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

happy autumn!

Some color combinations escape me. I can work with the same palette day after day and it seems my myopic approach to my to-do list prevents me from seeing otherwise obvious complimentary colors. Lucky for me I have the best customers and their special requests make me see what is right in front of me with a whole new light. 

Here are goldenrod and first frost, inspired by autumn colors and listed in the shop right in time to match the foliage and lovely chilly air.

 

Enjoy this colorful, crisp season!

kim

new in shop!

because stacking rings wasn't addicting enough...

now you can add brass to your stack!

now you can add brass to your stack!

how would you mix them up?

how would you mix them up?

 I love mixing metals and finishes...

 I love mixing metals and finishes...

these rounded square bands are the perfect fit!

these rounded square bands are the perfect fit!

More stacking rings coming soon! -these ship for free with code new! until something newer comes along! 

xo, kim

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 in shop!

Mix and match or layer them up!

I'm in love with these bold colors and matte glass beads! I couldn't stop playing with different colors, shapes and finishes with these newest pieces of my bling with beads collection.

as with my entire new! section these ship free with code new! until something newer comes along.  

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 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  

 

city dweller bangles in brass

Here's a new hue for the collection...

they are the same pavement texture as my  city dweller rings

they are the same pavement texture as my city dweller rings

With less layers of clothes in this summer heat I am having fun layering jewelry. Brass, oxidized silver and satin silver bangles get paired up, then I mix up collections by adding an oxidized fool's gold necklace and finally choose city dweller stacking rings to match the texture and finishes of the bracelets. Everything interchanges with ease and makes your jewelry box seems to double in size. Playing with colors and texture is fun in the studio and just as addicting when I choose my accessories for when I am out and about. The difference being the studio requires tools to explore, being out in the city requires some cool clothes, comfy shoes and lots of bling! (I love this look with my favorite dress from Queen of Hearts!)

what would you like to layer, mix and wear together?

happy summer!

xo, kim

Studio shots: itty bitty rings in the making

I take a lot of process photos. Maybe it's because I love metalsmithing tools.  Or because I find it awesome that shiny objects are born of fires, loud hammers, dirty pieces of sandpaper, whirring flex shafts and this solution we call pickle. Once metal shines we protect it, deam is precious and wear it with caution. 

Cutting ring shanks

Cutting ring shanks

Who needs fingerprints? 

Who needs fingerprints? 

Soldering complete. Now it's pickle time! 

Soldering complete. Now it's pickle time! 

My love of jewelry making means I will never have pretty nails and may be the perfect criminal. Without prints, who can catch me? 

My love of jewelry making means I will never have pretty nails and may be the perfect criminal. Without prints, who can catch me? 

Months after dreaming these up,  itty bitty rings  are finally in my shop.

Months after dreaming these up, itty bitty rings are finally in my shop.

I love them stacked!  

I love them stacked!  

Seeing as jewelry is a huge part of my life, just as much as making it is, I strive to create work which is subtle and easily worn. Size, shape, textures and finishes are taken into account when I consider the wear and tear these shiny objects endure. I guess that's how my designs ended up so simple yet rich in subtle details. If I can wear my work while hammering, soldering and sanding then I can be pretty certain you will find my designs perfect for every day too. My finger prints may get worn away but my jewelry will remain timeless. 

As always a huge thank you to all of my customers who keep me doing what I love, creating piles of silver dust. Without you my itty bitty designs wouldn't  continue grow to become collections.

xo, Kim

itty bitty bracelets!

 

I spent a few snowy days in my studio whipping up designs which had piled up in my sketchbook. Here's the newest addition to my itty bitty collection.... 

Sunshine and soldering

Sunshine and soldering

Ready to be formed  

Ready to be formed  

Ready to be worn

Ready to be worn

itty bitty cuff bracelets.

I'm smitten!

xo, Kim  

Sea foam and marigold, bright hues to get us to spring

Everyone seems to be looking for signs of spring, longer, sunnier days, flowers, weekend getaways. Until then... 

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wear adorn yourself with vibrant colors.  Sea foam and marigold are top on my list of favorites.

xo, Kim  

Teal and marigold! Spring is in sight...

Doesn't this combination remind you of marigolds against a moonlit sky? 

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Cure spring fever with my newest combination. Earrings are perfect for every season. In preparation for shedding our cowls and scarves why not order a necklace too? 

xo, Kim  

let's disco!

A sparkly new addition for those winter blues...  

 

shimmering  earrings ...

shimmering earrings...

and this  necklace  to match! 

and this necklace to match! 

bring the party to wherever you are. let's disco!

xo, Kim  

black & tan!

The contrast of color and shape make these simple designs pop!

And there are so many options for matching earrings... 

Personally, I love the black on black earrings above.  

But this classic design will always be a favorite of mine. The contrast is too lovely to resist. 

xo, kim

forget-me-not rings

This collection is in full bloom... 

 

cleaning castings

cleaning castings

soldered ring bands

soldered ring bands

soldering blooms, just off center

soldering blooms, just off center

which makes them perfect for stacking  

which makes them perfect for stacking  

forget-me-not rings make this bouquet complete.

Here's a little explanation on why I love these tiny flower so very much...  

This dainty flower is one I came across in a warehouse full of vintage findings. It reminded me of a little forget-me-not bloom, delicate flowers serving as a strong symbol for love, romance and remembrance. As best said by Henry David Thoreau, "It is one of the most interesting minute flowers. It is the more beautiful for being small and unpretending; even flowers must be modest."

enjoy! xo, Kim

 

Plum!

Just in time for a February birthday. Or just because you need a necklace to match your favorite plum earrings. Whatever the reason may be... 

 

this amethyst hue has finally found a home in my shop.  

xo, kim

 

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forget-me-not bracelet

And finally, there's a new addition to the budding family... 

Sketches and measuring  

Sketches and measuring  

lining up flowers before soldering

lining up flowers before soldering

soldering

soldering

freshly pickled

freshly pickled

in the studio

in the studio

ready to be worn

ready to be worn

forget-me-not cuff bracelets.  

enjoy! xo, Kim