Today is Moonspinner's anniversary! Well, the anniversary of the day I put my first pieces of jewelry in my Etsy shop. . I could point to several moments as the beginning of all this: the afternoon I breathed the life of intention into the idea, the first day I swung a hammer at a piece of sterling silver, that generous loan from my fella to buy my own tools, the day I created my Etsy shop, the moment I decided upon the name Moonspinner, my first official sale. . But the moment that I truly felt it right to call myself a metalsmith was once I had created a handful of simple jewels, and I first held out those offerings. . Before then, I classified the work as a hobby, albeit a determined one. And yet, even if I never sold a single piece after putting my work in a shop, I would have still called myself a metalsmith. My efforts and ideas were sanctified in the sharing. . So here is to another five years filled with the crack of the torch, the bite of the file, the chromatic array of gemstones, and notebooks filled with hasty sketches and ruminations. Thank you, dear ones, for sharing in all of this!
Oh sweet friends, I am up to my ears in honeybees and warm citrine, like sunlight solidified. 🐝 This collection is shaping up to be a big, beautiful one! There will be four or five brand new designs, as well as design revisits from the first iteration of these honeybees and citrine. Since its the last time I will be doing this collection for a while (likely a few years), I wanted to make it count! 🐝 I still dont have a date for the shop update, but it is looking like it will be mid-February. There will be lots of previews between now and then, that way you can see if any of the pieces speak to you before update night.
There isn't any snow on the ground outside our home, so I have placed apophyllite and quartz on my studio windowsills as frosty, glistening stand-ins. And I think they will do nicely, for now!
I am zipping right along in my work on the Honeybee Redux Collection! I am finishing it in batches, making all pieces of a particular design from start to finish, and then moving on to the next. And I just completed ten Honeybee Compasses! Well, eleven actually, but I ended up pocketing one for myself because I love this design so. Next up, Bee Garden Necklaces! 🐝 Here are some words about this design from a past blog post: 🐝 The Honeybee Compass - This piece long had plans for, ever since I learned about the way in which bees navigate to and from the hive. Truly creatures of summertime, bees use the sun as a fixed reference point. As such, the sun anchors their internal compasses, even on cloudy days. When a bee finds a lovely patch of pollen and nectar-rich flowers, it maps the location by remembering the angle between the hive, the flowers, and the sun. 🐝 And so, I have created this piece for that glorious aspect of bee behavior: a honeybee compass. These large hexagon pendants feature dots and lines radiating from the sunny citrine gemstones at the center. I wanted the inscribed dot/line pattern to resemble a compass, though still feel a bit unruly and natural. 🐝 For these necklaces, I will finish the chains upon purchase. Usually I finish necklaces with an adjustable chain before setting stones and oxidizing. But for these, I can see them being worn at almost any length! I could see wearing it on a shorter chain, secure and close to the heart. And I could also see wearing these quite long, to sway below the bust, handy for picking up and navigating to a patch of lavender. So, I will leave the chain length up to the buyer!