Category Archives: New Design

Fresh Beginnings: Springtime and Jewelry

Silver Maple Helicopter NecklaceHello! I’m happy to be making a post here after five months of blog hibernation.

With the official beginning of spring last week, I made a big decision. It is something I could not have done alone (hugs and thank you to my family), but one that feels right: I will now be working on Blue Dot full time, at least for the moment. With more time (and springtime!) ahead, I’m excited to see what I can accomplish.

Supporting myself with jewelry is a milestone I dreamed of reaching, but it was previously difficult to see just when those stars might align. I’m happy and grateful. To each purchaser of my work, and to those who choose to buy the work of any independent artist, I want to say, your choices make a difference! Thank you.

Here are some of the projects I’ve been working on this winter.

This first item was quite special, a custom order of four bronze mandolin bolo ties, the smallest to be a birthday gift for a five year old, with a matching tie for his father, grandfather and great grandfather:

Mandolin Bolo Tie in Silver

Mandolin Bolo Tie in Silver, Modeled

A three dimensional antler necklace:

Silver Antler Necklace, Antiqued

Silver Antler Necklace, Antiqued

A ruby ring, made with a delicate leaf I found in Portland, OR:

Silver Berry Ring, With Ruby

Silver Berry Ring with Ruby

A sputnik urchin necklace, which re-inspired my deep respect for the intricacies of sea life:

Silver Sputnik Urchin Necklace

This little face, made in the likeness of a rabbit named Poe:

Silver Rabbit Necklace

And just recently, this fun commission from my sister for a child she cares for, a three year old girl who loves pink and princesses. That’s a pink sapphire in the center:

Silver Crown Necklace

 

Also, Lee Havlicek on Handful of Salt magazine wrote this thorough and extremely kind profile of Blue Dot Jewelry that tells a bit about how I work and what Blue Dot is about.

Happy spring wishes to you!

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Custom Orders are the Spice of Life

ab cufflinks and tie clip

That is a bit of an overstatement, truthfully. But I have been quite enjoying the new and varied projects coming across my desk lately.

Custom projects often come with a story, too, and I find that knowing them — where a piece is going, for which ceremony or celebration it will be gifted — adds a little more sentiment and a different kind of meaning to my work.

Some of my recent custom projects have included “firsts” — such as my first tie bar. This set above, with matching cufflinks, will be a wedding gift from a sister to her twin to her brother, who will be married this month.

Below is a tiny pinwheel necklace with a little handle, to be a birthday gift for a 12 year old.

Pinwheel Necklace by Blue Dot Jewelry

A set of single helicopter pendants for the wife and mother of a helicopter pilot. (This design will also now be a permanent item in the shop.)

Single Helicopter Necklace by Blue Dot Jewelry

And cufflinks, which were a gift for a good friend on his 80th birthday.

Custom Cufflinks by Blue Dot Jewelry

If you ever have custom jewelry ideas, I’m happy to hear from you, at bluedotjewelry@gmail.com.

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Silver Bobcat Claw Pendant

Silver bobcat claw pendant

Silver bobcat claw pendant.

Although I’m careful and consistent about my work, sometimes, because I’m essentially working in clay, the outcome of a new piece is subtly unpredictable. It’s not until I pull it from the kiln, out of glowing orange 1600 degrees, and after I quench and polish it, that I know if I love it enough to make more.

Then there are pieces that I hope will be as striking as I think they can be. Upon pulling these from the steel shot tumbler — often the final step — I can still be thrilled to the core by achieving my creative mission.

This bobcat claw gave me the biggest thrill of all the new designs I created this weekend, following our trip to Portland and my small specimen haul from Paxton Gate. It’s made from the real thing.

Silver bobcat claw pendant coming soon to the Blue Dot Jewelry shop!

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Introducing the Minis: Necklace Charms

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These are little necklace charms. I plan to grow this line as far as makes good sense. I love each charm’s size, and feel, and personality. One or two can be added per chain.

What else would you like to see here? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Additionally I want to thank all of you who voted for my rings in the UncommonGoods design challenge. I did not win, although I was one of the top five final contenders who moved on to the judges round. It was a great experience. My sincere appreciation goes out to all of you who gave your time and support!

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Sugar Skull Cufflinks

Day of the Dead CufflinksThis has been one of my favorite projects of the year. Tiny Día de los Muertos cufflinks, each the size of a dime.

These will be a wedding gift between friends, for the groom to wear on his big day!

Day of the Dead cufflinks by Blue Dot Jewelry

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Sea Life Pendants

Blue Dot Jewelry Sea Inspired Jewelry

After an inspiring Fourth of July trip to the beach, I’ve become lost in making sea life pendants.

A small part of me hopes that summer will never end.

Above are a few of the final silver pieces — the tiniest crab claw and tiniest sea horse. Below they are pictured as unfired clay awaiting the kiln.

I hope summer has found its way to you, wherever you may be!

Sea Horse design by Blue Dot Jewely

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Like a Little Galaxy – Turquoise

Turquoise Ring by Blue Dot JewelryI adore turquoise. I’m overjoyed to be working with it. Setting no-fire stones, while a relatively simple technique, is new to me.

A mile-stone! (Pun intended!)

Also, color isn’t generally an attribute of silver work, and it’s the one thing I’ve craved more of, so that part is making me happy, too.

Here is a simple band to show off this stunning stone.

Turquoise Ring by Blue Dot Jewelry on box P1210887

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One-of-a-Kind Leaves

Long Leaf Pendant by Blue Dot JewelryAlthough these were made for the craft fair last weekend, I wanted to photograph them for my records, and to share with you.

They were made from different leaves than I’d ever used before, and I sure wish I could say what species they are, but they were so varied that I had an overwhelming appreciation – again! – for how diverse the creations of nature are.

These were all collected on one walk!

Pear Shaped Leaf by Blue Dot Jewelry

Leaf Pendant by Blue Dot Jewelry

Tiny Leaf, Sparky Chain by Blue Dot Jewelry

Tiny Leaf Posts by Blue Dot Jewelry

Lined Leaf by Blue Dot Jewelry

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Renegade Craft Fair – A Great Weekend in Williamsburg

Renegade Craft Fair 2013This weekend kept us on our toes – eye-crossing heat, sudden rain, a sporadic wind that felt like a gift but had a habit of flipping over anything not pinned down. The many tremendously friendly people we talked to made it all worth while.

This was my first outdoor market and I learned that the experience can be even more enjoyable if one’s booth neighbors are interesting to talk to. We lucked out.

And, as the weekend comes to an end, I love to think of my jewelry going off to be worn around the world!

Renegade Craft Fair 2013

There were many features to this event – 300 vendors, food, DJs, jewelry making workshops with a team from Martha Stewart magazine, and a clear view of the Empire State Building across the East River.

Renegade Craft Fair 2013

There is the food on the right, and the beginning of the vendor tents on the left. (Ours has the blue top and clever shade canopy out the back – a lifesaver that my husband rigged when it became clear we might be lobster-red without a fix. On Sunday, many other tents had grown their own back canopies.)

Renegade Craft Fair 2013

As I said, it was hot. Beyond wanting ice cream hot. Huddle in the shade hot.

Renegade Craft Fair 2013, Blue Dot Jewelry tableThere I am with Ian, on the left, who came from Taiwan with his beautiful, soft Italian leather goods, and Gillian, who makes wood-burned flasks and pocketknives, in town from Providence. When the DJs played Beastie Boys, Ian showed us a photo of his cute 10-month-old son back home in a Beastie Boys t-shirt!

Renegade Craft Fair 2013, Blue Dot JewelryHooray for a well-run, successful event. We loved seeing everyone who came by (especially some familiar faces) and look forward to next year’s Renegade Craft Fair!

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Grass Seed and Lily Pad Rings

Grass Seed Ring by Blue Dot Jewelry

This new band is made from grass seed I collected on our walk in Prospect Park last weekend. It’s like a tiny crown! I love that it looks delicate and organic, but yet calls to mind the lines of the deco era.

I will also use the grass seed to make long straight earrings.

Prospect Park Brooklyn by BlueDotJewelry

I collected one leaf that just didn’t really work as a pendant. I love its heart shape, but the design wasn’t working with a chain.

So it became a Lily Pad Ring, and currently will be available as a one-of-a kind. It’s easily the largest piece I’ve made and wearing it is fun!

Blue Dot Jewelry Lilypad Ring

Blue Dot Jewelry Lilypad Ring band

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