Sunday, April 29, 2012

A day in Shao-Pin's studio...

I had the great pleasure of attending Shao-Pin Chu's lathing workshop in his beautiful downtown studio and couldn't help but share a couple of snapshots of his workspace. For an artist, designer and overall cool guy who makes furniture, hardware, and jewelry, his studio is immaculate without any metal filings or wax shavings in sight. Well, until we made a mess throughout the day.
Check out his awesome anvil. It was the biggest I've seen and I have been looking for a big one like this but it seems like the biggest size I can find is 20lbs. I need to make a friend with a welder...
I hope Shao never sees where I do my work, which is my small shoebox apartment because my files are never lined up like his and I am definitely not as clean and organized as he is. Hey, at least I get my work done ;)
We played around with the lathe machines all day, practicing on a roll of jeweler's wax. I never knew a machine could do so much. I don't know if I can ever handfile a wax carving again knowing how intricate I can make my designs with a lathe. I also don't have 900$ to splurge on a lathe at the moment. So I'm holding that thought, and possibly scouting out Kijiji and Craigslist on a daily basis.
Lastly we learned how to taper a brass rod, which inspired me to use this concept in make spikes for my jewelry. I've thought about incorporating cones and spikes components in my jewelry design but I didn't want to buy low quality plated ones in bulk from Asia and charge my customers for a ridiculous marked up price. Sure they're cheap, but I wanted to make these components that had a nice solid weight to them in brass, silver or stainless steel. A lathe might just do the job.
This picture is a snapshot of Shao's gems. He builds his own showcases as well. Talk about talented and self-sufficient.

Thanks Shao for teaching us today and I look forward to learning more~

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Big and bold.

I was asked to create some earrings for my friend's friend's birthday. I haven't done any handpiercing in awhile, and forgot how much work it was, but also how rewarding it is afterwards~ It all started with a sheet a brass, which it then turned into a pair of big and bold bling bling statement earrings.

First, a small hole must be punched into the areas that need to be sawed out so that the drill bit can "latch" onto the holes. 

Here I start to carefully saw out the void spaces which is the most time consuming part of handpiercing.

One side of the earring is complete!!
Once everything's been saw out, I hand forged some earwires with 20g brass wire, attached them to the earrings and voila! These are ready to be shipped out~
Hope she likes them :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012


These are my new additions to my little plant collection. Can't wait to repot these. I'm currently in search of the perfect set of pots but they are oh so hard to find.
I love the burst of color in my little red cactus especially first thing in the morning.
These are the X Cross rings in silver for one of my customers. I really like the way these turned out especially all shiny out of my new tumbler. They will be in my shop soon! Thanks to my customer for inspiring me~

This last picture is a ring I accidentally made. Accidentally as in, I accidentally broke an X cross ring and tried to resolder the pieces together and ended up with this. And I like it! I'm debating whether I should add this to my shop too. We'll see...

It's been a busy week! Thank goodness it's almost Friday~

Monday, April 23, 2012

I need to do something about the mop on my head, also called my hair.

I love the Beauty Department which is a blog by Lauren Conrad and her two friends. Lauren Conrad even shows how to do alot of these beautiful hairstyles on Youtube. It also helps that she has disgustingly perfect hair. I've rocked the blunt bangs, the bob and now the stringy long hair and now I'm in a rut. I wish i could pull this off like Twiggy did.

Is anyone else having a horrible Monday?

These pics can all be found on my Pinterest, so follow me if you want!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

New art piece purchased~

Check her work out at MerginGHermispheres~ You will find skulls, body parts and crazy patterns all under one roof.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Never not working.

I spent the past few days working on orders which has been keeping me pretty busy. I also remade one of my favorite rings for a customer, the XO Ring.

The beginning of the XO ring, looking dirty and unattractive...It's hard to imagine that this will look remotely pretty on a little finger.

But it does! After hammering, soldering, filing, sanding, pickling and tumbling~ Voila!

I spent my weekend in beautiful High Park because I really wanted to go back to Zocalo which is an amazing place to have a wonderful lunch. Their hummus and sausage is amazing and the owner there is really awesome! Their dishes are so flavorful, you could smell it as soon as you walk inside the restaurant.
Of course if I go to Zocalo, I must visit Mjolk, and I decided to finally buy me Dala Horse after debating between my baller pair of scissors or this horse a few weeks back.
I wish to learn how to whittle animals out of pieces of wood one day. Perhaps the next hobby on the list...
Here is my beautiful Dala, unwrapped! I love it so much. My boyfriend still doesn't get why I'm so excited about a piece of wood. This reminds of a really weird video that I've seen back in my university days...Candy Mountain anyone?

The High Park area is so nice, and there is an area where cherry blossoms are in abundance. So it was well worth checking it out. Who knew there was a zoo, swans on a lake, and beautiful trees in the middle of Toronto downtown?
As you can see, I love using Instagram. I did whip out my Holga a few times today since I knew I'd be snapping away in High Park, but I love using Instagram for everyday simple memories. I've already printed about 150 of my Instagram pictures that I will be turning into a coffee table book, but that is way underway for now.

Also, for customers who are wondering...these orders will be going out next week!

Have a great rest of the weekend everybody!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Stamps and Object and Totem lovies

I finally got my beautiful Object and Totem bottles this week and I am so grateful for Julianne to arrange this custom order for me.  I can't stop rolling each bottle between my fingers! Julianne handcrafts each of these pieces in her studio and also makes jewelry. The colors are amazing and they are as wonderful as they look on her website. I love her work~
I'm also really excited because I received my customized stamps for CSFootprints in the mail and now I can stamp away whenever wherever! I can't wait to use these on my muslin jewelry bags and thank you notes~

Now that I'm back in town, I gotta get back to completing orders. It's been a busy April I must say, but I'm not complaining :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

potential licensed engineer off duty...just for a few days.

Hi All,

My PEO exam is this week so I will be taking a mini break from making jewelry until then~Going to be tackling law and ethics of professional engineering once and for all! Wish me luck!
"Why so glum, chum?"

Thursday, April 5, 2012

brass and stones and more stones

 Hi All,

I've been playing around with a variety of stones, and came up with the following items that will be added to my Etsy shop this week. They are simple and fun, and I like the different colors of the stones~ I also absolutely love raw pyrite stones whether they are nuggets, round, cubic, etc. They bring a kind of rustic-ness to my jewelry that I really like and I hope you all do too!

Also, my current obsession.


I think that if my significant other hears about me wanting these Terrarariums from Score & Solder one more time, he might lose it. They are pricey, approximately 200$ for one, but they are oh-so-beautiful and completely handmade.

Can I have a Christmas wish list even though it's only almost summer? sad.