Thursday, September 30, 2010

leopard of panar - brass cuff...

A glamorously large hand pierced and formed brass cuff, with hand etched leopard print on the exterior, and the interior that bears my makers mark E², is hammered smooth for a comfortable feel against your skin. The gorgeous leopard pattern was the result of a piece of lace that I transferred the design onto the brass, and chemically etched around the design it left. Oxidized for color and effect, sanded and polished to achieve a high shine, and lastly, hand buffed with a protective wax finish to protect the oxidization of the piece for years to come.

The Leopard of Panar...gorgeously ferocious in it's day, thought to have killed over 400 people in Northern India until he himself, was hunted down by a conservationalist and naturalist in 1910, to save the lives of those remaining in the nearby tribes.

in The Shop now 'p)

if i had a chance love...

daily muse. 

working on a brass leopard print etched fat brass cuff.
it's totally BA.
thats short for Bad-Ass, if you didn't know already. (dane cook)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

and the landslide brought me down...

What began as a horrible disaster, has become one of my favorite new pieces!

This piece began with my intentions of soldering a little pyramid of the tiny silver balls, but turned into a horrible mess when my hand shook, and my soldering pick swept the whole pile over right when they were at the perfect temperature to connect properly. It was actually quite beautiful in a way, this little mini landslide of molten red-hot silver balls, cascading off of the perfect pyramid I had painsakingly stacked. After quenching my mess, and taking a second look, it really began to look planned this way, sort of a controlled I went with it, and now I plan on trying to repeat it again!

"I took my love and I took it down

I climbed a mountain and I turned around

And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills

Well, the landslide brought me down."

available in The Shop now ;o)


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kayan Lahwi Stackers - Feathered...

I'm obsessed with mini stacking rings, and wanted to put an Esther Eve spin on the trend. A stand-out, gorgeous set of 10 stacking rings, with an 11th in the middle bearing a feathered charm. Each ring is seperate, so they can be worn spread out over several fingers, stacked on one, with or without the feather charm...the combinations are yours to play with. The feather charm is soldered permenantly onto the ring, yet it will still dangle and move with you, drawing attention and admiration.

The Kayan Lahwi tribe from Myanmar, are the group of women that wear the stacked brass coils around their neck, as one of their ancient tradions still employed. They are purely for beautification purposes, as elongated and slender necks compared to the men, render them more attractive. Contrary to popular belief, research has shown that these rings are not extremely detrimental to the womens bone structure and health, and many have removed them even after 40 years of wear, and have been in excellent condition and health after several days of neck muscle strengthening and adjustment.

I'm reminded of...
"Beauty in things exists merely in the mind which contemplates them."
- David Hume

made to order in your size...

in The Shop now ;o)

Monday, September 27, 2010

military and leopard...combination for the not-so-faint-of-heart...

this is a piece for those that love to make statements...something that is a bit out of the ordinary, yet still familiar. a piece that combines two very in and trending fashion statements...military + animal print.

a duo of hand pierced and formed brass dogtags, with hand etched leopard print on both sides. the gorgeous leopard pattern was the result of a piece of lace that I transferred to the brass, and chemically etched around the design it left. oxidized for color and effect, and hand buffed with a protective wax finish to protect the pieces for years to come. not one two dogtags will be alike! these two tags hang from a sterling silver ball chain, keeping the theme true to military style for this Fall/Winter 2010 Season.

this piece was actually the result of my EtsyMetal Teams Project Runway Challenge, and I fell in love with it so much I felt I had to offer it on my site! follow this link to see the results for this weeks and others on the blog. I love these fun challenges!

in The Shop now!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

da tada dada!!! coming soon...

my latest stackers, with charms! 

will be in the shop early next week, once I've photographed properly ;o)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

chohua jasper tomahawk necklace

Chohua Jasper...the feeling that touches me when I gaze at this stone...

is filled with visions of great wide open plains...

hand stitched leather fringe headdresses...
meticulously and intricately beaded medicine bags and neck pouches...
fresh feathers adorning almost everything, uniting the richness and vitality of nature and the circle of life...

great, powerful weapons, welded by men with great prowess.

yes, chohua jasper is the perfect stone for me to channel my inner native american, whose culture has fascinated me ever since I can remember. I used to stick feathers in my hair and holler chants around a pretend fire cooking dandelion medicine soup when I was a child. I was given a indian seed-bead loom at the age of 7, and feaverishly wove necklaces and bracelets until my fingers fell off.

yes, the second I laid eyes on this gorgeous grey stone with bleeding crimson splashes, I knew exactly what it was going to become.

in The Shop now ;o)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

we used to wait...

for an incredible experience with this song, you must go here

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

lunchtime healthy deliciousness...

fat free homemade lunch!

tatziki with tomatoes, red onion and feta cheese crumbles, on a bed of wild field greens and iceburg (for some extra crunch), and gluten free rice crackers.  made with fat free greek yogurt and fat free feta cheese crumbles.

why am i not writing a cookbook?

this is all i wanna feel tonight...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

feeling fresh and light andcrunchy...

so after a week/weekend of eating a lot of crap, I'm feeling like super duper healthy, to cleanse me out, and get back onto my usual routine of healthy eating. 

whipped these up for my mother-in-law and I today for lunch...made up the recipe on the fly, and they turned out totally delicious ;o)

tuna lettuce wraps:
low fat mayo/dill/pepper in the tuna, topped with green onions, shredded carrot, diced yellow bell pepper and goat cheese crumbles.

Friday, September 10, 2010

ares and phobos and deimos, oh and a custom...

in the Etsy Shop right now ;o)

Ares and Deimos - Ailette Cocktail Ring
Size 7

Ares and Phobos - Ailette Cocktail Ring
Size 6

custom for Miss Julie ;o)
'Circle of Life - Cocktail Ring'

my goodies...

should be done and posted in the EtsyShop later on this afternoon!

Friday, September 3, 2010


my lunch/dinner, half of it fresh from the garden ;o)

in the studio working hard today, watching the much needed rain come down, grateful for the deluge, and the raise it did for my spirits. 

forgot to eat today up until now, so making a combo meal out of it.

cucumber/tomato/wild onion/fresh basil/capers/avacado
splash rice vinegar/evoo/salt/fresh ground pepper

organic and fresh  meal, that envigorates me with it's wholesomness, and makes me smile ;o)

i will scatter on the floor...

daily muse

have always had a quiet obsession with portishead.

beth is an impossibly moving lyricist, the combined melodic efforts with her voice never cease to amaze me to tears.

this song is beautiful, in a quiet and dark way.

EMPR Challenge - Season 8 epi 5

finished with my piece for this week.

I conceived this concept from the beginning and wanted to run with it more to create a more elaborate piece...but have run out of time.

I choose Military (concept) + Leopard (textile). 

my husband is in the Air Force, and I love playing with his dog tags.

choosing the military concept for this challenge hit very close to home for me.

brass military dog tags, hand-drawn leopard print etching, silver ball chain.

Thursday, September 2, 2010