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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Work Preview

"There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul."

I have been working on this necklace for a long time. It needed time to evolve I think. I finally finished the beaded part of turquoise, fresh water pearls and aquamarine two days ago and took pictures yesterday. 
Inspired by the sea in which the larimar stone is found I created this necklace to showcase this stunning stone.  Larimar is said to be a very powerful stone. It is often called the Dolphin or Atlantis stone. It is found only in one place in the world in the Carribean sea. It is a beautiful blue and white. Larimar is believed to facilitate inner wisdom, channel healing energies, and brings calm to the wearer. It is also said to draw one's soulmate. This Larimar stone is a beautiful and a mystical stone.

Every drop in the ocean counts.

Butterfly and Turquoise Necklace in Sterling Silver. 

This is a very long necklace. I created the butterfly piece at the shop a couple of weeks ago. The butterfly seemed to need a resting place so I added it to the small window. It is attached to the three strands of 2mm turquoise. It is a simple and elegant necklace. Butterflies symbolize transformation and is associated with our souls. Many believe the Turquoise stone is sacred including Native Americans. It is said to help you become one with the universe.

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."  ~Author Unknown

Both of these necklaces I will list in my etsy shop hopefully tomorrow. They are both one of a kind necklaces. 

I am working on Turquoise rings in the shop today. I can't wait for you to see them.
Thanks for looking. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Inspired by the Ocean

My favorite thing to do in Florida is walk through the water's edge at the beach and look for shells with my daughter.

Inspired by the beach I have created some pieces that remind me of being there.

Mermaid Shell Necklace

Mermaid Shell Necklace
I love sitting at the beach. The ocean has a way of calming me. 

Above are a couple of shells that I found at the beach at Pass-a-Grille. I sandcast the shells in sterling silver. They are made one at a time and handcast with recycled sterling silver.  Below are two pieces created with the colors that you find in the ocean. The hoops are adorned with pearls and aquamarine and would look beautiful on a mermaid. The Mermaid necklace is handmade in sterling silver and had a cluster of beautiful pearls and aquamarines in different sizes. 
A Mermaid's Collection Necklace
This summer I plan to create more beach inspired pieces, so keep checking back to see what I find at the beach. I will be looking for more beautiful small shells. 

To see these pieces and more go to my shop here :Kathryn Cole
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you are having a wonderful summer.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Etsymetal Blog Carnival:Studio/Shop Tour

"EtsyMetal Blog Carnival"
Topic: "Etsy Metal Studio Tour"
Show us where you work!
Describe what you love about your work space and/or any changes you would like to make in the future. 

Above (and below) are pictures of where I work. It is my studio and shop. And I love it. I love it because of the creative energy in the arcade. It is located in the Crislip Arcade in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. All along the hallway are shops and galleries. It is a wonderful space. I have only been here since November so it is still a work in progress for me. There are many things I would love to change, but it takes time to get it exactly how you would like I think. My shop in Colorado (that I had for nine years) was always changing.  I would like to get more shelves to organize my tools. And I would love to have more artwork on the walls. As far as tools, there is a long list of new tools that I would love to have. 

Please stop by if you are ever in St Petersburg! And please take a look everyone's blogs to see their studios. 

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ring a Week 12: Butterfly Ring

I am very behind on my Ring a Week Project, but I am going to try to jump back in now.  I needed a break from the pressure of making a ring each week after Ring a Day last year. 

This ring was inspired by all the butterflies I see flying around here lately in Florida. They are a beautiful sight to see and they delight my daughter! 

Have a wonderful week!

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