Tag Archives: Brooklyn

A First: Photoshoot with a Model

I am lucky in that I have two sisters. They are two of the most wonderful people I know. One lives up the street from us in Brooklyn, which, considering the size of this city and the independent routes we took to come to be neighbors, is a bit remarkable. It also makes me trés happy.

Which is all to say, when I landed on the idea of a lifestyle photoshoot to highlight some of my designs, my beautiful sister was my go-to model. By a stroke of luck, I thought of these three colored brick walls on the morning of the shoot, all between our apartments, which I hadn’t noticed until I started looking at the neighborhood through “photoshoot eyes.”

I can say now that my favorite thing about photographing a sister/model is knowing precisely what was making her laugh in each moment. I would love to do another with both of my sisters one day, when the geographic and timing stars align.

The top photo is what I’m calling my favorite of the outtakes.

A fun day, with lovely results, if I may say so. And my goodness, it was actually sunny! More of that please. Hallelujah.

Nature Inspired Jewelry, ModeledNature Inspired Jewelry, ModeledNature Inspired Jewelry, Modeled

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Introducing the Minis: Necklace Charms


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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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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Blue Dot is in a Contest – Your Vote Would Mean the World!

Twig Stacking Rings by Blue Dot JewelryHello hello! My twig stacking rings are in the running for the UncommonGoods Jewelry Design Challenge! I would so appreciate your vote. Here is the link.

Each person can vote just once by July 16. Each vote is valuable! A million times, thank you.

The winning design will score a vendor contract with UncommonGoods. (How great!) There are some other beautiful designs there too – check them all out.

UncommonGoods is a neat place. As a shopping site they focus on handmade and sustainability. When they are considering offering new items for sale, they often let their shoppers vote, just like in this contest. It’s very community oriented. And they won’t sell leather, feathers or fur.

Thanks for your support! Here are some more photos.

Twig Stacking Rings by Blue Dot Jewelry Twig Stacking Rings by Blue Dot Jewelry

For fun, I took photos of the batch I sent to Greenport on Monday:

Twig Stacking Rings

Twig Stacking Rings

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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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See You at The Renegade Craft Fair!

Blue Dot Jewelry at Renegade Craft Fair

See the Blue Dot nature rings there in the middle? Woo!

I’m thrilled about being a participant in this summer’s Renegade Craft Fair, one week from today on the Williamsburg waterfront. We’re there Saturday and Sunday – I’m going to have to sit on my hands to keep from excessively shopping.

I’ve even had a banner made with the Blue Dot logo. Finally. I feel like it’s the most official business thing I’ve done, because it’s just pretty and vinyl and real. I want to hang it in our living room where I can see it, for the moment anyway. (My husband doesn’t know this yet. Hi honey!)

This weekend there will be 300 vendors, food, music and views of the city. Come out and say hi! Look for our tent and banner!

Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn Banner

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A Hops Pendant, with Our Friends at BeerUnion

Blue Dot Jewelry Hops Pendant Necklace with BeerUnionOne of the most purely fun parts of working with precious metal clay is that I can create designs somewhat instantly when the whim strikes. This little hops pendant was one such design.

It came to me as just the thing for my friend Sarah for her birthday. She is half of the couple behind BeerUnion – a blog about all things beer in NYC. They are great friends and wonderful people.

They are also in demand – Sarah and Giancarlo were asked to write a book this summer called “Beer Lover’s New York: The Empire State’s Best Breweries, Brewpubs & Beer Bars.” How much fun much does that sound? All that beer! All those interesting people they’ll meet while carefully researching said beer!

So we have decided to co-brand the silver hop for purchase (in case you have a beer lover or brewing enthusiast in your life? or perhaps this describes you?). Here is Sarah’s post about the beginnings of the Blue Dot BeerUnion Hops Pendant.

BeerUnion logo

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