It’s always exciting to get the castings back! I recently worked some wax models and casted these rings in sterling silver and brass. After the sanding it many times with different grads of sand paper, they came to a warm, satiny finish. Looks pretty good and feels pretty comfortable when wearing!
The inside of this slice ring is round, the outside is the soft organic shape. It’s really smooth and I just can’t help playing with it. It’s nice stacking up with the different edges lined up or not. I am thinking of expanding this to other kind of jewelry.
Why do we attracted to sparkly things? I am not sure. But I admit I like them…sparkly gems, sparkling wines, Champagne…as long as it’s not overly tacky. So recently I’ve discovered a recession friendly sparkling material for jewelry: Herkimer Diamonds.
Originally discovered near Herkimer County, New York and the Mohawk River Valley, Herkimer Diamonds are unique quartz crystals with double terminations. These quartz crystals are typically not cut like other gem stones, but rather left with their natural facets. They are also known to balance and cleanse energy between the mind and body.
Over the long weekend, I created a few fun pieces using Herkimer Diamonds and hand forged gold filled wires.
I like impressive statement jewelry as well as small, minimal jewelry. Today I decided to work on the minimal and dainty side. I just got a set of letter stamp and I am definitely having fun with it.
Here are the pieces from the casting process. I love the white silvery color of sterling silver right out of casting.
After cleaning up the spure and sanding it multiple times, here’s a cute pendant.
Tiny silver pendant works really well with this sculptural modern black top from Helmut Lang.
Already, I am making variations of earrings and other shapes. More letter stamp pieces to come!
A little bit of personalization goes a long way!
Merry Christmas everyone!
I am upstate, preparing for the evening’s feast. The theme is Italian and the recipe is mostly from Mario Balali’s Feast of Seven Fishes.
- Antipasta: Bruschetta
- Pasta: Parpedelle Bolognese
- Jumbo Shrimp Marsala House-wife Style (Gamberoni Casalinga Siciliana)
- Broccoli Sautéed in Wine and Garlic
- Dolci: Struffoli
More pictures to follow…
It’s December 22nd, getting really close to Christmas!
I made some jewelry and put them in the shop. I particularly like anything blue this season. So here are some December creations inter-mingled with other beautiful paintings and photographs from Etsy.
(Clockwise from top left: 1. “Silver Art Nouveau Leaf Earrings” by NohoLife 2. “After Midnight indigo watercolor flower giclee fine art print” by karenfaulknerart 3. “Gold Link and Blue Sapphire Crystal Earrings” by NohoLife 4. “the blues, mood indigo number 2 photograph” by leapinggazelle 5. “Royal Blue Crystals and Gold Necklace” by NohoLife 6. “Glimmer midnight blue chandelier Photograph” by ellemoss 7. “Blueberry Bonbons Silver Necklace” by Noholife 8. “Snowflake Photograph” by AmeliaKayPhotography 9. “Silver One Quarter Inch Above Average Necklace” by Noholife)
For those last minute shoppers, do not despair, NohoLife is offering e-Gift Card now. Gift Cards are available in $25, $50, $75 and $100. The receiver has a whole year to use it! So relax and enjoy the year!
And lastly, I love working with music, the genre depends on my mood. Last night I was into Jazz and here’s one of my favorite. Have a good one!
It’s so great to squeeze in some time from my day job to execute some of my ideas. Here are some creations for November. I was inspired by the brush strokes from the Zen masters and made these cut out lines on these small pieces of silver sheets. Other inspirations were some little silver tags and lotus petals. It was so enjoyable to just polish the metals into these different textures.
The lotus petal earrings move around and makes little tinkling sounds. So fun!
This summer I was lucky to escape the heat waves in New York by hiding in London and San Diego, but as August passing by so quickly, I already feel nostalgic about the summer. I came across some vintage looking photos on the net that truly represented my feelings of the deep summer.
Here’s a summer inspired Czech vintage glass bead necklace with Taupe silk ribbons I made. It will be in the Noho-life online shop shortly!
And while we are at it, relax with this summer flick “Goodbye, Columbus” based on Philip Roth’s novella with the same name. Notice the fantastic wardrobe on Ali MacGraw!
Cheers to the 3-day Memorial Day weekend! I was able to relax and made some jewelry. The objective was to use some of the supplies I have already and create something summery. So here are a sample of a little pile of fun necklaces I made with some keshi pearls, salmon colored corals, turquoise beads, gold rutilated quartz and bright orange carnelians.
Happy May and on to June!