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

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 

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

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!

Inspiration

Art imitating life

Spruce nasturtium and garden nasturtium from my studio neighbor 

Spruce nasturtium and garden nasturtium from my studio neighbor 

Shapes, line and color catch my eye. These nasturtium leaves amaze me. Each one has a slightly different curve, ripple or fold creating different outlines. These forms influenced my jewelry making and inspired my nasturtium collection. Each piece of silver is altered from the perfect circle it starts in. I apply transparent enamels and capture a moment of color on my handmade leaves and make them into earrings or a necklace for others to adorn themselves with.

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

Making it

Finally, I feel like I am making it. Making my jewelry, making more profit than ever (well, there wasn't really ever profit, just sustaining), making my life happen the way I want to. I would say making it on my own but I have a little help which I am beyond grateful for. Making it with help in many forms, the most important is the group of loved ones always cheering me on erasing my doubts and insecurities. Making it to boutiques and shops I had thought I would only dream of having my jewelry in. Making it in a wholesale world where people have sought my work out and chosen it to be a part of their curated collection. Making it to more and more places and to more and more shoppers and collectors that this girl from little old Fall River could have ever dreamed.  

 

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Last year I decided to get a little tattoo on my right wrist, my dominant arm, the one I hammer with, sand with, finish jewelry with, use pliers and hold a torch with. This little tattoo was to remind me that no matter where you came from or where you called home, a cardboard box, a studio, a place you share with a loved one, no matter what your background, support system or financial situation was if you worked toward your goals tirelessly your dreams will come true. It was a reminder to use what brought you down to make yourself stronger. To triumph over adversity, believe in yourself, to seek guidance and support through friends and family and to prove to those who doubted you just how wrong they were. It reminded me to set goals, lofty goals, realistic goals, embrace your passions and push forward in doing what you love. It was a reminder to take criticism with a grain of salt or as fuel to build a stronger fire and determination within yourself. It also serves as a reminder that life is short, fragile and unpredictable and to make everyday your best day and keep on doing what you love. This little tattoo also reminds me that art needn't be grand, small works can stand for larger ideas. What matters most is loving your process and finding the right audience which embraces your aesthetic as much as you do. Whatever gave me the guts to walk into that tattoo parlor one May afternoon on a whim and ask for a crude crown also gave me the guts to tell anyone who thought I should grow up and get a real job to keep their opinions to themselves. Have I ever looked at my pale wrist with deep black lines and thought, damn that was dumb? Hell yeah. But those thoughts are fleeting, they are moments of doubt when words of discouragement creep in. Those moments make me pause and bring up the feelings of the girl who walked into a tattoo parlor looking for a symbol of change, strength and the 'F#*!, I got this attitude' and rolled up her shirt sleeve, stuck her arm out and thought, 'huh, that didn't hurt' as she floated back to her car. Every day I get stronger, more confident and my I got this attitude takes up more space in my life. 

Thank you for making my dreams seem within reach. Cheerleaders, family, friends, my wagging pups and those who tell me I can't, you all set the fire that gets me going. Hugs and love to you all. 

xo, kim

ps: if you wouldn't mind I will start sharing other parts of my life away from my bench which have set me in the direction of realizing I am capable of much, much more than I ever dreamed possible. Coming soon... 

New stockist!

I am wildly excited to announce my earrings will be available at The Harvard Museum of Natural History.  

A dirty thumbs up to making piles of silver dust. 

A dirty thumbs up to making piles of silver dust. 

Always studying colors.  

Always studying colors.  

A handful of spring.  

A handful of spring.  

Soldering progress.  

Soldering progress.  

It's a wrap! 

It's a wrap! 

One of the lovely glass flowers seen on my visit.  

One of the lovely glass flowers seen on my visit.  

I am honored to be in the same building as the glass flowers shown above. These flowers have influenced me since I first saw them fifteen years ago. I can not think of a more perfect place for my enamel work nor could I have imagined my work could possibly end up here. I am grateful and excited and don't know what could really top this. 

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

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  

City dweller hoop earrings

These two hands of mine were busy making two pairs of city dwellers hoops this past week.  

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When I literally dreamt these up six years ago... 

I didn't dream they would still be in demand now. Thank you for enjoying my work and proving it is simply timeless. 

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

Valentine gift guide no. 4

Let her know she is always on your mind... 

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Valentine gift guide no. 3

Tell her just how much you love her.... 

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with this series to the moon & back. It's sweet, it's little but with a big message.

[the necklace can be found here and earrings here.]

Valentine gift guide no. 1

Entering a new phase in your relationship?  

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Shimmering moon earrings and rings may be just the right gift for your lover.  

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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Buy handmade for your valentine

You have until February 7th to place orders for your lover. Everything is handmade just for you. I need time to makes piles of silver dust, wrap your brown paper packages and tie them with string and ship them off. 

 

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Men, I'll be sending out gift guide suggestions. Ladies, why not share them with your lover? Maybe hints are needed... 

 

Oh, why not take advantage of my 25% off sale [which ends January 31st] and shop now?

xo, Kim