Busy!

I made more money from my jewellery in galleries in August than I took home from my day job. And I get paid pretty damn good at my job. I was told that September is about 3/4 of the volume of August – and then comes Celtic Colours, which is …

Phoenix

I asked Laird to go through my encyclopedia of mythical creatures and choose one for inspiration to make a necklace. He chose the Phoenix (he started listing a few others but the phoenix caught me immediately). I actually sketched this out and went through a lot of angst to get …

Freeform Rings

How adorable are these? I made a bunch one night last week, wore two to work, and sold about eight of them by taking orders, making more that evening, and delivering the next day. I still managed to have three dozen for my inventory! Which is really good because I’ve …

Bravery with Scissors

I’ve been dying for a strand of watermelon tourmaline forever. It’s totally gorgeous – from a deep pink through to dark green, with light and dark versions of each, and black and white. I actually have TWO strands now – a small button strand and a long chunky chips strand. They’re both …

Large Neckpieces

I’ve really been into creating full neckpieces. I think I’ve created and perfected an efficient, pleasing, worthwhile “link” for creating a piece that can sit flat on the collarbone, as opposed to the stand-up chokers I’ve been making. I really REALLY want to keep the amber piece for myself. Amethyst: …

Black Wire Prototypes

I’ve been having some fun with this black wire. It looks really fabulous but I’m worried because it seems to chip easily – it doesn’t have the same protective coating as my regular silver wire, it seems. In any case, I love the look. I’ll have to wear these to …

Shop Update!

A ton of earrings and pendants in my new series, Springflower, and lots of rings are now up for sale at my shop. I’ve also updated the gallery and added a set (with more to follow).

Mock Display Thoughts

I’m working on some display ideas for an upcoming show at the local Girl’s Night Out fundraiser for Transition House. Click on each photo for notes at my Flickr stream. I’d love your thoughts!

Chakra Bracelet Prototype

I’m working on a Chakra bracelet as the first in what will hopefully be a series of metaphysical-based jewellery, to be sold at A Whisper of Crystals, a Reiki and IET healing place in Millville.

Birthday present pour moi

My birthday was the first of this month and I decided I needed something fabulous to wear. Aquamarine is (one of) my birthstone(s) and I bought this strand of chips at my reiki healer’s with the intention of making something for myself; my throat chakra is all messed up and …

Jewellery Fabrication Class

What a great course! I made a ton of things, and learned a lot. Like, I know how to solder now! WITH FLAMES. I am invincible! This ring keeps migrating from my ring finger to my thumb, on both hands. I love it so much. I torch-soldered every single joint and …

Collar

I took a jewellery fabrication course over the past two weekends. But while I’m processing photos of those, check out this collar I dreamed up one day at work and just finally sat down to make: I’m exceptionally proud.

News

I’m taking a Jewellery Fabrication course over the next two weekends – 24 hours in total – and I’m totally psyched. Over the weekend I attended the Atlantic Craft Trade Show, a journey that helped me clearly define the direction I’m going in by highlighting what I do NOT want …

4-Strand Braided Wire

Taking inspiration from the lovely Kate Holly-Clark, including her beautiful trees; and from various other sources, I searched for and found some online instructions on how to create a four-strand braid. Most of them were really verbose and devoid of any visual aids; but I found this great hair braiding …

For Elinor

My friend the lovely Elinor got me a great deal on some wholesale beads a few times; in return I promised her a couple of pieces with her materials. You’ve seen The Earth in the Night Sky already; here’s the second piece, with her gorgeous labradorite cabs. A shot of …

Basic Wire-Wrapping Classes

I’m putting on two wire-wrapping classes in the next month or so. First, with the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, fourth one down the page. Second, with Richmond County Municipal Services, front page of their newsletter, baby! Fun!

Necklace Crown

I think I screwed up my camera settings; pictures keep coming out all grainy and I have to resize and de-noise and brighten and colour correct, and it’s no fun whatsoever. But! Look! A necklace that could be worn as a crown: And a commission for my friend Elinor, called …

Light Box!

I followed (vaguely) some instructions for creating your own light box today. Basically, I cut out the sides of a box, covered them in tissue paper, and inserted a piece of white cardboard for a backdrop. I still need to play with it, but I’m very pleased. At first, I …