Shop Updates

Hi everyone!

Did you know that Etsy has a new amazing feature called Shop Updates? I just started using it and I’m hooked. I am able to add a picture update and link it to a product in my shop. The picture tells a story about the product or a behind the scenes look at the making of a piece. As most of you know,  I love social media and interacting with all of my current and future customers. You can find me on Snapchat, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr…. I think I have an addiction! LOL!

To find the shop updates link (on any Etsy shop) just go to your favorite Etsy shop: www.awljewelry.com and scroll down until you find the link on the left column of the screen.

 

After clicking on the link you will be directed to the updates page where you can find more info on new products, specials, and what I’m currently working on.

 

Feel free to stop by every week for new updates on my work.

Etsy Shop Updates

Etsy Shop Updates

 

Love Always,

Adriana

 

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[SOLD!] Jewelry Booth For Sale

UPDATE 3/21/2016 – The booth is no longer available. 

Hi everyone! First and foremost: Happy New Year! I wish you all a very exciting, adventurous, and prosperous 2016. My year has started with amazing news in both my business and personal life. With these news, come new business decisions for Always With Love to take.

After an amazing and successful holiday season, I have decided to dedicate all my energy to online sales. I will no longer sell in person and won’t be attending art/craft shows anymore. Although selling in person was a very fulfilling experience, I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t the best path for AWL.  For this reason I will be selling my jewelry solely on my Etsy Shop starting this year. I am, however, ready to part with my amazing booth with hopes it gets an amazing home and makes someone very happy.

Both my husband and I (mostly my husband) built this modern and stylish booth by hand. The booth is easy to transport and set up as legs come apart and the tables fold.  The L shaped table has a hidden drawer in the back for easy storage and access when selling. I used to keep my jewelry boxes and bags there. One of my favorite features is the lighting my husband installed on each glass case. It looks very professional and lit up my jewelry beautifully during night shows. It comes with everything in the pictures except for the white jewelry displays (and my jewelry!). It is in great condition and we got tons of compliments on it every time we set it up.  We spent over $1,300 to build it by hand and are selling it for only $725 or best offer.

Booth includes:

  • Commercial Grade 10X10 E-Z Up White Tent with walls (Water and Fire resistant top)
  • 5 Glass display cases with LED lighting.
  • Portable display tables with hidden drawer.
  • Black display wraps.
  • 4 Tent weights.
  • Black Necklace Display (Front Top Right of tent)
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    side view with back wall open

    AWL BOOTH OVERVIEW

    always with love jewelry booth

 

If you are interested or know of anyone in the jewelry community who might be, please share or pin this blog post with them. If you have any questions about the booth, please leave me a comment below.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Adri

Pinterest Midi Love

Last month I received an Etsy order for 3 sterling silver stacking rings I designed for my midi ring collection. As always, I took my time to make them just right. I made sure the dollops matched, soldered, sanded, and polished each one until I was satisfied with their look. I then decorated my jewelry boxes with chestnut brown washi tape and topped it off with my sticker logo.  I printed and cut each box insert and they were ready to go.

To my surprise, around a week or so after I had shipped the items, I got an awesome review that made my day and I will never forget it. My customer took the time to stage my jewelry and model it for pictures. She wore the midis individually and she also stacked them for a modern twist. She added the pictures to her Pinterest Board and I was mesmerized. You see, not everyone knows how much time, effort, dedication, and love I put into every single item I make. She took pictures of the packaging as well as the jewelry. Ah, if only she lived in Miami… she could be my hand model! Thank you Vicky for this amazing gesture!

Always with love,

Adriana

All pictures below were taken by Victoria Gambetta. silver stack midi ring

silver braided dollop midi stack ring

silver twisted stack ring

silver dollop adjustable midi stack ring

Always With Love Jewelry Packaging

sterling silver midi stack rings

sterling silver dollop adjustable midi stack ring

sterling silver stack rings by always with love

always with love handmade jewelry

You’re Invited to South Miami Art Fest!

 

If you are in South Florida you can’t miss out on  South Miami’s 32nd Annual Rotary Art Fest! Visit me at booth #135 to find your Always With Love favorites and for the unveiling of my new designs! This is a juried show  and I’m very excited I was picked to participate.

The festival is located in the heart of downtown South Miami, adjacent to the Shops at Sunset Place. It is held on Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street) between Red Road (SW 57th Avenue) and US 1.

Festival Schedule:

February 21-22, 2015, Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. On Saturday night there is live jazz onstage until 8:00 PM in the beer garden at 58th Avenue and Sunset.

south miami 2015 invite

Before and After

A client came to me with a pair of larimar earrings she had in her personal jewelry stash. She hadn’t worn them in a while because she didn’t like the fact that they were so plain and she wasn’t fond of french hook earring wires either.

I was told to re-vamp the design and give them a makeover. I took them apart because honestly, whoever made these, didn’t do a great job. I made completely new bezels adorned with twisted wire, embellished them with some antiquing and gave them ball posts. They turned out so cute I think I will make more of these to add to my inventory.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Love always,

Adribefore after larimar

before and after larimar earrings

before and after larimar earrings

 

New Bohometric Collection

bohometric

 

Presenting the new Bohometric Collection designed and created by me for Always With Love, Inc.  It combines the bohemian spirit with geometric shapes and adds color for an earthy essence. Boho chic at its best.

Available only at alwayswithlove.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Adriana

Paisley Cuff Bracelet

New paisley-inspired bracelet made in sterling silver. It is  a one of a kind design and it is for sale now on my etsy shop.
paisley cuff bracelet

VIDEO: Labradorite Cabochon Ring

Welcome back! This is a video I shot with my iPhone as I created a custom ring for a client.  It shows me working the metal and creating the piece from scratch.  I thought it would be nice to show you guys the fabrication process in action and the final product.

Feel free to like, share, comment or repost!

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Making a Silver Replica from a Bone Pendant

Custom requests are when I have the most fun. In this particular case, it was extra fun because I was making my husband’s anniversary gift!

He already owned a Hei Matau pendant made out of bone and wanted it in silver. Since  bone is very fragile, I couldn’t make a mold “the regular way”. Normally I would use silicone rubber and make a mold using a vulcanizer. However, in this case, the vulcanizer’s heat would have pulverized the bone and ruined the mold. For this reason I had to use a special two-part resin mold that cures at room temperature.

Here is how I did it:

1. I applied Super Glue to the bottom of the bone pendant (hei matau) and attached it on a brass sprue.

bone hook on frame

2. Took two aluminum plates and covered the frame. Placed two small clasps on each side to hold the frames tightly.

frames

3. Mixed the resin and the catalyst according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After mixing I placed the compound in the vacuum and removed as many bubbles as I could. Even after vacuuming, the sucker  had TONS of bubbles I couldn’t remove!

two part mold

4. Poured mixture in the frame until it covered the piece.  You can see the bubbles I couldn’t get rid of! Urgh!! I set it aside and waited 16 hours for the mold to cure at room temperature.

silicone poured in frame

5. Removed mold from the aluminum frame and cut it open with an exxacto knife. Took the pendant out and examined the mold. You can see all the bubbles that didn’t come out at the top of the mold. Here’s when I started freaking out.  By some miracle from above, none of the bubbles touched my mold! wohoo! Thank you Jesus!

mold cut open

6. Injected the mold with wax 5 times. Hubby gave me the green light to produce more than just his gift. So 4 of these babies will be up for sale soon! Woot!

wax injection

7. Then I made a wax tree out of the wax models that I was casting in silver. Notice the green anchor? That’s another custom order!

wax sprue

8. Filled the flask with investment, placed it in the steam dewaxer for 1 hour. Once the timer was done I put it in the hot kiln and  waited patiently for the 5hr burnout process to be completed.

steam dewaxer, kiln and spincaster

9. After a loooong burnout process the wax melts and the investment hardens leaving and empty cavity in the shape of the wax models. This cavity is then ready to be filled with melted silver using a centrifugal casting machine. I put the flask in the spincaster and melt the silver. Then when the silver is liquid, I let the casting machine spin and the centrifugal force shoots the melted silver in the flask filling out the cavities. So awesome.

using the spincaster

10. After submerging the scolding hot flask in water, the investment dissolves and the cast silver pieces come out with ease. They are black from oxidation and, to remove it, I put them in an environmentally safe pickling solution until they turn white. Cut out each piece with the jeweler’s saw and keep the scrap silver for future pieces. Nothing is wasted.

silver tree

11.  File, sand and polish the piece. Here I am polishing the pendant.

polishing silver

12. Clean in the piece in the ultrasonic and done! Phew!  Casi que no! Happy anniversary!

finished silver hei matau pendant1

always with love,

Adriana