Adapting tools to your work…

A few years ago I ran into a company closing down in Albuquerque and they were liquidating some equipment.. I seen the post and happened to be in town at the time so I dropped on by….This was the first time my eyes had seen a manual bench press like this (the hamster wheel in my head was starting to spin)….. I thought this can work in my studio, not only cutting the disc but providing a center divot to drill a hole too ….So I committed to making it work, I mean after all it was designed to punch holes right!. After lugging the little beast home I started looking for the other punch and dies that I could use in it.. Collecting 20 separate punches and dies over a few months, I was ready to rock and roll.. Well I still had to cut and fit the urethane stripper for each size set, fab a little aluminum chute for the saved discs.. It took a little getting use to but once it was set up and running smooth, I was knocking out discs to make beads.. In the time consuming practice of making beads by hand, this press is helping with production time. Now I’m not saying drop everything and go buy one, I just want to remind you to think outside the box and there will always be more than one way to crack the same peanut…

Enjoy the pictures and check out the short YouTube video at the bottom…

Here is a short video of a nice set of graduated beads I made for a great client..

Tools, Tools, Tools…

Adding to the items I make in my NM studio are tools … Tools for jewelers by a jeweler… Today many suppliers are not taking the time to make quality tools, most of the time I have to modify the ones available or fixing ones that failed for my friends & colleagues.. So I started making my own to offer to other artists… As we all know tools are an investment, so why not own quality and not settle for standard tools… I’ve been updating the site slowly so check back regularly to see whats going on & drop by the Online Store to see some of the tools that are available…

Everyone is have a good day….

CPRUITT…..

Square Market new Online Sales

Its here folks the Square Market brought to you by the same creaters of the infamous  Square Up reader.  The Square Market offers the same great service as the tiny reader but with a little bonus. If you already have a Square account or ready to start one its simple. Simply create your items in your library once ( or edit from time to time) and sync across your Square Register app. and It will do so for your online store.

 Come by the new Online store : Jewelry By Chris Pruitt  

 

2013 Native Treasure Indian Arts Festival

Come out to Santa Fe this Memorial Day Weekend May 25th  and 26th. I will be enjoying the weekend at the Native Treasures Show with alot of other outstanding artists…Here is a sneek peak of afew items I will have at the show..

Bisbee Cuff with Diamonds 2013 A Bisbee Dark Cuff with Diamonds 2013 D Double Bangles 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come celebrate Native Treasures’ opening night on Friday, May 24,  from 5:30 –7:30 p.m.  Mingle with the artists and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and an open wine and champagne bar.

This year, artist have been asked to create pieces with the theme of “rain” — the one thing we lack in this part of the country!  Please come honor their work and buy one of these unique pieces.

2012 Winter Indian Market, Thanksgiving Weekend, Santa Fe, NM

The SWAIA Winter Indian Market is a yearly Native arts sale held during Thanksgiving weekend at the Santa Fe Convention Center. This year the Winter Indian Market includes 130 Native artists, six award-winning artist demonstrators, silent auction, raffle, a fashion row featuring the work of Native fashion designers and two performances by acclaimed author and musician Joy Harjo.
Early Bird Shopping and Native Art 101 Lecture
SWAIA Members Only
Saturday, November 26. 9:00 a.m.
Admission is $5 with a SWAIA Membership
For information on becoming a SWAIA Member, call Denise Keron(505) 983-5220

Winter Indian Market Hours
Saturday, November 26, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (General Admission)
Sunday, November 27, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (General Admission)

General Admission is $5 Per Day
Tickets Available at the Door
Saturday, November 26, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 27, 1:00 p.m.
Advance Tickets Available (505) 983-5220

All events will take place at the Santa Fe Convention Center
(201 W. Marcy St. Santa Fe, NM 87501)
More info at SWAIA.org

Bangles with a hint of sparkle.

Here are a few bangles with a hint of sparkle. These fun slender bangles can be worn solo or grouped with as many as one desires.. Each one has a small white or black diamond accent, made from sterling silver triangular wire. They have a diameter of 2 11/16 inch and come in satin bead blasted finish (shown) or in a high polish.. As well as plain without a diamond.. You can find them in the shop now bracelets section. Sold individually or in pairs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I had creating them..thanks

One of a kind Collaboration for 2012 Indain Market Gala “The Friendship Necklace”

 The Friendship Necklace: A stunning and one of a kind collaboration, necklace brought together by: Sunshine Reeves, Vernon Haskie, Arland Ben, Allen Aragon, Myron Panteah, Ken Romero, Tony Abeyta, Cody Sanderson, Dawn Wallace, Chris Pruitt, Pat Pruitt, Liz Wallace and  Kenneth Johnson. At Pat Pruitt’s studio all of the components that make up “The Friendship Necklace” came together. For the first time we were able to see the magnificent masterpiece as a whole. Upon completition the artists went out to shoot some photographs. Some of which are seen here and others that are to be seen on the links provided..

Thanks to all who contributed in making this adventure possible. The necklace will be auctioned at  2012 Indian Market Gala in Santa Fe, Nm on August 18th at 5pm. So mark the date on your callender.. 

 

 

 Other links to check out the necklace:

You Tube Video of : Friendship necklace by swaia1922

First Look – Collaboration Necklace for 2012 Indian Market Gala By SWAIA – Santa Fe Indian Market, Facebook.

2012 Indian Market Gala

Details of the Collaborative Friendship Necklace

 

 

 

 

Great things at Tom Taylor.

On one of my journeys to Santa Fe, I went to Tom Taylor shop in the La Fonda hotel. There you can find a slew of fine quality leather belts, sterling silver jewelry, buckles out of sterling silver, stainless steel and titanium. Along with many other fine quality leather goods.  While there we (Philip and I) chatted about the new and exciting items I will be making for them, to have in the shop during the Santa Fe Indian Market festival. Some of the items they will have but not limited to: new earrings , M&M pendents, Dogtags and some inlayed buckles.. As always I had a great time talking shop with Philip and Kim Spiers. During my visit Jessica, employee  for Tom Taylor took that opportunity to snap a few pictures of me in front of the shop. We had fun laughing on San Francisco street while people passed by wondering about the photos being taken.

They will be hosting the “Black Jade and Diamonds” cuff and the “Coral, Lone Mtn turquoise and Diamond” inlayed bracelet for a limited time. If you are in Santa Fe stop on by to chat and see what new items adorn their shop @ 108 East San Francisco Street.

Thanks to everyone at Tom Taylors..

Cpruitt