Eilisain aka Lisette in Gaelic

Welcome to my blog, where I document my process in making jewelry, muse on the influence of art and the joy of making beautiful objects.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

bench shot

Did a two flask casting last week so this week it's nothing but cleaning up.  I'm so lucky I have a part time job at a jewelry repair shop where, when I'm not busy, I can work on my own pieces. 

Castings oh my!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Smooth soul

Your jam of the day, Sade's "The Sweetest Taboo" 

So a lil' changeroo in my DJ schedule, I'll be on the air later today, 4-6pm but still Tuesdays and Thursdays.

And my set is the Smooooth Soul, it'll be sweet and chillaxin'.  So tune in online, WZMB 91.3.  
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Guardians of jewelry

Dispersed around my apartment are several jewelry 'altars' - my boyfriend teases me that I have jewelry everywhere...and it's true, I mean, come on, I'm a jewelry?!  But it does feel as though they are protecting and imbuing my jewelry with heavenly vibes.

The angel was given to me by a friend years ago and the buddha I bought for myself.  How do you display your jewelry?

The Angel of jewelry.
The buddha is drowning in jewelry!
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Planetary lights

Found this brilliant artist via Jeannie Huang.  Just a snippet for today. Check out Jeannie's website too, she is like an archaeologist of cool art and design.

James Nizam studio experiment with light from the sun and calculated holes.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DJ Lestat is BACK

I've sorely missed my old DJing gig at WZMB 91.3 and I'm so happy to say that I'm BACK this summer to DJ!!!  I'll be on the radio Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-5pm beginning next week.

In honor of returning I give you Jack White's single, "Sixteen Saltines", from his new album Blunderbuss.

Enjoy and stay tuned for more tasty musical treats!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Eilisain jewelry now sold at Lawrence Miller and Company

Another great gallery I'm now selling my jewelry at, Lawrence Miller and Co. located in the great shopping district of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C.

I've known Tim and Lawrence for quite awhile now, I worked there four years ago before I came to Greenville to attend ECU and I learned SO much.  We met taking a metal raising and forming class at the Art League.  

These guys are masters at repairing silverware and jewelry, and I'm really honored to be selling in their gallery.
Tim Shaheen & Lawrence Miller
Tim and Lawrence (make a great duo)
As I always do, I recommend that if you are in their neighborhood visit them, they can fix almost anything and they're quite entertaining to be around!

Here's a preview of what they'll have on sale:

The Hunted - Silver double owl talon earrings
Silver double owl talon earrings.  Love these.
Epona Earrings - Petrified wood and sterling silver
One of a kind petrified wood and oxidized sterling silver.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Jewellery Displaced

Such a great way to interact with people and jewellery.  It almost looks like a science experiments with them wearing those odd suits.  
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Eilisain jewelry now at Redeem in D.C.

I'm very happy to announce that Redeem, in the U Street shopping district of Washington, D.C. will now be selling my Hunted line of jewelry. 

I had known of Redeem for awhile and recently saw the store featured in several D.C. fashion blogs so I knew they had good taste and their aesthetic is similar to mine - edgy, contemporary and unique.

Lori Parkerson, the owner of Redeem has a great sense of style and eye for well made clothing, jewelry and accessories.  There were some great dresses and handbags that I'd love to have in my closet!

Here are several photos I snapped when I visited D.C. this past weekend.

Great collection of books, cleansers and chic accessories.
Lori talking with M. Gert Barkovic, an artist that also sells at Redeem!
Loved this collection of jewelry, a good sign!

Cool bear wall pieces.

 If you are in DC, visit Redeem, I promise you won't regret it!
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

New items in my Eilisain Etsy shop

Been working fast and furious these past several days, trying to catch up with work in the studio.  The large faux gauge talon earrings are a custom order and I'm quite pleased with them.  These larger earrings are definitely heavier than the small gauge earrings but they still work and are definitely fierce!

 Since I was casting in silver I thought, why not make the double owl talon earrings as well?   It's funny how I now respond to silver since working in bronze, they both have unique properties.  Silver in it's liquid form is so much more fluid and melts fast in contrast to manganese bronze which takes longer to melt and is more volatile. 
Large faux gauge (8mm) owl talon earrings.
Finally cast double owl talon earrings in silver!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Aesop's Fables

Another fabulous trade with a talented ECU art student, Ashley Thompson.  She is a painter/printmaker extraordinaire!  She posted her Aesop's Fables series on facebook and I just had to have them, luckily she'd been lusting after my double talon owl earrings so we made a trade, love it when that happens. 

Here is the fox print in a new frame, I plan on changing out the prints regularly.   Ashley is seriously talented, don't you think?

Ashley Thompson print of her Aesop's Fables series.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sweet video of ASU Metals Department

ECU needs to make one like this.   SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) is hosting a call for entry for videos featuring metalsmiths or anything related to the craft for their annual conference this month.  The due date is the May 19th.  Here is more info.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sexy black hoops

I'm so lucky to have customers that send me photos of them wearing their newly acquired Eilisain jewelry.  Jodie had previously purchased my Deep Sea jewelry and she'd wanted a matching pair of black coral hoop earrings.

Here she is looking fabulous.  Just makes my day, thank you Jodie!

 Jodie Bakker modeling her new black coral hoop earrings.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Powder coating with Michael Dale Bernard

Gotta love MDB - he really makes powder coating easy to learn and understandable.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Constellation inspired jewelry

Everytime I see such well edited videos I'm spurned to one day make one myself.

The beginning of this video is slow but towards the middle it picks up.  I'm fascinated at the metaphor for looking to the stars and heavens and finding inspiration and beauty in jewelry.  

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