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New Jewelry, New Con, and the sad/practical truth about my art.

Posted in Art Jewelry, Morbid Jewelry, Necklace & Earring Jewelry Sets with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

Had to miss last weeks blog, It is my busy season.  However I figured I needed to write something for this week so I decided I would talk a little about my art and how it goes.  Firstly, the new con news….  I passed the jury and was accepted into the DragonCon art show!!!!!!!  This is huge for me, I am so excited!

I am having some significant issues with a particular convention and their lack of communication.  I have been waiting for weeks for my art to be returned to me and it got me thinking.  I think there is this huge misconception out there about artists and they money they make.  I cannot afford in any way for a box of art to disappear.

I am going to open my studio doors and let you all in on a few things.  I make no money.  In the year and a half that I have determinedly been sending my art to shows and trying to be an actual artist I have not even made the money back that I have spent. Not nearly.

If I am lucky a convention show will only charge $5-$20 per panel space for their show and then $5 or so for print show space, $30 is totally reasonable and acceptable for getting in a show.  Then there are the mail in fees, some as low as $.25 per piece and some as high as $40.  Add to that shipping both ways which will run from $10-$20 each way and before you know it you are in $50 or so for a single show.  And I am lucky if I sell a single $20 piece at any given show.  This doesn’t take into account the costs for prints, foam board, mat board, adhesives, deco papers, time crafting each print, etc.

So why am I doing it?  Not for fame, not for money, not even for a sense of accomplishment.  I do it because I am a huge nerd.  I am so nerdy about the pictures and stories that I make up I just want to find others who like the same subjects and things.  I need more people to nerd out with me about Bustle racers and giant spider silk factories, Steampunk Fairies, and Victorian dead things…

And there it is.  My art does not yet financially support itself at all.  I will say this… My jewelry does sometimes, but I have nearly zero online sales (just a few from friends and family).  I only make a little at the 6 or so cons I do in a year.  It is rough going but the thought of quitting these creative endeavors just makes me sad.

With all that said I will leave you with some new jewelry sets that will be for sale at this summer’s upcoming events: ConDuit and Salt City Steamfest

Go ahead and click to see them closer.  I have more new jewelry sets coming next week including some that will only be available online in my etsy shop: Metallic Visions.

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A bunch of new jewelry…

Posted in Art Jewelry, Necklace & Earring Jewelry Sets with tags , , , , , , , on November 19, 2014 by Bobbie Berendson W.

I am back from my forced trip through mononucleosis land and I have new jewelry to share!  I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves, so sit back and enjoy…

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Butterfly Princess Necklace

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Apothecary Necklace Set

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Jingly Jewelry Set

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Holly and Ivy Jewelry Set

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Bottled Midnight Jewelry Set

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Bottled Snow Jewelry Set

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Mechanical Snow Jewelry Set

These are all up and for sale in my etsy shop and will be going with me to be sold at Utah’s Winter Faire the first weekend in December.  Check out the Winter Faire site.

Week 2 of #Inktober

Posted in Art & Illustration, Art Jewelry with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2014 by Bobbie Berendson W.

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I have been doing the #inktober challenge where you do an ink drawing every day. So I have here for you week two’s seven pictures.  I also have been working with Copic markers.  I was lucky enough to purchase a set recently and I am really happy with the colors I am getting in my work now.  These are all mini pieces that will be turned into jewelry pendants and/or pins and be available for sale soonish on the Metallic Visions etsy store.

I will be posting, in the next couple days, the black and white vs color versions of #inktober week one’s drawings so stay tuned!

Miniature Black Ink Art Jewelry

Posted in Art & Illustration, Art Jewelry, Curios & Accesories, Morbid Jewelry on June 14, 2012 by Bobbie Berendson W.

I have been working on these for over a year and finally have a finished product I am very proud of. They are drawn individually and each piece pictured is the actual work of art. I dig miniatures. Getting them all loaded on the etsy store is the hardest part… Check out their availability: SHOP

Also once they are all up I will be doing a 1/2 price promotion for those who follow the blog.

~Bobbie

New Art: Steampunk Nouveau

Posted in All Things Costume, Art & Illustration, Art Jewelry, Everything Steampunk with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2012 by Bobbie Berendson W.

So this picture turned out to be so much fun I almost didn’t want to finish it.

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Working on some Steampunk themed art bookmarks and jewelry for the first Salt City Steam Fest check it out!

I will have more to share in a few days.  My tiny art necklaces have worked out beautifully and I am getting good pics and scans of them now.

Long Awaited Results

Posted in Art & Illustration, Art Jewelry, Curios & Accesories on October 21, 2010 by Bobbie Berendson W.

So for any who have followed this blog I have been trying to come up with a way to use my 2d art with my 3d jewelry skills. Well I finally have some results for you to see! I have learned how to make solder frames so I have been putting my art in them and making pendants. They are all very tiny, the largest 1×3 inches, but you will see what I mean…

Here is my first set:
Mountain City

With a visual idea of their size:

Another set waiting for it’s solder finish (Click to see a larger version on DA):

And lastly just several images waiting to be cut and put together into pendants. Yes they are all hand inked and yes they are that small.
I know I am crazy.

Wedding Wonder Wear

Posted in All Things Costume, Art Jewelry on August 31, 2010 by Bobbie Berendson W.

I am so behind, I have been putting off taking photo’s because I do not know what to do to take good ones. Anyway I have some really fun pics of a special jewelry set I made for my friend Licia’s wedding. Her reception had a kind of Bali-wood feel and she wanted lots of sparkle. I really liked how it turned out.

Here she is, such a pretty girl!

A close up:
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At the reception: