The past month has been a blur of happy faces, old friends and new friends. We had a fabulous time seeing so many loyal customers and friends at the MMEA (Missouri Music Educators Association) Conference in January. Thank you to each and every one of you who stopped by to see us. Our jobs are typically solitary so it makes our day, month, and year when you stop by so happy to see our new creations. A week later we were off to the OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) Conference in Cincinnati. This was our first time attending this conference and we didn't know a soul. The warm welcome that we received was humbling and made our hearts so very happy. So many times during these two conferences we were thanked for what we do for with non-profit partners Band of Angels. We love sharing their story. So many of you were touched this story and helped us to support Band of Angels with your purchases. The Band of Angels kids are why we do what we do . . . well, along with the fact that it's fun to work with power tools. During these conferences, we had a record number of newsletter/ blog sign-ups so we thought this would be a good time to share a little bit about ourselves by giving you a back stage tour of our creation process. In the photo collage above you can follow our process of creating piano key jewelry. When we receive the piano keys they are full length with the capstans still attached. The first step is to use a scroll saw to cut the keys to size. Then comes the tricky part - sanding them down without sanding our fingers. We like to sand the wood very close to the white part of the key. To do this the whole key needs to be held flat against the sander to make it perfectly even. This can be a tricky step and sometimes fingers are sanded instead of keys. Next we use our handy-dandy drill presses to drill holes. Now the piano keys are ready for the beautification process. We add a music pattern to the back and seal them, then it's time to add pretty beads. It can be a long, messy process but we think the outcome is beautiful. If you would like to see more of our piano creations click here. If you have any questions about our process, our jewelry or about Band Of Angels drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.