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!
Hope you are having the best autumn ever! xo, kim
A new shipment of pyrite arrived at 105. This means my fool's gold necklaces and earrings are available again.
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!
After a long summer of moving I am ready to get my shine on. My shop is open and ready for business.
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.
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!
It is so exciting to be back at my bench.
happy summer's end!
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 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!
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....
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.
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.
Little by little studio 105 is coming together.
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.
Moving day (days) happened and all of my work benches, tools and well, a whole lot of stuff is piled into space 105.
I had some amazing friends come by and help me set up some work tables. I am THE luckiest gal!
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 much more to be done but 105 already feels like home.
More soon! xo, kim
One full van trip started my official move to Western Ave Studios.
After carrying boxes down from my third floor space in Pawtucket wheeling everything to my new first floor space felt like a dream.
This guy made all the packing and heavy lifting seem effortless.
More updates coming soon! I'm really excited to set up in Lowell.
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.
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.
These necklaces are part of my 30% off sale. Use code MOVINGSALE at checkout.
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.
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.
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...
this will be the last of my wholesale orders shipping from my sunlit studio in Pawtucket. more on this news later.
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!
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!
I received a thoughtful email from a customer. Here are her kind words...
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. 💙