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So this is the new collection, the rainbow tribe, and I always was really obsessed with learning new surface techniques. So like for instance, this looks like a crumpled, old piece of metal. This was made by plating aluminum foil with copper and then molding it, so it’s got this interesting texture. As with these two rings, again the circle was central to this collection, a lot of circles. And then I also played around with textures that look like little pieces of poppy seed, little salt, so it’s a really fun thing and it’s kind of cool.
In general, my rings tend to be a little bit chunky but I always stay true to my edgier side and I got a lot of double rings here, which are—I don’t know, I just love them. I think they’re quite different and they’re pretty fun to wear. Again, this is playing with the texture on the ring. And then, here we’ve got another double ring with sterling silver ball and a black onyx ball, which is one of the gems that I used for this collection.
Another gem I used in this collection was the smoky quartz. It’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s kind of brown, translucent. I just think it’s really, really pretty and this is a fun necklace because it’s got little charms that say healing. There’s an omen symbol. It’s got a pretty sacred connotation and it’s also funky to wear.
And going over here, I was trying to emulate some ancient-looking jewelry like mixing ancient-looking coins, and this is one of my favorites and it says protection, love, hope and harmony and it’s got an infinity symbol and these are all hand-carved and hand-produced. And then you’ve got the one down here, which is again hand-carved with a big stone in the middle. And all around the stone, there is all these ancient power symbols. Some of them are power symbols, some of them are just sacred symbols of love, and this is all things that I researched just to get them all on one piece of jewelry and just put it out there.
And as I was saying before, the large links were a big thing for this ball, so this is a necklace that would pertain to that, and it’s a pretty long necklace. And each link is individually made, so it’s pretty painstaking this necklace to make, but the result is just absolutely stunning.
And then if you want something a little bit more simple, we’ve got the earrings over here and the bottom circle is hammered to get a texture and the top circle is also textured. It’s this process that you can do using the torch where you just heat up the silver so much that it starts bubbling and gets a specific texture on it, so it’s a lot of fun for me to explore these different techniques and I learn along the way, too.
Another surface technique is called reticulation. Again, it’s when you heat up the metal so much that it actually changes the shape of the metal. It’s a little bit more visible on this one because it completely works the metal but gives a really, really beautiful effect. This is a long pendant, sort of like a medallion, also like an amulet for protection with some freshwater pearls over here. And also in the freshwater pearl, an amethyst where you’ve got this big chunk—and it’s one of my personal favorites—big chunky amethyst crystal set in sterling silver. And then there is some fun bangles which are very everyday, easy to wear pieces, hammered once again to give it texture.
I wanted to stay away from anything that was too modern. I wanted to give it a bit of a personality with bit of charms hanging. And then over here, this is an interesting process. These are brass cuffs that are hand-painted with enamel and then dipped in nitric acid, so the acid eats away the metal that’s not covered in the varnish and it gives like a sort of a texture. It’s pretty dangerous and toxic stuff. I have to be very careful when I use the nitric acid and protect myself very well, but the end result is just gorgeous. This as well is done with nitric acid, so it’s actually got a bit of shape three dimensionally, and then the other two pieces are heated up with a torch again to give that kind of interesting effect, and then there are some these, which is one of my personal favorite stone, so that’s all.