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DIGITAL Watch Parts!

DIGITAL Watch Parts!

I saw a lot of these digital watch components on Etsy and I HAD to have them. Being such a computer geek, I’ve always wanted to figure out some way to incorporate circuitry into my jewellery, but computer parts are always so clunky. But these seemed like they might do the trick… and when they arrived they were soooo much better than I had imagined! They’re *perfect* jewellery-sized pieces of circuitry, ready-made and all completely different! Bliss. I came home from work, opened the package and was so excited I quickly scarfed down some peanut butter sammiches standing over the sink, and went straight to the studio without even changing into comfy clothes.

These are the first five. There are about 20 more in various stages of completion. I feel brilliant.

DIGITAL Watch Parts!

DIGITAL Watch Parts!

My mommy got this one for her birfday present!

DIGITAL Watch Parts!

DIGITAL Watch Parts!

A preview of the early stages of some of these… many more in development.

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Vintage-y Goodness! Skeleton Keys & Buttons :)

Vintage Button / Skeleton Key Necklaces

An unexpected burst of energy after supper resulted in 3 new pieces for today!

The buttons have been laid out in these colour combinations on the workbench for at least a couple of weeks but I just couldn’t make it work in my head. I added the inverted washers, which was better, but it still wasn’t right…. until I opened a drawer and saw the vintage skeleton keys a locksmith friend had dug out of some tubs of random bits on his garage this past summer and realized they’d be *perfect* bases for what I had in mind.

The keys are fairly hidden behind the buttons but you can mostly see the ends poking out, plus it’s really great just to know they’re in there!

Here they are all together so you can see the necklace part:

Vintage Button / Skeleton Key Necklaces

The orange-ish one has a massive inverted washer in the middle underneath that fabulous terracotta-coloured button. It was exciting to find that they fit together so well! This one also features 3 connected vintage leather flowers that were in a box of my grandmother’s broken jewellery bits.

Vintage Button / Skeleton Key Necklaces

Vintage Button / Skeleton Key Necklaces

I had actually tried with the blue combination last week but felt it was flimsy and didn’t care for it. My success with the keys had me adding a few reinforcement wraps here and there which tightened it up considerably and helped me feel like it was more complete!

Vintage Button / Skeleton Key Necklaces

Vintage Button / Skeleton Key Necklaces

Vintage Button / Skeleton Key Necklaces

I just really loved this purple button. And those inverted washers give me joy!

Clock Part Pendants

My future mother-in-law’s mother passed away a couple of months ago and left behind a large clock. Laird took apart her clock to harvest the parts and I wrapped them into pendant/brooches for his mom. She wrote a poem and I packaged them up and she gave them to her siblings as a memento of their mother.

Clock Part Pendants

Clock Part Pendants

Clock Part Pendants

Clock Part Pendants

It was a really beautiful gesture, and I wish we’d had the new camera to take these photos with back then!

Clock Part Pendants

Clock Part Pendants

Clock Part Pendants

Clock Part Pendants

Clock Part Pendants

Clock Part Pendants

Clock Part Pendants

Clock Part Pendants

Art Nouveau Hammered Necklace

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A book of art nouveau designs caught my eye as I was passing the bookshelf in my downstairs hallway on the way to the studio so I grabbed it and brought it down with me. Flipping through was pretty inspiring so I grabbed a heavy-gauge wire and my hammer! There’s minimal bling on this one because the design itself should be the focus. I used a bit of grosgrain ribbon for the rest of the necklace.

Lookit how pretty!

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HammeredWire02

This piece is available in my new Etsy store, too :D

Steampunk? I think?

More Steampunk

I went just a *little* dangle-crazy with the last batch of steamfunkery pieces. I couldn’t help it! I dug out all the metal bits and bobs I could find and in there were these chandelier-earring-type findings that just begged to be incorporated and to have things hanging off them. And so a bunch of the newest pieces are really, really long. They also have colour, which is new for this line, based on someone saying that even steam-punk-goth girls aren’t hurt by a nice piece of shiny bling :)

I also just got a massive, unexpected case of these ribbon-cord necklaces – my fiance and his business partner have long gone to flea markets and outdoor vendor shows to sell low-priced goods, including jewellery they’ve bought or made, to make a few bucks a week. This week they got out of the business for loftier goals and I’ve inherited the giant box of ribbons they’d just acquired! It’s the first time I’ve had any reliable sort of alternative to the chains that come with my pendants, and I’m glad for it, because I’ve been having a hard time finding good quality chains. I have come to realize that most people have their own chains anyway, but I still would prefer to package my work with something a little nicer. I think in many cases these brightly-coloured ribbons will hit the spot! I certainly had fun digging through the box to find colours to suit these pieces:

More Steampunk

More Steampunk

Not everything was dangly and massive, however:

More Steampunk

(ok, maybe a little massive)

More Steampunk

More Steampunk

More Steampunk

More here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nightingayle/sets/72157624468313753/with/4833521047/

I was in a hurry to take these photos so they’re not as beautifully crafted as the previous set. But… BUT!! The final architectural detail in my studio is complete (after months) and the next update will be to show you the amazing, wonderful, fabulous, delightful new area in the studio that will help me transit from physical to digital with ease. Keep an eye on this space!

Steampunk-y Gears

Gears of Time

I’ve been doing a version of these for a while, but this is the first time I’ve had access to real watch parts (mostly I’ve been using scrapbooking embellishments). I had a great time putting together complex elements to then wire-wrap.

I also had some success with photography! I believe the secret is to add more elements than just the pendant to the composition, to allow for a better automatic white balance and also to add interest. So take a look!

Gears of Time

Gears of Time

Gears of Time

Gears of Time

Gears of Time

Gears of Time

Gears of Time

These (and several others) will be available at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design as of Monday July 5th.

Locks & Gears

Locks & Gears

Previous versions of these pendants have sold well so I kicked it up a notch! I added lock and key charms and these are made of variations of silver, gold, bronze, copper, and vintage bronze wire. They’ll be available at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design within the next week or so!

Locks & Gears