmade by me, jewelry! The Etsy market is flooded with imported, mass produced, knockoff pieces of junk (yes I totally said that!) and its so hard for you to find the genuine handmade quality jewelry pieces that I offer. Now you can find me, have real conversations with me, design exactly what you want and find what you are looking for all in one location! Check out the new shop - click here!
I had a lot of setting up to do, there isn't anyone else managing things (like making payments easy and shipping world wide), everything is done by me! This is very exciting (and scary) for me but I know that now I will be able to serve you in the best way possible!
I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for supporting me in my new adventure and following me into the next evolution of Mandana Studios! I welcome any feedback, please leave me a comment!
First, Set Your Intention with your gemstone jewelry:
To activate your own Energy piece, sit quietly, holding the stones in both of your hands. Breathe in the highest white light and then visualize your intention for the jewelry.
You may also say your intention aloud if you would like. You could say "I dedicate this crystal to the highest good. I ask that it be used in love and light."
To program the crystal for a specific use, hold the crystal in your left hand. Focus on the intended use of the crystal (healing a specific dis-ease, protection or love).
Once you’ve ensured the crystal's purpose, finish the process by saying: I dedicate this crystal for the (your purpose).
The stones are listening and ready to carry your intention. And your piece is now ready to wear.
Clearing Your Jewelry:
Your gemstones will work best when they are cleared and cleansed. So, cleanse and activate them often! Here are some recommended ways to cleanse your jewelry:
1. Use sea salt.
Sea salt and water are greats way to rid your stone of unwanted harmful energies. If the stone is not brittle, using sea salt will not harm the stone. When using this method, I leave the stone in the water overnight. If your stone crumbles easily I will explain the best way to clean it later in the article.
You can add sage, basil or lavender to the water to enhance the cleansing affect.
2. Use running water.
Holding the stone under running is also a very effective way of cleansing your stone. As you do so, put intention in the stone by asking the Universe to remove all negativity. I usually imagine a ray of white light around the stone cleaning and filling it with wisdom.
3. Use other stones.
Stones like Carnelian and Clear Quartz clean other stones. It’s actually really simple. All you have to do is add them to the bag where you store your stones.
4. Try smudging.
I use sage for many reasons in my home. Mostly, I use it when I need to clear out old stagnant energy in my home. You can also use sage to clear your healing stones. While smudging your stones, it’s important to put intention in to them. Asking for protection or dedicating love to them is the best medicine.
5. Place your jewelry on the soil or branches of a healthy houseplant for 24 hours.
6. Place your jewelry outside under the sun or full moon for at least 4 hours.
7. Steadily hold your jewelry in the smoke of a burning Sage stick or Palo Santo stick until your piece becomes still.
8. Lay your jewelry on a piece of Selenite or Quartz Crystal for at least 6 hours.
What do you do when your favorite piece of jewelry has tarnished? Don't reach for that toothpaste and toothbrush! This can scratch your stones and is not a good method for cleaning anything except your teeth!
In the finishing steps of the jewelry I make, I apply a patina to darken and show the textures of the piece. Over time, this patina will change and darken and each piece will develop it’s own one-of-a-kind colour. These finishes may change and mellow over time, much as silver flatware will develop it’s own patina.
I don't recommend commercial silver cleaners or a homemade paste of baking soda and water as these methods may damage the gemstones and will remove any intentional patina that was added.
I recommend that you use a polishing cloth or a soft cloth and just rub the surfaces to retain luster. Water and a soft toothbrush may be used to clean the gemstones if there is any accumulation of dirt.
The best way to keep your favorite piece of jewelry tarnish free? WEAR IT! :)