Posts Tagged 'leaves'

Prepping for my Holiday Sale – the Three Sisters

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2013

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.

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2013

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’.

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2013

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.

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2013

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.

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2013

 

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!

Every time I think I’m done….

…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

Real Autumn Leaves and Queen Anne’s Lace

A friend's Hibiscus - I love how the colour shifted green!

A friend’s Hibiscus – I love how the colour shifted green!

A friend's Hibiscus with Queen Anne's Lace

A friend’s Hibiscus with Queen Anne’s Lace

Real Autumn Leaves and Queen Anne's Lace

Real Autumn Leaves and Queen Anne’s Lace

An Etsy update at last

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:

autumn leaves ©Shireen Nadir 2012

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.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

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.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

They come in a variety of finishes; copper, bronze, hematite and silver. Each one comes on a matching 18″ball chain.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

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.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Presents…

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 :)

lariat necklace

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.

lariat necklace

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.

lariat necklace

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.

lariat necklace

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!

Autumn and silver equal love…

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:

Autumn Jewellery

Autumn Jewellery

Autumn Jewellery

Autumn Jewellery

Autumn Jewellery

Autumn Jewellery

 

Romantic Copper jewellery

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.

autumn jewellery ring

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:

autumn jewellery ring

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!

I ♥ Canadian Autumn

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.

Autumn Jewellery

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.

Autumn Jewellery

Autumn Jewellery

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 !


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