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

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. 

Studio shots

Spring orders are coming in. Seems like ladies are ready to adorn themselves with color this season.

Beveling edges  

Beveling edges  

Dapping fine silver, making perfect cups to hold enamel.  

Dapping fine silver, making perfect cups to hold enamel.  

Some days you walk into the studio to find the sun filtering into your work space and you stop to appreciate it.  

Some days you walk into the studio to find the sun filtering into your work space and you stop to appreciate it.  

Hydrangea and goldenrod are loved most right now.  

Hydrangea and goldenrod are loved most right now.  

As always, thank you for being awesome and buying handmade!

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