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Source of Inspiration – German American Folk Art

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.

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Wood + Gold + Words

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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.

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Summer Free Gift-Away : “Let Them Eat Cake”

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“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche . . . “

Roughly translated, this means “Let them eat cake . . . ”  A sweet suggestion, though this famous quote made Marie Antoinette of France infamous!  This sweet little bangle will be thrown in with all jewelry orders over $75!

Be warned, this charm bangle will only be available for a limited time!  So snag yours and futher your decadent reputation in pastry-eating infamy – OR – just pair it with that new sundress you bought.  The choice is yours!

Please see my shop for additional details on how to claim your handmade bangle – and how to purchase this limited item by itself.

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“Let Them Eat Cake”: Limited Edition Cupcake Charm Bangle

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