Recently I’ve found myself drawn to a local source of inspiration: German American relics. I find it interesting how everything seems to have a little elements of decoration to it – the primary source for my sketches has been antique butter molds and stamps.
It’s interesting to think that something that is so commonplace and utilitarian in appearance (little squared-off sticks) used to be presented in such a visually stunning way. Can you imagine cutting into a beautifully molded cake of butter? It would feel so much more opulent than carving off a knob from the usual butter sticks we have today.
The farm / harvest motifs found on these traditional molds have inspired several little charm sets offered in my Handcrafted Jewelry shop on Etsy.
To create these hand-drawn charms, a layer of enamel is fired onto the metal surface – my kiln runs at 1440 degrees F. After the base layer is smoothed from the heat, I sketch with an enamel-based crayon onto the glass. It takes several firings to complete the sketches because trying to layer too much detail will cause the waxy base of the enamel crayons to smear.
One final firing adheres the enamel pigment into the enameled base coat and burns off the waxy residue of the crayon, leaving a permanent hand-drawn design.
Flesh toned enamel, pearls and robel wood mixed up with a snippet of one of Lord Byron’s poems:
“The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.”
This set is a really eye-catching mix of shapes – all tied together with a lovely natural colourway. It reminds me of a treasure washed up on the beach on the morning after a storm.
Out with the old … in with the new!
In order to make some room for new designs and color palettes, some of the Piece de Resistance sets will be getting a well-earned retirement. Since they also feature elements like ribbons, pearls and accents that have limited availability, once they are gone, they are gone!
Here are the items to be phased out:
– Golightly Enamel Bangle Set
– Golightly Gleaming Curiosities Necklace
– Savoy Truffle Bangle Set
– Savoy Truffle Gleaming Curiosities Necklace
With new designs and enamel shades on the workbench, new sets will be debuted as these all time favourites are slowly phased out.
Have a color / style suggestion for new bangle sets? I’d love to know! Please leave a comment with your ideas.
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
The rich colors and textures of Eugène Delacroix’s oil paintings still strike a chord with me – the dramatic scenes of men hunting on horseback contrasting with the intimate glimpses of Algerian interiors is a combination too luring to resist.
Traveling to Morroco and North Africa in 1832, shortly after Algeria was taken by the French, Delacroix was enamoured with the people and clothing and daily scenes that surrounded him. By far I love the paintings he made during this time most of all. These were some of the most inspiring when I starting looking for something to kickstart my ideas for new jewelry, along with the 1930’s drama, Algiers.
“Eugène Delacroix was a curious mixture of skepticism, politeness, dandyism, willpower, cleverness, despotism, and finally, a kind of special goodness and tenderness that always accompanies genius”.