what are you doing this weekend?

hopefully going to souk@sat!  i'll be there from thursday to sunday this week! this year, no kids are allowed, unless your 4 year old can pass as an 18 year old.  it came down to either having booze or children, and i think the right decision was made.  so this year, you'll be enjoying roomier aisles because there will no strollers and i'll be way more relaxed because there won't be any small children with sticky germy fingers trying to eat my jewelry while their "oh let them explore and grow free, i don't believe in the word NO" parents are shopping across the room.  it's going to be good! see you there !


gold gold gold

made some little yellow gold earrings.  they have screw back posts, makes them way harder to lose.  from top to bottom: triangles, tiny skulls, cone spikes, and wireframe pyramids.  currently modeled by fruit as my fingers were really dirty and gross (as usual) and i didn't want know how to show off the earrings, so i stabbed them into fruit.  i won't be listing these in my on-line shop until the new year.  they will be making their debut at souk@sat next weekend, and smart design mart the weekend after.  holy hell it's nearly christmas.  


caged crystals

been making some caged crystals this week. this batch is chunkier and chubbier.  thicker crystals, heavier chains.  go big or go home? i guess since i wear a lot of dirty work t-shirts i kind of wanted a big pendant to distract from the stains.  

caging in progress.  each crystal gets a custom fitted cage.  it has to fit perfectly, too loose, and the crystal will fall out, too tight, and it could put pressure on the crystal and break it.  i've never come across two crystals that were the same size.  i guess that's what makes them magical! magical in a pretty way and magic like science, you know all snowflakes are unique kind of way.  not magical in that spiritual, omg, my chakra is misaligned weird way.  no offense reiki people. 

smokey crystal!  
i left the house for the first time in weeks for something other than work so i decided to break out the mini fur coat and a clean sweater over my dirty t-shirt, and changed out of my dirty work pants, but i did not comb my hair.   

holiday sweat shop time is for a couple more weeks,  i love my work, so most of it is good times.  i'm also organizing smart design mart and we have over 100 participants this year so that involves lots of spreadsheets, running around and a frenzy of admin work, which i find is an entirely different animal than sitting quietly in my studio by myself all day and making jewelry.  

really looking forward to the show though, we're in a bigger spot this year, and we have an amazing line up of artists and designers lots of new people, lots of vetrans.  and tattooing.  yup.  tattooing.  check out the smart design mart blog regularly to learn about our super talented peeps!  i absolutely can't wait to go shopping, i plan on buying ALL of my christmas presents (not just stuff for myself hehe) at the mart!!! 


high five!

i taught tube how to high five.  no big deal.  

diamonds are a cat's best friend

rough diamond & yellow gold pinky ring in progress
similar ring on my pinky & tube trying to eat my fingers, she's about to turn my diamond into a blood diamond.

i'm not a huge fan of sparkly diamonds.  i mean if i found a bag of them on the street it wouldn't be a bad day.  what i mean to say is that i would make a lost poster and try to get the diamonds back to their rightful owner.  anyway what i'm really a huge fan of is, rough diamonds.  uncut diamonds.  diamonds in their natural state.  even rough cut diamonds.  i managed to get my hands on some old industrial diamonds.  these came from great britain somewhere, from an old factory that closed down a long time ago.  so they are guaranteed not to be blood diamonds, if anything, they were rescued from the trash.  most of them are a sparkly silvery grey color and absolutely stunning.  i love the idea of being able to rock (excuse the pun) a huge diamond (yet surprisingly affordable) on your pinky, without it being super flashy and obviously a diamond.  the one in the photo is 1.8 carats, the rest are around 1 carat (like the one i've been wearing).  i'll be making few of these for the holiday season.  


working on some new rings

i'm pretty excited about these!  crystal knuckle dusters! i've had many requests for two finger rings, but i'd never really gotten around to making any until now.  giant crystals & oxidized silver.  every ring has to be individually made to fit each stone.  


fab holiday!

my fab holiday sale just went up this morning!  not only did they manage to pull this together with the warehouse & office shut down because of superstorm sandy, employees were also working from home.  go fab!  but really, what i'm most impressed with is the collage above.  so nice!  anyway, if you need to buy presents for anyone, by presents, i mean my jewelry, now's the time.  a lot of my staple pieces are at a significant discount, and ready to ship out right away.  the sale lasts for 7 days!  check it out!!!