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Etsy Sale this Friday!

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After a long break, I’m thrilled to announce a jewellery sale in my Etsy store, starting this Friday at noon!

Tito and I have been working hard on a new set of jewellery–and I honestly believe it’s some of the best work I’ve ever done. Maybe it’s because all the bezels are 100% handmade from scratch, and both of us have been so involved with every step for every piece. Each bezel is truly one of a kind, with all the marks that come with handmade. They’ve been antiqued by us as well, and each one reacted differently to give us a great spectrum of colours.

They’re pretty steampunk, with deep blue hydrangeas, forget-me-nots, baby’s breath, birch bark, Queen Anne’s Lace and maple leaves all in the mix. Transparent bezels, shadowbox effects and a double chain piece all make an appearance in the sale on Friday at noon. There are only 9 precious pieces; we went for time over quantity and really spent time on multiple pours, hand polishing and looking after the little details that make each one special.

Because I enjoy teaching people to make jewellery just as much as I enjoy making it, everyone who makes a purchase will receive a coupon for 25% off of a copy of my e-book Resin Jewellery. Love it, wear it, learn about it, and make your own.

Below is a preview of what’s going on sale.  We’ve already got plans for another round, there are tulips, irises and hyacinths blooming on the kitchen table right now!

$65 - Real Hydrangea Petal, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$65 – Real Hydrangea Petal, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$85 - Real Baby’s Breath and birch bark, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$85 – Real Baby’s Breath and birch bark, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$55 - Real Baby’s Breath and birch bark, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$55 – Real Baby’s Breath and birch bark, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$55 - Real Baby’s Breath and birch bark, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$55 – Real Baby’s Breath and birch bark, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$85 - Real Queen Anne’s lace and Maple leaf, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$85 – Real Queen Anne’s lace and Maple leaf, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$85 - Real Queen Anne’s lace, birch bark and Maple leaf, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$85 – Real Queen Anne’s lace, birch bark and Maple leaf, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$55 - Real Baby’s Breath and birch bark, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$55 – Real Baby’s Breath and birch bark, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$65 - Real Baby’s Breath, preserved in a handmade brass bezel.

$65 – Real Baby’s Breath, preserved in a handmade brass bezel.

$65 - Real Forget-Me-Nots, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

$65 – Real Forget-Me-Nots, preserved in a handmade copper bezel.

Collaborative Art and Steampunk Copper

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Tito has been doing a lot of copper work lately, and to my great delight he has gotten into making bezels. His work is (I know, I’m biased) absolutely gorgeous and totally steam punk.

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2014

He creates each bezel purely from scratch, hammering and shaping and soldering each piece until it’s just right. Then they’re hand-tarnished with ammonia and filed like mad to distress the texture.

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I’ve taken a bunch of his pieces and filled them with resin compositions of my own, and the results are so satisfying. Ever wonder whether the preservation techniques really work? All the leaves and flowers in these pieces are from last autumn.

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2014

I’m thinking of putting a few of these babies on Etsy because they’re just too good to keep to myself. I enjoy the fact that we both had a hand in each of them, and that makes them more special.

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Spring is coming, and that means tulip season is almost upon us. I plan to take full advantage of the beautiful colours coming our way to create some bright and springy jewellery. Want to do the same? Check out the book to learn how it’s done!

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Photography, Polymer Clay and Resin. Together at Last.

Today I wanted to preview a new design that I’ll be offering at the Etsy sale starting this Sunday–wearable photography.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

These pieces are created using my own photographs (I’ve been showing off the autumn-themed pieces but there will be other options) printed to transparent acrylics and then baked directly into handmade polymer bases.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

After the baking is complete, a layer of resin is carefully poured on top to seal the final piece in and give it that gorgeous shine.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The resin also serves to enhance the colours further, as well as protect the image.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The backs of the pieces are sanded for smoothness against the skin.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

Each piece has the bails baked directly in, and centred both vertically and horizontally so that the piece hangs perfectly. They will come on 16″ silver plated snake chains.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

Hopefully you like the new design, a few of these babies will be available for your holiday shopping this Sunday!

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The Brickworks Pt 3

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

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.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

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.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

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.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

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 ;)

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The Brickworks Pt2

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.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

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.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The piece cured to a gorgeous, high shine. Something about resin really pops colours, so the reds in the leaf came through beautifully.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

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.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

This and many other goodies will be featured in my upcoming Etsy sale, starting Sunday November 24th at noon!

 

I’ve been harvesting…

So many lovelies for my resin adventures. I’m trying to put together a resin display (with lights and everything!) of Ontario wildflowers. Stay tuned for photos of how I did!

Ontario Wildflowers

Deep Blue Hydrangea

Just completed this lovely piece a few days ago – it’s made with deep blue hydrangea petals and a silver dragonfly charm. The colours are so vibrant, this one’s for me :)

Want to learn to make your own? Check out Resin Jewelry – the book!

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