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Summerized Jewelry at Fiat Lux in San Francisco’s Mission/Castro!

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Woo hoo! Summerized jewelry is now available at Fiat Lux, a great little boutique in the Mission/Castro neighborhood. Fiat Lux is gem-like little store, with a very well curated selection of local designs. My jewelry is in great company.

Fiat Lux is located at 218 Church Street, between Market and 15th.

My new diamond pendant is on sale there too! Here's a quick snapshot of it. I'll get a better one up soon.

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Mutant Crystal Necklace Prototype Becomes a Flavor Flav Moment…

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So I put the Mutant Crystal prototypes on chains, in a very temporary fashion. I wanted to see how they worked as pendants. Honestly, in person, the large scale is a little too Flavor Flav. But only a little.

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And as Meredith pointed out, the pendant should have a "back," and that back should be flat so it can lay comfortably against the skin. I'm excited to rework this a bit, and to wear it!

 

Flower of Life wireframes

I've been playing in Rhino with some forms reminiscent of the Flower of Life, or Seed of Life — thinking about how these translate into three dimensions. They're still in progress, but I think the wireframes are interesting. My diamond earring is in the file to help me keep scale in mind.

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Electrobloom customizable 3d Printed Jewelry

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Recently, I was chatting with Mark Bloomfield, the founder of Electrobloom, on the Shapeways forum. He's got a great new product — 3d printed jewelry in flower designs that are customizable with attachable charms. It's a really fun idea that has lots of possibility for expansion.

Finding, er, findings

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I've been preparing to approach some retailers with my Diamond Wireframe Earrings, as well as some other new designs. One part of this is to find a reliable way to get the earrings assembled. I dropped some components (my 3d printed designs, plus the findings) off to a woman at a local bead and jewelry shop, for her to put together. I picked them up last week, and she'd had trouble putting them together, because of the (apparently) too-small holes in my designs, and the janky jumprings I'd gotten from one of the major online shops for hobbyist beaders.

I increased the size of the holes in the 3d printed designs, so the earrings will be easier to assemble.

Also, she thought the quality of my findings (hardware) wasn't great in general. I agreed; the gold-plated hooks I've been wearing a while have worn down to their original silver color — not good. Also, the jumprings look sloppy and badly cut. But I wasn't sure where to find better findings.

Meredith to the rescue! Meredith and I went to Cranbrook together; she studied Metals there, creating amazing conceptual pieces, and worked as an expert metalsmith and jeweler for years. She recommended Rio Grande as selling high quality components for professional jewelers. I placed an order and am interested to see if the quality looks better. The price is certainly higher, as I'm ordering sterling silver and gold filled, rather than silver or gold plated. But I really want to make a premium product that people can wear and enjoy for a long time.

If anyone else knows of a great source of findings, I'd love to hear about it.