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

Hammer time

105 is closer to being finished! It takes time when you're repurposing things, building things, doing all the things to complete your vision of what your creative space should look like and how it functions. Here are some progress shots and videos I am wicked excited about....

My hammer and tool cabinet is complete and nestled in nicely with my anvil and stumps.

My hammer and tool cabinet is complete and nestled in nicely with my anvil and stumps.

Let's step back a little to get a glimpse of the elbow grease I put into this dream boat....

I found this shipping my crate in freespace at WAS. It had some stickers and tape on it. Being a jeweler, I care about the details and wasn't about to settle for anything less than perfection. So, I started sanding.  

Maybe I'm lazy, maybe I'm brilliant, (maybe I wanted a dance partner), either way I wanted this cabinet on wheels. 

From the top. I had this crazy idea that my bracelet mandrel should set into the shelf in the back.  

From the top. I had this crazy idea that my bracelet mandrel should set into the shelf in the back.  

That crazy idea, it led to me looking like this. When you make do with the not so right tools for the job it gets messy.  

That crazy idea, it led to me looking like this. When you make do with the not so right tools for the job it gets messy.  

TA-DA! I think getting dirty was worth it. 

I love this thing I made. Seeing my tools will remind me of what I am capable of. It will inspire me to explore and create more. I'm looking forward to my adventures in 105. 

xo, 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

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.

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

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