The last of the Brickworks pieces is a familiar site, but one I never get tired of. This is my signature ‘I ♥ Autumn’ design, using white birch back and deep red sumach leaves.
The piece is contained in a copper bezel, antiqued by hand. I love those little spots of copper green, sometimes a little touch of steampunk is just what’s needed.
The birch bark and sumach are separated by a few millimetres of resin, so the heart has a sweet little shadow under it. The entire thing is coated with a final resin coat that cured to a perfect finish.
Look for this puppy and other goodies in my Etsy sale starting this Sunday! I’m only making a few pieces, and only holding the sale for one week, so check early to make sure you snag your favourites ;)
My second brickworks piece for the Etsy Holiday Sale is a similar treatment to yesterdays beauty, but minus the steampunk factor. Instead of being contained in an antique copper bezel this one is in a large, round, silver plated bezel.
The Queen Anne’s lace is separated from the maple leaf base by a layer of resin a few millimetres thick, to give that shadowbox effect.
The piece cured to a gorgeous, high shine. Something about resin really pops colours, so the reds in the leaf came through beautifully.
The bezel is oversized – it will come on a 16″ silver plated snake chain, but it’s really built for a bold, silver choker, or overlong silver chain.
This and many other goodies will be featured in my upcoming Etsy sale, starting Sunday November 24th at noon!
Yesterday was a massive resin-fest at the house. I was up to my elbows in the stuff literally all day and I’ve got to say, the results are lovely :) Every day this week I’ll show off some of the pieces created yesterday, all of which are going to be on sale on my Etsy page, starting at noon on Sunday November 24th. The sale will run for exactly one week, until noon the following Sunday.
I will also be featuring a contest giveaway for a very special piece I’ve been working on, details on the piece, and how to win it, coming soon! Here are some of yesterdays pieces – the ‘three sisters’.
The Three Sisters were special because, believe it or not, they all come from one, massive maple leaf. I couldn’t believe how many colour variations were present in that one gorgeous leaf, so I divided it into three silver plated bezels.
Here they are with the resin 12 hours cured – the colours are so bright and saturated and the resin cured to a glossy, mirror shine.
The three sisters will be part of the holiday sale starting on Sunday, and will include a 16 inch, silver plated snake chain. More goodies coming soon!
I found these gorgeous wooden bezels at an Etsy store called Art Base. Right from the moment they arrived I was delighted – even the wrapping is lovely, and contains a sweet, handwritten note. It’s the little things.
The bezels themselves are a delight to work with – the craftsmanship is amazing, the edges are perfect, and there is no rough detail to cause the resin to misbehave.
It was so hard to decide what to make with them, but I finally settled on 3 ideas. This one contains the seedpods of a bursting heart plant.
And this one features a sumach leaf – the colour and detail really compliment the dark wood.
This last one is a pendant version of the ‘I ♥ Autumn Ring’ from my Resin Jewelry book.
They have such a lovely, natural looks to them. Wooden bezels, seeds, sumach and birch bark. What could be more autumnal? I will definitely be ordering more!
…I get some idea that I simply must try. New items on the Etsy shop – check it out!
Real Autumn Leaves and Queen Anne’s Lace
A friend’s Hibiscus – I love how the colour shifted green!
A friend’s Hibiscus with Queen Anne’s Lace
Real Autumn Leaves and Queen Anne’s Lace
Well, not quite. There are still leaves up there but I’d say the sweet spot for leaf preservation has passed.
And that’s the ‘why’ of the matter for me – Autumn is beautiful and magical because it passes. The trees give us a treat for a few weeks and then it’s over. More than spring, more than summer, there is a nowness to autumn – you’ve got to enjoy every beautiful, colourful jewel of a day because, well because winter is on it’s way.
This is why, of all the things I’ve preserved in resin, autumn leaves are the most precious to me. I have taken something transitional by nature and preserved a piece of it. No matter how many times I do it, it always feels a little bit like magic, especially when my stash of leaves begins the inevitable – turning into dust.
Another reason I love these pieces is that they’re pieces of home. They’re Canadian maple leaves, collected here in Ontario. The fact that we have 4 seasons is one of the things that makes life up here so beautiful and inspiring and I love being able to create something not only inspired by, but made of, seasonal change.
Enough babbling :) I’m in a romantic mood this morning, maybe because tomorrow is the big wedding day for Kris and Kev! We all got our mendhi (henna) handwork done last night, and we’re all excited for tomorrow!
There will likely be only one more round of jewellery coming after this one, and then I’ll retire the resin until tulip season in the spring. Check out my Etsy shop to see what’s available :)
I’ve finally updated my Etsy site with jewellery made from the leaves collected on our road trip. If you followed my travels around North Ontario you might have seen this picture:
During the trip I made sure to be collecting leaves along the way – looking for anything that caught my eye including small ferns, and strips of birch bark. We didn’t hurt any trees though ;) everything I used was collected from the ground. We slowly dried and preserved the leaves over the trip so when I got home I had all kinds of beautiful material to work with.
Every necklace is made with jeweller’s grade resin; it will never yellow and it won’t scratch easily. Little compositions of leaves and bark have been created in each 1″ bezel.
They come in a variety of finishes; copper, bronze, hematite and silver. Each one comes on a matching 18″ball chain.
If you like what you see then head on over to my Etsy site to see more :) These one of a kind pieces are crafted with love and are a great way to celebrate this beautiful time of year.