Crazy New Vintage Steampunk Flower Birchbark Clocky Things

Hoo boy, I love this batch. I had several new sets of components I had wanted to try – enameled flowers I got from an artist on etsy, lacquered birchbark I’d harvested from a friend’s woodpile, skeleton keys my dad salvaged from his basement, and stamped bronze and copper filigree …

Sneaky Preview

The new materials I’ve got on the bench are blowing my mind. Unfortunately, my vacation totally interrupted my creativity time and I can’t show you anything finished yet! I can, however, totally tease you :) And ok, you can see some of the half-finished bits in the background. Maybe I …

Brooches of the Steampunk Variety

For those of you who have asked if I make brooches …. I do now! I know I’ve been inundating you with updates lately, but I can’t help it! I’ve just been so productive and I love to share :)

Upcoming Uncommon Beach Glass

These are soooo pretty! My parents brought me most of these (the yellow one was from last week!) and the gray in the bottom left corner was presented to me by a dear friend. I should have put these in the light box so you can get an idea of …

Working With What Ya Got!

The other day I finally completed the pile of waiting earrings on the workbench. For some reason they were completely blocking me! I normally work in batches of 100 at a time but these 2 dozen just wouldn’t finish themselves. But I got ’em all done and reached out for …

Vintage-y Goodness! Skeleton Keys & Buttons :)

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 …

Valentine Heart Pendants

A dozen or so heart pendants in blood red, sunset orange, and sweetheart pink, plus one special hammered pendant in extra-large. These will be available at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design later this week!

Christmas Week!

I just love Christmas. People who see me in November probably think I’m a grinch but I just hate EARLY Christmas. It shouldn’t be months-long. But I love it when it’s here! In my family, my brother’s birthday is a week before The Big Day. We usually try to keep …

T-Minus Not Enough Days Left…

It’s been crazy-go-nuts around here for a while now, with the Christmas Loft craft show looming very closely ahead and all.  Hope to see you there if you’re local! Also, the Etsy shop will be closing down for a few days during the show (Nov 25-28 at least) so I can …

Clay..

Another quick update… these are the clay nautilus shells I made with watch parts embedded. Kinda cool, but a little clunky to wrap. I like the circles better (more photos later)… I’m pre-loading a large jewellery display even as I make items, which was dumb because I forgot to photograph …

T-minus 12 Days…

…and counting. Only time for a couple of quick updates this week… I took a peek at the calendar and apparently the show is in a week and a half! After my heart started back up again, I realized that I’m actually more than prepared for this… dozens of earrings, …

How to Wire-Wrap Beach Glass the Easy Way

Beach glass, or sea glass, is one of the prettiest pieces of garbage you’ll ever see. I am lucky to live on Cape Breton Island in the Atlantic Ocean and I’m able to collect my own beach glass. If you aren’t so lucky, you can buy them on Ebay. This …

Art Nouveau Hammered Necklace

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 …

Etsy Shop OPEN

I am SO freaking excited to be able to tell you that my online shop is now OPEN at Etsy. Just a dozen or so pieces up for starters but I’ve already sold a piece, which is exhilarating despite having sold thousands of other pieces in galleries and shows because …

Stephanie’s Wedding Necklace

I was given the honour of creating a wedding necklace for my friend Stephanie. She had a fall-coloured wedding and fell in love with the honey-coloured beach glass I’d had in my stash. It went beautifully with the carnelian and pearls she’d already chosen. We had a lovely evening together …

New Product #2: Feathers & Fibres

After I made the hair clips last week, I had more time in my day so I looked around for something else to do that was different and new, and my eyes lit upon a package of fancy fibre-y yarn/ribbon thingums. I thought the little feathery bits would be a …

New Product #1: Tiny Hair Toys

I teased you with 3 new products last week and only just now have managed to get photos taken. And actually I only got photos of 2 of the 3 so you’ll still have to wait for the third one. That’s not me teasing you on purpose, that’s just me …

New Camera

This isn’t strictly jewellery-related but I’ve been dying to take photos of our backyard for about 18 months now, and I could never properly capture the forest-like proportions until the new camera got here. And this morning, the gorgeous fog and sunrise I see out my bathroom window nearly every …