new addition to my nasturtium collection!

A few weeks ago I put my stump to use in the studio. 

I dapped away to prepare for some new enameled jewels.

After I fired some pieces I realized I matched my soon to be necklaces and earrings. 
Happy accident or do I just have colors I simply love?

View of my soldering bench. I returned to solder some posts to these lovely new pieces. 
[new day, new vans!]

A family of Parisian blue nasturtium earrings were born.

And a necklace too!

Won't you visit my shop to see these lovely blue beauties. I am thinking this is the color for autumn! What else compliments a nice rusty orange or marigold? A complimentary blue is my answer!

happy tuesday!
xo, kim

studio sundays

Here are some studio shots of what I have been working on lately. 

 I've had these cast flowers for over a year and just now I am getting to making jewelry with them.

Since I had a specific place I wanted the daisy to rest I made a bail for the hoops so they wouldn't spin on the ear wire.

Of course I wanted them to be textured too. I used my trusty hammer #21 of the 100 hammers project. {I'm falling in love with this hammer.}

This is right from the soldering block. New daisy hoops!

My favorite is the oxidized finish but I aim to please those who like shiny objects.

Here are the aster and forget-me-nots.

Part of the fun of playing with cast objects is trying to figure out an unusual way to add ear wires. 
{Also, I may have some other designs up my sleeve for these.}

Here is a shot of my piece work solder set up. There isn't much room for error with getting the posts in the correct place so I use my trusty third hand. 

As I am the maker of these I get use to seeing them all grouped together. 
I sorta like 'em that way. Aren't these cute little studs? A nice spin on a classic earring if I do say so myself.

I started playing with how I was going to form the ear wire with the one to the far left.

This is a little aside and all around great tip. I placed my foredom {with a cup bur in it} in a vice to make a nice finish on the ends of my ear wires. It does a lovely job.
Plus, I get a free hand to take a photo too!

Well, you know, I am a big believer in options. 

happy sunday! 
how did you celebrate your funday?
xo, kim

ps: these earrings are now available here + here 

an etsy shop update

I decided to spend some time on my etsy shop this week. I hear that artists make a living off of etsy while some grab a few sales here and there. For me, etsy has been a website to put on my business card. Most of my sales have been due to supplies I wanted to get rid of. There have been a few jewelry sales here and there but not enough to finally kick that old nasty habit of a day job. 

Here is my new work...

I have been having so much fun enameling! The results are worth standing in front of a 1450 degree kiln. These poppies are inspired by those gorgeous white anemones you see with the dark blue centers. 

I needed to change my rings up a bit, so I went for shine and reflections of light and color. This is a smoky quartz bead riveted to one of my square bands. I love how light dances around on this ring!

Bitty earrings are back. Oxidized and scratched. Aren't they cute?

This rings has been around for a while now. When I took photographs for the re-opening of my etsy shop I realized I only photographed the square pod ring. So, here is the round one. Hope you like it.

More bitty earrings, this time punched from a hand textured sheet. These are a great seller at the open markets.

Just like white irises with purple centers. I love playing with this transparent purple. It fires chartreuse when white enamel isn't applied first. Unpredictable and fun. 

You caught me, this is an old style. I had to re-list it because it just seems to pretty not to have in my shop. Especially during the height of wedding season. Wouldn't these be perfect for bridesmaids?

Go on now, click on the photos and peek at them in my shop. Maybe select something as a present. {It is still a present even if it is for you!}

thanks for reading and looking.
xo, Kim


Grand Re-Opening {Finally!}

I am relieved, my etsy shop is finally full of all of my new work and a few old favorites. I am quite pleased with my photographs too. My cozy bungalow has a great window for photographing jewelry.

So, take a peek.....

This bamboo coral ring is the start of my specimen series. I have a few ideas up my sleeve and hope this project takes me in the direction of really glamorous cocktail rings.

I started my pod series last summer but started to focus on it more this spring. This ring is one of the first of the series that I made. It is a piece of faceted carnelian with a textured silver backing riveted onto a ring band. This ring is inspired by the bittersweet berries we enjoy decorating with in the autumn. 

This is my favorite of the pod series thus far. It is reminiscent of plump summer berries, not yet ripe enough to eat. The color of olive jade (or serpentine) is the essence of life to me. Watching spring bud to life around me has surrounded me by this color.

This pod ring is representative of decay. Not all buds blossom, some come to an end before they start ,and it doesn't necessarily lack in beauty.

Moon earrings are an old favorite. Inspired by lovely texture on left over scrap metal, they had a humble start. I have been having fun with different sizes and noticing that customers love the options. These are medium. Here are the small and large. Look and see which ones are for you.
{read: these are the start of a new series also. I have a feeling that these moons will appear on necklaces and dangle earrings too!}

I have been away from enameling for too long. To get myself back into the swing of things I designed some earrings that I could use as color palates for my explorations in color. After I have finished playing I get to come up with fun names for my studies. This one is Freckled Pink!

This was a fun exploration. The chartreuse was labeled as a transparent purple but I was pleasantly pleased with the outcome, I am smitten with chartreuse! Even more so in combination with lavender. The combination reminds me of lilacs blooming from green leafed bushes. 

These were the first pieces of metal that I enameled since university {it was long ago, trust me} and I started with my old favorite colors. Robin Egg Blue and Leaf. How could you not tell they would be a favorite? They have taken over my business theme. Banners, cards, stickers, ricrac, you name it is covered with this color combination. Luckily my customers seem to like my love for greens and blues too.

Now that I have filled my shop I find myself wanting to get back to my bench to design some more new work. As an artist are you ever done designing? I doubt I will ever be.

xo, Kim

new work, new market season

The first market of the season has come and gone. This has brought along a sense of anxiety, as the market season will be a long one this year, and a sense of relief. I put my new displays, work and packaging out for the shoppers to see and I got myself many compliments {especially on my teeny, square new business cards!}. So, all of my hard work seemed to pay off, ahh.. another sigh of relief. 

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had been browsing antique stores for displays. And I had a blast in my search efforts.

Not finding everything I wanted in an actual store I also searched etsy for my letterpress drawer. What would I do without etsy?

The finds from the antique stores needed some love and kindness to become the perfect displays for me.
I didn't mind, I love looking through paint squares at home depot just as much as I love to mix bold colors together to make one great piece!

Now, for the big reveal..... displays in action at the first market. 
{not to mention, my new packaging, gift wrap and earring cards!!}

I do love how this all came together for me. I must admit, there wasn't much of a plan when I started collecting these items so I am lucky everything came together. My theory is that if I like one thing then everything else I get will look perfect with it because I picked it all out. Might be silly but it makes for less stress while gathering all of the bits and pieces from different places. 

I had so much fun playing with colors, making new cards and price tags and designing new work. Now, I just need to get designing more to fill up my lovely letterpress drawer. More rings are in order!

What part of market preparation do you love?