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We’ve added to our Collection!

Happy Birthday, Summerfair!  

50 years ago Summerfair Cincinnati began its journey in the Mt. Adams area of Cincinnati, OH.  We are pleased to be part of the celebration this year (2017) and John has brought back an “old friend” to commemorate the occasion.  Our original “Sparkle Bracelet” reappears with exactly 50 wraps and in limited edition.  This stunning piece is handcrafted of heavy gauge 14 kt gold artist’s wire and sterling silver wraps utilizing traditional wire wrapping techniques.  We’re only making 50 and each purchase will receive a small, numbered certificate.  We hope you will join us in celebrating this milestone for one of our favorite festivals.

Happy Birthday Summerfair retails for $100 (+10% over size 8)

Happy birthday, Summerfair!  Huzzah!!!

We’ve added to our collection.  The above picture of 3 bracelets is now available on our website,  The bottom picture is of the person for whom the bracelet was named:

Nora’s Orbs

In early 2014 a tiny baby girl was born.  She is a lover of all things musical and spends a lot of her day in song and dance.  Her grandma is a good friend of Val’s.  In many photos and videos of “Nora”, orbs will appear, sometimes in motion.  We have selected this newest addition to our catalog to honor the spirit and courage of this tiny dancer who continues to inspire and awe with her progress on a sometimes difficult journey.

Nora arrived with the new year and was confronted with early challenges that will remain with her for most of her life.  She is accompanied on her journey by orbs of light.  Perhaps they are her guardian angels, making sure her spirit remains strong.  Perhaps, if we look closely, there are orbs on our Journey as well.

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Time to Go back to work.  We will be present at the Madeira Art Fair in Cincinnati, OH, this Sunday, May 1, 11-5, rain or shine and, at this point, looks like the rain will hold off.  We are so excited to be returning to Madeira for our fourth year.  This quaint area of Cincinnati has a lot to offer and is our “kick-off” festival for this year.  John has been working very hard to increase our bracelet numbers and has added to our catalog (although it’s not yet on the website) a new piece named “Nora’s Orbs” - more about this later.

We have 2 shows in May,  - Madeira and Hartwell - both of which are in Cincinnati.  In June (3-5) we will be at old Coney Island for Summerfair Cincinnati.  After Summerfair, we are off until September, although we will be working to increase inventory.

These are exciting times for us, as we look forward to meeting new friends and getting re–acquainted with friends from years past.  We hope you will find time to make it to our booth at some point this festival season - if only to say “hi”.

Hi ho, all.  We’re heading back to work.


This is the method we use to achieve the perfect fit for your wire wrap bracelet.  We often get comments regarding sizing of our bracelets.  For instance, a customer may say “i wear a size 7″.  Although this may be true for a link bracelet, which has some amount of flexibility to it, it does not apply to wire bracelets which are more rigid.  This is why we always, always, always ask that you measure your wrist at the point of the small bone and then add one inch.  This will allow movement of your wire bracelet  and provide a more comfortable fit for you.  We also hear comments such as “but I like my bracelets to be large”.  Choosing one of our bracelets in a larger size will put the piece at risk for damage or loss, as they can be “banged around” or the clasp may open without your knowledge.  A bracelet that is too small will create discomfort for the wearer.

If you’re buying a gift for someone and don’t know the correct size, we will ask you a few questions to help select an appropriate size.   If you’ve ordered from us within the last 5 years, we have a database that will most likely have your size included.  So, if in doubt, just give us a call; we will be glad to guide you through the process.


Application in Process

It’s the time of year when we begin our application process for our annual shows.  Since we love to be outside, you will find most of our shows are outdoor events.  Many artists we have spoken with prefer the indoors with climate control and artificial lighting.  Not us.  We enjoy the challenge of summer weather in and around Greater Cincinnati and we welcome our guests with open arms.  Well, at least a smile and a friendly hello.

Some have asked why we don’t participate in this show, or in that one.  This blog is designed to explain the application process and just how it works.

First, we select festivals we would like to be included in and fill out an application, either online or through snail mail.  Professional pictures of our work are required (usually 4) as well as a picture of our booth.  The application itself may be one to four pages and usually asks for experience, training and an artist statement.  An application fee, which can range from $10-$50 is also included in the application process.  Booth fees are paid when we receive acceptance notification and these can range from $100-$500.  When everything is complete, we send the applications off with all fingers and toes crossed.  This is where the jury process begins.

Most fine art and craft shows have a jury process by which each applicant is screened for quality and workmanship as well as “suitability” for a particular event.  A few weeks after we submit our application, we will receive notification of acceptance or “regret”.  It’s almost like waiting for Christmas.

We are always open to new opportunities so, if you have a festival that you think we might fit into, please let us know.  You can reply to this blog or simply contact us through this website.   You can check out current “applications in process” (which simply means we still have our fingers crossed and haven’t yet received notification of acceptance).  If the shows listed under the “event” tab on the website do not have the phrase “application in process”, it means we have already been approved.

We are, at this point in our lives, beginning to reduce our festival presence.  Therefore, if you don’t see us where we’ve been before, we hope you understand.

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