Hammer time

105 is closer to being finished! It takes time when you're repurposing things, building things, doing all the things to complete your vision of what your creative space should look like and how it functions. Here are some progress shots and videos I am wicked excited about....

My hammer and tool cabinet is complete and nestled in nicely with my anvil and stumps.

My hammer and tool cabinet is complete and nestled in nicely with my anvil and stumps.

Let's step back a little to get a glimpse of the elbow grease I put into this dream boat....

I found this shipping my crate in freespace at WAS. It had some stickers and tape on it. Being a jeweler, I care about the details and wasn't about to settle for anything less than perfection. So, I started sanding.  

Maybe I'm lazy, maybe I'm brilliant, (maybe I wanted a dance partner), either way I wanted this cabinet on wheels. 

From the top. I had this crazy idea that my bracelet mandrel should set into the shelf in the back.  

From the top. I had this crazy idea that my bracelet mandrel should set into the shelf in the back.  

That crazy idea, it led to me looking like this. When you make do with the not so right tools for the job it gets messy.  

That crazy idea, it led to me looking like this. When you make do with the not so right tools for the job it gets messy.  

TA-DA! I think getting dirty was worth it. 

I love this thing I made. Seeing my tools will remind me of what I am capable of. It will inspire me to explore and create more. I'm looking forward to my adventures in 105. 

xo, kim  

Getting closer...

Little by little studio 105 is coming together. 

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It's been about a year and a half since I first dragged this stump to my old third floor space with the help of one of my best dudes. Now that it's settled easily in my first floor studio I finally mounted my vice to it. Why are didn't do this sooner, I have no idea.   

My work table for soldering and enameling is set up and ready to roar. 

A jeweler's bench isn't complete until you've mounted a bench pin. 

 

Thanks to some amazing customers I already shipped a couple of orders from Lowell! It felt great to shine up some earrings in my new space and utilize my new packaging area.

105 is starting to feel like home. There's still some boxes that need unpacking but my tools are ready to make stuff again. My shop is open and ready for business. In Stock! items ship in 1-4 business days, all other items have a 1-2 week fabrication time. 

happy summer!! 

xo, kim

More progress at 105

Moving day (days) happened and all of my work benches, tools and well, a whole lot of stuff is piled into space 105.  

Team Bondcliff completed mission move k.o'brien jewelry to WAS. 

Team Bondcliff completed mission move k.o'brien jewelry to WAS. 

That's everything! 

That's everything! 

Enamel/solder station!

Enamel/solder station!

I had some amazing friends come by and help me set up some work tables. I am THE luckiest gal! 

more soon! 

kim

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progress at 105

My new studio space was a blank canvass and I couldn't help but add some color....  that's my job after all. 

there's a view of the canal which I'm really excited about  

there's a view of the canal which I'm really excited about  

lots of room for workbenches  

lots of room for workbenches  

105

105

corn yellow

corn yellow

silversmith grey (fitting, isn't it?) 

silversmith grey (fitting, isn't it?) 

fuschia 

fuschia 

Quite the contrast, I'm still undecided on how it looks.  

Quite the contrast, I'm still undecided on how it looks.  

After a few trips to my car to get painting supplies, I realized my walls match the pansies by the brewery.  

After a few trips to my car to get painting supplies, I realized my walls match the pansies by the brewery.  

There's much more to be done but 105 already feels like home. 

More soon! xo, kim  

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The move part one

One full van trip started my official move to Western Ave Studios.  

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After carrying boxes down from my third floor space in Pawtucket wheeling everything to my new first floor space felt like a dream.  

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This guy made all the packing and heavy lifting seem effortless. 

More updates coming soon! I'm really excited to set up in Lowell.  

xo, kim 

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summit this way

Two years ago I set foot on my first trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and celebrated my birthday at 6288' on Mount Washington. At the summit we were in the clouds but that didn't stop me from smiling. Though my hike wasn't easy I loved every step. My eyes took in sights I knew I would never see at sea level and with this realization I decided to set a goal to hike all of the 48 4000' mountains in NH, as many hikers in the northeast do. I am currently at number 30 and am in constant awe of all the beauty I see on the trails and summits.

This collection of enamels is inspired by the colors I have seen on the trail. Granite colored rocks are accented with shades of lichen so bright it looks surreal. Nature is a true artist.

green lichen

green lichen

black moss lichen

black moss lichen

mycena orange mushrooms

mycena orange mushrooms

This is the start of a new series called summit this way. What started with capturing the colors I see on the trail will morph into re-creating shapes in metal, playing with more colors on a larger surface, and finding a way to create the textures of the Whites into metal. It seems fitting to have all of these ideas coming to fruition as I am packing up my old studio to move into a new place. A whole new trail is at the ready for me to explore.

xo, kim

These necklaces are part of my 30% off sale. Use code MOVINGSALE at checkout.

Start anew...

I have some big news for my little business. In July I will start making piles of silver dust at Western Ave Studios in Lowell, MA. It is a dream come true for me to be able to work in an old mill building with a few hundred talented artists. Sitting at my bench or hammering on my anvil is solitary work so it will be a welcomed change to have so many creative souls around.

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I am going to miss my little state. Pawtucket is where my business grew its roots seven years ago and it will always feel like home to me. I am grateful for all the friends I met there, the sunsets I gazed at from my bench and the orders I shipped out from my RI zip code. 

Seeing as I am starting anew I thought I would have a moving sale. It is time for me to part with some older designs to make way for new work. I will be putting all the bling I have in stock on sale for 30% off until June 18th. ++please note: at this time I can not take orders for items that aren't in stock. Thank you!!++

Thank you so very much for supporting my little handmade business. I look forward to settling into my new space and making some new shiny objects for you.

xoxoxoxo,

kim

 

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ZIP-DANG!

one of my favorite shops got a new shipment of bling earlier this month. ZIP-DANG has some earrings and as of right now they can only be found in their Wisconsin store. It is always a pleasure to work with shop owners to make bling that captures their vision and appeals to their customers. Thanks to Natalie for giving me a nudge to shake things up a bit!

Here are some studio shots...

raw materials and lists...

raw materials and lists...

fueled by espresso

fueled by espresso

handmade eye hooks and my hand covered in silver dust 

handmade eye hooks and my hand covered in silver dust 

smells like eggs but makes silver a lovely gunmetal grey

smells like eggs but makes silver a lovely gunmetal grey

time to make bling!

time to make bling!

onyx, fuchsia, pyrite, silver, carnelian and gold OH MY!

onyx, fuchsia, pyrite, silver, carnelian and gold OH MY!

this will be the last of my wholesale orders shipping from my sunlit studio in Pawtucket. more on this news later.

happy spring!

kim

custom pieces....

A customer asked me to make her a pair of aster dangles which were oxidized on the back and shiny on the front. It's a look I love but never thought of. I am grateful to have customers who push me to be more creative! Sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes to see something old and make it new again....

Have any ideas for custom work? Contact me and see if we can make it happen!

xo, Kim

New bling!

There's some new jewelry in the shop and it is on SALE!

a monochromatic necklace that will match everything!

a combination worthy of royalty!

a combination worthy of royalty!

Check these new pieces out and take advantage of my 20% off sale with code SALE! at checkout.

Happy Spring!

Kim

The start of a new collection...

Last autumn a good friend, who is also a maker, ask me to make her a necklace just slightly different from my usual pieces. We worked together to make a necklace perfect for her. We brainstormed a new shape, that of a petal, and went with a new, simpler chain. While we were at it we made the chain longer, this bigger pendant needs to be shown off! This joint venture reminded me how much I love exploring my craft and executing a new challenge. It really is the start of something new, maybe many things new!

Hand-cut shapes. -notice the leaf-shaped pieces, there will be more of those coming soon!

Hand-cut shapes. -notice the leaf-shaped pieces, there will be more of those coming soon!

hand dapped with handmade wooden dapping punches and block.

hand dapped with handmade wooden dapping punches and block.

after fusing a few coats of enamel I soldered a bail to the top.

after fusing a few coats of enamel I soldered a bail to the top.

Isn't this chain lovely?

Isn't this chain lovely?

The perfect length to show off this pop of color.

The perfect length to show off this pop of color.

Satin finish back and handmade clasps.

Satin finish back and handmade clasps.

Since this is the start of a new collection expect more color options and earrings to match. If you have a color request contact me, if you love this necklace as it is buy it here. I am excited to begin this new adventure. 

xo, kim

I love happy customers...

One can't help but love what they do when you're customers are this awesome!  

Thanks for suppprting my little business! (click here to get a pair!)

xo, kim

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Thank you...

I received a thoughtful email from a customer. Here are her kind words... 

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I want to say thank you to all of my customers, I can't tell you how lucky I am to have you. My inbox is forever getting emails of encouragement, as if wearing my jewelry wasn't an honor in itself. Thank you so very much for taking the time to tell me why my work is special to you. 💙

xo, kim  

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SALE!

Hey there! I have some in stock items I am putting on sale. Take 20% off with code SALE! on bling in the SALE! section

Get shopping! Once the bling is gone the sale is over. Packages will ship Tuesday-Thursday.

Happy Spring!

Kim

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Inspiration...

 'Put yourself in the way of beauty' -Cheryl Strayed's mother

 

As a maker my tools and hands are in the way of beauty. I saw, hammer, sand and solder to create beauty. Thinking of putting yourself in the way of beauty can sound as if you are disturbing the ebb and flow of beauty but I prefer to see it has taking part in something that possesses beauty.

xo, 

kim

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Vacation

Here's a little announcement on a decision I made today. My shop will be closed for the months of February and March. After months of deciding where I want my craft to take me I realized that I need to explore more. I plan on sitting at my bench, making only new designs, playing with new materials, and possibly leaving some old designs behind. This is a photo of a few things that inspire me, pieces I had cast years ago waiting to become jewelry, natural objects I gathered hoping to recreate in metal. I can't keep walking by these pieces of inspiration hoping to make them a reality, I need to carve out the time to make this happen for me. As an artist I have been struggling to feel inspired in my studio which goes against why I am here to begin with. This year I am opening all sorts of new doors and I want this old studio of mine to breathe new life again. If my inspiration seems unstoppable I may extend this little vacation of mine. So, if something shiny catches your eye get an order in soon. Thanks for all of your love and support. You mean the world to me.

xo, kim

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ps: any shops looking to place a wholesale order please contact me. I will do my best to meet your needs.

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happy autumn!

Some color combinations escape me. I can work with the same palette day after day and it seems my myopic approach to my to-do list prevents me from seeing otherwise obvious complimentary colors. Lucky for me I have the best customers and their special requests make me see what is right in front of me with a whole new light. 

Here are goldenrod and first frost, inspired by autumn colors and listed in the shop right in time to match the foliage and lovely chilly air.

 

Enjoy this colorful, crisp season!

kim

new in shop! so much new!

It seems that I have fallen in love with a new material, lovely, golden brass...

 

city dweller hoops, an old favorite redone in brass

city dweller hoops, an old favorite redone in brass

another timeless favorite, itty bitty cuff bracelets in brass and silver

another timeless favorite, itty bitty cuff bracelets in brass and silver

itty bitty dangles in brass and silver

itty bitty dangles in brass and silver

It has been fun re-creating older designs in a new (to me) material. 

>>click on the images to get shopping!<<

thanks for buying handmade,

kim

new stockist: Zip~Dang!

This evening I dropped a package off at the post office bound for Madison, Wisconsin. 

Zip~Dang! will be carrying am assortment of fresh bling. I wish I could have delivered my goods in person, this shop looks ah~mazing! 

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New Stockist: Roost & Company

While selling some bling at a yarn crawl a few years back I meandered around Salem, MA and stumbled into Roost & Company. Did I ever fall in love with this shop! Needless to say I am beyond excited to have my shiny objects with dashes of color amongst their collection. 

I hope you stumble in to one of their locations and fall in love too. Thanks for being awesome and supporting small businesses and buying handmade.

xo, kim