Archive | September, 2012

Yellow Jade from the Serpentine family

28 Sep

Through the ages Jade has been a challenge for many to definitively type. We have “true” jade from the nephrite and jadeite mineral classifications and then we have stones from the serpentine family that in China had been lumped into the Jade family till around 1863 when society realized that there were differences. The confusion continues today, since the Chinese word for jade, yu, is applied to a variety of minerals that are suitable for jewelry-making and carving.


Yellow Jade also known as Butterscotch Agate is in the yellow/orange color family so you will be seeing this popping up a lot with this coming color palate. This gemstone is a golden-colored form of serpentine.

Yellow Jade is truly part of the Serpentine classification and is actually an Agate yet still retains its Jade status to this day due in part to its external appearance. Jade’s appearance is warm, approachable and desirable, admired for both its simplicities and complexities.


Yellow Jade is said to have the energy and attributes of both agates and jade. The ancient Chinese believed jade was of heaven and earth that was also a symbol of power for the Chinese, Olmecs, Mayans, Toltecs and Aztecs. Jade is said to help protect the kidneys, heart, larynx, liver, spleen, thymus and thyroid. It is also believed to strengthen the body and increase l9ongevity, and is known as a symbol of love and virtue. Jade is mined in China, Canada, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the United States.


Portland Saturday Market: Keeping Portland Wierd Pt. 1

23 Sep


“What does the word weird mean? Webster states “of strange or extraordinary character”. Weird in this case means unique.


Keep Portland Weird is about supporting local business in the Portland Oregon area. We want to support local business because they make Portland stand out from other cites and make it a more unique place to live. They do this by providing consumers a wide range of products that represent the different cultures that make up Portland. Local business also have pride in our city and are driven to make Portland a better place to live and enjoy.”

Portland Saturday Market really is a great place that is full of local artisans that or unique and talented. With this in mind, We at Entwined Vines Jewelry are taking various opportunities to show case this through artisans, crafts, signs, and patrons of this outdoor market that runs Saturday’s and Sundays from March through and including Christmas Eve day (the week leading up to Christmas it is open every day).


Many outdoor markets do not allow alcohol at all yet one of the many positive aspects of Portland are the artisan brewers. The market has the availability to purchase alcohol in a controlled venue for all that are ready for a sensory explosion.

Not only are there amazing pieces to enjoy and buy, some artists take “weird” to the next level in creating a booth for the senses such as this booth of wind swirly’s that catch the eye.

Even an artisan market has to take a step on the wild side in creating the following two pieces or art on display at the bottom of the main ramp next to the information booth on Nato…


With all the fun and creativity, many people feel the need to join in with clothing, jewelry, and hair. This day we had a family walking around that had this child with crazy cool hair! Cut short and then colored to a “weird” pattern that caught a lot of attention.

So at the end of the day, we were playing Yahtzee and talking with people as they came through, we say this guy walking’ around with a snake around his neck. Figured we could show a picture and so I walked up to him with the handy-dandy camera to ask. He said no problem, grabbed my camera out of my hand, draped the snake around MY shoulders and started clicking away! Now I asked why he did not want to be in a picture, he stated he was not as interesting as the snake and we would “not want him in our blog” now on the surface that may seem different but then I have to paint a picture of how “boring” this guy was: he had tattoo’s all over the place, piercings also all over the place (think huge piece in nose and other facial pieces), dressed in urban grunge, and his hair put the kid above to shame… Anyway, I could not get him to budge so you get to see me (Tina) with a snake, and yes it is a good thing I have no issues with reptiles.

Riding the Crazy Train for September 2012

21 Sep

Entwined Vines tries to stay active in a number of guilds on Artfire. One of the guilds that we absolutly love being a part of is the Crazy Train Guild. The memebers of this guild do many activities to help each other along and one of those includes running two day crazy train rides. Every other day we pay special attention to one of our guilds studio’s. Todays blog we are show casing all of the September riders and we hope you enjoy checking all these amazingly creative and skilled studio’s and then leaving comments about some of YOUR favorite studio’s and items.



“I make handcrafted, homemade products and custom designs. We also take original digital photography and make cards and signed prints as well!”



“We carry quilt shop quality fabrics without the quilt shop prices,affordable quilting/sewing kits and patterns.Quality fabrics will make a difference in the appearance and longevity of your finished projects.I strive to find beautiful, interesting and quality fabrics for less.I have hundreds of items to populate my shop,please check back often.Affordable heirlooms start here.  Will happily ship a fat eighth to a whole bolt if that’s what you need.  Always adding new items and surprises!!”



“Crafting has been my passion my entire life.  I have dabbled in many different things; sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, woodworking, beading, metalsmithing.  I am now retired from the business world and able to devote my time focusing on jewelry crafting and metalsmithing along with cold weather accessories.”



“A degree in horticulture, and working in that industry have greatly influenced my art. Most of the fabrics I use in my original designs are hand painted and(or) sunprinted by me to achieve colors and textures that can not be found in stores. Sunprinting on fabric can give many surprising results- the paint never dries the same way twice (It really can be fun to watch paint dry), and my gardens supply me with the many flowers and leaves I use for the sunprints. My photos of flowers and more from gardens or in the wild, are now finding their way into my art after I print them onto fabric.    The beauty of this earth we have been given to live in, with it’s flowers, gardens and rock formations is the inspiration for my fabrics and art. I also produce my own Reproduction Prints and Note Cards of my quilts on quality papers with archival inks.”



“I have a large collection of silver beads, gemstones, some crystals and cabochons. New items added every day. My goal is to provide buyers with unique quality beading supplies and sell them in smaller quantities. I am also a jewelry artist specializing in unique handmade jewelry in a variety of styles and colors. My jewelry pieces can be found at:”



“I make jewellery, mostly earrings and greeting cards. Please contact me if there is anything in particular that you would like”



“I have made soap for more than 12 years but only for me.  Christmas 2009 I was so discouraged by the lack of nice gifts available to fill my boxes with I made soaps and lip balms as presents for my relatives and kids.  The raves were wonderful.  My mother in law loved the goats milk so I gave her more.  Then I decided to open a shop.  Although I haven’t sold much in my shop I do send boxes of soap to my friends and they sell it at meetings, etc. I also make sugar scrubs and bath salts and they have been popular.    Some comments I have gotten from my products:  “I love it, doesn’t dry my skin like regular soap does”  “WOW! This is better than what I pay US $25.00 for”  “The perfume oil is wonderful””



“It gives me a great deal of happiness when someone loves something I’ve made.  I’ve chosen to focus on my jewelry in this shop.  Since I love wearing jewelry, especially earrings, this has been a labor of love.”



“I was introduced to jewellery making, once again, by my mother.  On her trips down south for the winter, she would learn the techniques and bring home her finished products.  Each year was looking more and more interesting, so I tried it myself.  I picked up a kit from Michaels, and found that I enjoyed it.  There are many avenues you can take with jewellery, but I quickly realized that I was addicted to chain mail and loved to work with wire.  With chain mail, there are so many weaves to learn and metals that can be used.  I like to incorporate crystals and or seed beads to many of my designs to add colour and sparkle. I do not make my own rings, but have researched a premium ring maker located in Saskatchewan called Metal Designz.  My wire work includes “The Tree of Life” which has Swarovski Crystals forming the branches, and I love making finger rings.”



“I started working with wood in college, but was stymied for a few years. After we moved into our house, I took over a good portion of the garage.  We’ve since added on to the garage and created a separate shop for my tools. I’ve built a number of items for use around our house, including a king sized bed, in solid cherry.  Most of my work, currently, is on the lathe.  I enjoy the short turnaround time from raw wood to finished piece.    I’ve been working in stained glass for a number of years.  I’ve done a number of pieces for friends, family and myself.   We’ve got gorgeous, colorful glass hanging in almost all of the windows in our house. I’ve done a little work in chainmaille, but worrying about the links getting swallowed by my four footed companions has reduced my work in that area.    If you’ve got an idea for a custom piece, don’t hesitate to drop me a note.”



“I was born and raised in New Mexico.  After I graduated from high school, I moved to North Carolina.  What a beautiful state.  So after going to college and working in a job that I really was not happy doing, I decided to follow my dream and went to the police academy in 1991.  After graduating with honors, I was hired on with Hickory Police Department and was sworn in on June 1, 1992. During this time I had been married and divorced once.  I dated on and off until the fall of 2000. I was seeing someone that introduced me to the home computer.  I had no experience with computers so I signed up for everything from email to ICQ.  Now I could go on and on but to make this long story short, the first guy I had fallen for in high school (I was 13 when we met) found me on ICQ.  After several months, we had decided that I would move back to NM and start our life together.  We were married on Valentine’s Day, 2001. Because of numerous health issues, I am now 100% disabled.   I started out making jewelry in 2004.  When I first started, I used the cheap plastic beads.  I didn’t want to purchase the expensive beads if I didn’t like making jewelry.  Now I make one of a kind pieces using real stones, glass beads, sterling silver, and stainless steal. I have improved in my techniques over the last 6 years and I have found that beading wire is a lot stronger and will not break like thread.  Then in 2008, my mother passed away and I needed something different to do because I was suffering from a deep depression.  I took my first quilting class and I found that it came really easy to me.  Now I make a variety of quilts including stained glass, applique, mosaic, and foundation paper piecing. I am still learning new techniques every day. I have done custom work which have included two stained glass Denver Broncos wall hangings and king size quilt, a Celtic king size quilt, and a Messenger Bag.  Just to name a few. If you would like something special, I do take custom orders.”



“Melek Designs is based in sunny Corpus Christi, Tx, where it is as gorgeous as it is hot and humid!     I began my business in 2006 with unique, handmade creations, after my sisters-in-law introduced me to beading, and a whole new world opened up to me!    Each piece is made with carefully selected materials and great attention to detail.   If you would like a matching pair of earrings and/or a bracelet with a particular necklace, just let me know, and it can be arranged. All orders will be packaged with the greatest of care, ready for shipment via USPS Priority Mail within 48 hrs. with a tracking number, except for custom orders, that may require a little more time.    I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have, just contact me.    Thanks for visiting!”



“Starting out as a hobby in 2006, DianesDangles LLC was established in January, 2012. Making gemstone beaded jewelry satisfied my love of color and design and was my avenue for unleashing the hidden artist in me that I never knew existed.  I quickly learned the skills for making beaded jewelry and then went on to working with sterling silver my favorite metal.  My silversmithing skills were acquired over two years of attending classes. With these newly acquired skills, I could now design and make my own pendant and then add a beaded necklace.

After the loss of my day job, I decided to work on my jewelry projects full time. Initially, art and crafts shows were my selling venues. Then, I decided to offer my products exclusively here on Artfire. Many of my jewelry items are made with gemstone beads. There are also many sterling silver gemstone pendants that I have designed and handmade.  I have been working on a new line of jewelry that consists of coin pendants and bracelets where all of the bezel settings are handmade out of gold filled or sterling silver. Many of these coins represent the places that I have visited.

LLC status was obtained beginning in 2012 and I am very excited to have my own business.  My business goal is to continue to offer beaded designed jewelry and expand on my sterling silver design pieces. Artfire will currently continue to be my selling venue. Eventually I will expand my online presence by launching my own website.”



“Sue Andrus creates beautiful art with fabric, paint and thread; using flowers, gardens and her surroundings as inspiration.”



”  Welcome to my shop. My name is Andrea, I was born and raised in Lima-Peru, Southamerica. I love to knit and create different things like jewelry, cards, you name it. I design scarves, ponchos, shawls, baby clothing etc. In general I handknit,  however sometimes I used a knitting machine.   I was a knitting machine instructor. I did  all my clothing, including dresses, jacquets, sweaters, pants, baby clothing, and more. When I got married (21 years ago) and  came to the USA, I did not bring my knitting machine with me (big mistake); after several years working as a Call Center Supervisor, I thought I could buy a knitting machine to do stuff for me and my husband, and have a small busniness. I started to  research in my city for  places to buy  one, I found out in the States the knitting machines are very expensive, more than US $1,000.00 dollars, depending on the brand, and very difficult to get one in my own city, checking in the internet I got a seller 35 miles from my city, and I got the knitting machine from her. First of all, I wanted to start making scarves, but the end product was not what I was expecting …because I did not know were to find yarn in my city; I again started searching  the internet for places, brands, and..I discovered a new world…I fall in love with yarn that I could not use in my knitting machine, in order to use the yarn that I like it so much, I will need  to  use the needles and crochet again….I design gorgeous scarves, shawls, ponchos, baby clothing, scarfette using beautiful yarns combining differents types of textures, that is soft to the skin, light, comfortable, elegant and breath taking.  My goal is reached when my customer is happy with the product she has chosen and tells me  she was asked… .WHERE DID YOU GET THAT? IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.!..  I am in the Master Knitter Program  to become a Master Knitter”

Top 15 picks of music to create by

19 Sep

Tammy and Tina both find that music can be very motivating for the hands and mind when it comes to creating new pieces of jewelry. Although there are some styles of music that we both enjoy we have put together a small sampling to give you our reader a tiny glimpse into our world. We have many of these on disc or our itunes list as well as we click into the world of Pandora for a fun mix in our various stations.

1.)  Ron Allen & One Sky  — Tao Music for Relaxation

2.)  Charlotte Church  –Charlotte Church

3.)  Soundtrack — The Lord of the Rings — The Fellowship of the Ring

4.)  Soundtrack — Robin Hood Prince of Thieves  (the Kevin Costner one)

5.) Journey –Greatest Hits

6.) Greg Edmonson — Firefly soundtrack

7.) David Newman — Serenity soundtrack

8) wonderwall

9) Any of the nickelback  songs

10) strip me by natasha bedingfield

11) Dancing Shoes

12) bohemian rhapsody

13) not afraid by eminem

14) P!nk: So What

15) Stronger by Kelly Larkson