Cultivating Patience

3-Strand Byzantine Rose Necklace and Bracelet

As an engineer and Maille Smith, you’d think I’d have enough patience to last a lifetime.  I thought so too, but then I started on this necklace.  It’s a triple strand necklace of byzantine rose in 20g sterling silver and yellow gold filled.  20g rings are tiny.  Seriously tiny.  Then multiply that by 3 plus a bracelet.  Oy.

I came up with a system to work on this without losing my mind (mind you, I was in the last stretch of pregnancy so my mind was already extremely far gone).

Step 1:

Close silver rings and make gold roses.

Step 2:

Attach 3 pairs of silver rings to gold roses.

Step 3:

Weave chain and b-r-e-a-t-h-e and note how easy it was to construct once I got to this step.

The best way to weave it was to break it up by my moods.  When I needed my brain to calm down after fretting about the baby not coming, how tired I was, how itchy I was, I would work on Step 1 and make a giant pile of closed rings and roses and then walk away.  Coming back, I would work on Step 2 until I finished up the pile of roses.  Then I would either walk away again (come on, I have a toddler running around), or continue on to Step 3 and finish that bit of chain.  Lastly, I would attach it to the main group of chains and step back to admire my handiwork.  Breaking up such a daunting task was the best idea I’ve come up with yet.  If apply this method to other aspects of my life, I think I’ve found a great way to avoid procrastination.

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At First Blush

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Mixing metals can be tricky, but nothing screams chic more than the silvery gleam of sterling silver against a blushing hint of pink gold.  This is by far my most favorite chainmaille bracelet because it’s lightweight enough to wear all day.  I made it exclusively for my engagement photos, so it would tie together the matching necklace in sterling silver and my rose gold engagement ring.  Yes, I am a romantic at heart.

This bracelet consists of a combination pattern of 14kt Rose Gold Filled “roses” with sterling silver stations of byzantine.  Typically, the byzantine weave shows off its central connecting rings, but this pattern is flipped over on its side to shake things up a bit.  The result is a beautifully and well thought out pattern that’s a perfect addition to every woman’s jewelry collection.  Different metal combinations are also available, so don’t be afraid to ask!

 

 

I’m Alive

I haven’t been making jewelry so I’ve been posting on Etsy to feel remotely productive while I get my house into order.  Click on the photo to shop. 😉  It’s really hard not to be in production mode, but I’m making the best of it.  I keep telling myself I need to start working on stuff, anything really, but getting settled is more important right now.  Heck, I haven’t even brought over my tumbler from the apartment yet.  Both of them.  Yup, the joys of moving and nesting.

My studio is actually coming along really well.  Jesse had the great idea to rotate my desk 90 degrees to maximize wall space efficiency and so I’m not staring at the wall.  We decided to buy my sister’s 60″ TV, so I’ll be watching a lot of Gilmore Girls, He-Man, and Teddy Ruxpin again.  Whoo hoo!  But first, I’ll have an Ironman marathon.  I love me some Tony Stark. 😉

I think this how I’m going to store the rings I use the most, but I haven’t had time to properly sit down and figure it all out.  Baby wants to play with the drawers full of Mommy’s rings and that’s not a good thing for him to play with.  I’ll babyproof after I get all my ring containers inside my desk.  Again, need more time for that.  At least the kitchen is settled.  We’re pretty settled too, now it’s just putting things where they need to go.

Krill came for a quick visit on Sunday.  Hui.1 was so happy to have another baby around.  He was so mesmerized.  Krill has the cutest baby butt because it’s just so big.  Hui.1 still has the proportions of a nerd. 😀

Here’s another Etsy listing.  Click on the photo to shop. 😉

 

New Etsy Listings!

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Life as I know it wouldn’t be complete without this collar. I wore it for my first bellydance performance, several dinner parties, and my own wedding. This is my most versatile necklace and I would love to share the joy its given me. ♥

This is my mascot, the Stepping Stones weave. I’ve used this bracelet in all of my branding and marketing materials. It’s one of my favorite bracelets and it’s a wonderful statement piece. Yum yum!

Ah, the Full Persian. The Persians were bored, so they must have decided it was a good idea to make armor, and then go pillage their neighbors. Or something. This is a nice airy weave that isn’t too heavy on the wrist. Great as an everyday bracelet for running errands and frolicking with the kids. 😉

Brewing

I have a new bracelet design in my head but no time to put it into fruition. Grrr. Basically it’ll be a chain bracelet with glass beads and a chainmaille flower alternating. Maybe with a rock and some crystal hanging off it. I think it’ll be Phase 2 of Harmony bracelets. I was going to work on it tonight but I got a FaceTime call from Jesse.1 and that was the end of that. Oh well. I’ll get it soon.

My Harmony collection incorporates all of my favorite things: chainmaille, Swarovski crystal, stones, and sometimes artisan glass beads. So far I’ve been making cute charm bracelets but I need to do more with it. Again, when baby lets me…

New Collection ~ Chainmaille & Artisan Glass

Today I finally took pictures and listed these two gorgeous bracelets on Etsy.  Click on the pictures to go to shopping. 😉

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I put extra effort into these bracelets because I adore these glass beads from Grace Beads.  As I’ve said numerous times, Grace is a fellow engineer gone artist.  This collection will focus on my chainmaille bits combined with Grace’s beads.  What I really love are the knots above the beads to tie in the links and the chainmaille.  Gotta love those handy dandy techniques from Aislyn. 😉  I can wholeheartedly say that this collection has a significant portion of my heart and soul poured into it.  I’ve struggled for years trying to figure out the most perfect design for these beads, and I finally feel that this is the most appropriate way to do it.  Taking photos of the jewelry draped over my wedding china also warms my heart.  Yes, I’m a sentimental fool, but it’s so much more fun that way. 😉

While I already have pieces made with chainmaille and glass beads, they’re not exclusively part of this collection because they mostly fall under my “Harmony Collection” which incorporates ALL of my favorite materials:  Chainmaille, Swarovski Crystal, Natural Stones, and Grace’s beads.  That’s a lot more complicated to design, hence there are so few pieces.  I should take inventory and figure out which ones actually are Harmony necklaces and which ones aren’t.  I know some of them are missing the stones, even though I count pearls as stones.  Another thing to add to the to-do list before the baby arrives.  The busy-ness of an artist never ceases.  Or at least until we have kids and babies to take care of… :-O

So, enjoy the collection as I slowly build it up.  I only design and make the best of the best here, so it may be a little slow, but it’ll definitely be worth the wait. ♥ ♥ ♥

Finding a Sense of Normalcy

Yay, I’m married!  Now to get back to normal life.  >_<

Post-wedding day, Jesse and I ventured to his sister’s house where we visited and rested from the festivities.  I ended up making another one of these bracelets to replace the one I sold. 🙂

Later in the week, since we had the kid with us, I went back to spend the day at the sister’s house and made this pendant in yellow gold and rose gold respectively.  Now to figure out what stones to show off.  Yes, this is my “show off stone” pendant.  Choosing a stone is so hard. 😛

Jesse’s been pretty entertained playing with all the kitchen gadgets we got from the wedding.  We can make nachos/salsa in record time with the food processor.  There’s even a grating attachment that’s great for cheese and hard veggies.  I plan to test it out with my meatloaf ingredients, probably tomorrow. 😀

Still getting the beads organized and I need to see if I can fit my computer around my desk.  It’s going to be a never-ending cycle until it’s done.  Bleh. >.<