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

ZIP-DANG!

one of my favorite shops got a new shipment of bling earlier this month. ZIP-DANG has some earrings and as of right now they can only be found in their Wisconsin store. It is always a pleasure to work with shop owners to make bling that captures their vision and appeals to their customers. Thanks to Natalie for giving me a nudge to shake things up a bit!

Here are some studio shots...

raw materials and lists...

raw materials and lists...

fueled by espresso

fueled by espresso

handmade eye hooks and my hand covered in silver dust 

handmade eye hooks and my hand covered in silver dust 

smells like eggs but makes silver a lovely gunmetal grey

smells like eggs but makes silver a lovely gunmetal grey

time to make bling!

time to make bling!

onyx, fuchsia, pyrite, silver, carnelian and gold OH MY!

onyx, fuchsia, pyrite, silver, carnelian and gold OH MY!

this will be the last of my wholesale orders shipping from my sunlit studio in Pawtucket. more on this news later.

happy spring!

kim

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

new in shop! so much new!

It seems that I have fallen in love with a new material, lovely, golden brass...

 

city dweller hoops, an old favorite redone in brass

city dweller hoops, an old favorite redone in brass

another timeless favorite, itty bitty cuff bracelets in brass and silver

another timeless favorite, itty bitty cuff bracelets in brass and silver

itty bitty dangles in brass and silver

itty bitty dangles in brass and silver

It has been fun re-creating older designs in a new (to me) material. 

>>click on the images to get shopping!<<

thanks for buying handmade,

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. 

New stockist - FACETS etc

Early Sunday morning I wrapped up a hot pink package with twine and dropped it at the post. Its destination is Groton, MA to my newest stockist FACETS etc

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All of these itty bitty pieces will hit the shelves just in time for Mother's Day. Spoil the mother in your life with something handmade. You want to be her favorite, don't you?

xo, 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?

&nbsp;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 

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