Archerade Spotlight!

 
Just wanted to shine a little sun on Sasha Oda and her company, Archerade.
 
She has been a resident goldsmith here at Jewel Envy for about 2 years now.
 
Take a look at some of the pieces she has on display here at the studio.
 
 

Arrowhead Bracelet in sterling silver
GoGo Ring in sterling silver 
Hoodie Earrings in sterling silver with turquoise 
Snake Wrap Ring in sterling silver with rubies
 
 
Come visit us at the studio to check out the rest of her pieces!
Diamonds baby, diamonds.
                                                                 

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014:

Where the rich and famous come to show off their hot bodies, gorgeous dresses and (what we are all really here for) JEWELLERY.

  Well after I saw that we gave the Golden Globes and all those bling wearing celebs a little attention I thought I would follow suit with a few of my faves from the recent Screen Actors Guild awards. Pretty no?
Julia! Those are some cool earrings girl!
Anne Hathaway and a fountain of diamonds and rubies.

Naomi Watts and some seriously gorgeous jewels.
Blue eyes, blue dress and one crazy cool blue necklace!

A departure

As most of you know, I am usually busy making brightly coloured designs during my studio time. I usually look to marine animals, textures in nature and anything living (including the smallest of cells) for my work. I’ve been hoping to get back into this and revamp some designs and ideas I had started while still at NSCAD. I’m thinking sea monsters, predators and unusual specimens will inspire the body of work. I develop for an upcoming invitational exhibition I am to be part of next April. Although I will still be working on production pieces, I want to spend more time on developing a strong body of artwork for my own conceptual and artistic development, something I feel I haven’t had much time to do since being in school. I make jewellery because I love to explore and to make unusual things to spark interest, and I am looking forward to taking the time to make some solid new work.

Speaking of new work, the month of August and September took a new turn when a friend’s brother asked me to design and make him a wedding band. The design was fairly simple, but I knew it would be a challenge right from the get-go. I was stepping out of my usual comfort zone of choice materials (usually enamel, copper and sterling silver) for once to try for the first time
a) working in gold
b) working in wood
c) a tight schedule

The saga began with a trip to Burlington to go to the Exotic Wood store where several very knowledgable employees helped us choose the appropriate wood, which was a beautiful variety of rosewood called “Cocobolo”. Of course it had to be the size of a table leg which I would then handcut the perfect little piece out of to incorporate into our white gold ring design.

Many hours and a few cracked wood ring “tests’ later, the results. I am so happy with this ring and so was he! And dare I mention I look forward to working in gold again in the near future? 

And on a final note. I am pleased to have found a little used enamel kiln to start adding to my collection of equipment. It’s always good to pounce on a craigslist opportunity like this when it comes up, because you never know if you will find a good deal like it again. So this is my new used kiln.  For now I’m keeping it at home until I can install a thermometer on it and fix a cracked firebrick inside, but I am very excited to at least have my very own. Next step will be finding a torch I suppose.

Thanks for reading!

Emily

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