Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Here are some photos of last weekend when I was part of the line up for the holiday edition of Puces POP. This time around the festival lasted three days and the opening party on Friday was a super fun night of selling, shopping, chatting, sometimes dancing, DJ, drinking beer and wine.
I got to know sooo many lovely people, too! not only my neighboring vendor but some wonderful people that came to shop. So, thanks so much to all the wonderful organizers, fellow vendors and costumers for making the fair so special and fun!
My booth!! I loved it so much!!
Here's meeee!! Hi!!!!
Part of my pretty booth.
And Angie, my gorgeous assistant!!
More of my booth
Lovely fellow vendors!!
Lovely costumers supporting local, hand made products!
The most PRETTY dresses from Supayana!
I hope you enjoyed!! I'll be back soon with some photos of my Puces POP purchases, yay!!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The vintage rings I sometimes sell on my shop or at craft fairs are always such a hit and people just adores them. I'm always receiving wonderful feedback from the people who buys them, telling me they feel like wearing something really unique, special and beautiful. Well, let me tell you, they are so unique and special and beautiful! That's why I want to show you today a bit about the process of selecting and preparing them to be worn, most of them, for the first time.
First of all, I hand pick each one of them and carefully select the ones that I absolutely love. This is an awesome job as I always feel the anticipation of seeing the treasures I'm about to uncover!
Finding the perfect ring is a dirty job: I use plastic gloves and they end up disgustingly dirty!
Here you can see some of the rings I choose, already on my bench. As you see, they have a little 'tail', this is called sprue and it is the way through which the liquid metal was introduced to a mold. This means ring is unfinished and not ready to be worn.
Some sprues are easy to remove with cutting pliers but others need a bit of hand sawing.
And then what is left of the metal sprue needs to be removed with a file and emery paper, to make it smooth and nice.
To finish, I put them in the tumbler to clean and uncover some of their original shine!
I'll have some of these beauties for sale at Puces POP this weekend and on my Etsy shop by the end of the month.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post!
See you soon :)
Sunday, December 9, 2012
I'm so happy I'll be part of Puces POP Arts & Crafts Fair, once more!
It's always such a pleasure to be part of this fair as I love it so much not just as a vendor, but also as a shopper: it is a fair full of the most amazing artists and creators of pretty things.
This time around I'll be presenting some NEW pieces from my meteorite line, like stud earrings and dangle earrings, not to forget my meteorite necklaces and rings! Another highlight is that my complete BOW collection will be present and the always favourite The Angry Weather line with the Lightning Bolt Stud Earrings in bronze, plus, a bunch of pretty vintage rings.
Some of my favourite fellow vendors? Check them out!
Stay Home Club
St-Enfant-Jesus Church (5035 Saint-Dominique)
Friday Opening party 6-9 PM (Drinks, DJ and shopping!)
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM.
I hope to see you there!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Just a quick note to let you know The Angry Weather is open now :) My turnaround for made to order pieces is 2 weeks and I have expedite shipping options available for Canada and the US. I wish I could also offer this option to the rest of the world but express shipping outside US and Canada is so expensive is RIDICULOUS! Seriously. Anyways, if you need a quote, just let me know!
I wish you all a great day!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Hello, hello, how are you?! I hope really good.
I'm back home and very glad to see you here. We had an amazing time on our vacations, seeing our families, eating delicious food and enjoying the warm weather :) I'll post some photos of our trip as soon as I can!
I wanted to invite you to my next sale with Les Joailliers du Dimanche, a jewelry collective I'm part of. So, if you are in Montreal this weekend, come see the work of 15 amazing metal jewellers at Galerie du Plateau (3945 rue Saint-Denis). On Friday we'll have an opening cocktail starting at 5PM. Saturday and Sunday we'll be presenting and selling our jewellery from 12-17hrs.
Come see the portfolios of the talented jewellers that make the collective, here.
I'll be great to see you there!
In other news, The Angry Weather shop is still closed as I'm catching a breath from all the traveling, but I'll open next weekend, can't wait to it but I must catch a breath! Thanks and see you around!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
In the meanwhile, I invite you to join me on TWITTER, or FACEBOOK, for quick updates and photos. Thanks and I hope you have a great month!
Posted by Iveth Morales at 2:04 PM
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I hope you all are doing really great. Today I want to show you some process photos. I always have a hard time taking process photos as when I'm working, my hands are usually very disgusting with dust and nasty compounds and I feel terrible to touch my camera, and other times, I just simply forget because I'm just too busy making the jewelry!
But today is very special because I wanted to document the making of my little brother and sister-in-law's wedding rings, which I feel so lucky to be making! To be honest, many of the steps to complete these rings are missing from the photos but I documented the most important of them!!
So here we go!
After minding some measures for size sake, I proceeded to cut the band using a hand saw. I used sterling silver sheet to make my model ring.
When the band is cut. I file off the irregularities of the piece of metal and then anneal it: this is a process in which I heat the metal with fire, then dip it in cold water and then gave it a warm acid bath to make it softer and malleable. Then it can be formed to make a ring using special pliers.
When the ends of the band can perfectly touch one another, I'm ready to solder! I skip the solder step because I was very concentrated soldering the ring, but here you can see the ring just after being solder and bathed in warm acid to get rid of the flux and dirtiness. Can you see those markings on the surface on the band? that's where the two ends are soldered together and when the piece is finished you won't be able to tell where the ends were soldered together!
At this point the ring is out of shape.
We need to form it using a mandrel and a wooden hammer to make it round and pretty.
Ta dah! it's round. But really ugly still!
It needs some major sanding now: inside of it, on the edges and of course the outer surface.
When the ring is all sanded and neat, I proceeded to add the details and make it special: I wanted to add texture to the piece and at the same time wanted it look neat and clean, so I came out with the idea of using thread to add this texture. I wrapped the thread in the middle of the band. I also used thread because it kind of makes me think of the link that unites things, two people together: so let's say it represents love.
When the model piece in ready, I took it with a specialist to have a mold done and also a reproduction in silver, so I can see and correct any faults or details that I don't like before committing to gold! When the silver reproduction is made, it comes really rough and need lots of love to make it pretty.
Here you can see both pieces together: the original model with the black thread and my silver trial. Here I had sanded and mildly polished the silver piece to have an idea of how is going to look my final piece.
I hope you enjoyed this little taste of what I do :) Thanks so much for reading it!
Friday, October 19, 2012
Hello dear reader! I hope you are doing really good this fine day. It's super rainy in Montreal today, but anyway, it's such a lovely day! at least outside my window because the maples in front of our home are so yellow and pretty and the street is full of fallen leaves. *Sigh* I love Autumn :)
I've been working on some really cool custom orders lately, I'll try to snap some photos and show you more of that the following week! Also, I'm just editing my next Newsletter! It's going to be full of news and also there's a surprise inside! If you plan to buy something from my shop soon, the surprise might interest you, wink! Also you may like to know that my shop is going to be closed during November, more of that soon!
If you'd like to subscribe to my newsletter, this is the sign form: http://eepurl.com/gtgvL I don't send them often, just one every two to three months or when there are super exciting news to tell :)
OK, then, I think is about time to wrap up the week and start chilling out and have a drink, yay! hehehe.
I hope your Friday is being awesome and that your weekend is lovely!
Found at pinterest, unknown source. I'll appreciate if you know who the photographer is!
Posted by Iveth Morales at 3:18 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I've been listing lots of new things on my Etsy shop lately as I've been incredibly productive since I started working again on my jewelry!
Most of the new things I've been making lately are still inspired by my existing collections, like the Rocks & Mountains, Buttons & Ribbon and The Angry Weather one. The awesome thing about all the new jewelry is that these are pieces I'm putting a lot more construction and adding special elements and were created with the best of my craftsmanship. I'm very proud of them as you can see!
I'm specially excited to tell you about my Bow collection (part of the Buttons and Ribbon) that includes a two dimensional, dainty ring; two different models of bow stud earrings that look adorable; a gorgeous, three dimensional, articulated bow necklace and a bracelet. This collection is just pure sweetness!
I've also been making new pieces for my Rocks and Mountain collection that I simply adore! This theme just gives me so much inspiration all the time. I made a pair of tiny, faceted rocks stud earrings, cast in sterling silver from a Herkimer diamond I bought in a remote village in Coahuila, Mexico, extracted directly by the local villagers from nearby mountains. They may be tiny, but they're extra cool! I also made a couple of geometric necklaces, one of them is a mix between sterling silver and bronze and looks amazing on. One of the pieces I love the most is my Mountain Range Stacked rings: it consists in three rings, each with a different mountain silhouette so you can always change the order of your mountain range, it's like wearing a diorama! Also inspired by the beautiful mountains in Coahuila and Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where a lived for a long time during my twenties.
Click here to see it.
Then I also made new pretties like a lovely cloud bracelet and ring, they were a big hit at my last craft show. and I made a new version of my seed ring with a little ball of 14k gold for a luxurious touch and contrast.New on the shop is also my Lost Button lapel pin, I made it a long time ago but didn't photograph it until recently; this pin is just perfect for Autumn and Winter to use in your jacket, coat or scarf :)
And lastly, my bubble ring is back! with a new beautiful matte texture that goes perfect with it's shape and style. You can find this ring in sterling silver and bronze.
Click here to see it.
And that's all for today! I hope you like my new little baubbles, I'm so happy with all these new beauties! thanks so much for checking out, it's great to see you here!
Posted by Iveth Morales at 3:22 PM