I thought I’d share a little about my process and how these earrings came to be. The idea for them came about when I saw a beautiful dragonfly outside my studio on a sunny summer day. I began by doodling a rough idea. Then I go into a computer program to draw out the design as a vector graphic. After I have a vector design I hand saw it out. In this case I cut it out of brass.
I wasn’t entirely happy with the look of them so I tweaked the design slightly and re-cut them.
Once I was happy with the design, I sent the file off to have them laser cut out of stainless steel. When I get the parts back from the laser cutter they are pretty rough, so I spend some time cleaning them up.
After they are cleaned up I solder the sterling silver posts onto them and do the finish work.
Head over to my Etsy Shop to get a pair, and to celebrate the release of these earrings I’m offering free shipping through the end of the month. Use the coupon code “SEPTEMBER12” at checkout.
Last week I created these new silver basket earrings. They are big but very lightweight. They will soon be available on my Etsy.
I also had company while making the earrings. Sadie, joined me on my bench for a while. Since I’ve been back in Seattle my studio has been out in the garage, so I keep the door open while I’m working, and Sadie was pretty content just to sit and watch what was going on outside.
On Friday, Stephanie and I found a studio space in Ballard. We are pretty excited about it. It’s a nice large space. There are two other artists in the building – both painters – and a maritime IT guy. On Sunday I painted the floor, and yesterday moved my stuff in. Now to get everything set up.
I’m excited to say that I will now be offering my lace collection in 14k gold plate with a satin finish! These items will soon be available on my Etsy site, but if you would like to order before they are on there, just email me (info[at]bittersweetproject[dot]com). Items from my other collections will soon become available with a gold-plated option as well.
I just finished these fun necklaces and earrings today. They are based on my basket design, but these are made from upcycled tins. The blue ones are so nautical and perfect for summer. They will be available at my booth at the San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair this weekend, and after that in my Etsy shop. Since they are made from vintage materials, each color/pattern combination will be limited.