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

stumped

105 is coming along nicely. Since there is foot traffic over at Western Ave Studios I decided to take the time to put my tools on display so visitors can a glimpse at my jewelry making process. This took a lot planning as I need it to be functional and aesthetically pleasing. After some work days I wonder why I hadn't done this sooner. Not only does seeing my tools make me want to use them more creatively, but it also gives a better flow to my work process. 

my rolling mill has been installed on my favorite stump!

I wanted my dapping tools (not seen are mandrels and a hammer) handy.

I wanted my dapping tools (not seen are mandrels and a hammer) handy.

a thrifted leather belt and some screws did the trick.

a thrifted leather belt and some screws did the trick.

I have made leaps and bounds in my progress. Rather than inundate you with one long post I will check in with more updates.

enjoy summer's end!

kim

Getting closer...

Little by little studio 105 is coming together. 

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It's been about a year and a half since I first dragged this stump to my old third floor space with the help of one of my best dudes. Now that it's settled easily in my first floor studio I finally mounted my vice to it. Why are didn't do this sooner, I have no idea.   

My work table for soldering and enameling is set up and ready to roar. 

A jeweler's bench isn't complete until you've mounted a bench pin. 

 

Thanks to some amazing customers I already shipped a couple of orders from Lowell! It felt great to shine up some earrings in my new space and utilize my new packaging area.

105 is starting to feel like home. There's still some boxes that need unpacking but my tools are ready to make stuff again. My shop is open and ready for business. In Stock! items ship in 1-4 business days, all other items have a 1-2 week fabrication time. 

happy summer!! 

xo, kim

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  

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

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.

Shiny objects off to Cambridge

Those earrings you loved so much at the Harvard Museum of Natural History gift shop now have necklaces to match. 

Plum, goldenrod and first frost

Plum, goldenrod and first frost

Hydrangea and parisian blue

Hydrangea and parisian blue

Teal and poppy

Teal and poppy

Soldered and cleaned to a satin finish. 

Soldered and cleaned to a satin finish. 

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Handmade clasps. 

Handmade clasps. 

60 feet of chain cut by hand. 

60 feet of chain cut by hand. 

Goldenrod and first frost, newest combination currently available only at The Museum Shop. 

Goldenrod and first frost, newest combination currently available only at The Museum Shop. 

Plum and first frost, and old favorite.  

Plum and first frost, and old favorite.  

Teal and poppy, packed up and ready to go. 

Teal and poppy, packed up and ready to go. 

Hydrangea and Parisian blue, summery hues.  

Hydrangea and Parisian blue, summery hues.  

Thanks, Harvard, for taking care of my jewelry and thank you visitors for buying handmade.  

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  

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