Behind the Scenes

I've been meaning for some time to post a behind-the-scenes sketch and concept page to illustrate the way a rough idea or concept becomes a finished piece. Some of the sketches are identical to the finished piece, and others have subtle alterations that are done in the moment as I'm wire bending or sculpting the metal clay. The alterations happen not just for aesthetic reasons or logistics, but also to fit the concept I have chosen for it. Additionally, there are often keywords and reminders hidden in there so that I can remember which of a dozen labradorite stones I intended to use, which shapes I wanted to sculpt, and so on.

I compile sketches onto one sheet right before I begin working on a new collection. It helps me to gather my thoughts and intentions for the coming update(s) and allows me to work off of one place as I'm creating.

This is one of a few pages from the Ocean/Water Myths and Litha/Midsummer collections, which were initially going to go live all at once—until I realized how huge the collections were on their own.

Lastly, I have three final pair of the Heliolatry sun earrings in my shop! When they're gone, they're gone!

Worship of the sun. These summer sunshine earrings were created out of bright gold spiral sun posts and pale champagne rutilated quartz. Buy them here!

Happy Summertime!