custom squirrel

A while back I received an order for a piece of jewelry depicting squirrel. I had made many sketches until I had a drawing I was really happy with. I ended up making a linocut of the squirrel and using it to make it into a recycled silver pendant. Here are a few picture of the different stages.

I hope you enjoy seeing the process. Please let me know if you would like any custom pieces. They keep things challenging and interesting.

Ciao

linocut of squirrel

raw stage before being fired

et voila

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Eames chairs – recycled beauties

One of the best ways to be green is to purchase antiques. For example recent research has shown that an antique chest of drawers has a carbon footprint 16 times lower than that of its modern twin, even allowing for it to have been sold, moved and restored twice in its lifetime. The quality and craftsmanship that has gone into antiques surpasses most of the furniture produced these days. So by purchasing an antique you are being green, you get a better and longer lasting piece of furniture plus you get a piece with a story and history.

One of my favorite designs is mid-century modern and one of  my favorite designers from this period are Charles and Ray Eames. The Eames Molded Plastic Chair is just one design from a long line of innovations from two designers and artists who were always looking to do more with newer and better materials. The newness and technological explosion of the modern world fascinated the couple, and their goal was it create a fusion with the natural beauty they saw in the organic world. The Eames Molded Plastic Chairs are the result of months of tinkering and enthusiastic, creative design. In the end, the shape is pleasing to the eye and easy on the body. Without using padding, leather, cushions, or traditional armrests, the Eames’ had created a chair that served every need of the modern American, while at the same time looking great and being comfortable. Just a great example of mid-century modern design.

I had spent years dreaming of sitting in one of those beautiful chairs while eating dinner in our house. Yesterday I saw a listing on kijiji for 3 of the chairs and I was able to make an appointment to view them tonight. They turned out to be in great condition which really made my day. We are now the proud owners of 3 beautiful Eames Molded Plastic chairs in white and hopefully one day I will come across another one to make the set complete. If you have one for sale please contact me. We will take care of it well and provide a loving home!

Ciao!

The first pictures

Here are a few of the first pictures I took with my new baby. I used the macro setting and shot at a really low aperature. The pictures are of some of my jewelry made from recycled silver, beach glass (from Canada) and beach rocks (from Italy). I haven’t done any corrections to these pictures so they are as they came out of the camera.

Ciao

 

Recycled silver

 

 

 

Recycled silver and beach glass from Gimli, MB Canada

 

 

 

Recycled silver and recycled fresh water pearl

 

 

 

Recycled silver and beach rock from Elba, Italy

 

 

 

Recycled silver and sterling silver

 

 

 

Recycled silver and beach glass from Gimli, MB Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Christmas Gifts

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas filled with quality time with you friends and family. K. and I had a really nice Christmas. We went a bit overboard again with gifts. It’s just so hard because there are so many things I think he would love. I absolutely loved the presents I got from him. I got a new winter jacket and hat made from hemp (hoodlamb.com). And they are not just pretty and warm! The outer shell is made from 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton and the lining is made from hemp and recycled plastic. I absolutely love it!

I made most of my Christmas presents again this year. Here is what I gave as presents: my jewelry made from recycled silver, beach glass, beach/river rocks, hand-made pottery, eco-friendly cup cozies made from recycled clothing, homemade hot chocolate mix and homemade cookies.

Did you get or give any green gifts for Christmas?

I apologize for the bad pictures of my jacket (K. was having a hard time with my camera 🙂 ).

Ciao and happy new year!

May I introduce you to….

I would like to introduce you to my bear “Moonlight”. Yes you heard correctly, I have adopted a bear through AnimalsAsia. A while back I had read about AnimalsAsia rescuing bears from bile farms, giving them the medical care they need and providing them with a save home for the first time in the bear’s life. I have decided that I would like to contribute by sponsoring a bear on a monthly basis with part of the proceeds from the sale of my recycled jewelry. When I got the picture of my bear with her bio (it’s a girl) I knew it was meant to be, considering that her name is Moonlight. She fits in perfectly with the rest of my family, especially with my dog Luna (Moon).

If you are interested in sponsoring a bear or just to find out more about this cause please visit www.animalasia.org

To purchase any of my recycled jewelry please visit my etsy store at www.anjastudios.etsy.com

Ciao

Jewelry

I wanted to thank everybody for the amazing support at the studio sale. I have been busy restocking my inventory. Here are some of my newest pieces. The jewelry is made from recycled pure silver and I have incorporated recycled real freshwater pearls and real turquoise. There is still lots of time for any custom orders for Christmas. Please contact me at anjastudios@shaw.ca if you are interested in purchasing any of my jewelry or photography.

Recycled silver abstract leaf shape with small hand sculpted silver leaf and a freshwater pearl.

Recycled silver abstract flower shape with freshwater pearl.

Custom order from Switzerland for hand sculpted textured recycled silver cross.
Hand sculpted recycled silver G-clef.
Recycled silver square with flower imprinted with turquoise gemstone beads.
Recycled silver textured circle with lucky stone found on the beach in Gimli.
Custom order for hand sculpted dog name tag made from recycled silver.