Monday, December 6, 2010

artisan crafted ornaments

Hello again from Barbi. As well as being a full time floral superhero, I am also a jeweler and professor. So as you can imagine, I am almost as busy as Santa's elves. As always, I have been working hard to come up with new items. Recently, I started making great new ornaments for the holidays that are made of vintage silverware that I have found all over the Green Bay area.

People have asked me to make pieces from their grandmother's old silverware that they have then used as keepsake gifts for their families! Think about these for cute baby and wedding gifts! Each is a little different and glittered up for added holiday cheer!

I can use almost any old silverware, but sterling or silver-plated table ware work the best.

As well as the new vintage ornaments, I have hand cut, formed and enameled copper to create jewel-like, colorful ornaments.

Each is hand crafted in my home studio and enameled (an ancient glass fusing process) in my small kiln. A perfect craft for chilly winter nights, as opening the door of a 1500 degree kiln with each of the 5-7 fireings each takes, can warm up any small space!

So come and check out these great gifts as well as my holly pins (which retail at just $5!!!) and snowman earrings!

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