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Friday, September 5, 2014

New Jewelry Items for San Gennaro Festival

It seems like time has flown since I was accepted as a sponsor/vendor for next week's San Gennaro Festival in New York.  I have been working from sun up until the wee hours of the night making jewelry for this event.  It has been a lot of work but I'm not complaining.  Thankfully, I love to make jewelry!

Being the creature of habit that I am, even though I am making tons of jewelry for the festival, I don't have it in me to make several hundred pieces of the exact same item.  So - while I am making several hundred pieces of things like domino pendants featuring San Gennaro, for the most part, the necklaces, charm bracelets, etc. that I am making are all one-of-a-kind in design.  Along that note, I want to show you some variations of necklaces I have made for the festival.  The basic design element is the same between this particular style of necklace, however, I utilized different images, beads and chain to complete the finished product.  So, without further ado - here are some of the bronze cameo necklaces I will be selling at the Festival:

Virgin Mary - made with new and vintage moonstone-style beads.

St. Mary Magdalen - made with Czech glass crystals.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha - Made with Swarovksi crystals.

St. Therese of Lisieux - made with hand-colored metal rose beads and crystals.

Virgin Mary - made with green jadeite milk-glass style crystals.

Virgin Mary - made with bronze metallic and champagne colored crystals.



These are just a few of the necklace variations made for the event.  All have adjustable necklace chains.

If time permits before I leave for NYC in a few days, I will post a tutorial or two on coloring and enameling metal jewelry pieces.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

San Gennaro Festival Poster, Kickstarter and Jewelry Designs in Process

The San Gennaro Festival poster for 2014 was added to the festival website the other day.  Wanda Maria Designs is listed as an official sponsor, right next to Fiat.  Let me tell you, that is one amazing feeling!  I feel like I have to pinch myself to wake up from this dream I am having!



On a related note, my project on Kickstarter is gaining some momentum.  I now have six backers for my project and there are still 21 days to go of my campaign.  Proceeds from this campaign will be used to purchase materials needed for custom orders I anticipate receiving at the San Gennaro Festival next month.  Those who sponsor me can receive an array of rewards from free jewelry to a day with me in my home studio, among other things.  Please stop by and check it out.  No contribution amount is too small, and every little bit helps me towards reaching my goal.

I have been quite busy working on new jewelry designs for the show.  I didn't have a lot of time to prepare as I just received notification of my sponsorship a couple of weeks ago.  Needless to say, I am working on designs from the time I wake up in the morning until I go to bed late at night.  Thankfully, I enjoy creating jewelry, so even though I am "working", it's not the same as having to experience the drudgery of a typical 9 to 5 job (like the one I used to have.)  :)  Pictured below are resin pendants in the process of being made:







Please stay tuned for updates as there are lots more to come!