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Kim O'Brien  ✨I make piles of silver dust in my studio by the canal ✨ 💌 below for wholesale + custom work 🖤Clover’s mum 🏃🏻‍♀️🏔🏕🏊🏻‍♀️ @summitthisway

Join us for First Floor Final Friday’s at @westernavearts from 4-8! >>>swipe to get a peek at what you don’t want to miss! ++address in bio++
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An unexpected hiatus happened. We are back to hammering metal and tying brown paper boxes with string. -
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#tbt to nine years ago when I made these earrings to match bridesmaid dresses for my friend’s wedding. >>for process photos!>>
***should these leafy dangles make a come back?***
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#carnelian #leaves #autumn #linedrawinginmetal #handmadejewelry #metalsmith #silversmith #makersgonnamake #makersmovement

Texture and color inspiration from a woodland walk. Can’t wait to see how these discoveries will find their way into my jewelry. Bone carvings, perhaps? Obviously enamel colors, maybe enamel and texture together (known as basse-taille)? I feel lucky to have so many options to explore to share how I see the world with you. -
How would you like seeing this mushrooms translated into jewelry?
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These simple golden earrings are now available with a shiny silver ear wire. The standard oxidized ones aren’t going anywhere. -
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And finally, this birch bark ring is now in my shop.
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This design got me back to what I love most, texture and forming. Finding the right hammer for the job, I set out to create the smooth lines that caress the bark. Hearing the sound of the hammer strike a sheet of silver against my anvil was music to my ears. Then came the gentle curve of the ring, and the tighter curls of the ends of the bark. This process was fluid and natural, just as hiking is.
I left this ring open. It allows your finger to flex comfortably considering the height of the ring. It also gives the feeling of finding a piece of bark on trail, wrapping it around your finger to take home as a way to remember your adventure.
Each ring will be a one of a kind in a way, but aren’t all artifacts in nature? It is about a half inch tall and has been approved for everyday wear. The inside of the ring is sanded smooth and the edges are beveled. While it pushes the limits of practicality it is comfortable and hasn’t gotten caught in my jeans pocket. +++this is the start of a series, what would you like to see next? Earrings? Necklace? Bracelet? Comment below!+++
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#tbt to this paper model of a birch bark ring I dreamed up back in 2015. Last week I finally got to my bench and made it in silver. I love it so much I haven’t taken it off. Here’s another teaser until I find ways to capture just how beautiful it is. Photography can be fickle and more time consuming than fabricating the piece itself. Unless in my case you include the three years to took me to actually make the design! ++stay tuned++
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I am editing photos for my newest design, the birch bark ring, until they are looking sharp you can view some mediocre process videos. ++stay tuned++
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