Category Archives: Emilie

A Look at this Weekends Workshop

This weekend we held a torch fire enamel workshop in the studio. I taught the history and basics of fusing glass to metal using an acetylene torch and tripod. We experimented using both transparent + opaque enamels and played around with firing times to achieve different surfaces like sugar coating, orange peel, fully fused and over firing. We had such great energy in the studio this weekend! Check out a few pictures of pieces made by students.

Nina flower ringNina flower cutout pendantYing pendantEileen earringsOcean NecklaceOcean pendant 2Eileen pendantWant to learn more about enameling? Check out our upcoming 6-week enamel course to delve deeper into the craft.

 

Jewelry Design Challenge

UncommonGoods, a website and catalog dedicated to handmade artisan products is hosting a jewelry design challenge!

Enter your original designs for a chande to win $1,000 (yes, you heard me) and a contract to sell on their website. Read the full details about the contest on their website

Student work by Ryan Swearingen

Student work by Ryan Swearingen

 

Call for Entries: Ganoksin’s 4th Annual Exhibition

Calling all jeweler's - The Ganoksin Project, an online jewelry forum is having 
their 4th annual online exhibition. See details below on how to enter.

Ganoksin's 4th Annual Exhibition: "Color Embraced by Metalsmiths"   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2013

    Ganoksin is pleased to announce its fourth annual International
    Online Jewelry Exhibition. 

    This year's theme will be "Changing Hues: Color Embraced by
    Metalsmiths Around the World." 

    The exhibition is open to all metalsmiths, professional and amateur,
    advanced and beginner, around the world. 

    The exhibition is seeking works whose primary theme is color, whether
    that be using colored materials, exploring creating colored surfaces,
    or encasing the object in color. Works should be aboutCOLOR- not
    color as an accent or focal point, but with color embraced as their
    primary visual focus. 

    Works where color is not the primary visual element will be rejected.

    As this is an online exhibition the work will only be seen via the
    photographs metalsmiths submit. It is therefore vital that these be
    in focus, on a neutral background (preferably not textured), and do
    an excellent job allowing the viewer to really see the piece and the
    workmanship involved. Any photographs not meeting exhibition
    standards will not be used, and the submitting metalsmith will be
    asked to re-submit the entry with a higher quality of photograph. 

    Works will be juried by the curator and director. 

    As this is an online exhibition the work will only be seen via the
    photographs metalsmiths submit. It is therefore vital that these be
    in focus, on a neutral background (preferably not textured), and do
    an excellent job allowing the viewer to really see the piece and the
    workmanship involved. 

    Photographs not meeting these criteria will not be accepted,
    regardless of the quality of the work itself. 

    Any photographs not meeting exhibition standards will not be used,
    and the submitting metalsmith will be asked to re-submit the entry
    with a higher quality of photograph. Works will be juried by the
    curator and director. 

    The exhibition will be curated by Beth Wicker, President of the North
    Carolina Society of Goldsmiths, and Adjunct Instructor at
    Northeastern Technical College in South Carolina, USA. Director of
    the exhibition is Hanuman Aspler, founder of The Ganoksin Project,
    the world's largest internet jewelry site. 

    Entries will be accepted from now until February 15, 2014 

    Details and entry information is available at
    http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/changinghues 

    Please contact Beth Wicker at http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/contact
    with any questions.

Recent work from our wax carving class

We just finished an amazing session of Wax Carving I – I’m always blown away by what the students create in just 6 weeks! Take a look at some fo their projects below….Ashley ringAdnellt ringJamie heart ringJenny ringMichelle ringmichelle ring 2kelly ringNatalie pendantMichelle pendantsonia wax pendant

Interested in learning about Wax Carving? Check out these upcoming classes:

Wax Carving I 

Wednesdays 6-9pm | $450 wax materials includedRegister Now!

Intermediate Hinged Lockets + Bracelets: creating in wax + silver

Mar 12 – Apr 23 | Wednesdays 6-9pm | Register Now!

 

Save the Date!

Save the date for our Holiday Pop-Up shop next Friday, December 6 from 5 – 9pm.

Mingle with the designers as you enjoy complementary glass of wine, sip an artisinal cocktail and sample some yummy hors d’oeuvres! Get your shopping done early and find something special for the ones you love, treat yourself to the perfect keepsake, and enjoy the festivities of the season!

Enjoy 15% off of all jewelry and enter our raffle to win a $50 gift certificate towards jewelry classes.

Here’s a little preview from our designers….

AILI Jewelry

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Angie Colombo Designs 

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Anne Arden McDonaldlace gothic gold bester crop copy

Carolyn A’Hearn Handmade Fine Jewelry gold_diamond_2 princess_ring_2

Caroline Glemann – Liloveve

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Deborah Stein photo (2) photo

Emilie Shapiropink tourmaline necklace silver stalk bracelet

 

Jewels by Maya

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KELACALA Q by Lara Kurtzman 

Nemea Hoops- BS Pandia Necklace

 

 

 

 

Recent Student Work

Here’s a few student pieces from our 6-week classes that just ended. It always amazing me how quickly the classes go by. And I’m always, always blown away by the creativity of our students and their eagerness to learn. Take a look….

 

Steel Class

Steel Class

 

Steel Class

Steel Class

 

Intro to Silversmithing

Intro to Silversmithing

 

Intro to Silversmithing

Intro to Silversmithing

 

Wax Carving I

Wax Carving I

 

Wax Carving I - work in progress

Wax Carving I – work in progress

 

Wax Carving I

Wax Carving I

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Jill Hurant

We absolutely love Jill Hurant’s work so much. Not just her incredible use of 22k gold paired with old world techniques like granulation, chain maile, & hand crocheting chains.

She’s also one of our dear friends and a Liloveve instructor. Jill will be here this Saturday teaching the wire crochet workshop, but take a look at her beautiful creations!

gold hand woven mesh bracelet, 22k gold clasp with tourmalines and granulation

22k gold hand woven mesh bracelet, 22k gold clasp with tourmalines and granulation

22k gold hand woven double chain bracelet, clasp with antique rose cut diamonds and granulation

22k gold hand woven double chain bracelet, clasp with antique rose cut diamonds and granulation

22k gold hand woven 5 link bracelet, 22k gold granulated clasp with mabe pearl
22k gold hand woven 5 link bracelet, 22k gold granulated clasp with mabe pearl

22k gold crochet bracelet with sapphires, granulated clasp with rose cut sapphires

22k gold crochet bracelet with sapphires, granulated clasp with rose cut sapphires

 

 

Student Show 2013: Exhibition Opening

This past Thursday we had the opening of our 4th annual Student Show and it was so fantastic! If you missed it, take a look at the incredible work of our participating artists….

Jennifer Salta

Uprooted Silver, Turquoise 2013

Uprooted
Silver, Turquoise, Wax Carving I Class
2013

King Brass 2013

King
Brass
2013, Wac Carving I Class

Hand crafted Brass 2013, Wax Carving I Class

Hand crafted
Brass
2013, Wax Carving I Class

What is your current occupation? Assistant jewelry designer at Satya Jewelry

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Wax Carving I

How does jewelry fit into your life? I would say that jewelry pretty much consumes my life. If I am not at work I am taking classes or creating on my own.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Mostly the places I visit and places I have created in my mind that may not really exists.

Ryan Swearingen

Watermelon Tourmaline Stacker Silver, Watermelon Tourmaline 2013

Watermelon Tourmaline Stacker
Silver, Watermelon Tourmaline
2013

 

Stamped Hexagon Silver, Brass 2013

Stamped Hexagon
Silver, Brass
2013

 

Orange Agate double ring Silver, Agate 2013

Orange Agate double ring
Silver, Agate
2013

What is your current occupation? Mental Health Counselor

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Ring making intensive

How does jewelry fit into your life? As a form of communication and expression

Where do you draw your inspiration? symbols, mysticism, organic process

Skip LaTronica

Buffalo Turquoise, Howlith, Silver set in Cocobolo 2013

Buffalo
Turquoise, Howlith, Silver set in Cocobolo
2013

 

Sea Turtle Green Jasper, Silver, Jade, Garnet, Labradorite, Sunstone, Prehnite, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Citrine, Fluorite, Leather 2012

Sea Turtle
Green Jasper, Silver, Jade, Garnet, Labradorite, Sunstone, Prehnite, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Citrine, Fluorite, Leather
2012

 

Hug Hand-dyed Soapstone, Black Fire Agate, Botswana Agate, Carnelian, Leather 2012

Hug
Hand-dyed Soapstone, Black Fire Agate, Botswana Agate, Carnelian, Leather
2012

Occupation: Office/Project Manager for construction company

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Intro to Silversmithing

How does jewelry fit into your life? The biggest part of “heart” is “art”. The Muse speaks, I obey.

Where do you draw your inspiration? I think maybe my Native American roots give me a sense of what’s in the slab before me, of which stones will harmonize, which will create a dissonance. While none of these particular pieces are for sale, similar ones can be created in your choice of a large variety of stones. Others can be seen on my Facebook  page, “Eclectic Omega.”

Cindy Horrigan

Vertex Ring Brass 2013, Wax Carving I

Vertex Ring
Brass
2013, Wax Carving I

 

Lunar Pendant Sterling Silver 2013, Wax Carving I

Lunar Pendant
Sterling Silver
2013, Wax Carving I

 

Hudsucker Ring Sterling Silver 2012

Hudsucker Ring
Sterling Silver
2012

Sue Keown

Kokopelli Flute Player PMC, .999 Fine Silver Clay, Oxidized 2013, PMC Workshop

Kokopelli Flute Player
PMC, .999 Fine Silver Clay, Oxidized
2013, PMC Workshop

 

Silver Wings Amulet PMC, .999 Fine Silver Clay, neoprene, Oxidized  2012, PMC Workshop

Silver Wings Amulet
PMC, .999 Fine Silver Clay, neoprene, Oxidized
2012, PMC Workshop

 

Mayan Priest Lost Wax Casting, Bronze, Greek Leather Cord, Oxidized  2013, Wax Carving II Class

Mayan Priest
Lost Wax Casting, Bronze, Greek Leather Cord, Oxidized
2013, Wax Carving II Class

What is your current occupation? Student

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Silversmithing, Wax Carving, Stone setting, chain making, & PMC (precious metal clay)

Where do you draw your inspiration? Myth, Native American Art and Spiritualism, Indian Art, geometrical designs, art deco

Rosanne Puchal

Antique Copper Wire Crocheted Bracelet Wire, Turquoise, Pearls, Brass Beads 2013

Antique Copper Wire Crocheted Bracelet
Wire, Turquoise, Pearls, Brass Beads
2013

 

Silver and Purpless Crocheted Bracelet Silver Wire, Silver Beads, Amethyst and Agate Beads 2013

Silver and Purpless Crocheted Bracelet
Silver Wire, Silver Beads, Amethyst and Agate Beads
2013

Occupation: Professional makeup artist for TV, film and print.

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Wire crochet workshop, Viking knit workshop, earrings intensive

 How does jewelry fit into your life? I like creating designs with color and shapes, not necessarily symmetrical, but aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Which, to me, is an extension of what I do as a makeup artist.

Where do you draw your inspiration? The color wheel and nature.

Erica Ffolliott

Filigree Ring Sterling Silver, Aquamarine 2013, Filigree Workshop

Filigree Ring
Sterling Silver, Aquamarine
2013, Filigree Workshop

 

Erica Ffolliot_Filigree Ring back

What’s your current occupation? unemployed

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Intro to Silversmithing, wax carving, chain making, Ring design, filigree, tube setting, flush setting.

How does jewelry fit into your life? Hobby, possible career interest

Where do you draw your inspiration? organic objects, ancient artwork, geometric shapes

Mary Feng

Leaves in Flame Silver 2013, Intro to Silversmithing

Leaves in Flame
Silver
2013, Intro to Silversmithing

What’s your current occupation? Interactive Producer

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Intro to Silversmithing

How does jewelry fit into your life? It is a wonderfully meticulous medium where most (if not all) of the creative output is manifested from my imagination.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Currently, most of my inspiration comes from nature and organic shapes.

Monica Ruzansky

Sun rise necklace 14K Gold & 2 pt. diamond 2012

Sun rise necklace
14K Gold & 2 pt. diamond
2012

 

Drop diamond necklace 14K Yellow with 13 white diamonds 2013

Drop diamond necklace
14K Yellow with 13 black diamonds
2013

 

Square diamond necklace 14K Gold and 9 white diamonds 2013

Square diamond necklace
14K Gold and 9 white diamonds
2013

 

Monica Ruzansky_Diamond Ring

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Rose Cut Diamond Ring, Gold Alloying, Stackable Rings and Flush Setting

How does jewelry fit into your life? It is a drive for me! It’s like my happy pill, takes me from one place to the next one, always exploring and learning non-stop.

Where do you draw your inspiration? It really varies, it can start by looking at a stone – it’s color, or shape. Looking at patterns in nature is a very rich source of inspiration for me, and as well as I really take pleasure in looking at reflections or glimpses of light and I try to translate that into my work. Other great unexpected inspirational moments happen in the studio during the design and production processes, where mistakes become a starting point for a new idea or even become an actual piece themselves.

Jane Durand

Power Ring Brass 2013, Wax Carving I

Power Ring
Brass
2013, Wax Carving I

What’s your current occupation? Jewelry Production Assistant / Marketing

How does jewelry fit into your life? Intro to Silversmithing and Wax carving

How does jewelry fit into your life? Jewelry’s place in my life has evolved greatly since I took my first class at Liloveve. It started out as a much needed creative outlet, and for the past six months it has been the focus of my work life. My pursuit of learning more about design and production has led me to some of the most unexpected and fulfilling experiences of my life.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Architecture, modern design and the utilization of negative space.

Juan Carlos PrimoJuan Carlos Primo_2

 

The show is up through Sunday, September 22 from Noon – 5pm.

 

 

Mold Making Workshop

Last weekend we had a really fun mold making workshop in the studio. This was the first time we offered this workshop, so it was really fun to watch!

Everyone brought small objects & jewelry to pour silicon & alginate over to create molds.

Everyone brought small objects & jewelry to pour silicon & alginate over to create molds.

Pouring the perfect mixture of the liquid silicon.

Pouring the perfect mixture of the liquid silicon.

Silicon mold

The molds set overnight while everyone took a well deserved break!

On day 2, everyone learned to cut their silicon molds open.
On day 2, everyone learned to cut their silicon molds open.

 

036shell mold

 

Everyone poured plaster into their molds to replicate their objects, You could also pour wax into your molds to then cast into metal! Everyone poured plaster into there molds.

The class experimented with alginate molds, and everybody molded their fingers.

The class experimented with alginate molds, and everybody molded their fingers.

We now have everyone's fingerprints!

We now have everyone’s fingerprints!