New Directions in Jewelry Making

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Has it really been nearly a year and a half since I last wrote a post on this blog? It has indeed, and what an eventful seventeen months those have been! We moved into a new apartment last summer, and our new place is so much nicer. I think I might have mentioned before on this blog that my cat, Rose, and I are 100% solar powered. I don’t drink coffee, and I rarely drink tea, so I run on sunlight alone. Fortunately for Rosie and me, our new apartment is flooded with the most glorious light you can imagine from dawn to dusk.

As luck would have it, we found a rare corner unit on an even rarer south face. We have eight large windows that face southeast and southwest. And if that wasn’t enough good fortune, we also have fabulous views of Pike’s Peak from our balcony and our dining room, which is where I do the bulk of my writing these days.

Suffice it to say that Rose and I are supremely happy with our new surroundings. Rose’s days now consist of a well-established routine of following the light around the apartment and napping in the sun. Meanwhile, my days have been filled with the thrills and challenges of building a brand new blog.

The Lilium Bracelet - Design by Sarah Thompson - Crafted by Wendi Reamy of Door 44 StudiosAs I mentioned in my last post, Door 44 Jewelry is dead, but sort of like a Phoenix, Door 44 Studios was born of those ashes. Single-handedly running the small manufacturing company that Door 44 Jewelry was rapidly growing into proved to be wildly incompatible with the demands of my personal life. But I still love making jewelry, and I’m still compelled to be creative. So I’ve taken an entirely different approach to the jewelry business: I’ve switched from full-time jewelry maker to full-time jewelry blogger.

What does that mean, exactly? Well, I still love to design and create jewelry, and I still want to do something productive with my time. So, I’ve made the transition from maker to teacher. Door 44 Studios is, as I like to think of it, the first step in the path toward wire weaving mastery. There I will be sharing free wire weaving patterns and tutorials for all of my original Door 44 Jewelry designs along with all the lessons I learned while running my own jewelry business.

Jewelry makers are notoriously secretive about their processes, which makes it unnecessarily difficult for those who are interested in the craft to break into the field. Well, I’ve decided to change that. So far I’ve shared some useful tips and tricks for product photography and tumbler maintenance. I’ve shared three free wire jewelry tutorials, I’ve pulled back the curtain to reveal my favorite jewelry supply resources, and I’ve reviewed the most recently published wire weaving book. And there is so much more to come!

Door 44 Studios LogoSeriously. My editorial calendar is booked into August so far, and I come up new ideas for blog posts and tutorials every day. Maybe it’s the light in our new apartment, or maybe it’s that spectacular view of Pike’s Peak, but I haven’t felt this inspired in years!

I’m not sure yet what will happen to this blog. It might become the place where I share more personal musings, or I might decide to shutter it completely. I’ll leave it up for the time being while I figure that puzzle out, but this is the last post that I’ll be publishing here for the foreseeable future.

If you’re interested in learning to weave wire, or if you’re a jewelry maker running a small business, I invite you to follow me at Door 44 Studios. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you’ll be among the first to know when I release my latest jewelry tutorials or jewelry business-related blog posts! I’ve also reopened my Etsy shop where you’ll find printable PDF versions of my tutorials and even a few new jewelry pieces now and then. Although making finished jewelry is no longer my primary focus, I will occasionally list pieces for sale — particularly for some of the new designs I have coming up on my editorial calendar.

Finally, thank you so much for joining me on the journey that was Door 44 Jewelry and Beyond Door 44 over the past few years! I sincerely hope that you’ll hop on over to Door 44 Studios so we can continue our journey together. I can think of no better travel companion than you, dear reader.

Cheers!

Wendi

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Six Weeks of Gratitude: Week Six

November is, for many of us I think, a time to be thankful. As I’ve grown older, I’ve found that I naturally tend to retreat inward around the winter holidays. I don’t retreat from the outside world so much because I want to escape, but more because I feel a strong internal pull toward introspection.
 
This is the time of year that I tend to take stock of my life. I review the previous ten months and consider whether I am pleased with the direction I am going, or if perhaps I need to adjust my course a bit. Or maybe a lot, as has often been the case in previous years.
 
This year as November rolled around and I felt that familiar pull to examine my life, I was pleased to discover that all is right in my world. It’s a wonderful thing to internally examine your life and find that everything is exactly as it should be.
 
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that my life is perfect. It’s far from perfection, as a matter of fact. It’s just that I feel for once that I am right where I need to be and that no major course corrections are necessary to get me back on the right track.
 
As I’m sure you can imagine, Door 44 Jewelry is a very big part of my life. Launching a business and taking the leap into self-employment is daunting, to say the least, but this has been an amazing year. So much so, that I wanted to express my gratitude to the many people—friends, family, fans, and customers—who helped make 2016 such a remarkable first year for me.
 
I am so grateful for the support of every person who has contributed to what has been a very successful first year in business, and there have been a lot of people involved. I’ve sold over 100 pieces of jewelry to customers all over the US, and just today I shipped my first international order. One of my wildly popular Trumpet Vine pendants, pictured below, is on its way to France as I type.
 
 
I realize that I can’t do what I do without the customers who buy what I create, so I decided to give away six pieces of jewelry over a period of six weeks to show my customers how much I appreciate them.
 
I’ve already shipped five of those pieces—the fifth one, a gorgeous Lepidolite Egyptian Moon pendant pictured below, went out today along with the order I shipped to France. So, I only have one piece left to gift to a member of the Door 44 community.
 
 
I’ll be giving a limited-edition silver and blue Winter Icicle pendant to one lucky winner on Saturday, December 17th. If you’d like to have your name thrown in the hat from which my husband will blindly pull one name next Saturday, just ‘like’ and share this Facebook post.
 
Follow Door 44 Jewelry while you’re there for exclusive savings and the latest news about what’s happening on my workbench. And if I haven’t already said it to you before, welcome to Door 44 Jewelry and thank you for shopping. Please come back again!
 
Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!