Monday, October 31, 2016

New Work: Handcrafted Botanical Jewelry

 I'm really excited to announce that the first pieces in the new Botanical Collection are compete!

These pieces are more ornate that my previous work and I really enjoyed making them. 

Drawing from my love of gardening as well as abstraction this collection is whimsical and ornate. 

Several of these pieces are available now in my Etsy shop with more to follow!

For a look at the process behind these pieces check out my post on how they were made.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, October 24, 2016

How It's Made: Handcrafted Botacnical Necklaces

If you follow my instagram feed (@metalmusing) you know that when I'm not at my bench I am usually in the garden, so it makes sense that botanical themes pop up in my work from time to time. Last month I drew up a few new botanical pieces that are a little more elaborate than my usual work.

Next came cutting out, filing, and sanding all the tiny parts and pieces.

Some of them were so tiny!

Here are the first three soldered together and fresh out of the pickle.

At this point, as is often the case, I was so excited about them that I set these three aside and started on several more!

When they were all finally assembled they had a dip in the patina and are almost ready for stones.

With any luck I'll have the necklaces (12 in total!) finished, photographed, and ready to find new homes this week. Rings and earrings to follow!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Creepy Crawly, Just In Time For Halloween, Jewelry

It might be an understatement to say that I am not a fan of the eight legged. In fact, there are more than a few people who tear up with laughter describing my behavior during spider related events.

 If these special people didn't also understand the great joy that Halloween brings me I'm sure they would be wondering how I made it through the creation of these pieces.

 I have to admit, I got a little creeped out more than once. 

But Halloween is so worth it! It's an opportunity to embrace whatever it is you want to embrace whether it be creepy, or unrealistic, or inspiring, or wonderfully weird.

It's a day to be subtle, to indulge in a pun, or to take it over the top. 

This year I am embracing the season of the witch and we all know that a good witch befriends a great many spiders.

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Space Inspired Jewelry

New pieces from the Orbital Collection. Bold necklaces featuring stunning Ocean Jasper cabochons. 

Sterling Silver, Ocean Jasper, Pyrite, Onyx

Loaded with colors and patterns that evoke star studded skies, galaxies, and nebulae. 

Sterling Silver, Ocean Jasper

The perfect pieces to get lost in while pondering the vastness of the universe. 

Sterling Silver, Ocean Jasper

Excellent pieces for stargazers and daydreamers alike. 

Thanks for reading!