Posts Tagged ‘jewelry’

Jewelry Porn, originally uploaded by antigenre.

Jewelers and metalsmiths, admit it – you’ve drooled over these books! I discovered this series in my jewelry class at the 92nd Street Y and went right out and bought the lot of them. FYI, they’re much cheaper on Amazon than they are at the Marketfair Barnes & Noble. They are great sources of inspiration and, along with my class itself, have forced me to think a bit about the direction my work should be going in. It is definitely time to start getting some advanced training, refining my style, and developing a cohesive body of work.

Levi and I will be leaving New Jersey toward the end of the summer (this I have some mixed feelings about), and I will no longer have access to all the resources of NYC (this, I’m NOT happy about at all!). We’re headed to South Carolina, so I’ve spent a bit of time looking around for schools and other institutions in the area that offer training in metals and jewelry. Oddly enough, the Carolinas seem to be full of crafty types, and there are a number of respectable schools within a few hours drive of where I’ll be living. One in particular is the Penland School of Crafts, which offers eight-week workshops in a number of fields. Haywood Community College of Professional Crafts is another nearby option. So I have some decisions to make and some money to save up, but these are very exciting possibilities.

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Geode Earrings, originally uploaded by antigenre.

Nu metal?  Not really, but a new shop devoted exclusively on my metalwork. I’m happy to announce that MetaGenre is now up and running! Recently, I’ve been taking a metalsmithing course at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and have been learning and developing new skills and techniques. I wanted to create a space where I could showcase these and focus on new directions in my work.

AntiGenre, of course, will still be around and will be the home of my mixed-metal pieces, along with my vintage bead and freshwater pearl items. New pieces are being added to both shops on a regular basis.

In other news, I will be at Communiversity in Princeton on April 25th, and at Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philadelphia on May 30th and 31st. Please come and say hello!

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The SETI Project?, originally uploaded by antigenre.

No, it’s a bunch of rings that I’m taking to The Market NYC this Saturday! I’m so excited about doing my first show in New York and am working away getting tons of pieces ready. Two new collections will be making their debut, as well. I’ll be sure to add the new items to my shop as soon as possible.

The Market NYC is a place for clothing, accessory and home goods designers to showcase their wares and is held every weekend at two locations in the city. I’ll be at the Mulberry Street spot from 11:00 in the morning to 7:00 at night. Take a look at the link below for more information. See you there!

The Market NYC

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Recycled Sterling Silver Discs

Recycled Sterling Silver Discs

I’m not really into New Year’s resolutions, but this year I did decide to make a greater commitment to using eco-friendly material in my jewelry.  To this end, I’ve started buying most of my sterling silver from Hoover & Strong, a company that has been providing eco-friendly, recycled precious metals to jewelers for decades.  While I do still have a lot of material from other suppliers on hand, I will be restocking these with their more environmentally-friendly counterparts as they run out.  I am already using the recycled silver in many of my pieces, including my Constellation Earrings, Galaxy Ring, Skyline Earrings, and several other items.  I’m happy with how the silver looks, and I feel good about using something that is a little less harmful to the planet.

In other news, I’ve finally gotten around to updating my shop at Big Cartel.  I like the different formatting options there, as well as the reasonable monthly fee.  Click HERE to take a look at the whole shop!

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Riveting…, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I doubt that this was what Sarah Palin had in mind, but hey, it works for me. I went to town with my Foredom a while ago and created a pendant that was originally supposed to be part of my Buckshot series. I love the decayed, broken-down look of all these holes. I never did much with the pendant, so I decided to add to it, make use of some leftover brass tubing, and play around with some rivets. I plan to make some more pieces like this and should have the results posted in my shop soon.

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The Olympics are Here!!!, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I’m more than a little excited that the 2008 Olympics – the best sporting event ever – have finally started! I sat through the whole opening ceremony last night. It was reaaallly long, and I was sort of annoyed that the overwhelming majority of the performers were men, but I loved Zhang Yimou’s creations and was happy to see Shen Wei’s choreography. It’s too bad that there is a 12-hour time difference between New Jersey and China – I think I’ll either do a lot of taping the events I want to see or a lot of staying up way too late.

I decided to commemorate the opening of the Olympics with this set of five sterling silver rings, available now in my shop!

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Corsico Rings in progress, originally uploaded by antigenre.

Yep, I’m back on the assembly line! I’ve been wanting to get some items back into my shop and also have some extras to send along with my consignment order. These rings are going to be given a blue-green patina, but I’ve discovered that the patina I’m using can be really hit-and-miss sometimes. It’s always interesting to see how it turns out.

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Citronne, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I found these lovely vintage glass beads today at my local bead supply store. They are a pale lemon-y lime-y color, and I thought they could be used to make something light and summery for my shop. I had a difficult time, though, photographing them because the background colors I was using all made them look a bit gross. I would use white or a pale cream, but whatever photo I go with still has to blend in with the rest of the shop. I ran out of light and just threw this polka-dotted paper down for fun. I actually like it!

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Corsico Set, originally uploaded by antigenre.

Since summer is now upon us, I thought I should brighten up my jewelry collection with a bit of color. I’ve just recently started playing around with patinas on my brass and copper pieces, and I am loving the results! It is an interesting process and seems to require a bit of patience with letting each layer dry so the color can come out.

The Corsico ring and earrings are among my first offerings – now available at AntiGenre on Etsy –  and I have plenty more ideas to start work on.

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Well, I applied again to Trunkt last night and was finally accepted.  For now, I have only the basic portfolio and will probably stick to that, even though it only lets me upload three products.  I’m not sure if the standard and premium packages are worth the price.  Still, my basic package looks a bit spare, so maybe I’ll consider upgrading in the future. 

For now, though, take a look at my new Trunkt portfolio featuring some of my best-selling necklaces and one pair of earrings from my new Buckshot Series!

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