Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Shop!

I am so excited to announce the opening of my new Etsy shop, The Hourglass. This shop will feature only custom products; tiny boxes with your artwork encased in glass, simple pendants with a photo of your child...what ever you would like preserved in glass.Engagement ring presentation box. Each of the four sides and the top will have a different photo of the happy couple. The bottom will have a message, custom to the couple. The beautiful ring in the box is mine, made by aprilwaoka.
I was not sure if I should just add these new, different, items to my neile shop, but I decided to give them their own space. Neile is all about me and what I create because I can't help it. The Hourglass will be all about the customer, and how I can make items for them to preserve their special memories. I hope I made the right decision. If you are thinking of opening a second shop, stay tuned. I'll be discussing the pros and cons of running two shops as things move along.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Suburban New Jersey

Proof of New Jersey's bear problem:This guy is sauntering away this morning after he climbed a tree to take down my bird feeder. We finally got the feeder to be squirrel-proof, now we have to make it bear-proof.

I didn't get a very good photo, so here are a few bears by wonderful Etsy artists.

The Bear Facts by altardbeast.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

New Designs!

I love working with the butterflies, I love their organic shape, and I usually let that direct my design...But, I've been feeling a bit restless (not quite uninspired) and decided to play around with some different designs and shapes. Here is a little bit about my process: Paper patterns glued to the glass and cut to the exact size. Ignore the needs-to-be-replaced work surface.
The butterfly wings are trimmed to size and sandwiched in the glass with copper foil.
The pieces laid out, and ready to be soldered. I purchased a few beautiful green amethyst briolettes from a lovely Etsy seller, JenniferCasadyGems. I'm determined to find a way to incorporate more pretty stones.

The finished product. I really love it. It seems a bit dressier and more elegant than my usual work. I am so excited to explore these ideas further...and to keep shopping for beautiful faceted gems! I'm tempted to keep it, but for now it is for sale here.