A glimpse at the new collection that I've been hard at work on this spring!

 

It features an art deco inspired Sterling silver pendant, created using traditional silver smithing techniques. The sea glass is bezel set. The aqua sea glass is from Sicily and the green sea glass is from Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. The 18" Sterling silver box chain strings through a tube bail.

The design picks up on the geometry I love, squares and circles. It also reminds me of a painting by a Canadian artist that always pulls me in when visiting the National Art Gallery, here it Ottawa. It is a mid-century piece, I think, and features bold black islands palette knifed on a textured white background.

The earrings are from my current collection: Mermaid's Tears with aqua and green sea glass, and Framed with green sea glass.

I'm giddy about having followed through on learning a skill I've been hankering after for ages - silver smithing! I think that's a word?? Anyhow, it's been my plan all along to be able to create gorgeous sea glass jewelry using traditional bench jewelry techniques in order to bezel set sea glass to create pendants, rings, cuff bracelets, cuff links, you name it. So I am really proud to present my first project - a Pau shell cabochon bezel set in Sterling silver on a sterling silver textured shank embellished with handmade sterling and copper balls. Next up, a sea glass project of course!

Sterling silver bezel ring with Pau shell
Sterling silver bezel ring with Pau shell

Thanks to all who visited at 613Flea at Landsdowne Park, the Glebe Neighborhood Craft Sale and my Holiday Open House.

Several of you had questions about custom work - I will be happy to book appointments to discuss commissions starting in January 2017.

If you wish to pick up a gift before the holidays, please visit my Etsy Shop or use the online shopping form through this website. The listings are only a snapshot of what I can present at shows so if there is a specific piece that you're after, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Best wishes to all!

Kristina

And now for some photos - a couple of shots of custom pieces.

 

Pendant with 925 Sterling silver bail and chain with matching earrings from clear colorless frosted New Brunswick sea glass

 

Pair of earrings featuring green New Brunswick sea glass suspended from 925 Sterling silver organic split oval drops

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First show of the season is coming up soon!!

613 Christmas Sat Nov 12, 2016 at Landsdowne Park, Ottawa ON
613 Christmas Sat Nov 12, 2016 at Landsdowne Park, Ottawa ON

Feels as bit strange thinking of the holiday season when we still have Halloween decorations out though I am a firm believer in finding gifts throughout the year and saving them in my present drawer. This upcoming show is such a fun one as it is a mix of vintage collectors and handmade artisans.

The not-for-profit 613flea returns  to Lansdowne Park on Saturday November 12, 2016 with the most  "won...won...wonderful day of the year"!  From 10am-5pm a special event called 613Christmas will fill the Horticultural Building with the most amazing one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans and makers!