From the blank silver canvass to the emerald hue, I am loving spruce!

Visit my shop to get this hue for your collection.

happy summer!
xo, kim

fair isle with a side of poppy and smoke

I love the crafty community I am a part of. Near and far we are all working on different projects. We take the time to check in on Instagram to see what others are crafting up. One of my friends had been knitting away with the same hues I was enameling with. She saw these colors together but I had been thinking of sea foam and smoke. Poppy was out for a whole other project. 

A fresh set of eyes encouraged me to move out of my comfort zone and create a new  color combination. We crossed our fingers hoping our gadget monitors matched. She continued knitting as I fired up some enamels. After I wrapped the package with twine and shipped it off I set back to work at my bench. A few days later as I did my usual check in to see what others were making and I came across this picture and smiled in pure delight. We matched! Knitting in DC matched enamels from Pawtucket!

I love this crafty community I am a part of. It is nurturing, encouraging and supportive. Thanks to all who support us artisans and get us out of our comfort zones and inspire us to create something we couldn't see even if it was right on on jeweler's bench.

xo, Kim 

DIY: refinishing a neck form

Like most jewelers I had one of those black velvet neck forms to display my necklaces on. Aside from hating it for being so generic {and it's ability to attract dust} it was also falling apart. So, I decided to remove it's black shroud to see what I could do to jazz it up a bit. 
Taking it apart is pretty easy. Just find a corner that is coming undone and tear the fabric away. 
It's easy, I promise!

I thought I was going to save the fabric I removed to use as a template for the new fabric. It turns out that I wasn't able to reupholster it in the same manner.

I cut the base out at least three times before I decided to refer to a bookbinding book to see how I should cut and fold the corners. 

I used liquid stitch to attach the material to the frame. It seems to have done the trick. 

I didn't apply the glue everywhere. On the base I only used glue on the top and back, not the sides. For the circle to the left I applied glue to the back only. With the dowel I put some on the front to hold the fabric still then allowed it to dry. On the board I only applied the glue to the back. I cut many notches out of the fabric to make the curves smoother. It was quite the task.

I then pushed the fabric into the groove with a screwdriver {super fancy technique!}. 

I used some more liquid stitch to apply the circle to the fabric I stretched over the wooden board. 

I used some book cloth for the back. It is easy to cut and has a backing. It doesn't fray, it's super easy to work with and stuck like a charm with the help of sobo glue. The bottom of the base also has book cloth on it. The original finished piece had a waxy white paper and wasn't as durable.

Here it is modeling my daisy chain necklace on my bureau. I almost want to keep it for myself to display my personal jewelry collection. But I think it is best as part of my display, it will attract some attention. 

Sorry to have missed a bunch of steps. It wasn't easy to do with two hands, never mind trying to hold a camera as well. All I can say is dive in, you will figure it out but it will take time.

happy sunday!
xo, kim

supermarket saturdays : girl tuesday jewelry

There is something simply stunning about this Glacier Necklace by Girl Tuesday Jewelry on supermarket.

I especially love the detail of the two chains hanging below the druzy quartz. Not to mention the simple play of monochromatic color. 

Isn't it perfect that Girl Tuesday Jewelry used an over-sized stone in a simple piece? It isn't over done with too many details. Just the stone and the chain work perfectly together, balancing each other without competition. 

This is just my favorite in her shop. There are hearts a plenty for you to get for your lover. Not get to it!

happy saturday! xo, kim

object fetish fridays : Åsa Lockner

There is something imminently gorgeous about Åsa Lockner's jewelry. The pieces shown here leave the viewer wondering how the piece finishes. Does it end up shiny or matte? Which color stones are still to be added. Instead of answering these questions for us Åsa lets us fill in the blanks. We create the piece along with her.

Personally, I find Åsa to be a brave metalsmith. She is sending work out into the world "unfinished" in the eyes of many. In the stages before filing, sanding and polishing your works seems less precious and vulnerable. Her craftsmanship is laid out for all to see without needing to really inspect. Her process is right before our eyes and not covered in sparkle and shine. 

But the lack of sparkle and shine and being upfront about metalworking not being a glamourous affair is what attracts me to her work. We put our hearts into our work then spend hours cleaning everything up just to add shine to attract the buyers attention. But here, there is sparkle and shine, we just need to look for it and appreciate it for what it is, a work of art.

My collection of photos here is meager compared to the artist's work. You can find more work on her website and in her object fetish shop

happy new year to you!
xo, Kim

supermarket saturdays : Lola Riera Jewelry

Seeing as how I write mostly of jewelry I try and choose a craft other than jewelry for my supermarket saturdays post. But, Lola Riera Jewelry was too good to pass up. 

There is something wonderful in the simplicity of Cristina's jewelry. Her work is comprised of monochromatic, easily recognizable shapes. But to the trained eye her forms are quite complex as they are a hand-fabricated hollow structure. 

The simple piercings are also eye catching. Cristina turns a necessity for a hollow form into decoration making her work simply stunning. 

happy saturday! 
I am off selling my wares today. Hopefully, you are buying handmade.
xo, kim

object fetish fridays : Karola Torkos

On my first glimpse at Karola Torkos' work I was drawn in by the simplicity of the design below. 
A simple circle repeated. Somehow modern and classic all in one. 

Then I saw this familiar object, a push pin. Clustered together and plated in gold, they make for stunning earrings. 

When I saw these clusters of color in the forms of earrings I knew I was smitten.  

Discovering the meaning behind these pieces made them all the more lovely and easy to relate to....
"reminiscent of the 70s, childhood memories and kindergarten crafting, fool's gold is a collection of jewelry made from cascades of colors. linked and combined in different ways the jewelry depicts a play with contrasts, shapes and lengths. the shifting between intuitive randomness and considered construction makes this jewelry something familiar yet something new and unknown"

xo, kim

lovely and local : Made in Lowell

Just this past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting a local crafter. Long familiar with her cupcake pincusions {I have been eying them at Craftland for some time now!} I was more than happy to see her smiling face. Meet Liz of Made in Lowell....
Aren't these just divine? They are the perfect present for the avid seamstress. 
These hair pins are also a favorite of mine from my visits to Craftland. These come in the yummiest of colors. I am smitten with the mustard right now. It matches the rich leaves of autumn. 

This necklace is all new to me. The dash of rust amongst the robin's egg blue is stunning. 
Made in Lowell has more to offer than felted goods. Liz also has some great cards, handmade supplies and Martha Stewart worthy eggs. I can't believe how famous my twitter friend is, can you? 
enjoy and happy shopping!
xo, kim 

a touch of class : repurposed chandelier crystals

For some time now I have had my eye on some chandelier crystals I found thrift shopping. Just a few short weeks ago an idea came to me. I could use the crystals to make jewelry. I had thought of wrapping the crystals to some chain, but that isn't quite my style. So, I grabbed a face shield and my torch to see if the crystals could with-stand heat. And they did just fine! 

I made jump rings which re-iterated the shape of the crystals. Next, I played around with the chains to see how and where they would attach to the crystals. Once all of the soldering was done I oxidized the chains to bring out the patterns in them. 

Quite pleased with the outcome, I placed an order for more chain, with many more designs in mind. 

Now, I wait patiently for my order to arrive because there is so much more to get out of my head. It was a fun little project and made me realize that I need to make at least one new design a week. Simple or extravagant, I need to get something new out of my head and into metal. I feel refreshed and more like an artist, better ready to face the hours of soldering ahead. 

What projects do you have which are refreshing? or fulfilling? Please do share.

xo, Kim