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Just launched– a brand new directory at Small Shop Co.

Small Shop Co is an Online Directory for anyone who loves to support makers and shop small.

Let’s make shopping small easy!

We know how hard it is for small businesses to stand out in the crowd. You have access to limited resources and you work very hard for every customer that comes through the door.

On the other hand, its really hard for customers to find great small shops, and many are out there searching for new products. We want to introduce shoppers to new small businesses and help makers grow their business.

Do you run a Small Shop?

Apply here to be featured in the directory.  (It’s free!)

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Handmade Artisan Jewelry and Glass Beads by Kathy Bankston

Brown disc lampwork beads created by Kathy Bankston

Brown disc lampwork beads created by Kathy Bankston

 

Jewelry artist Kathy Bankston is a skilled metalsmith, weaver, and lampwork beadmaker. Lampworking is a technique that can be traced back to 14th Century Italy. Lampwork beads are created when glass is melted into a molten state using a torch and then the molten glass is shaped with tools into beads.  As well as creating these glass beads for her own jewelry designs, Kathy sells these beads in her Etsy shop Kathy’s Bead Shop as beadwork supplies for you to use in your own fine art and craft designs. Each bead is annealed in a kiln in Kathy’s studio to add strength and durability to the glass.

 

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The white large hole lampwork beads above, available in Kathy Bankston’s Etsy shop are clear glass with a white frit on top that lend themselves to many possibilities for creating jewelry such as with silver metal or black leather creations.

Kathy Bankston is an artisan and lampwork bead maker from Hitchcock, Texas, USA.  She takes pride in hand-making the elements that go into her jewelry designs. Her metal jewelry is designed, sketched, sawed, shaped and soldered all by hand. Her weaving is done on a loom using only the finest silks, threads, and beads. She makes lampwork beads from Effetre and CiM soda glass and kiln anneals them in her glass studio.

 

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Above are a pair of simple and elegant sterling silver and black onyx cabochon stud earrings from Kathy Bankston’s jewelry designs available on her website here. She makes rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets.

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Kathy hand makes each copper wrap ring in her studio from recycled copper wire, wrapped to form a beautiful ring soldered together on the back side so that the individual bands will not move.

 

Purple lampwork bead and antique key necklace, Kathy Bankston

Purple lampwork bead and antique key necklace, Kathy Bankston

 

Kathy Bankston also incorporates found objects, such as an antique key, combined with her handmade purple and blue lampwork beads into the beautiful necklace above. Kathy says,  “I’ve strung the beads on a 35″ sterling silver cable chain. It is an endless chain that you simply slip over your head. There is no clasp. The necklace has an antique key that I found in a Galveston antique store. The bead cap is a hand wire wrapped bead cap in sterling silver. Romantic, and beautiful, you’re sure to get compliments every time you wear this beautiful necklace. All sterling has been oxidized for extra glamour.”

View many more of the wonderful creations by this artist on her website– Kathy Bankston where you will find lampwork pendants–such as this pink glass piece–and many enamel pendants such as those pictured below–

pink glass pendant, Kathy Bankston

pink glass pendant, Kathy Bankston

 

enamel pendants, Kathy Bankston

enamel pendants, Kathy Bankston

 

Grasshopper Art: *Symbol of Our Inner Voice* Make Unique Christmas Gifts for Men, Women, Kids

St Nicky, grasshopper art on Explosion Luck feng shui art site

St Nicky, grasshopper art on Explosion Luck feng shui art site

If you are on the look-out for unusual gifts to give this year, introduce someone on your gift list to a unique bit of symbolism with a grasshopper art piece.

The grasshopper is a symbol of your inner voice and appeals to artists, musicians and dancers, and is said to inspire our muse.

In nature, grasshoppers can only jump forward–not backward or sideways–so when the grasshopper appears in your life he could be reaffirming that you are taking the right steps to move forward in your situation. And since the grasshopper moves to its own rhythm, it is advocating that we do the same by following our own intuition.

The Bard, hot pink and blue grasshopper art

The Bard, hot pink and blue grasshopper art

The grasshopper also symbolizes longevity, good health, happiness, wealth, abundance, virtue and fertility and grasshopper art has a deep root in both Europe and Asia as a symbol of good luck around the world. Grasshopper art is increasing in popularity and is important to Feng Shui energy. As the grasshopper grows and lives in nature, it hops and leaps along carrying and spreading positive Feng Shui energy everywhere it jumps.

The grasshopper is a creature of natural harmony and makes a truly unique good luck gift for your loved ones and friends of all ages.

Each Explosion Luck grasshopper statue has its own its own personality and name, its own unique colors, and sits on a base made from a date palm tree.

Enjoy exploring the unique collection of grasshopper crafted art sculptures at special prices here!

The Sage, green and yellow grasshopper sculpture

The Sage, green and yellow grasshopper sculpture

 

Unique Gifts at www.explosionluck.com

Feng Shui Gifts at www.explosionluck.com

This video demonstrates the intricate Art of Folding A Bamboo Leaf Grasshopper

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Temporary Henna Flower Metallic Sliver Girls Makeup Tattoo Transfer Arms Set

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Illustration tattooed Bee Feminine Portrait Old School Temporary Tattoo Flash

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Pure Silk Fabric Candy Skull Infinity Chiffon Scarves White With Black

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Luxury Jewels Bracelet And Infinity Anklet Illustrious Tattoo Temporary Set

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