NEW! Triangle, Oval and Square Texture Hammers!

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I am so happy to introduce a new addition to our family of Wubbers tools —

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The Artisan’s Mark Shaped Texture Hammers!
  • Square
  • Oval
  • Triangle
Best of all, Wubbers offers them with…
A lifetime guarantee. With this kind of guarantee, the Wubbers Artisan’s Mark Texture Hammers create a lasting impression; the ultimate hammers for creating unique textures and patterns.

It’s all in the details.

Smaller in size and uniquely shaped, the Artisan’s Mark Shaped Texture Hammers are perfect for detailed work.  They have been carefully designed with ergonomic handles made of high quality white oak, shaped to encourage the correct grip from the moment you pick up your new hammer.  Created with attention to the smallest detail, the hammer heads are pinned on tight, making them secure and safe to use.

Unlike any other two faced hammers on the market —  
The square and oval shaped hammers have coordinating border textures built in. One face has the main texture while the other face is designed to easily create a uniform border that is complementary to the main texture; easily adding finesse´ to your designs!
Two Triangle Hammers?  What’s the difference? 
One triangle hammer has the point of the triangle turned upward, while the other hammer has the point turned downward, allowing each to make its own unique markings.For each hammer, one triangle face has a texture pattern, while the opposite face is smooth and polished. The well-defined edges of the smooth faces can make a variety of marks, ranging from deep lines to very fine, delicate lines. The points of the triangles also make unique marks, depending on the angle and pressure used while hammering.

Four hammers, eight faces! 

Layer the textures and enjoy experimenting to see how many different looks you can create!

Here’s wishing you many happy hours of jewelry-making,
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NEW Wubbers Artisan’s Mark Texture Hammers  
A New Addition to the Line of Hammers by Wubbers 

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Be sure to check out our helpful WubbersU.com tutorial on how to use Liver of Sulfur to add depth to the texture you make on metal.

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The Art of Giving Back Giveaway!

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Our very own Laura Scott, Wubbers University Communications Specialist, recently spent a week on a humanitarian trip in Nicaragua. Her story can be read below.

In honor of giving back to others…

Wubbers will conduct a random drawing to give away a free pair of Wubbers Apprentice Pliers to one lucky winner. With this pair of pliers, consider making a piece of jewelry for someone who has blessed your soul, or who might need some encouragement, or who inspires you to be a better person. We want to challenge you to explore the art of giving back.

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To enter, go to our “The Art of Giving Back GIVEAWAY!” post on Facebook and simply tell us in the comments below who you want to give back to and why. One lucky winner who leaves a comment will be randomly selected on July 18th, 2016 and will be announced on July 19th, 2016.

Laura’s Story…

A little over a week ago, I stepped out of the airport back onto American soil. I had just spent the most exhausting yet refreshing week of my life in a country whose people and culture forever impacted my soul…

Nicaragua

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I went into this humanitarian trip with a group of 30 other people not quite knowing what to expect other than to be there to serve and give whatever I had to offer to the people of Nicaragua. Little did I know how much this trip would give back to me through the experiences and friendships made.

The sights around us were astounding

The colors,

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and the creations of local artists/artisans.
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Bracelet I came home with from a local jeweler

The people of Nicaragua are hard workers

They are innovative and problem solvers. Thankfully, we were fortunate to learn from them and work right alongside them. Most days we worked hard to clear land with machetes in order to make gardens for hungry school children, we moved piles of dirt and rocks, and stacked countless cinder blocks to make homes. We played games with school children and shared Coca Cola, candy and stickers.

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But, my favorite day was spent at Casa Materna

Casa Materna is a dormitory full of women who were in their last month of pregnancy. They leave their families and their homes to be attended to day and night by nurses, as this is Nicaragua’s standard practice for maternity care. One woman had walked three days to get there. It was a true gift to me to just sit and visit with them, serve a warm lunch, and then pamper them with pedicures.

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My heart will be forever changed thanks to the people of this country. They gave me a greater capacity to love, to remember what it means to think beyond myself, and to challenge myself to create with a meaningful passion. We can all give back in some way whether big or small. I want to challenge you all to find that passion that drives your soul; that has the ability to share with others in a way that brings meaning and has a lasting impact.

 

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Gwen Youngblood at Bead & Button!

Gwen Youngblood will be at Bead&Button Show once again this year with her Metal Art Lab booth (location 1006/1008) filled with a ton of Wubbers tools including the Apprentice line as well as her unique Riveting Essentials Kit.

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Also, be sure to stop by Gwen’s Metal Art Lab booth on June 10th at 2:00 P.M. for a book signing by chainmaille artist Kat Wisniewski.

Kat’s recently published book, New Connections in Chain Mail Jewelry with Rubber and Glass Rings, features 25 sparkling glass and flexible rubber ring chain mail projects for jewelry makers of all levels. Kat will be teaching at Bead & Button this year.  Be sure to click the link below for her class schedule.

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Designs by Kat Wisniewski

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Click Here for Kat Wisniewski’s Bead&Button Show Class Schedule!

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Tucson Treasures!

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patti bullard larger photoThis year marked my eighth year to go to Tucson, and it was the best trip ever! I went with the intention of shopping for stones, and wow did I ever find them! Below is the first installment of what I found in Tucson this year. I brought home so many beautiful and unique things. Stay tuned, and I will cover the rest in a future newsletter. And, if you are going to Tucson next year, let me know. Maybe we could meet up for lunch and do a little shopping together.

 

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Two years ago, Lexi introduced me to Mark Lasater who owns The Clam Shell. I visited him at the AGTA show in Tucson this year. He has gorgeous and very unusual stones. I fell in love with the Fossil Palm. It has the look of leaping flames, and really fires up the creative imagination!

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Another amazing group of stones that I bought from The Clam Shell is the Colla Wood. It is a naturally colored stone with the richest blues. The patterns in the stone made me think of trees, landscapes, and flowing water. This was my favorite new addition to my collection of stones.

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Every year, it seems that my purchases tend to follow a theme. This year, I was really into rich, earthy colors and organic designs. In the photo above, the center stone is a piece of Channel Wood. The stones above it are Fossil Oak. The three triangular stones at the bottom are Brazilian Petrified Wood.

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I must have stood at the Clamshell for two hours, carefully designing in my head and picking out stones. This is Fossil Sequoia. The two triangular-shaped pairs on the right will make a beautiful pattern for a necklace when arranged together. I am not sure what I will do with the two matching stones in the front, but they had my name on them!

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I have some Fossil Tree Fern that I bought from The Clamshell two years ago, but when I saw this piece on the left, I could see design possibilities, and didn’t want to pass this stone up. It has little druzy pockets, and the irregular edge is just beautiful. I had been telling myself not to buy any more Crazy Lace, but then I saw the two stones on the right. OK—I won’t buy any more Crazy Lace next year!

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I have been shopping with Gerardo Leyva, owner of Azul Verde Azul for the last 6 years. He is one of the first vendors that I visit when I arrive in Tucson. He mines azurite malachite from Morenci, Arizona, and he cuts it into the most beautiful cabochons. He also displays huge mineral specimens (some are 6 feet tall!) at the Kino Sports Complex.

In the photo above, all the cabs are azurite malachite with the exception of two. The far top right is a Congo Africa Chrysocolla Malachite, and the small teardrop shape to its left is a piece of Morenci Turquoise.

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…And much to my wandering eyes should appear—an Antique Button Booth owned by Glenda Boyer. Her booth was at the Radisson Inn, where I just happened to go one afternoon to help Gwen Youngblood, owner of Metal Art Lab and the inventor of the Wubbers Riveting Essentials Kit. Gwen teaches some fabulous classes, and I loved getting to spend time helping her with sales in her shop.

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This year I had the pleasure of meeting John Heusler and Patti Paik Estes. If you search for John F. Heusler on Facebook, you can follow his lapidary adventures. Not only does he make phenomenal jewelry, he also cuts gorgeous stones. John cut the faceted tourmaline in the photo above. You can often see John’s work in Jewelry Artist Lapidary Journal. Patti also makes jewelry and I was fascinated by the gourd baskets that she weaves, incorporating beads and turquoise into the designs. The basket that I saw in Tucson had a handle fashioned from a piece of a deer antler.

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I was especially drawn to this collection of dino bone cabs, because no stone buying trip would be complete for me without making a stop at Gary Wilson’s booth!

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Need Ideas? Travel and Look to Mother Nature

As many of you know, Wubbers University teacher Renee Crum and I traveled to England last month and I have to tell you, it was probably the best trip of my lifetime. It’s so much fun to travel with someone with such a great eye for color and artistic elements. So I thought I would share some photos with you and talk about the elements and principles of design. To refresh your memory, the elements are line, color, shape, value and texture.

Everywhere you look in England are luscious gardens, filled with yummy colors…or colours, as the Brits say.

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Even though I have a hard time seeing color, the hanging baskets of end-of- summer flowers still maintained the hues of summer. I started taking photos of colors that I thought would make great combinations for jewelry.

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These ice cream colors were in a hanging basket outside of a tea room in Marlborough, and the feminine delicacy of the colors was something good enough to eat. How gorgeous these colors would be in a beaded necklace and earrings.   Yum!

As we were driving I kept seeing these street signs that looked like Wubbers pliers….they are everywhere. Of course it means the lanes merge together, but they sure look like Wubbers to me! Renee and I laughed every time we saw those, and seriously thought about putting the Wubbers logo under each sign.

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One of the most fun, and colorful aspects of the trip was this delightful poodle we saw on Glastonbury Tor. If you look closely you can see the ears were green (which represent leaves) and the hair around the face is yellow, and the top of his head was brown, so his head looked like a sunflower. There is bumble bee on his shoulder and the other side had a lady bug. What a spectacular color combination. This was just plain fun, and it reminded me that art comes in all forms and it is all delightful.

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While in Glastonbury, we had a chance to visit the Chalice Well, and the sculpture as you walk into the gardens is graceful and elegant. It reminded me of another element of design, shape.

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Not only is the shape graceful, but the sound of the numerous waterfalls is soothing and peaceful. Again I saw how these elements could be used in jewelry design. Can you see it?

Another element of design is line…and this church door at the Bishop’s Palace in Glastonbury really inspired me. This design could be utilized in so many ways, as a chain element, earrings, or necklace, by using our Wubbers Teardrop Mandrel Pliers.

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Wasn’t that medieval craftsmanship breathtaking?

In Cornwall we visited Tintagel, which, according to legend, is the birthplace of King Arthur. There must be a million stairs up to the site of the castle ruins, which actually dates later than King Arthur, but there had been a building there for centuries before the castle ruins, so who knows. Anyway, the texture of the island and the smoothness of the water reminded me of just how much I love the juxtaposition of smooth metal and a rough texture, which can be done with several of the Wubbers Artisan’s Mark hammers. So try the smooth and the textured surfaces and see what you can come up with. It’s very powerful, just like King Arthur.

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Finally, in Boscastle, on the northern coast of Cornwall, we found this graceful sculpture, which brings in all the elements of line, color, shape, value and texture…

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but if you are not a sculpture person, how about this 14th century home, Cothay Manor, which also incorporates the elements so elegantly.

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Cothay Manor was also used in the BBC series, Wolf Hall, which I am sure many of you have seen. The texture and color of this magnificent house was just too fabulous. So think about the lines in the windows and the texture of the stonework next time you design a piece of jewelry. You can make it all work together.

So I hope you have enjoyed a bit of Merrie Olde, and yes, I cannot wait to return. Renee and I speak of our trip all the time, and it was truly an inspiration for our upcoming jewelry. I hope it has inspired you, and as the British so eloquently say, “It was just lovely.”

Creatively yours,

Lexi

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