28 December 2013

new stockist!

Finally! I am back near my favorite soap maker, Stella Marie Soap Company.

Get on over to 486 Main Street in Warren and buy some soap and shiny objects. 
While you are there say hello to my former mate for me. I love that soapy lady!

xo, kim

26 December 2013

what I really wanted sale!

If your stocking didn't have enough sparkle in it why not treat yourself to some bling? Now until January 4th, 2014 use the code WHATIREALLYWANTED at www.kobrienjewelry.com to add some bling to the New Year. 

Pick earrings that don't match. I won't judge you. 

xo, kim

23 December 2013

fair isle with a side of poppy and smoke

I love the crafty community I am a part of. Near and far we are all working on different projects. We take the time to check in on Instagram to see what others are crafting up. One of my friends had been knitting away with the same hues I was enameling with. She saw these colors together but I had been thinking of sea foam and smoke. Poppy was out for a whole other project. 

A fresh set of eyes encouraged me to move out of my comfort zone and create a new  color combination. We crossed our fingers hoping our gadget monitors matched. She continued knitting as I fired up some enamels. After I wrapped the package with twine and shipped it off I set back to work at my bench. A few days later as I did my usual check in to see what others were making and I came across this picture and smiled in pure delight. We matched! Knitting in DC matched enamels from Pawtucket!

I love this crafty community I am a part of. It is nurturing, encouraging and supportive. Thanks to all who support us artisans and get us out of our comfort zones and inspire us to create something we couldn't see even if it was right on on jeweler's bench.

xo, Kim 

15 December 2013

free shipping code

Seeing as I am snowed out of my last event, Picnic Portland, and those lovely folks in Maine can't see my goods in person I am offering them (and you!) free shipping. Keep in mind the USPS says domestic shipping must leave by the 21st for arrival on the 24th. I am running this until the 20th on all items, even made to order items. I plan on busting out orders and living under a heap of silver dust until the 20th. Help me sparkle and buy handmade this holiday season. Shop soon, as some items may sell out.

thank you for supporting my little business and buying handmade.
xo, kim

ps: will someone in Portland hug the yeti for me?

07 December 2013

see me & my bling in person!

I have a few events coming up. Won't you come and visit, shop for shiny objects and support small businesses this holiday season?

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I hope to see you soon!
xo, kim

25 November 2013

early autumn east side stroll

Just like everything else, autumn blew by without me getting to appreciate it. Outside is suddenly cold and darker and less vibrant in color. From what I did get to take in, autumn was amazing this year. Let's hope it leads way to a snow dappled winter. I wish for a few scattered days with inches of snow so we haven't a reason to bustle through life. We can take it slow, snuggle with our furry ones and warm up the house by baking some cookies. To me, that is like a vacation. 

happy monday!
xo, kim

ps: check here for this week's flash sale!

22 November 2013

soldering one itty bitty earring at a time

here I am getting my production on . . 

happy friday to you!
xo, kim

ps: more than half of these earrings are two lovely new textures I hope to debut soon! the studio has been very inspiring as of late. 

pps: who can spy Callie girl snoozing?

21 November 2013

For love of iron work

For years I have been meaning to take some time to photograph these doors and the iron work gracing it. Now that I have finally captured this amazing entrance I plan on incorporating it into my designs in the new year. I can't wait to see what sketches emerge from this little photo shoot. 

happy thursday!
xo, kim

for this week's flash sale take a peek at my little instagram promo.

14 November 2013

autumn flash sale: updated!

I have been making lists, so many lists! Inventory lists, lists of what I need to make, lists of what I hope make, lists of what I hope to sell, lists of materials to purchase. There are a few items I have collected quite a bit of and would love to sell them off to make room for new designs. Since materials cost money, it is time to raise some! Let's celebrate autumn with a flash sale!

So, if you are on Instagram you can keep an eye out for pictures I post there. If you are on Facebook, why not like my page and follow my flash sales there? Or you can look out for my tweets with links to the sale item of the day. I am only offering these sales at www.kobrienjewelry.com so be sure to shop there. 

Here is a little sample. These earrings retail at $24 and being offered for $20 until the 17th of November at midnight EST. Including free US shipping you save $12.55. Heck yeah, right?

And these plum dot earrings are usually $44, so you save $14.55. Hooray! Now get shopping because the flash sale for these ends on the 17th at midnight. 

happy weekend!
xo, kim

11 November 2013

torch firing!

I added a sprinkle of 'pollen' to this blue necklace then fused glass to metal with my torch. I love making shiny objects with dashes of color!!

If you want to add a little pollen to your life take a look at my shop

happy monday!
xo, kim

09 November 2013

Somerville, we are back!

That's right. There are some shiny objects en route to Magpie

So, here's the peek. Now get in and see my bling in person.

xo, kim

ps: how awesome is technology? I made all of these graphics on my phone.

02 November 2013

studio shots: smoke and mustard dot earrings

Here are some more behind the scenes photos . . .
This striker is the spark behind my flame. Love this simple tool. 

Beveling the edges of silver discs to prep them for . . 

. . . dapping!

The perfect little cup to hold silver in. 

Gum agar spray so the crushed glass sticks to the silver. 

sift . . sift . . sift

clean up the edges


Adding a mustard dash to a smoke palette. 

All lined up for one last firing . . 

I love the way the enamel changes right before your eyes, don't you?

Now they are fused and ready to become earrings. 

Cutting up bits of solder. 

Setting the earring on a trivet so the enamel doesn't flow and stick to another surface while I am soldering. 

Flux . . 

. . . and more FIRE!

Soldering time!
[then there is clean up time, we can see that next time around.]

I love this combination. Smoke is a lovely canvas for dashes of color, especially mustard. 

won't you visit my shop and start making your list for the holidays?

xo, kim

ps: at least i waited until after halloween to mention the holidays. in the crafty world, we have been planning for it since the fourth of July. 

thanks for reading!