Friday, September 16, 2011

E&A Sugar Skulls!

THEY'RE UP! There are 15 new E&A Sugar Skulls in the shop. If you contacted me to reserve a skull, please visit the shop to find your listing! There are extra unreserved skulls available as well. :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Elements & Artifacts Halloween & Anniversary Celebration!

I am very excited to present my Halloween 2011 collection, not only because this is one of my favorite times of year, but also because I've decided to once again mark the anniversary of Elements & Artifacts with a celebration.

Elements & Artifacts is officially "three" this month and I have been selling on Etsy for almost six years! When I unveiled Elements & Artifacts, I had no idea it would grow and evolve in so many amazing ways. Thank you all for your excitement, word-of-mouth referrals, feedback, comments, and support over the years. Every single thing, big or small, means the world to me.

To celebrate, I am offering the following celebrations which are valid now through September 30, 2011:

1. EVERY order will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an exclusive 50% off coupon code, good on any one order (excluding custom work) through the end of 2011. The winner will be announced on October 1, 2010.

2. While supplies last, EVERY order will receive an unreleased Masquerade blank note card. It was created using a never-before-printed ink drawing from my archives.

ETA on 9/12: I have run out of Masquerade note cards at this point in time, but every order will still receive a free note card during September!

Created in 1993, Unearthed from the vaults in 2011
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth. —Oscar Wilde

3. EVERY order will receive a secret coupon code tucked inside the order package, which can be used anytime throughout the end of the year.

4. Domestic orders of $50 or more will automatically be upgraded from First Class to Priority Mail at no extra cost.

Enjoy your September, welcome Autumn, and bring on Halloween! :D

Monday, September 5, 2011

Behind the Scenes

Most of the time I don't think to take photos of my processes, but this time I did remember! I began gilding last month after many weeks of anticipation. The bonus of this sneak-peek? You can see some of my other Halloween-related wire pendants in progress. This was before they gained their patina, polish, and necklace chains. Yes, this really is quite a production at times. ;)

1. The matte white pieces in the foreground are un-burnished fine silver as it appears when pulled straight from the kiln. The surface is microscopically porous due to the organic binders that burn off in the kiln; the pieces must be smoothed out before they will shine.

2. Shiny! These are the same pieces after being hand burnished with agate. Mirror finish, baby! You can actually see the tip of the wood handle for my bezel pusher, and the little baggies with stones in them are the cabochons which will later be set into the bezels that I formed via soldering.

3. Ah, the stinky bag of gilder's paste! I bought this stuff the very millisecond that I learned of it, and then discovered that my production schedule was so busy that I'd have to wait several weeks to try it. I was dying with impatience. I have several colors that I am saving for use in the winter collections. Mwah ha ha.

4. The surface of this test piece was primed. Since it was a test piece, I went ahead and tried a handful of colors to test their glide and opacity. I immediately fell in love with gilding.

5. This one is called Queen of the Demonweb Pits with antiqued fine silver gilded with antique gold. You can see one of the fleur de lis pendants up in the corner; I released those the moment they were finished because I could not wait any longer.

There are many gilded pendants in my Halloween collection, releasing tomorrow (Tuesday)!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Then and Now

With my coming Halloween collection, I chose to create a subseries of Psychopomps and included a few items associated with the Hades-Persephone myth. The new design for Persephone's Descent to the Underworld is actually a revisit of my own design from over four years ago, long before I had gained my grasp on both wire wrapping and photography.

Here is Persephone then, and now:

There will be a few more sneak previews to come, including a behind-the-scenes series of photos of the gilding process.

The Halloween update will happen early next week and it is 120 items huge! The details for the Elements & Artifacts anniversary celebration/swag giveaway will be posted here as soon as I have them ready. It's going to be BIG!

PS. There are a handful of sneak previews over on my Facebook Fan Page...