Enough Nickels for EVERYONE!

I guess now is as good a time as any to tell you that….. I was juried into the 2014 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase!  Its a dream of a lifetime to be included in this group of amazing, case incredibly talented artists!

I’ve burnt up my sketch book, no rx done a few massive orders of supplies & I’m on my way.  I DO NOT  want to even know how many days until it starts,  it will freak me out & I won’t have a chance of falling asleep.

Some of the work is exciting, inspiring & interesting; and some is not.  Like yesterday,  part of my day was spent drilling holes in Buffalo Nickels!  I use these nickels in my clasps on all my necklaces, and throughout my pieces more & more.  Today I’m doing what any serious coin collector would shudder – drilling holes in them!  I never tell the collectors that I buy them from that I’m going to drill holes in them & solder them to things!  These ones aren’t valuable at all to coin collectors, as the dates are worn off.

Blasphemy!

Blasphemy!

Lots of people ask me about why I use the nickels, as they’re American & I’m not!  To me, they are an iconic symbol of the West.  The Buffalo Nickel has a storied history with the identity of both the Indian & the Buffalo never to be revealed.  The nickels are actually not that hard to get a hold of,  especially if you don’t care if the date is worn off!  I do buy rolls of dated coins for cufflinks, rings & pendants.

Buffalo Nickel & Turquoise Pendant

Buffalo Nickel & Turquoise Pendant

Turquoise & Orange Spiny Oyster Shell Concho Belt

Turquoise & Orange Spiny Oyster Shell Concho Belt

Nickel Pendant with matching Rings

Nickel Pendant with matching Rings

 

I’m going to be posting every Thursday about my progress and preparation for the Western Showcase.  I hope to show all of these super cool projects I have in my head & sketch book coming to reality!

-s

 

The Western Art Show and Western Lifestyles are a destination not to be missed at the Calgary Stampede Western Oasis during the Calgary Stampede, Halls D & E are full of colorful and exciting exhibits that reflect our Western Heritage and Values.

A cool and comfortable Wine Garden, Musical Entertainment and Poetry, Culinary Demonstrations by First Class Chefs, Crafts of all kinds, Amazing Photos and Beautiful Artwork to admire and purchase, Western Oasis is a must-see on your Stampede Schedule

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