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

Sunrise and Moonrise

Two new pieces have hit the shop. Both are inspired by two adventures which turned out to be more awe inspiring than I ever thought possible. One was a backpacking trip which led me to watching my second sunrise in my life. The other was a run where I set out on a route to watch the sunset but was more enchanted by a full moon rising, so I changed courses to chase it.

my sunrise necklace and the moment in time which inspired it

my sunrise necklace and the moment in time which inspired it

Here is the long version to my story of watching the sunrise at 4315' above sea level. It was one of those moments in which you wish time would stop because you know that you will never see this work of art again. The moment, the colors, the feeling, everything, will never be the same as it was that morning. That feeling was absorbed into my being and I wanted to find a way to share it. I made this necklace with one brass sun nestled between two pieces of silver. One is textured to represent the undercast the sun rose from, the other is tough in texture, like the rocks I sat on to witness the new day rising before me. 

my moonrise necklace and the night that inspired it

my moonrise necklace and the night that inspired it

One day a few weeks ago I was having this day where nothing on my jeweler's bench was going smoothly. Maybe the solder wasn't flowing, or enamels were cracking, I can't recall. I can recall looking at my pup and telling her, I am going to go for a run and will come back a better person. There couldn't have been truer words. I changed quickly, knowing the sun was going to set soon and I decided to run over a bridge hoping to watch the sun set behind the city on one side or over the water on the other -either was fine as I have no sense of direction (yeah, I get lost often). As I was driving towards the bridge I saw the full moon rising above the town on the other side of the river, so I chased it. I ditched my route to make the most of chasing the moon, in doing so I ran thoughtlessly, focused on the moon, I didn't hear the music blaring through my ear buds, but I did hear that I had run a mile and a half and decided to turn around in the shadow of the moon and watch the sky change as the sun set on my way back to the car. Catching my breathe I walked back towards the water for one last glimpse of the moon and how it reflected in the ripples of the river. I got to thinking how moonrises are different, we don't see new moons rise, some moonrises are golden, like the sun and others are white, like a big round star, these thoughts inspired the necklace. About 15 minutes later I realized I set a new personal best for myself, running the fastest three miles I have ever run. I set this record effortlessly, with a smile, feeling renewed and ready for a new day at the jeweler's bench. Like I told my pup, I'll come back a better person. 

Click on the images above to see these necklaces in my shop. My hope is you can relate them to an adventure that changed your day, week, or forever impacted your life. 

xo, kim

p.s. I read this article and it has helped me realize that adventures can be had right outside your door. I've been making my runs an adventure and using them as a way to explore my surroundings. I have a new appreciation for the neiborhoods I consider home. 

inspiration leads to exploration

Maybe you do or don't know this about me, I consider myself a hiker. I may not have a bunch of miles or mountains under my belt and may have just started less than a year ago but after hiking the tallest peak in the New England, then bagging the peak next door, I declared myself a hiker. There are 48 mountains in New Hampshire which are 4000' or higher and so far I have tramped over 21 of them. Each one is different, but all of them embrace me, nurture me and inspire me. I see the details others may pass by, the tiniest alpine flowers, berries, lichen, moss... I take pictures so I can take these memories with me, researching the names of what I met on the trail getting to know the mountains better and better with each hike. As I look over these pictures I see colors I want to use in my jewelry. Forms, shapes and textures I want to explore in metal. These adventures force me to explore in my studio. Here is a look at one of my first explorations (well, the first one to make it to my website, that is)...

snow and lichen covered cairn leading me towards another summit

snow and lichen covered cairn leading me towards another summit

When you are on a trail the colors you see are overwhelming. You can try but you can't ever fully capture nature's beauty. When I first saw black and neon green lichen creeping across a grey rock I was in awe that these colors happened in nature. I saw the rocky grey landscape as a canvass for things to grow over, blend with, become one with. I reflected on my jewelry and how I had taken a similar approach. Grey enamel and sheets of silver had become my canvasses in which I explored colors and textures. I knew one day I would stray from my go to palette and try as best I could to capture nature in glass and metal. 

a sample of grey granite, littered with raven colored lichen

a sample of grey granite, littered with raven colored lichen

this earring style had long been retired. a good customer asked if I would make her a pair and I couldn't resist. How lucky am I that she trusted me to experiment with my new palette?

this earring style had long been retired. a good customer asked if I would make her a pair and I couldn't resist. How lucky am I that she trusted me to experiment with my new palette?

walking through a rock and lichen lined col, feeling empowered and inspired and at total peace.

walking through a rock and lichen lined col, feeling empowered and inspired and at total peace.

There are more of these designs on my bench, not yet completed, completed designs are not yet photographed, and some designs are in my head or sketchbook (aren't they the same?). Just as with my city dweller collection, I am slowly creating a summit this way collection which grows and evolves with my adventures and I hope you love it just as much as you loved the designs influenced by my city living. 

Thank you for buying these shiny objects made with love, made with my own two hands with a side of blood, sweat, dirt and tears. 

xo, kim

 

New! Fuchsia and black

I'm in love!  

I have a few new bling with beads designs for you. I think this may be my favorite so far...

Which earrings would you choose to match this necklace... the neon matte fuchsia or matte black? I can't decide so I made both!

More coming soon! Until then enjoy free shipping on these with code new!.

xo, kim

Shimmering silver...

This wintry hue has my heart...  

 

while it is still chilly and the ice is thick, let's embrace winter with cool colors.

while it is still chilly and the ice is thick, let's embrace winter with cool colors.

This is a half clear and half silver glass bead. Super shiny and reflective, just like ice all the water frozen around us.

This is a half clear and half silver glass bead. Super shiny and reflective, just like ice all the water frozen around us.

look close...you can see the half clear and half silver detail of the beads in this photo.

look close...you can see the half clear and half silver detail of the beads in this photo.

I can never decide on which chain finish I prefer, shiny or oxidized... can you?

I can never decide on which chain finish I prefer, shiny or oxidized... can you?

which are your favorite ear wires? shiny or oxidized? I can't decide either....that is why both are always an option.

which are your favorite ear wires? shiny or oxidized? I can't decide either....that is why both are always an option.

As with all of my new pieces these ship for free with code new! until something newer comes along.

xo, kim

Brass itty bitty necklace : behind the scenes...

I am loving my little adventures playing with brass. Here's a peek at how much work goes into these itty bitty necklaces...

Golden metal dust.  

Golden metal dust.  

Cutting discs... 

Cutting discs... 

An itty bitty piece is cut... 

An itty bitty piece is cut... 

And repeat... Does this ever take muscle! 

And repeat... Does this ever take muscle! 

After a little blood, sweat and love I have a few brass circles to pay with.  

After a little blood, sweat and love I have a few brass circles to pay with.  

Itty bitty brass necklaces  add some golden sunshine up your day.  

Itty bitty brass necklaces add some golden sunshine up your day.  

take a look at my new! section and shop for  brass and silver jewelry and enjoy free shipping until something newer comes along. 

xo, kim

Holiday! Celebrate!

Last minute shoppers, here's the scoop...  

Celebrate with handmade bling this season!
Buying handmade is awesome. Everything you order is made just for you, with a whole lotta love by my own two hands. What makes the holidays more special than handmade presents? Nothing, buying handmade means being able to make special requests and giving loved ones something to cherish for years to come. Have something in mind? Contact me so we can get to work making your holiday perfect.

 The USPS says we have until the 21st to get Priority packages to your front door by the 24th. Place your orders by the 17th so I have time to make you something awesome! Why wait? Get shopping

New! items ship for free with code new!. You can find them in this section. More items to be added throughout the 17th. (free shipping valid until 12.21)      

I am knee high in gratitude, soon to be waist high. Thank you for keeping my hands busy and dirty, my bench pin fill of silver dust, my tools tapping and whirling and my flames hissing. Without you I wouldn't be a maker.
xo, kim

Brass itty bitty earrings

Finally! These sweet earrings are listed in my shop....  

The backs are covered in silver. Enjoy brass without green ear lobes! 

The backs are covered in silver. Enjoy brass without green ear lobes! 

I love them paired with my  to the moon and back earrings  in dark and hazy. What will you pair them with?

I love them paired with my to the moon and back earrings in dark and hazy. What will you pair them with?

To celebrate I am offering free shipping with code   'new!' until the 7th of December. Check back soon, I'll be adding new work daily. 

xo, 

kim  

 

making and wearing...

As a student I made jewelry which pushed the limits of function. Cocktail rings too large for one to fit their hand in their pocket, necklaces laden with wire too fragile and pokey for hugging, earrings which would get caught in scarves and bracelets which would stop you from putting your arm through a sleeve. Once I graduated and got a real job I started to collect sensible jewelry I could work in. Earrings which allowed me to listen to patients on the phone, patients who needed listening to. Bracelets that didn't get in the way as I typed for hours on my keyboard, rings which didn't interfere with fixing the ever broken fax machine and necklaces which didn't get tangled in phone cords. 

Notice I said collect. That was before craft, before I decided not to waste my talents and passion. Finally, I gave up that unhappy life. I unpacked my tools, grabbed them tight and started to do what I love, make lots of noise to create functional, timeless jewelry. Now that I am a maker I make jewelry I can wear while I am making jewelry for others to wear. I think it's pretty awesome. My rings add a little sparkle to my hands but I can still wield a hammer while wearing them. Necklaces are delicate but don't get stuck in whirling tools. Earrings, well, I can pretty much wear what I please as I blast any music I want loud and clear in my studio, no head phones required. Bracelets need to fit well and not get in the way of soldering -as an aside, stacking them up makes for a lovely tune when I wear them while hammering. 

So, here's a little post on making and wearing....

wearing  bronze asters  and measuring wire (along with these  dark and hazy earrings !)

wearing bronze asters and measuring wire (along with these dark and hazy earrings!)

cutting wire in my dragonfly shirt by  An Li Studio . I try and wear as much handmade as I can!

cutting wire in my dragonfly shirt by An Li Studio. I try and wear as much handmade as I can!

texturing  city dweller bracelets  and wearing them in  silver  and  brass . also wearing a  black and tan necklace . I love that my pieces from different collections can be mixed and matched. 

texturing city dweller bracelets and wearing them in silver and brass. also wearing a black and tan necklace. I love that my pieces from different collections can be mixed and matched. 

My itty bitty rings and stacking rings are never in the way. They are perfect for someone who works with their hands. Love that brassy sparkle!  One day real soon these will be in my shop. They have been tested and approved. I promise you will fall in love with them!  (If you look super close you can see these  earrings  which match my lovely  necklace !)

My itty bitty rings and stacking rings are never in the way. They are perfect for someone who works with their hands. Love that brassy sparkle! One day real soon these will be in my shop. They have been tested and approved. I promise you will fall in love with them! (If you look super close you can see these earrings which match my lovely necklace!)

That's a whole lot of hoops! Working hard and sparkling at the same time!

That's a whole lot of hoops! Working hard and sparkling at the same time!

Not only do I wear bling in my studio, I wear it running, hiking and backpacking. For me rings and earrings are always a staple. What sparkles won't you leave home without?

xo, kim

thanks for buying handmade!