studio warming party at #105

Help me celebrate my new space! Bring your friends, family and pets. Eat some food, have a beer, watch a demo, see some bling. Can't wait to meet y'all!

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Hope you are having the best autumn ever! xo, kim

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Fool's gold!

A new shipment of pyrite arrived at 105. This means my fool's gold necklaces and earrings are available again. 

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fool's gold necklaces are now available in 16" or 18" chains! 

fool's gold necklaces are now available in 16" or 18" chains! 

add some shimmer to your ears with these simple earrings

add some shimmer to your ears with these simple earrings

I can't wait to get back to making these. If any of my wholesale customers want them back on your shelves contact me to place an order. 

Happy Summer's end!

Kim

FACETSetc

Some shiny objects were sent over to my neighbors Groton, MA. Get out, shop small and buy handmade at FACETSetc!

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ready to get my shine on

After a long summer of moving I am ready to get my shine on. My shop is open and ready for business. 

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I look forward to spending hours at my bench making piles of silver dust. Thanks for your patience this summer. As always, I couldn't do this without your support. People who buy handmade are simply the best.

xo, kim

finally, a little work at 105

It has been months since I got to making something, well, something out of metal that is. Here are some firsts at 105...

used my beloved saw frame to size some bracelets! 

made good use of my vice and bracelet mandrel. I LOVE this stump!

and my first solder! 

sized up and hammered (click photo to shop)

sized up and hammered (click photo to shop)

soldered up some clasps for these (click photo to shop)

soldered up some clasps for these (click photo to shop)

It is so exciting to be back at my bench. 

happy summer's end!

kim

stumped

105 is coming along nicely. Since there is foot traffic over at Western Ave Studios I decided to take the time to put my tools on display so visitors can a glimpse at my jewelry making process. This took a lot planning as I need it to be functional and aesthetically pleasing. After some work days I wonder why I hadn't done this sooner. Not only does seeing my tools make me want to use them more creatively, but it also gives a better flow to my work process. 

my rolling mill has been installed on my favorite stump!

I wanted my dapping tools (not seen are mandrels and a hammer) handy.

I wanted my dapping tools (not seen are mandrels and a hammer) handy.

a thrifted leather belt and some screws did the trick.

a thrifted leather belt and some screws did the trick.

I have made leaps and bounds in my progress. Rather than inundate you with one long post I will check in with more updates.

enjoy summer's end!

kim

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  

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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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