I’ve been helping out an old friend, Mr. Edmund Sparkler, by turning his romantic European aesthetic into metal and gem wearables. Each piece was based on the lush architectural elements that adorned the buildings of the past centuries – many of them have a beautiful “Louis XIV”, French feel.
I carved, sculpted and made molds for each design – then the pieces could be easily translated into precious metals. Other elements are pulled from Edmund’s huge collection of checkerboard cut stones which are set in hand-forged settings.
This is my favourite design – and one I gifted to my sister, Sarah, for her birthday this past week. The garland of flowers and fruit (in a style called a “barbola swag”) has twin alexandrite stones set beneath flowing ribbon ties.
Check out more of my and Edmund’s work on his new Etsy site: www.EdmundSparkler.etsy.com.
Out of all the bold shades that are trending for this autumn, my favourites are the shades of orange and saffron that are too beautiful to pass up. Whether I’m whipping up a batch of Parisian macarons or set of enameled bangles, it seems like warm citrus tones just have a magnetic draw. It seems like the perfect color for mixing – it plays so well with mocha, pink, blue, and purple . . . is there a single color that isn’t set off by an accent of orange?
Top left to right : Orange Blossom Parisian Macarons with Milk Chocolate Ganache Filling; New for Fall – Enameled and Textile Necklace
Bottom left to right : Orange Blossom Water from Nielsen Massey; Mumford Wallpaper in Rust and Pearl from Thibaut; New for Fall – Teal Cape with Embellished Eternity Scarf from SecretGardenApparel.Etsy.com
Every Summer, I take a holiday at the beach. I love the natural beauty of the ocean, and all the creatures that call the tides pools, dunes and water-worn piers and jetties their home. Inspired by the amazing, organic textures gleaned from the shoreline, I’ve been hard at work on a new collection of enameled wearables for my other shop, LiaBowenStudio on Etsy.
Each of these Barnacle rings is made form either copper or fine silver metal clay, fired and then enameled to look like the real thing. A tiny white freshwater pearl completes each piece. Still to come: a naturalistic mussel shell, starfish and variety of lady crab.
It’s still balmy . . . especially when I fire up the kiln on these 90 degree July days . . . but let’s talk Autumn anyway.
I have been plotting out some new enameled treats, and ordered some new and unexpected color combinations for Fall for a spin on the classic yellow, orange, red and brown. Here are some of the early ruminations for what’s in store for Fall.
>Here’s a first look at some of the new, frost-inspired jewelry pieces I’m working on for winter. Hopefully, these will be in my Etsy shop by Nov. 1 (which is coming up fast)!
In order to make room for fresh colors and designs, some older bangle sets and necklaces will be having their final hurrah! That means that once they are gone . . . they are gone! I wanted to make sure that there was one last chance to snag these pieces before the holidays.
Here are the latest cuts:
Turkish Delight Bangles
Candied Fig Bangles
East Indies – Calcutta Bangles
East Indies – Sumatra Bangles
East Indies – Tibet Bangles
I’m making sure that there is at least one of each of these items on both my Etsy and 1000 Markets shops – but don’t miss out! If you’ve had your eye on some enameled goodies that happen to be on this list . . . my only advice to you is carpe diem!
Some new pieces of arm candy will be taking the place of the past favourites – not to mention a few more necklaces and earring sets. An entire collection of pieces inspired by frost will be offered in my Etsy shop starting Nov. 1st! All of this new line of work is enameled in trendy palette of greys, nudes and white – with lots and lots of creamy, luminous pearl accents.
(I think a few sneak peaks are in order, since I am very excited about these new lovelies.) More to come!
Poor, neglected blog! Here’s a post that should reflect how I’ve been spending my time (because it’s probably too clear that those extra hours haven’t been devoted to writing on here)! Just in time for Autumn, I was invited to create some new bangles to pair with a line of Fall fashions from Unabashed Apparel.
Sarahbeth Larrimore is the creative, color addict responsible for designing a collection of clothing that is saturated with rich tones and sumptious details. Her designs are certainly inventive – and not without a bit of bohemian flare – but still give a nod to the classic lines and forms that make each piece feel timeless.
Circe Crossover Top shown in Smoke / Ribbon Candy Bangle Set
The images of this Autumn line are laced with a gilded type of Gothic beauty – and a haunting touch of mystery. So perfectly suited for the time of year and my personal favorite of all the holidays: Hallowe’en! When described to me, Sarahbeth summed up her vision as:
“The general theme is a very magical – rich, saturated colored affair. I’m thinking some deep ink bottle green, midnight blue, orchid, raspberry, pumpkin – and some steel blue/grey with a bit of gilt for golden measure.”
Lyra Top shown in Ink
Steel City Bangle Set
Cobblestone Pullover shown in Quill / Emerald Bangle Set
I met this marvelous artisan through Etsy, where I got my first sampling of her work: a lovely raspberry colored layering top with lacey accents. That top has such a supple, delicious feel against the skin – it has made it’s way into some of the photos of my other jewelry.
Making these bracelet sets to pair with Unabashed Apparel’s Fall clothing has been such an enjoyable and inspiring project. Please take a look at our hard work – and share your thoughts here!