Question and Answer Time

“Why would I spend money on a hand-made Club Creative Studio accessory?”

I have the answer to this question.

You are a jewelry or art lover with a special desire.

You have an affinity and connection with unique one-of-a-kind, wearable art and want others to know about your personal style without saying a word.  You deserve to own one-of-a-kind art.

Fiesta Flower Statement Necklace.
Fiesta Flower Statement Necklace.

I serve you, because I care about standing out, just as you do!

The creations from Club Creative Studio fit the bill for expressive people who want to overcome ordinary. Custom requests are welcome or browse the inventory online.

Keep Calm and Bead On. From Club Creative Studio.
Keep Calm and Bead On. From Club Creative Studio.

 

 

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A Call For Custom Art

Club Creative Studio creates Custom Art.  I recently attended a meeting consisting of business persons. At one point, I spoke about the fact that I create custom art. A conversation ensued. A “Call for Custom” to me is a conversation that is welcomed. I used the chance to elaborate on the meaning of custom art.

I welcome the challenges that come to call when I am asked to create a custom art order.  Any person who shops for custom jewelry or other items are searching for that “perfect piece” not for what is going to serve them as “good enough” and is readily available on store shelves in front of them at the time.

Hand-made initial tie tack from Club Creative Studio
Hand-made initial tie tack from Club Creative Studio

I have two ways to describe custom jewelry:

1. Custom jewelry is a wonderful choice for people with unique and distinct tastes in styles.

2. Custom jewelry is a wonderful choice for people who wish to stand out in a crowd among many.

Club Creative Studio creation: Sea glass shard custom wrapped for pendant.
Club Creative Studio creation: Sea glass shard custom wrapped for pendant.

The Up-Side to Custom- When I create custom art, I design to fit the recipient’s particular needs. In these instances, the buyer has more control over the piece aesthetics. This allows for a heightened degree of attention to detail to hit those marks of service on my part. I listen carefully and take great notes. I strive to convey and incorporate special meaning into the art which makes it truly and extraordinarily unique to the individuals involved. A custom piece of art has to “speak” and have personal meaning upon the completion.

Club Creative Studio necklace features Kanji character.
Club Creative Studio necklace features Kanji character.

Custom work allows me to work closely with the purchaser to control color, materials, size and design elements of the art piece.  Sometimes there is a price point to consider, sometimes there are other limitations on the specifics.  Most times, I am happily trusted to “work my magic” with general ideas and added I am granted free rein for a finished product.

Most persons commonly think of “custom” in jewelry making when they have an opportunity to place loose stones or diamonds into a jewelry setting.  While this is popular thinking, there can be much more to this.

Use of significant colors and charms can make your jewelry personalized and more of a custom made piece.
Use of significant colors and charms can make your jewelry personalized and more of a custom made piece.

There are a few ways to place a custom description into your jewelry art.  Using a monogram, a personal image, specific theme charms or personalized engraved pendant, an initial charm, birthstones or birth crystal colors, and having a say in the over-all design to name a few.

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Some jewelry shoppers may be on the hunt for a personalized piece that has special meaning.  Others may want a wearable piece of art that no one else can own. BOTH are ways by which I support creating CUSTOM art. This is where Club Creative Studio comes in to save the day.

Our art is always custom, and created to be ONE-OF-A-KIND.

The Down-side to Custom While it is true that the buying process is longer than purchasing regular jewelry of the shelf of a large department store chain, the results are worth the wait.

Club Creative Studio welcomes your custom requests and looks forward to meeting your specific style needs. Together we can design another master piece!

Please view custom, one-of-a-kind art on the home page. When I design jewelry or home décor items, one of the main goals I have is to CREATE ART THAT SETS YOU APART. Allow me to create for you or that special someone. I love creating every day!

 

 

 

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Unexpected Art- The Power of Art

Broach pin with ink applied from Club Creative Studio

Happy accidents in the art studio or on the design table are a welcomed sight.

Sometimes having a plan go in a different direction and unexpected way is exciting. It can be a learning experience and a chance to be spontaneous.

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Some mediums naturally lend themselves to unexpected results. I feel I have almost no control when I use certain art supplies.  This can be a good thing as long as your expectations are not definite.

One art supply that comes to mind as notorious for unpredictability are alcohol inks. Inks can be applied to certain areas but the amount of ink flows and sticks in various spots and the results can not really be planned.  I love the idea of being surprised when I use inks.

 

I enjoy blending ink on a variety of surfaces. I enjoy transforming metals, experimenting with absorbency of papers and blotting bamboo for my best results.

Bamboo rectangles are transformed with ink.
Bamboo rectangles are transformed with ink.

 

Saturations with ink give a new look to a plain surface. It is for that reason that I enjoy blending, dabbing, and using ink with many different types of materials.

Ink has a way to deepen in color in some spots and add depth and texture from stained lines of ink.

The only way to go back from ink on a project is maybe a quick wash of ink with water but, even then that is no guarantee that the ink will lesson in intensity.  The chances are in favor of change when ink is used.  Alcohol ink does have a solution called a “thinner” that adds a level of opaqueness to strong levels of ink. It is always a good idea to practice on something you intend to alter permanently.

Here is an example of a vintage broach that was transformed with pink inks. I love how it turned out. It goes without saying that my personal touch was added to this creation. I took out a few elements and added wire and one of my hand-torched glass beads. The plan now is to maybe add it as a pendant. I am still deciding. Share a suggestion below if you wish, I’d love to brainstorm. 🙂

Club Creative Studio transformation pin
Club Creative Studio transformation pin

 

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Soldered Art- Feature Friday

Welcome to the blog at Club Creative Studio. If you are new here, Friday is typically reserved for a post called: “Feature Friday”.  I happily highlight what I am working on or a recent project on Friday.

Club Creative Studio- Soldered Art

I have a new love for soldering and I have been busy creating and building up an inventory with this medium as a focus.  I have soldered a bit in the past however, I have never taken this art to this extreme, creating several successful hand-made pendants.

Club Creative Studio- Soldered Sea Theme

The recent creations have been placed as a new category on the website under Soldered Art.  Also,  many items created with a sea theme will be available in a venue in New Jersey along the shore.

Club Creative Studio Art

Club Creative Studio’s Soldered Art is designed to be one-of-a-kind, statement pieces. I have incorporated a variety of elements to include, wire, ceramic tile, shells, mixed metals, hand-rolled polymer clay and glass beads, charms, buttons, stones, semi-precious gems, crystals and a few other surprises.

Club Creative Studio Art

Please visit the Club Creative Studio website shop and see what is in the tab category called: Soldered Art. Also, our Facebook page includes occasional “Sneak Peak” photographs of art as well, so you may get to see an item before it is posted to website at: http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio

If you like your jewelry to be worn as a focal point and extension of your personal style, check out the category Soldered Art.

 

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Just Say YES- Celebrate the Letter Y

When you enter the sweet spot in life where you appreciate art, it’s easy to just say “YES” to all things handmade. Hand-crafted items have many special qualities that you simply can not find in manufactured goods.  I don’t have to convince the world, but I hope you can learn to just say yes to hand-made items when you have the opportunity.

My Mother enjoys sewing so when I found these charms, it was a "no-brainer" to incorporate them into a necklace.
My Mother enjoys sewing so when I found these charms, it was a “no-brainer” to incorporate them into a necklace.

With Mother’s Day approaching, I know that hand-made items are common, popular and appreciated. Moms just seem to have a soft spot for the items that her little pride and joy children make with love. And for good reason.  Something that is hand-made has HEART. Personality and self-expression are traits that are always included in hand-made creations.

It is for this reason that I urge you to remember that hand-made art is made with heart and soul. The underlying value of uniqueness is invaluable.  This is the main reason why Club Creative Studio creates on a daily basis. Art That Sets You Apart are more than tagline words. Our hand-made art truly does set you apart and sets the artist apart from factory goods- because they have qualities that make it easy to say “YES” to creativity and craftsmanship.

Club Creative Studio theme initial bracelet
Club Creative Studio- Personalized Initial Bracelet

For occasions such as Mother’s Day, I enjoy creating custom pieces that include a personal story for the gifted. Fitting items are always something that include birthstones, or birth month colored crystals or beads. Also I have created items that included special keepsake items incased in resin, such as a photo of a loved one or a cherished item (like a lucky quarter,) for one customer.  Theme jewelry and anything in a favorite color has also been very popular.

Club Creative Studio Sea theme bracelet
Club Creative Studio- Sea Theme Bracelet

Be sure to keep HAND-MADE items TOP OF MIND for Mom and others because it is easy to just say yes to hand-made, unique items made from a caring artist’s hands. Please visit our website often and view the venue page located at the bottom of our website homepage for other areas near you that offer Club Creative Studio art. Thank you for wearing and sharing our creations.

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Understanding Clay-Celebrate the Letter U

Club Creative Studio is my workplace where wonderful things happen in clay. It is why I work with it almost everyday. I am in constant learning mode because there are no limitations as to what can be created with polymer clay. Understanding a few important nuances makes it easier to work with it. Today, I celebrate the letter “U” by sharing tips which lead to understanding clay and some of its unique qualities.

Club Creative Studio Hand-Made Beads
Club Creative Studio hand-made polymer clay beads.

You may not realize that clay must to be “conditioned” before use. That means that it needs to be made into a soft, more pliable state. Sometimes that initial step takes more time than designing. Here are some of the ways I soften clay.

1. I placing my clay portion in a zip-locked baggie and sit on it while working on something else or place in a pocket to warm for a bit.

2. With my clay in a zip-locked secured baggie, I sometimes also place in a bowl of warm water.

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I use every scrap of clay, even what can be called the unconditioned crumbs.

3. I use a pasta machine. I am not Italian but, I use the pasta machine almost daily.  This is the best piece of equipment for conditioning polymer clay. You may not realize that I need to “pass” the clay through the pasta machine at least 20 times in order to condition my clay properly.

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4. I combine kneading with use of the pasta machine to condition and mix my clay colors. By kneading and hand-rolling my clay, I am able to mix my own personal colors by blending several combinations of clay together. Good thing I paid attention in color theory courses because I use color concepts everyday I create.

Club Creative Studio handmade beads

I hope in this post you have gained an understanding of what I do with clay before the “real fun” of designing takes place. I welcome your comments below, especially if you learned a thing or two.

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How An Elephant Paints- Celebrating the Letter H

Club Creative Studio recognizes that there is creativity in us all. Even the wild animal world can apparently display creative ways through art!

If you have ever wanted inspiration or motivation to learn to paint, view this “How-to” video of how an elephant paints as we celebrate the letter H in blogging.

If an elephant can paint- why can’t you? Chew on that question today!

Inspired? Grab some paints, your use your hands…or your trunk…in creative exploration.

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Custom and Cool: Celebrate the Letter C

Two words that are happily celebrated by Club Creative Studio are custom and cool.

Everyone is gifted quoteI believe that we are all gifted on some level artistically. When being creative, customization and expressing a “cool factor” are also part of what makes art meaningful. I love combining those expressions.

Artistic talents can be obvious and run deep or they can be on the surface yet undetected by many. The key to flourishing in creative ways is to know how to embrace your creativity and develop it so we can share it with others in custom and cool ways.

Today I ‘d like to share two stories that illustrate the fact that I have found a way to blend the words custom and cool together with the love of beads and jewelry-making.  Both experiences deal with the idea that customization of art is cool for many reasons.

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I personalize (customize) artistic ideas so that the art can be even more meaningful for the customer.

Once upon a time, I created many items for a special person. The cool custom request was from a person who was gifting a cruise to her Mother and Father along with her siblings for their Wedding Anniversary. The special request came with the luggage…so to speak…I was asked to create matching jewelry for each outfit that was pre-packed. The art was going to be a surprise when she opened up the suitcase. So, happily I created several items and they were all placed in the suitcase.

This was certainly a different request and needless to say, it was a welcomed challenge for me. What unique thoughtfulness to furnish hand-made accessories for a special vacation trip. As the story continues, the art became something to look forward to each day and the accessories were associated with a memorable life event. That story reminds me that creating for a custom request can always have a cool outcome.

Creating custom art for a specific cause or learning why a special request is made for art is rewarding because the project always has a special meaning associated with it for the one requesting the art.  With an emotional story associated with the art it is elevated above and beyond what a person sees without knowing the full story behind the art.

Club Creative Studio Initial bride's maid bracelets

 

Other rewarding stories are generally similar in satisfaction anytime that I create specifically requested items such as keepsake awareness bracelets, matching bride’s maids jewelry, a theme charm bracelet, or even a symbolic journey necklace.

Club Creative Studio- Journey Necklace

I love interpreting meaning and knowing the purpose behind a creation, It’s the customer’s connection to the art that matters the most. In this “Journey Necklace”, I took heed of this person’s story of personal struggle and noted her symbolic emergence into strength and willingness to overcome her difficult life situation.  The butterfly wings are a symbol of her growth and the colors are her requested favorite hues.  Together we were able to retell her story through this art and I was able to once again combine the words “custom” and “cool” into success in art. It’s a personal touch that brought the words custom and cool together, and you can request this of me anytime by e-mail: veronica@clubcreativestudio.com

It is for that reason that I readily and happily accept custom requests. It ensures that art has an emotional and aesthetic attraction, which deems it priceless in the eyes of the beholder.

Club Creative Studio Awareness Necklace

Please do not hesitate to request a hand-made item from Club Creative Studio. Our unique creations are one-of-a-kind and aim to meet your specifications and interpret your emotional desires. To view more samples of art I invite you to stop by the Facebook business page: http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio  or the online storefront  http://www.clubcreativestudio.com often. Also, we welcome your comments on the creativity shared in the comment section below.  Be Creative Everyday!

 

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Artist of the Month- Club Creative Studio Recognition

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I was recently honored by the surprize article written by staff at Montco Happening, http://www.montco.happeningmag.com  It is a thrill to be recognized and appreciated.

This was published in the digital magazine which is a source for everything happening in Montgomery County. Pennsylvania. They feature real-time local coverage of restaurants, events, people, and everything else fun & exciting in the area. I am humbled to be included in that list of services.

Artist of the Month: Veronica Campos-Hallstrom

Club Creative Studio is the workspace of artist, Veronica Campos-Hallstrom. This innovator in artistic design has been crafting and selling custom art for custom people for years, creating unique art that will no doubt set you apart! Every item made by Veronica is created by hand and is one-of-a-kind, just like you! She incorporates hand-made beads, hand-made findings, vintage components and a slough of other interesting mediums. Her experience, knowledge and artistic mind have all contributed to her innovative success. Custom requests are always welcome, so give Veronica a shout. Her unique products are as nice as she is!!! Club Creative StudioAbout Veronica’s products are designed to represent who you are. They are meant to symbolize a look that is as special as the person wearing it.  She enables all buyers to express themselves through unique hand crafted  art and jewelry that is tailor made to you and your personality.  Club Creative Studios provides all their customers and CCS #5clients with a much needed break from the ordinary. Her business produces an array of fun and functional pieces, accessories and breathtaking items that incorporate all sorts of hand-made beads. Highlighted items also include hand-rolled polymer clay beads, hand-torched glass beads, fused glass pendants, hand-poured resin pendants, hand-twisted wire work, and more! On top of being a trendsetter in her respective field, Veronica’s inventory is constantly changing. This provides new looks for pre-existing and first time clients. She even welcomes custom requests! Hand Crafted JewelryCCS #3 Celebrating vivid colors, most jewelry includes hand-rolled, oven-fired polymer clay beads. Hand-made qualities bring character to each design as each bead is unique. Each bead type is made in limited quantities of twelve or less, never exactly alike, although rendering slight similarities for color and design cohesiveness. A variety of polymer clay brands are used. All clay is cured at the manufacturer’s recommendations for maximum durability. Finishes vary and typically include hand-sanding, buffing or three layers of polyurethane gloss applied by hand.

Featured art also includes hand-torched beads made from Italian Moretti glass rods. These creations provide interesting focal beads. Inclusion of these glass beads within various items are often complimented with a variety of mixed beads or metal charms. The fusion of the molten glass from the flame, although labor intensive, is never duplicated and radiates simple beauty.

*If you’re looking to stand out in the crowd, contact Veronica for all your artistic design needs…and beads!

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Veronica Campos-Hallstrom Club Creative Studio

email: veronica@clubcreativestudio.com

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Sharing Bead Soup

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Portion of the Bead Soup I sent to my beading challenge partner Susan,

Club Creative Studio is taking part in the Bead Soup Challenge #7.  It will be fun sharing Bead Soup.

Please review past posts regarding the details of this wonderful sharing and creating challenge for those making hand-made beads and jewelry from them. Since the arrival of my beads from my bead exchange partner, Susan I have had time to simmer the ideas I have and will soon begin my creative thought process and my design using the beads she sent me last week.  I am looking forward to the creative growth.

I have not gotten official word that my box has indeed arrived to New Hampshire however, it has had adequate time. With that in mind, I would like to go ahead and share what I included in my package of fun. The idea of sharing is to highlight some of your own hand-made beads and pair them with interesting items that can be utilized in a creative challenge for the artist on the receiving end to express in their own style.  Lori Anderson is the host and brain-child behind the organization of this particular bead challenge.  It is perfect “soup” , warming my soul on a cold winter day for me living in Philadelphia.  I welcome the challenge.

I included a variety of supplies and I hope she is inspired to do something fun and add her own components if she desires as well. I included items of stone, Czech glass, hand-rolled clay beads, hand-twisted wire worked beads, seed beads, ceramic, rhinestone and metal charm elements just to name a few.

Perhaps she will blog about her experience. I plan to document my creative journey on the Club Creative Studio Facebook page with photos and within this blogging platform. I am happy to share the experience of the creative thought process and creative expression of this beading challenge by sharing my Bead Soup Challenges.

It is my hope that you find the steps that I take interesting and keep in touch as I share the trials and tribulations of this beading challenge. Please check back for future posts on this topic here and on the page: http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio

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