Over the next while the Raven's Nest Jewelry store site will be undergoing some significant changes as I am moving away from a shopping cart system to a more special order friendly system. This is a slow process as each page has to be rebuilt completely with new options added. Paypal will be the payment option of choice, though I may look into other options as need be. On all orders no invoices will be sent until the product is ready to ship and upon payment the item will be shipped at the earliest available opportunity, i.e. next business day. If several items are ordered at the same time, I may hold off shipping until all items are ready to go to hopefully reduce the costs of shipping. The shopping cart may remain for small items like earrings and bracelets that don't really need much in the way of customization. As always all my prices will be in Canadian Dollars.
Brooks Medieval Faire 2015
Another Brooks Medieval Faire has come and gone. The weather was beautiful, though a little windy on Sunday. I had a great time, it is always fun to get out and peddle one's wares in person. I'm thankful to all who stopped by my little roadside stand and checked out the merchandise. It was great to be able to chat with everyone. I'll be taking a few days to rest and recuperate from the hectic weekend but then it'll be back to work.
The Brooks Medieval Faire is just a few days away and I am hard at work finishing up a few more pieces. The inventory is full of many headdresses, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I have one or two more planned pieces to make and will be stocking a selection of hand carved walking sticks and staves. I hope to have many more pieces photographed and added to the site. I'm looking forward to the faire again this year. Here's hoping the weather co-operates and we all have a fun weekend.
Over time even aluminum tarnishes despite our best efforts. I have found that the simplest way to regain a bright shine is to follow these steps.
Place about 1/2 cup of plain white vinegar in a small bowl.
Add a squirt of liquid dish soap.
Mix the two items gently to not create bubbles.
Place the item in the solution.
Gently swirl the item until the liquid ceases to get darker.
Take the item out.
Rinse item in hot running water.
Gently but thoroughly dry the item and put away.
After a few weeks of down time to recharge my batteries. I am back hard at work and have finished creating a collection of Fair Maiden headdresses in all the currently available colors. I plan on continuing this idea by working through all the currently available colors of the Nineve style headdress.
Row 1: Cobalt, Sapphire, Aquamarine, Ice Blue
Row 2: Amethyst, Violet, Pink, Rose
Row 3: Emerald, Peridot, Jet, Crystal
Row 4: Ruby, Orange, Topaz
I often hear complaints that my pieces are expensive, but as I tell people my prices are based upon the material costs involved and not of the time require to make a piece. Many of the pieces I make are very labor intensive as I hand make all my links.
This a visual representation of the various stages of constructing a headdress, the Gypsy Queen style in particular though all others follow the same basic steps though times may vary for certain stages due to the number of items needed. The Gypsy Queen headdress is a good mid-line as it lies between the simpler headdress styles of the Maiden, Fairy Princess and Nineve styles and the more time/material intensive styles of the Duchess, Guinevere and Cleopatra styles.
Times are approximate to within 5 minutes. The more I do the faster I get but this is pretty much as fast as I can physically go. My normal charge for this headdress is $50.00 based on materials used if I was to add a cost for my time it would be over the $100.00 mark.
The Brooks Medieval Faire was a resounding success and I'm looking forward to next year. Thanks to all who stopped by to check out the merchandise and perhaps purchase a piece or two. I'm going to be hard at work over the next months and hope to have an even greater selection for next year.
With the Brooks Medieval Faire just around the corner, I've been hard at work finishing up many products for which I've not had the time to photograph. So please bear with the missing images on the site and I hope to have pictures done sometime this week before the Faire.
After a slowing down for a few weeks, I am back at full production mode and will be creating many new pieces in the next couple months. I hope to have a wide variety of stock on hand for the Brooks Medieval Faire in August.