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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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