Inspiration for NY Fashion Week, 2014

Here we go again!

There has been so much happening in the studio that I've barely been keeping my head above water. As you might have noticed, this is the first post in many months!

The studio has moved twice in the past 8 months and I am happy to say that we are here to stay- at our new home in Fort Worth. The studio is up, ready, and rocking, and there are LOTS of designs on the bench.

Sabrinah Renee, boutique jeweler was invited to participate in NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2014 with Emerging Trends. This group put on an amazing runway show at Boston Fashion Week last October, and I am proud to be a part of their debut in NYC this September.

The date is coming up quick and there is lots to do, as usual. I've decided to make some huge, bold, stop-you-in-your-tracks, off-the-wall pieces that will grab attention from the front to back row of spectators at the show. I have some great new ideas that include a lot of agate and a mixture of precious metals, including some GOLD. There will be lots of metallic stones like hematite and pyrite, and some copper as well since I have been so recently captivated by its beauty. Copper may not technically be a precious metal, but is precious in my books!

Keeping me company in the studio has been the history channel, with many shows about space exploration. This is an interest of mine and has been great inspiration for some of my latest pieces, including this "Lunar Eclipse" pendant with a gorgeous green Amber gem.

"Lunar Eclipse" pendant in Amber by Sabrinah Renee, boutique jeweler
"Lunar Eclipse" pendant in Amber by Sabrinah Renee, boutique jeweler

I plan to be more active here on my blog and website, so please keep watch as my newest ideas and pieces take form!

Fall in Love with Earth

Happy Earth Day!Earth is a huge inspiration when creating jewelry.  The colors, textures, plants and animals that share our planet provide a continuous supply of imagery and beauty.  By taking time to study the details that surround me,  I find that the Earth activates my creative realm- a place where possibilities are endless, especially in jewelry.

Sabrinah's Art “Merneith” Malachite, Sterling and Fine Silver Wire Wrapped Earrings
Sabrinah's Art “Merneith” Malachite, Sterling and Fine Silver Wire Wrapped Earrings

This year I've decided to grow a vegetable garden to gain inspiration and life-balance through growing plants.  With the help of my husband, I built two raised garden beds.  I decided to paint them a vibrant purple, which is not only my favorite color, but also a color of healing and tranquility. I know my garden will help me discover new things about myself as well as rekindle my appreciation for the Earth.  It will feel great to get my hands in the dirt and be invigorated by the beauty of growth.

Sabrinah's Art, raised beds
Sabrinah's Art, raised beds

Life has a way of wrapping up our minds which makes it easy to forget about living in the moment.  Earth has a way of slowing things down, so we can take time to remember that we are actually alive. The Earth loves us, and it never stops giving.  Every gemstone in every piece of jewelry you own originated from the Earth and vibrates with it's energy.

Our planet is taken for granted, easily neglected and most of the time just plain disregarded, but there is no way we could survive without it.  How about we try making Earth a priority?  With all the craziness of everyday work and errands, it's not practical to constantly think about protecting the Earth.  However, we can at least make an effort to increase the time we spend loving the Earth, and in turn, loving life.

Sabrinah's Art “Tribute to the Turtle” Chrysocolla, Tourmaline, and Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Necklace
Sabrinah's Art “Tribute to the Turtle” Chrysocolla, Tourmaline, and Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Necklace

This Earth Day, make Earth your first priority.  Plant something GREENRecycle everything you can.  Give new life to something old so it can be reusedSLOW DOWN and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of a sunset, the smell of rain, the feeling of the sand between your toes, the detail in a simple leaf.  Watch a colony of ants as they work together to accomplish an impossible task while leaving no "soldier" behind.

Our Earth is truly amazing and Earth Day is a celebration of it's glory.

Thank you, Earth.  I am forever indebted to you and your endless beauty.  I simply can't live without you!

Happy Earth Day! Let's celebrate with a sale...  30% off all GREEN jewelry in my shop: Use GREEN30 at checkout!

Jewelry GIVEAWAY contest!

My husband and I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Hawaii, on the island of Kauai.  I have never been so inspired by the beauty of the Earth and Ocean.

After a short and beautiful hike, we ended up at the "Secret Lava Pools" where the waves were crashing against the lava rock coast.  A sea turtle was somehow swimming among the waves right at the rock line.  So close it seemed I could reach out and touch him.  It was an amazing sight!

This pendant represents the sun, waves, lava rock coast, and turquoise color of the ocean, with the sea turtle swimming out from the waves.  I made it for the GIVEAWAY contest because I think everyone should enjoy the beauty of Kauai, especially in the form of jewelry.

sea turtle jewelry

ocean inspired jewelry

You could WIN this gorgeous Kauai-inspired pendant made of sterling silver-filled wire, sterling silver wire, lava rock, and apatite gemstone, laced on a sterling silver chain.

REQUIREMENTS TO WIN:

1. "LIKE" my facebook page

2. "SHARE" this on your own facebook page

3. JOIN my mailing list (4-6 emails per year, coupons!)

4. Answer this... Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited? AND...Why is it so beautiful to you? (facebook comment or email to sabrinah@sabrinahsart.org)

ALL REQUIREMENTS must be met to win this pendant!  The winner will be selected on Friday, August 17th.  GOOD LUCK!

A Love Message Etched in Silver

I recently expanded my skill set by learning a technique called etching.

Etching on sterling silver is not a difficult process.  It does, however, require some practice as well as the collection of the proper materials.

I found that using "press-n-peel" paper worked best for the design transfer onto the metal.  I am lucky enough to live close to a specialty photography store where I was able to purchase ferric nitrate (the etching chemical) in a small amount. Combined with this extremely informative video, the etching project was a success!

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In this case, the etched design was a message borrowed from a love poem, later read during a vow renewal ceremony in Hawaii (Yes, I attended).

The etched ring was created as part of wedding/vow renewal ring set for two very dear friends, now married for 10 years!  Because this particular love poem was so important to the couple, you can imagine how THRILLED I was to be able to make this work.

Here are some photos of the etching process and the finished ring for the groom-

silver etching

etched silver ring

etched silver ring

The ring for the bride was created by weaving sterling and fine silver wire to set a large london blue topaz and two cubic zirconias.  The resulting piece is one of the nicest pieces of jewelry I've ever made.

This design has inspired many new ideas.

blue cocktail ring

The vow renewal ceremony was beyond gorgeous, on the beach of Hanalei, HI on the island of Kauai.  The weather was perfect, the ocean a beautiful turquoise, and even a rainbow appeared over the water.  True magic.

I am so thankful to be a part of this couple's continuing love by creating the rings they will be wearing for years to come.

A Day with Jerry Faires

I was fortunate enough to witness a day-long demonstration by Jerry Faires, a well known silversmith and musician from Santa Fe.

He came to my silversmithing class with a bag of sterling silver spoons, some tools, and his guitar.  We had been told by our teacher, Greg Harris, that we wouldn't want to miss this day of class, and boy was he right.

I was intrigued from the moment he walked into the studio. He wore a plain gray tshirt and  jeans with a hand-sewn back pocket. He was decorated with numerous turquoise necklaces, a concho belt buckle, and two GORGEOUS  thick turquoise bracelets.

Jerry is what a silversmith would call a first phase smith, meaning he creates his jewelry pieces using the same techniques as silversmiths used in the early 1900s.  Conchos were routinely used to adorn equine tack as well as belts and other jewelry.  Here is an example of some conchos made by Jerry Faires:

Jerry Faires

As Jerry slipped on his blacksmith apron with brown leather with fringes, he told us he would be creating a bracelet.  As he gathered his tools, he began to recite a poem- the first of many that day- describing old west trade, silversmithing, and love.  Totally captivating.

Jerry began the process of creating the bracelet by melting his sterling silver spoons in a crucible, then pouring the molten silver into a mold.  He ended up with a long rectangular band, which he hand-filed smooth and straight.

Using a large hammer and a chasing tool, he pushed the edges of the silver outward, creating high ridges on the outer edges of the band, as well as in the middle.  Believe me when I say he made this laboring work look EASY.

chasing

metal chasing tools
chasing tools

He then used a type of metal stamp to create a rope-like appearance to the raised ridges... he eyeballed the distance between stamping- I estimate each side (and the middle) required between 30-50 stamps...

He stamped to a "beat" with the rhythm of tap, WHAM...  tap, WHAM.  The stamp to silver like a knife in butter.  Truly amazing to watch, and also perfectly spaced.

He used a chisel and large hammer to cut through the silver between the middle ridge and outer two ridges.

He then used a special tool to separate the bands, creating two open splits in the bracelet.  The "silver separator" is a retired tool that orthopods formerly used to break apart plaster casts, how interesting!

cast splitter

When watching Jerry, one can tell that he obviously has a relationship with each of his tools.  Most of the tools had been handmade either by Jerry or one of his close friends.  Several of his tools were decorated pieces themselves, with coins and stones, and he had a story to tell about each one of them.

During our lunch break, well...  We had a live music session...  Jerry's music is just as well thought-out as his jewelry.  I could tell that Jerry's musical inspiration had come from his own life events.  What a great way to learn more about a person...

After lunch it was time to set the stone.  Jerry created a silver backing for a large piece of Colorado turquoise (that he cut himself) from the end of a silver spoon.  He annealed the spoon (heated it) and then rolled it flat with a rolling mill, creating a flat circle.

He then made his own bezel, the piece of silver that surrounds the stone, by rolling another piece of silver out long and flat, then cut it to size with leather shears.

His soldering capabilities were incredible- to say the least.  From start to finish, this gorgeous piece of jewelry was created in 5 hours.  AMAZING.  And it looks like it stepped out of the beginning of the 20th century.

Turquoise Cuff, Native American Jewelry

Jerry Faires

It gets better... Jerry gives lessons in his shop...  bet you can guess what I'll be doing this fall!

Read more about Jerry Faires at  http://www.JerryFaires.com

jerry faires

Jerry Faires singer-guitarist-storyteller of Santa Fe, New Mexico...

this poet and performer has created a portrait of the world and it's people with heart and humor, wit and wisdom. An artist in precious metal and beautiful stones as well as melody and words, Faires' long journey from South Texas, through Oklahoma coffeehouse days, inner-city St. Louis to Santa Fe's hippie honky-tonks has provided him with a rich and colorful pallette for a poet-singer

Super Special Celestial Bangle

My Super Special Celestial Bangle

by Kimberly Becker Long on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 7:25pm

This beautiful Celestial Bangle was specifically created and personalized just for me.  The creator of this masterpiece, Sabrinah McCaffery, accepted the challenge of piecing together a unique design based on my interests and needs. After discussing my request with Sabrinah, this is the email she sent me about her ideas.

I can’t tell you how eager I am to create this piece of jewelry  for you.  I believe that gemstones contain very strong healing energy to those who will accept it.  YOU are the reason I love creating jewelry and I know that I can make something that will be very meaningful to you.

I have a small rainbow moonstone gem that has a face carved into it.  It is quite interesting and I think you could benefit from having moonstone as a part of your jewelry.   It will help you unite with your inner goddess as well as keep you calm. Moonstone soothes emotional instability and stress and provides deep emotional healing... not to mention it focuses on alleviating disease related to the female reproductive system.  It also helps to eliminate toxins, and is an excellent aid for conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and breast feeding

It is highly energized and activated during a full moon, which I am sure you will find interesting.  From what I’ve read about moonstone, you may want to leave it in the moonlight during the full moon as opposed to wearing it during this time.  It will give it time to “recharge.”

I immediately thought of this stone after reading your story as well as your interests... However, I did not realize that moonstone contained so many qualities relating to your request.  These “coincidences” (although I believe them to be “intentions”) make me feel that I am doing what I am meant to do with my life.  Thinking back, I truly feel that when I purchased this stone it was meant for you- I just didn’t know it at the time.  I am so glad that it has found it’s way to you!

My idea is to incorporate this stone into your bracelet as the actual moon-  with some stars surrounding it.  I was thinking I would use blue zircon for the stars.  Blue zircon is a vibrant teal blue, but also has transparency.  Zircon is known for it’s healing properties.  It should help you overcome your loss and make way for a new beginning.  Specifically blue zircon balances, uplifts, and stabilizes the mind and emotions.

Just reading Sabrinah's ideas moved me to tears.  I was so touched that she was willing to take the time to design a masterpiece specifically for me.  Sabrinah sent me pictures of the completed bangle and I was once again moved to tears.  I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect!

My bracelet arrived in the mail today, beautifully packaged I might add, and I couldn't be more pleased!  When I placed the bangle on my wrist, it felt like it was meant just for me.  It fits perfectly, and feels so wonderful against my skin; I can barely tell it's there.  The bracelet is so stunning, I can't help but continue to look at it on my wrist.  I look forward to the healing and soothing powers of the stones Sabrinah specifically chose to meet my needs.  I am so touched, I can hardly find the words to describe it.

If you are looking for "that" piece of jewerly for yourself, or someone special, I highly recommend the artistic and creative talents of Sabrinah's Artisan Adornments!  God has blessed her with a wonderful gift and she is using it to do wonderful things.

celestial jewelry, Moon and Stars Jewelry

Celestial Jewelry

Kim,

I wish I could express to you how absolutely amazing your story is to me.  I am honored to have been selected to create this jewelry for you.

Thank you for believing in me, and in my art as a form of healing.  I am sure that your bangle and gemstones will bring you great joy, not only through their beauty against your skin, but also for the benefits they will give to you freely.

I have a strong feeling that they will exceed your expectations.  I look forward to hearing some very good news from you!

~Sabrinah