Giveaway Time!!

One winner will be randomly selected to receive the following prizes:

One Wubbers Parallel Rectangle Pliers 8mm x 4mm – valued at $59.95

TierraCast charms and findings of Wubbers, L.L.C’s choice – Value to be determined

           OFFICIAL RULES/TERMS AND CONDITIONS  

  1. Submitted jewelry entries must include a picture of entrant’s favorite piece they have made or a favorite piece they want to create. Proper credit must be given to the designer.
  2. Send one photograph per email entry along with your name, phone number (for notification only), and a short description of the piece to info@wubbersu.com.
  3. One entry per person.
  4. Jewelry makers of all levels, ages 18 and older, are encouraged to enter. If an entry is created from a tutorial or inspired by an instructor’s work, please give appropriate credits in the description of your piece.
  5. Entrants must live in the USA or be able to ship their prize to an address within the USA.
  6. Email entry should include the word “2020” in the subject line.
  7. Entrants agree to receive periodic emails from the Wubbers Weekly email list. 
  8. Deadline for submissions is Midnight CST, March 20, 2020.
  9. Winners will be notified through private email and/or phone call by March 23, 2020. Check our Facebook* page at www.facebook.com/WubbersU for giveaway updates and announcements.
  10. Participants must be willing for their name and photo entry** to be posted on our websites, social media, and/or in our newsletter.

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook.

**By submitting your photo entry, you are acknowledging you agree to the above Terms and Conditions.

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The World is Your Playground

Get ready, because the picture overload is coming!

There were just too many beauties in Tucson to pass by and not share. I just love the creativity that overtakes my brain when rummaging through the plethora of shiny and colorful playgrounds at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. I also love to read the articles and see all of the posts about the show due to the fact it is literally impossible for one person to cover the entire event. Everyone’s eye and mind is different. Enjoy this opportunity to see it through another view…

One of our favorite playgrounds is Potter USA’s Open House.

We love to see the huge selection of dies and stamps, live sand-casting demonstrations, our friends, and eat food. Much to our surprise, Laura and Patti found a father/son team in the back room of Potter’s this year.

Ron Alexander and his son had a huge selection of Hubei turquoise. Of course Patti and Laura couldn’t walk away empty handed! We not only found some amazing pieces, but we were able to make new friends as well. Meeting new friends is always a bonus to this job, and we love to see other families who enjoy this industry together.

Just for kicks, here is a closeup of the Hubei turquoise. It’s gorgeous!

I would like to say the Hubei were the only cabochons I purchased while in Tucson.

However, that would be a lie. I will spare you pictures of every last one, but I will share my favorites. How could I say no to these rose cuts or rubies and sapphires?   

It wasn’t a trip entirely full of shopping though.  

Demoing our tools is one of our favorite ways to meet you all and learn exactly what each of you enjoy making. In fact, this year one sweet girl and her friend caught on so quickly to the Ring and Hoops Press, they offered to give Laura a break and do the demoing themselves! They were such a joy and agreed to let me share this picture. To find out more about the Wubbers Ring and Hoops Press you can visit us at WubbersU.com.

Patti decided she couldn’t miss all of the fun though, and on the last day in Tucson, was able to join Laura at Kent’s Jewelry and Lapidary Tools. We were able to meet several of you and see your most recent designs while sharing ours with you as well. Thank you to all who came out and said hello!

And, we can’t leave you without a little Tucson eye candy!

I found myself being drawn to the geometric designs and sharp lines this year. One of my favorite purchases is this cubed sterling silver bracelet made by Glynn Powell of CHUMÏL Studio. Glynn was a pleasure to chat with and very talented. This bracelet has a kinetic movement that is captivating.

At Jogs I couldn’t help but be pulled into one of the Polish amber booths. I am convinced someone was calling my name from that booth…who knew necklaces could speak? Wouldn’t you know, I walked away with these two gorgeous friends.

“Speaking” of necklaces, I also managed to purchase this one from Jeff Fulkerson while at Potter’s House. Like I mentioned earlier, I was really drawn to the sharp lines this year.

Then there were the rings.

Oh my goodness the rings. I do not think it is possible for me to pass Bora’s booth at the Holidome and not buy a ring. His ability to tension set stones is mesmerizing. His booth is always packed and can’t be much larger than an 8×8 with three people working the crowd to ensure no one steals something. Bora’s ring is the one on the far right of this picture. I have always had an admiration for him know he started selling his jewelry with his brothers on the streets of Brooklyn.

While I was paying for my Bora ring (with none other than the man himself completing the transaction), I was wearing this simple little necklace I had made. He started to tell me about his early days of jewelry making on the streets of New York while working with copper. He then told me he liked my necklace and asked if I made it. Wait, what?  Did Bora himself just compliment some piddly necklace I made? I stood there, mouth gaping and managed to utter out a “thanks.”

He proceeded to tell me more about his early days and told me if I just set a stone at the bottom, my pendant would be perfect. It has been a week since then and I am still stunned. I have debated taking his advice to set a stone in it and possibly melt the whole piece, or just leaving it as is as a remembrance of this magical moment.

We all need those giants who believe in us.

No matter if your giant is a parent, a friend, or a respected mentor…we are all seeking some form of validation. Let this be an encouragement to you all to not give up. You never know when or where the validation will come from!

Finding joy in the journey,

Laura

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3 Ways to Boost Creativity!

For most people, the new year brings new goals and fresh starts. I want to provide some inspiration for letting the creative flare roar this year. Here are my top three suggestions to lead the way!

1. Conduct a workspace tidy-up

Creativity tends to get messy at times. The new year is a great time to conduct a tidy-up! Many of you may ask, “but isn’t the chaos where most creative minds get their inspiration?” I say yes…and no. I am the first to admit I thrive in organized chaos. Below is a picture of my workspace following the holidays. A lot of new designs and elements left this space in pretty wrapped gift packages.

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However, at some point, the inspiration and new ideas are repeated enough to become ordinary. This is a good indication it is time for me to wipe the slate clean and allow a fresh space for the process to start over.

Perhaps that is why January 13th has been declared National Clean Off Your Desk Day? Take this opportunity to give yourself the gift of a clean workspace in order to rejuvenate those creative juices.

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Be sure to share your workspace tidy-ups with us on Facebook! You could help inspire others!

2. Commit to learn something new

There are several studies proving the benefits of learning something new has on the brain. From fighting off dementia to improving your self-esteem, the benefits are numerous.

Gardening Gloves Cradling Baby PlantsWhether you decide to make jewelry, cook a new recipe or read a book about gardening, introduce yourself to something that is intriguing to you. Research has found our brains make connections across all fields of interest. Learning something new in one category, can trigger ideas in a completely unrelated interest.

Whether it is once a week, month, or quarter, make the commitment this year to learn something new. You never now how it will influence and translate into a phenomenal new jewelry creation!

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To help you get started, check out our free classes on Wubbersu.com!

3. Dedicate your time

Night and day

How easy is it to come to the end of a day and wonder where exactly it went? I will be the first to admit I loathe the words “time management.” My days can be demanding and pull me in several directions. Before I know it, I can go almost an entire week and realize I have not stepped one foot into the studio.

For me, it is important to carve out specific time dedicated to creating in the studio. This might mean planning ahead with that dreaded phrase of “time management,” but every time I do this, the payoff is wonderful. I am happier and feel more accomplished. My creative juices have their outlet to run free!

Smooth Stacked StonesKeep in mind, we are all different. For some, the struggle may be dedicating too much time to creating. This isn’t the same concept is being “in the zone” and cranking out masterpieces. I am talking more about when you spend so much time making jewelry, you catch yourself squinting and causing eye strain. Or, the bail you just tried to solder melts for the second time. Both of these examples are a good indicator it is time to take a break.

As the saying goes, the key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it. If you have lost your balance, perhaps it is time to take a break and go find it again.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it works for you. I look forward to sharing a creative year ahead with all of you!

~ Laura

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At The Makery with Francesca and Robert

The Hill Country was calling and Patti and Laura had to go…

to the cozy downtown of Bulverde, Texas. With it’s charming Hallmark feel combined with the friendliness of the locals, this small town made us feel like we hit the jackpot for a girls retreat. We were eager to explore Francesca Watson’s lovely studio and store, The Makery.

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Francesca welcomed us into her spacious studio for a three day workshop with none other than Robert Lopez of Robert Lopez Designs!

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If you haven’t been introduced to Robert Lopez, he is as cheerful and exuberant as the vibrant colors he creates in his metalworking.

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Several of Robert Lopez’s pieces.

Well known for the use of titanium and his mastery of fusing Argentium, Robert brings a raw and organic element to the jewelry industry.

The Fractured Mine

This beautiful piece by Robert Lopez titled The Fractured Mine is what he taught us to make in the three day workshop!

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The Fractured Mine by Robert Lopez

When I (Laura) first saw it, the colors mesmerized me. The bottom disc of the necklace is titanium set in Argentium. I was ecstatic to learn how to achieve the vibrant colors in the titanium as well as in the top portion of the pendant which is fused Argentium.

Under the direction of Robert, Patti and I were taught several techniques using the torch and liver of sulfur. It was amazing, and fun!!

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Patti with the torch

Did I mention Robert was a master at fusing Argentium?

Argentium is Patti’s and my favorite silver to work with. When you fuse it, there is no need for pickling. It is also very fragile! You must always let Argentium cool before quenching it.

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Patti’s Fractured Mine piece

Due to it’s fragility, Robert was able to show us how to use that to our advantage in our designs. This is Patti’s fractured Argentium piece she fused her faceted nuggets to. Yes, we even got to learn how to make Robert’s faceted Argentium nuggets!

The finished piece! 

After three days of concentrating, learning, laughing and eating yummy food, I finished my masterpiece. Okay, don’t look too closely…I never said it was a perfect masterpiece, ha. I will, however, be able to transfer what I learned from Robert into my own designs and jewelry making.  I would love to take another class of his if the opportunity so happens. His classes sell out fast!

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Laura’s finished Fractured Mine

If you are curious as to how we achieved the texture on the back-plate of the top portion of the pendant, it is all thanks to Rolling Mill Resources paper patterns.  Our friend, Gwen Youngblood, not only owns Rolling Mill Resources with its plethora of patterns, but she was also able to attend the workshop with us!

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Laura, Francesca, Patti, and Gwen

Gwen even supplied every student in the class with free samples!

Gwen texture samples

We could not have had a better weekend. An excellent workshop full of engaging and intriguing ideas, good friends, warm hospitality…the perfect girls getaway!

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If you are ever in the area…

We highly suggest you stop in The Makery. Say hello to Francesca. Perhaps even take one of the many workshops offered there. Then hop next door for a one of a kind leather handbag, maybe even cross the street for some pumpkin chocolate muffins. Whatever you decide to do, continue to find the joy in creating!

~Laura

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Enjoy our newest tip from Laura.

What are Francesca and Robert up to now? Here is a sneak peak!

Robert and Francesca are collaborating their talents, time, and supplies to raise money for the Semper Fi fund! Semper Fi’s new Welcome Home Fund program is specifically geared towards supporting Vietnam-era veterans. The veteran population is near and dear to both Francesca and Robert.

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The final piece they create together will be auctioned off before Christmas, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Welcome Home Fund. As an added bonus, the Semper Fi Fund has received a pledge of a matching grant from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation – so any funds raised through the auction will be matched dollar for dollar!

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To see the current progress Francesca and Robert have made and the final piece, visit recent posts on The Makery’s Facebook page.

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When Bikers Wear Jewelry

View More: http://carriescreationsphotography.pass.us/laura--pattiThere are pieces of jewelry we design for fun. There are pieces we design to sell. Then, there are those special pieces. The ones we design with purpose and meaning. They can be some of the most challenging to make, but oh so worth it.

Allow me to share…

My good friend and her husband recently joined Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA). Working in conjunction with local and state officials, BACA members provide protection for abused children and create a world in which they can feel safe.

When BACA members make the initial ridbaca-logoe to meet a child, 20 to 30 bikers go together to deliver gifts. One of the gifts is a teddy bear. All of the bikers hug the bear and fill it with love. If the child is feeling low on support and needs more hugs, the bikers ride out again and fill the bear up.

If a child has to testify against his/her abuser, BACA members assemble and are ready to ride. They will escort the child’s car all the way to the courthouse. Can you imagine the confidence the child feels looking out the car window seeing these bikers by their side?

Then my friend showed me a small marble.

It was a marble she obtained on her first ride, symbolic of all the tears of the child they were going to “catch.” My heart let out a sigh. She asked me if I could somehow take the marble and incorporate it into a pendant held together by chains. The chains are symbolic of the bikers being united in their cause. Yes! Most definitely I would make this pendant! Marble

Little did I know how challenging encasing a marble with tiny chains can be! 

I made a prototype. Remade the prototype. Remade it again…. So many times I just wanted to break the chains, bust out the torch, and solder together a silver cage for the marble. Each time I struggled to get the chain to close and hold its shape, I was reminded to honor the symbol of love and sacrifice my BACA friends were giving to these children.

Realizing they would ride 30 minutes to a scared child’s house in the middle of the night and surround the house to keep the “bad guys” away, my heart let out a bigger sigh.

Then finally it came together…

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The marble of tears caught; held in chains that were meant to be tough enough to withstand fear and violence. Encased in love. Worn with compassion. Oh. So. Worth It.

 

Finding joy in the journey,

Laura

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Lucky Faux Pas?

Who knew Faux Pas could be lucky? 

With a pair of Baby Wubbers and a little creativity, one Austin artist was determined to make blunders work in her favor.

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It all started when DeeAnne and her friends had the opportunity to attend a party, dressing up as “Fashion Faux Pas.” DeeAnne thought it would be fun to make imitation rabbit feet as party favors and call them “Faux Paws” to go along with the theme of the party.

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But she didn’t stop there…

After the party, DeeAnne kept making the Faux Paws. They were an instant hit with her friends and family. Soon after trademarking the name Lucky Faux Paw®, DeeAnne was busy in her studio making and filling orders. As she worked to perfect the product, the idea came to her to give them their own website and open a shop. In 2018 she did just that.

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You can find her Lucky Faux Paw® on luckyfauxpaw.com and at her Etsy shop, etsy.com/shop/iowamaples. Iowa Maples is the label that she has created to name all of her finished crafts.

Oh and speaking of names, did we mention her last name is Bullard?

That’s right, DeeAnne is one of the three Bullard women. She is daughter to Patti Bullard, the owner and designer of Wubbers tools, and the sister to Laura Bullard Scott, President of Wubbers. 

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DeeAnne has always enjoyed crafts.  Embroidery, crochet, polymer clay, sewing…She has made puppets, stuffed animals, handbags, tea towels; she likes learning about new materials and new things to make with them. It was only befitting that she would naturally fit into the Wubbers family.

How about you? 

What are your favorite things to make with your Wubbers? Tag us on Facebook or drop us an email (info@wubbersu.com) to share with us. We would love to hear from you and see your pictures too! 

Wishing you all the joy of creating,

Patti and Laura

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A little Splash of color!

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