Published October 17, 2012
Inspira , Jewelry
Tags: autumn, bark, Canada, etsy, inspira, jewellery, leaves, maple, Ontario
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.
Published December 14, 2011
Tags: lariat, leaves, resin, sterling silver
I know, it’s been all jewellery lately, but I do have knitting to share – I’ve just been having so much trouble getting it photographed in these short, dark days!
Today I just wanted to show off 2 necklaces that were worked in sterling silver. I don’t normally work in this medium, but these two ladies were special so I went all out :)
Both of these are lariat style necklaces with clasps in the back. This one features a 6mm square cut swarovski wrapped in a sterling silver band.
And this one was a replacement for a friend who’s home was broken into recently. Among the things that were taken was a necklace she had purchased from me. As she pointed out, while the break in was annoying – the theft choices were oddly flattering.
For this one I used sterling silver elements with brushed silver finishes. The small ring at the bottom contains a circle of maple leaf preserved in resin.
I’ve already given this one to it’s recipient and she loves it :) Lariat necklaces fall so beautifully when you wear them – such a cute, classy look.
I love gift giving, and gift making – best part of the holidays!
Published December 13, 2011
Tags: jewellery, leaves, resin
Ah! The last of my leaves. From here on it’s all flowers for me… but in the meantime here are 2 gorgeous new autumn jewellery pieces in silver bezel settings:
Published December 11, 2011
Tags: autumn, jewellery, leaves, resin
I can’t get away from the autumn leaves, though my stores of preserved ones are getting woefully low :( However – I had enough for a few last pieces in my autumn leaf series and I think these are my most beautiful and romantic items yet.
This lariat style necklace is made with a copper butterfly charm and a heart shaped pendant. The heart contains real autumn leaves, preserved in jeweller’s grade resin.
This beauty is an antique copper pendant with filigree elements that were hand-shaped around the pendant after the resin was cured. The leaves are from a sumach.
This gorgeous medallion is the same idea as above – though in this case the filigree was adhered directly to the resin.
I’ve saved the best piece for the last one :) This ring is my absolute favourite, so delicate and detailed with 2 pieces of shaped filigree and textured autumn leaves below the resin. Even the side view is lovely:
I have discovered that working with natural materials and resin is my favourite medium. No matter what other ideas I have, I always come back around to this one, the possibilities are endless and nature herself has provided me with so much inspiration, and such a beautiful colour palette. I will be making these until the very last leaf of my 2011 storage is gone, but I am already moving into work involving flower petals – more on that tomorrow!
Published November 1, 2011
Inspira , Jewelry
Tags: jewellery, leaves, resin
Another round of new, autumn themed jeweller has been added to my Etsy page! These one of a kind pieces are lovingly crafted from real flowers and leaves, preserved in jeweller’s grade resin and encased in antique copper. Each one is unique.
This copper necklace contains real autumn leaves in a heart shaped bezel setting, preserved in resin. The pendant is 19mm wide, the leaf is 1.25 inches long, and the collar is 18 inch long coated cable.
This copper necklace contains real autumn leaves in a heart shaped bezel setting, preserved in resin. The pendant is 19mm wide, the maple leaf is 1.75 inches wide, and the collar is 18 inch long coated cable.
Autumn is almost over here in Toronto and we’re expecting our first snowfall soon, so I’d better get out there and get more leaves before it’s too late !
I’ve been working in resin again and this last round has me thrilled. So thrilled in fact that I’ve finally updated my Etsy store to share some of these beauties.
Ever since I started working in resin I’ve been obsessed with the idea of preserving beautiful, natural elements to wear. In particular, the magic of autumn in Ontario is something I’ve always found inspiring. The idea that this transitory beauty could be preserved in a unique piece of jewellery was very appealing to me, and is what kick started my journey into working with resins. It’s taken a pretty long time to perfect my technique but I think I’m finally there :)
Some of them are simply flower petals preserved. Some of them took lots of squinting and composing using exacto knives and tweezers ;) I do a double pour; once to seal my composition, once to give it a nice finish.
The one above contains a maple leave and a sprig of queen Anne’s lace.
If you like what you see head on over to my Etsy page to check out the rest :)
Published November 17, 2010
Inspira , Jewelry
Tags: autumn, inspira, jewelry, leaves
I’ve been working a lot with this idea of preserving the leaves from the absolutely stunning autumn we just had – and I won’t lie to you, there are so many piles of FAIL around the house from earlier versions that today I threw away almost 80 pieces, either leaked or discoloured or broken, or covered in crazy glue (which I should never, ever, EVER be permitted to use under any circumstances. That I haven’t yet glued my eyelids together is a miracle.) After weeks and weeks of babysitting them, polishing them and dreaming about them I’ve finally honed it down, and I wanted to share some photos of the latest batch.
The necklace above contains a ginkgo leaf, and will be a Christmas gift for my beautiful pottery instructor who’s been a HUGE help this past term and really helped me take my throwing to the next level. She likes to use ginko leaves in her work and I think this will be a great surprise for her (assuming she doesn’t read my blog…).
These little beauties were an experiment in more vintage forms. I love it – I’ll definitely be making more of these!
Another vintage form – these will not be in the show but I love them enough that I’ll certainly be trying more forms like this one.
These guys (and more like them) are all intended to be used in the show. I’ve got plans for necklaces, earrings and bracelets as soon as the resin is fully cured. Each piece will come with a mounted 5×7 metallic print of one of the shots from this years Autumn photo shoot in the Terra Cotta conservation area.
Here’s one of the first pieces to be completed – a set of dangly earrings made from maple leaves and finished with leaf charms.
This one is also for the show – woven strands of waxed cord come out to form a bracelet, accented with silver beads.
These pieces will be in the show, and if they are popular then I’ll keep producing them and feature them on my Etsy page. If you think you might be interested, let me know and as soon as they’re available I’ll be sure and let you know =o)