Adornments Creates Jewelry for Adoption Benefit!

October 23, 2009 at 4:01 PM (Adornments News, Jewelry) (, , , , , , , , )

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Adornments recently donated custom jewelry created with adoption in mind for auction at An Orphan’s Ticket Home adoption benefit.  All proceeds from the auction went towards helping families with the costs of adopting overseas orphans.

It was a lovely event coordinated by Courtney Hammons from “A Magical Affair” with live music by Sparrow Recording Artist, Britt Nicole,  and guest speaker and author of Fields of the Fatherless and Red Letters, Tom Davis.

Adornments donated two original pieces for this benefit:

A pendant entitled “Family” featuring a Copper and Silver parent figures embracing a 14k yellow gold child figure adorned with a ruby as well as a blue handbag entitled “It Takes A Village…” featuring Copper and Brass adult figures celebrating the first steps of a Silver child.

Here are some in progress shots of the pendant!

We started with a concept drawing. The red indicates the various layers of metal we plan to use.

We started with a concept drawing. The red indicates the various layers of metal we plan to use.

First step after drawing is cutting out the metal layers.

Silver & copper layers ready to be cut.

Silver & copper layers ready to be cut.

This is what the pieces look like just after sawing them out.. Are you scared yet?? 🙂

Silver & copper layers cutAfter the pieces are all cut out, we domed them slightly and then set them up to be soldered together.

Yikes! Fire!!

Yikes! Fire!!

This is the pendant just after soldering all the pieces together (well, ok, we cleaned it up a bit with sandpaper too). Ready to be polished!

Soldered "Family" pendant

Soldered "Family" pendant

Haha! Safety first!! I love what that mask does to my ear!

Suiting up to polish!

Suiting up to polish!

Polishing!

Polishing!

And, finally! The finished piece!

"Family"

"Family"

We were honored to be asked to participate in this event and had a great time at the Gala! For more information on an Orphan’s Ticket Home and how to get involved with this program, please visit http://www.orphanstickethome.org/. And on a final note, we leave you with this… love it when they have photo booths at events!

The Adornments ladies at the Gala!

The Adornments ladies at the Gala

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Adornments Glamor Fusion!

June 13, 2009 at 6:51 PM (Adornments News, Cool Stuff, Jewelry) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Check out the gorgeous pics courtesy of the amazing Grays of Gray Photography from the photo shoot we did with designer Olia Zavozina!

Grecian Bride

Grecian Bride

This is an original bridal gown by Olia Zavozina paired with Adornments’ Copper-colored pearl collar, Diamond-Pearl Earrings and Silver Peridot Armband.  This photography was taken by Gray Photography and the model is the ever lovely Leah DePriest Elmquist!

Princess Bride

Princess Bride

Glamor Shot!  Again, the lovely Leah Elmquist wearing a classic bridal dress by Olia Zavozina with Adornments’ Princess Tiara and Leafy Bridal Necklace– Photography by Gray Photography!

Princess Bride (B&W)

Princess Bride (B&W)

Look for more fabulous pics from this photoshoot- it was a lot of fun and the results are thus far simply gorgeous!

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Valentine’s at Adornments!

February 12, 2009 at 7:22 PM (Jewelry) (, , , , , , , , , , )

As promised previously, I have finished the Valentine’s Heart Pendants!!

Valentine's Heart Pendant

Valentine's Heart Pendant

I apologize for the poor photo quality..but you get the idea right? For those of  who are really paying attention, no the image hasn’t been flipped… They are all a little different, this isn’t the same pendant that I put up an in progress picture of.  They even come in different sizes. What would be the fun in making them all the same??

So today we set up a lovely Valentine’s display in our store, assembling all of our more romantic jewelry (ie. rings, heart pendants, rose quartz jewerly, and some of the Embrace series) along with one of our wood turned ikebana holders (ikebana is the Japanese art form of flower arranging, it’s gaining in popularity in the U.S. so local wood workers have taken up the task of making beautiful holders!) and of course, the obligatory roses!

Valentine's Day at Adornments!

Valentine's Day at Adornments!

Of course, we’ve decorated the rest of the store a little too, but this is where we wanted to highlight a few pieces.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Heart Pendants

Valentine's Heart Pendants

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Finished Dolphin Earrings & Saturn Pendant

February 11, 2009 at 10:57 PM (Jewelry) (, , , , , )

They’re finished!  The dolphin earrings that I posted about last time turned out really well! 🙂  I hope Natusko likes them (I can still change the colors if you want!).

Finished Dolphin Earrings

Finished Dolphin Earrings

Natsuko also commissioned a Saturn Pendant.  Natusko intends it as a gift for a guy- so it had to not be feminine and, as always, it had to be extra special and unique!  I had a couple of ideas for this, but one was particularly exciting as it has movable parts! (Ooooohhhh fancy!)  I really wanted that movement to give it that little bit of extra something special (it’s a toy as well as jewelry!)- it’s not static and that makes it so much more interesting a piece to wear and to look at.  Not to mention there was the added challenge of figuring out how to make that happen!    This is the drawing:

Saturn Pendant Drawing

Saturn Pendant Drawing

It was a bit more tricky than I thought it would be what with having to make sure everthing could move independently.  Also, the pearl that I used to the center piece is, though beautiful, not a perfect circle!  So, none of the other circles could be perfect either- they all had to be slightly off so that they would look perfect with the pearl and not draw too much attention to its irregularities.  I think it’s a fun piece (I’d wear it!).  Check it out:

Saturn Pendant

Saturn Pendant

The inner wire circle spins around the pearl and the pearl can spin too (though much more slowly).

Saturn Pendant

Saturn Pendant Detail

This piece was so much fun to make- a real departure from my usual style and a lot more challenging as I’d never done a piece with movable parts.  Thanks Natsuko!

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Announcing a new addition!

February 11, 2009 at 9:08 PM (Guest Artists, Jewelry) (, , , )

We’d like to welcome Charlie Thompson to the Adornments guest artist team!!

Charlie specializes in titanium rings with wood inlays (though he does some plain titanium too). He uses all kinds of woods- local and exotic, and boy are these sweet!! Take a look!

Titanium rings with wood inlay by Charlie Thompson

Titanium rings with wood inlay by Charlie Thompson

We are very excited to have his work in our gallery! His rings are perfect for all occasions- from wedding bands to everyday right hand rings, men and women! He can do custom orders (just pick your wood, style and ring size!) and has an amazingly fast turn around time! These are hand made (obviously, or we wouldn’t carry them..) and available exclusively through Adornments, upstairs at the Factory!
Charlie comes from a long family history of wood workers, and has been doing this for most of his life.  He’s currently working on a new line of titanium rings using Tennessee pearls! We’ll let you know how those turn out.

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It’s that time of year again..time for shopping!

February 10, 2009 at 9:00 PM (Adornments News, Jewelry) (, , , , , , , , , )

That’s right! St. Valentine’s Day!!

The day when boyfriends and husbands hit the street in their last minute attempts to find something special and meaningful for their honeys! 🙂 Yay! And all of us ladies wait in anticipation of what this year will bring- and what could be better than jewelry?

Unfortunately, if you’re looking for something UNIQUE, then you’ll have to look beyond the tradtional jewelry stores… They’re busy competing with each other to sell the most “Open Heart Pendants.”

Open Heart Pendant

Open Heart Pendant

 Generally speaking, I try very hard to refrain from negative criticism of other jeweler’s work. I’m all for new ideas! But come on, really? Is this really what ladies are looking for? This pendant was based on the painting of actress, Jane Seymour… wow.. They don’t really even look like hearts- more like a diamond encrusted ‘Z’.  And OPEN hearts? What message is that sending to the one you love?? Enough said.

So, clearly it is my mission to create something a little romantic, a little unique, and, of course, beautiful to give you guys another option! Of course… I only have 4 days left, there’s only so many I can make! Valentine’s is almost upon us. So, in honor of this momentous occassion (at least, we hope it will be momentous! Come on guys, get out and come shopping over here!!), I’ve designed some limited edition heart pendants!

Silver Heart Pendant - in progress!

Silver Heart Pendant - in progress!

Now, this is the first one, and it’s not finished yet! I got so excited about it, I just had to show you! I’ll put a final pic up just as soon as it’s done! I”m planning on setting a faceted red garnet  there at the top. So now, ladies, if you like it, it’s a good time to start dopping some hints. Fellas, the ball’s in your court! 😉
~Alexis

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Photo Love!

February 7, 2009 at 5:57 AM (General, Jewelry) (, , , , )

Earlier this week, a good friend of ours came over to our shop to shoot (yes, with cameras!) our jewelry all professional-like! Zach and Jody Gray of Gray Photography did my (Alexis) wedding and have since taken us under their wing to help us get our business off the ground.  They are pretty much the epitome of wedding photographers!! So when Zach offered to come and take some amazing pics of our stuff, we jumped on the chance- not only to spend some time with our favorite photographers, but.. well, the results are stunning (to use one of Zach’s favorite words)!  The did an excellent job setting up and lighting our stuff for these pics. In addition, we have the honor of being given the spotlight on Gray Photography’s Blog! They’re so sweet! So if you haven’t already, check out their site!! They are a trip to follow (no! I don’t blog stalk..never! 🙂 )

So here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for! A sneak preview to the results of the photoshoot!!

mantis pendant

mantis pendant

This is one of Laura’s recent pieces!
Silver pendant with colored resin

Silver pendant with colored resin

For those of you who read the Dolphin earrings post that Laura put up, the above pictue is an example of what she’s talking about with the resin.  All of those darkish, multi-colored spaces in the pendant were filled with colored resin.
kyanite pendant

kyanite pendant

These two are works of mine.
maple rose pendant

maple rose pendant

And for you photo buffs, here’s the setup we used to get these awesome pictures! Yes.. there was lots of blue tape and random books used to achieve these results. You have to have plenty of random stuff laying around for a proper photo shoot ya know!
Setup for the photoshoot.

Setup for the photoshoot.

 And here we are!! No good photo shoot is complete without a shot of  everyone together at the end!! 🙂

Lucinda, Zach, Laura, Alexis

Lucinda, Zach, Laura, Alexis

So thanks again to Gray Photography!! You guys rock! 🙂

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Dolphin Earrings

February 6, 2009 at 9:20 PM (Jewelry) (, , , , )

Natsuko, a friend of ours living in Canada, has made a special request for dolphin earrings- but not just ANY dolphin earrings- they have to be special!  They have to be different!  So, I decided to apply a technique that I learned in Indiana which incorporated dyed epoxy resin into jewelry.  Now, I know it sounds strange- using what is essentially glue in fine jewelry, but it can be very beautiful- catching the light and glowing with exciting colors without adding the weight of enameling (they’re earrings afterall, we don’t want them to be heavy!)

Here’s the drawing that I did to show Natsuko what I was planning (it’s a bit tricky to designe things for people in other countries!).  She approved the design with a modification of colors- she wanted only pinks and a little blue.

Dolphin Earring Design

Dolphin Earring Design

The next step was to cut the dolphin shapes out:

Dolphin Earrings in Progress

Dolphin Earrings in Progress

After they’re cut out- it’s filing and sanding to perfection!

Cut out Dolphin Earrings

Cut out Dolphin Earrings

Then they’ll be ready for the resin and hooks for a fun, yet elegant, twist on a popular theme!  I’ll let you all know how they turn out!  Hopefully, we can get a picture of Natsuko wearing them when they’re done! 🙂

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How we do…

January 28, 2009 at 9:10 PM (Jewelry) (, , , )

Welcome to the studio for a quick tour on how we do what we do!

Just to give you an idea of how we go about creating a commissioned piece for you, here’s an example of one that I (Alexis) did recently! For all you Twilight fans out there, the project was to make a bracelet much like the one Bella wore to the prom.  We were still in the construction process on our new store front when in walked Faith, with poster in hand. She asked me if I could make her a bracelet (for her parent’s to give to her for Christmas, hehe). Surveying the destruction around me and the hopeful look on her face, I made a snap decision, “Of course, I can! I’ll have it to you before our grand opening on Dec. 20th.”  We discussed her budget and what she liked about the bracelet (pretty much every thing!) and whether there were any changes she wanted. The original (it’s a little hard to tell from the picture) seems to be a cuff bracelet with a turquoise cabochon. With movie posters for inspiration, I set to ordering materials.

Bella & Edward at Prom

Bella & Edward at Prom

With an idea in the brain, once the materials arrived, I set to work. The challenge of course is to turn this into the picture above…

Work bench and materials for Bella bracelet.

Work bench and materials for Bella bracelet.

Well, I won’t take you through what happened next step by step (I’m sure it’s far too technical anyways and I wouldn’t want to completely destroy the mystery for you), but after much cutting, soldering, and melting metal into small balls, this is what I came up with.

Faith's Bella Bracelet

Faith's Bella Bracelet

It’s pretty close to the original as far as I can tell, but completely fabricated by hand (so, probably way cooler than the one in the poster). I think it turned out pretty well!
And that’s basically how we go about doing a commission! If you’re interested in starting a project with us, let us know! So, what’s next for me? Well… I haven’t played with chainmail in awhile… 🙂

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