Making Headpins and Charms ~ The Process in a Few Easy Steps

Hi guys!
 I made a few pairs of soldered charms and headpins last week and a couple of friends on Instagram asked me for a tutorial on how to make these...well, I am not much of a teacher but I snapped a few pictures for you and I'm going to try to explain the process in a few steps, let me know if you have more questions and I'll do my best to answer them. 
These are soldered charms and headpins ~ you need to have basic soldering skills to make them. I have a blog post about soldering click here and you can also find a lot of soldering video tutorials on Youtube ~ that's how I learned. You can learn almost anything on Youtube these days. Not how to make these charms, no, that you'll learn only here hehe. 😉
Okay, ready?  Here we go!:)

1. Wire wrapping the beads. I love making loops, curls and mixing metals ( I used brass and copper here).  If you look at the pictures above, my wire wrapping "technique" looks really messy - it doesn't have to be perfect!…

The Mystic

We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being. ― Hermann Hesse

These earrings speak of The Mystic, the awakening of the mind and the connection between the Self and The Great Spirit. You can find them here.

⍆ Stay inspired ⍅

The Little Island

Nights and days came and passed
And summer and winter
and the rain.
And it was good to be a little Island.
A part of the world
and a world of its own All surrounded by the bright blue sea. Margaret Wise BrownThe Little Island When I need to recharge, one of my favorite places to go to is the Indian Keys. Inspiration  is everywhere

Lovely place, this little island...only a couple miles away from the constant noise and hum of the civilized world, yet, once you get there, everything seems so far away. Your mind is suddenly clear and awed before the incredible display of organic Art forms that The Great Artist manifests, in this moment, just for you.
If you want to read about its history, click here.

Back home, I made this little pewter charm using a cool looking sea creature skeleton fragment that I have found on the island. 
A happy experiment. Unfortunately, the skeleton fragment broke to small pieces before I had the chance to make its, One of A Kind it is.

 I'll treasure it and sa…


Listing on Etsy all these rustic guys tomorrow evening! :)

My talented friend Jacqueline from Mooseberries will have two huge jewelry shows this Spring and she has asked me to let my soul dance and play and so I did! :)

The Egg ~ food for thought and earrings photos for inspiration

A quick post, just to share a couple of pictures and one of my favorite short stories ever, The Egg. I have read it a few years ago and loved it. It has been translated in many languages and many people know it, but for those who don't, here it is:

"You were on your way home when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me. And that’s when you met me.

“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?” “You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words. “There was a… a truck and it was skidding…” “Yup,” I said. “I… I died?” “Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said. You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?” “More or less,” I said. “Are you god?” You as…