Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Fabricland: my new favorite getaway

What's the best thing about Fabricland? Sales sales sales!

After receiving my beautiful JANOME for my birthday, I decided to experiment with it.

I bought some beautiful faux leather in a wide range of vintage inspired colors and I am so excited to turn them into jewelery. Here's a sneak peak:

I am so exited about these necklaces and I will soon be modeling them on some friends. If any of you are interested in being my models, leave me a message~

There's definitely more to come because I have so many other colors to play with. Enjoy!

Monday, December 26, 2011

No propane tonight.

My trusty propane tank decided to die on me on the day that Canadian Tire is closed, so I decided to venture back to my wax carving that I haven't done in awhile.

Wax carving is alot of fun because it's messy with the wax shavings flying all over the place which is great and everything...until you have to send it out to get it casted. Every little imperfection shows up on the silver and takes forever to file away the scratches and cracks that originated from the wax.
It all starts from a piece of wax...

Playing with an old wax carving that I was working on, I decided to turn in into a statement ring that looks like a mix of a maze and a bottle opener.

I realized that I like plain lines that sort of stick out of your hands, like this, making it hard to wear winter mitties, but I would wear an awesome ring over having warm hands any day~

Although there is tons of smoothing out left to do, it is almost finished. We'll see what it looks like once its casted into sterling silver. *Excited*

Sunday, December 25, 2011

I love fringes.

For those who love the basic white Tshirt or like to show off your neckline, here's a present for you:

Merry Christmas everybody!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Adding some color to silver...

When I was at the Organic Metal Jewellery studio, I was taught how to set a cabochon in a bezel. I was really excited by how beautiful a simple stone can look on a finger and wanted to get my hands on more semi-precious stones. So I headed to the Fashion Disctrict on Queen Street and went on a scavenger hunt for cabochons.
I checked out Courage My Love in Kensington Market, as well as The Beadery and a variety of beautiful cabochons, aching to be bought and set in a bezel.

What a nice cluster of lovely colors~

Speaking of bezels, here's my latest creation. I made a bezel for a ring, but not exactly for a stone...

I've been experimenting with resins, and came up with this design. Making a bezel for anything is time consuming and very tedious, but I love how the final product looks.

It all starts off with soldering a silver band to a plate, which I decided to do a circle.

The excess silver from the plate has to be sawed off to take the shape of the circular bezel.

...and filed...and filed...and filed...As you can see, there is no point having manicure.

Until you get a nice smooth and uniform bezel with no gaps.

I soldered some parts of silver inside the bezel to create a pattern that I will soon be filling up with resin.

I mixed up a nice purple resin to fill up the void spaces in my ring. I got this resin from Omer Deserres out of pure spontaneity and decided to try it out.

 Drop by drop, I filled up the spaces in the bezel until it was filled to the brim with resin. I made sure to cover the ring with parchment paper while it hardened to prevent dust from settling on the surface. It takes a few days for this resin to harden so keeping it away from everything was crucial.

My final masterpiece~ I thoroughly enjoy the outcome of this ring, especially the darkness of the purple. Hope you like it too! I will be playing with various shapes and sizes. Stay in the loop!

 Once this is completely hardened it will be available at my Etsy Shop~

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Trying something new.

I picked up my bracelet from Organic Metal Jewellery, and here it is:

So happy that the pattern turned out the way it did.

I've also started making a ring that is completely different from what I've made before. I decided to experiment with color resin.


It will most likely be finished this weekend so stay tuned!

Monday, December 12, 2011

New addition~

A new item to the family...

Simple pair of silver earrings for the holidays~Soldered jumprings and handforged earwires. I'm liking the sparkle on these earrings...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

In the making...

I was handed an 18 gauge sheet of sterling silver to make a bracelet cuff. I wanted to carve out this design onto the cuff:

I then transfered the design pattern onto the tar covered piece of steel in which I traced the lines over.

After etching the piece of steel for a couple of hours in acid, the carved lines became more prominent allowing a nice clean transfer onto a silver plate through a press. After that it's hours of piercing the metal with my jeweller's saw....

Almost finished~I'm picking up this bracelet from the studio this Wednesday after it's been tumbled and polished. The final product will soon be available at my shop!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My favorite piece so far...

I am so happy about this ring! This took countless hours of soldering casting grains to this ring band, but I love the look. I oxidized the sterling silver to give it that rustic look and I love love LOVE the results I got.

The Bubble Ring

I need moisturizer.

More to come!

What have I been up to...

At the Organic Metal Jewellery Studio in downtown Toronto, I fell in love with jewellery making. I knew I was meant to to do this the moment I picked up the jewellery saw. After doing a weekend workshop at the studio, I used my last vacation days of work to spend the week at the studio for a 5 day intensive metalsmithing course. My hands and arms were sore, my nails were chipped, and I've shed abit of blood from sawing after those 5 days, but I was still absolutely undeniably in love with metalsmithing.

From a simple 18 gauge sterling silver plate...

Formed into a band, ready to solder the joints.

Used "hard" solder chips to weld the joint.

My almost-fnished ring sitting in an acid pickle to remove those nasty firesclaes away~

 ...TADAHH! After sizing, filing, polishing, hammering and texturing, my ring is finito!

Stay tuned...