Thursday, October 23, 2014

Back To Circulation



Collection found at hakanai on tumbler

IMAGINE your treasured knickknack collection as jewelry! Truth is, we all hold on to old trinkets and odd memorablia here and there. We stashed these pretty items away in protective silk bags and boxes. They are mementos from fun passages in our lives, like that keychain from your trip to Mexico, or the colorful party favor you gave at your Quinciañera, or that button that you took from a ripped jacket simply the because you liked and it made you happy. It's always fun to revisit these collections, but what is most fun it to bring them back to circulation, to give them a new life, to wear them as jewelry.


Photo by Andrea Singarella 

Such is the case for these brass shells. A Winker brought them in for revival. They were from one of those 80's suspender clips that were used on the back of jackets. Remember those?  How I wished I had taken a picture of the before.The brass shells were all worn out, blacken, and filthy. They were attached to a dirty off-white elasting band. I quickly cutoff the elastic and started to visualize what the shells could become. I cleaned them up and used a gold leafing pen to give them a gilded surface, I added the pearls and then it came to me, a bracelet was the goal. Our Winker is happy with the end result. 



Custom Order Re-purposed Shell Bracelet by Wink Artisans

Do you have treasures you wish to transform into jewelry? Go ahead, it's super fun! You can always pick my brain for ideas or bring your treasures over the the Wink studio for a consultation. I'm here to help you out if you need it.  Have a blast and as always, rock your Wink!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Muertos T's


Las Dos Heridas Kahlovera Original Design T-Shirt by Kahlovera

HAVE A GOOD TIME! This Dia de los Muertos, you are going to party. There will be the altar building, the visit to the cemetery, the pan de muerto, the tamales, el mole, un tequilazo and much more. But most of all, there will be the celebration of our dearly departed. We will remember them, their favorite jams, and their legacy.

Day of the Dead Immortal Love Forever men size t-shirt by TheDarkSyde

To do all that, you got to wear something fun and relaxing too. How about a dia de los muertos t-shirt? What a better way to party, be happy, & stylish at the same time.  
Confession time:
 I'm not much of a T-shirt person. In all actuality, I do not own a single traditional T. Maybe a women's cut shirt for my dance class, but that's it.

Dia De los muertos day of the dead tshirts
Muertos T's, an Etsy Treasury by Wink Artisans.
In any case, if you do wear t-shirts, check out the Muertos T's Etsy Treasury I curated.  I know you'll find something for you.  I'm even considering one now (Las Dos Heridas by Kahlovera is stealing my heart). As always, rock your wink!


By Sol at Wink Artisans,
maker of stunning, Mexican-themed, artisan jewelry.

Monday, October 13, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons


Dia de los Muertos Statement Necklace by Wink Artisans

BE BOLD! When life gives you lemons and you are Mexican, you make margaritas or you just put it on all your food, e.g. pico de gallo, soup, salsa, chips... the possibilities are endless. But if you are a jeweler and life gives you lemons, you just got to make something gorgeous, something bold.


A 2012 failed glass enamel project.
Back in the Spring of 2012, I was kicking butt in a copper glass enamel class. I was learning all sorts of new badass techniques and making colorful little creations. Then, my over-achiever self kicked in and I wanted to make a larger, bold, project.  I cut five pieces of copper to make a vibrant necklace. At least that was the plan in my head, little did I know that that copper did not want the glass enamel on its surface. Stubbornly, I tried and tried to add the glass enamel. First try, it did not work, it cracked as I took it out of the kiln.  I cleaned it up and tried again... I failed again. Tried, Fail, Tried, Fail. WTF! After about four weeks, I finally put the project aside for another time and filed it as a learning curve experience. 

Sketch
Fast forward to Fall 2014 and here it is. I put the links together and added some beads to get an idea of what it could become. I still wanted to add color but decided to add silver instead. I took out my sketching paper and started day-dreaming. Se vale soñar!  My initial idea was large bold flowers... but then, a calavera entered the scene and that was it. The design had come to me. 

Cut Silver Pieces Ready for Soldering
I slaved away for about three days and finally I had all I needed. The shapes were cut in silver, all filed, sanded and ready for soldering.  I was so eager to see it done, that I wanted to skip steps to see it already. But I did not want more lemons so I methodically did every step carefully and diligently. 

Soldering Each Link. Work in Progress. 

Soldering is always a process. I especially detest the waiting to clean up firescale. But soon, my fruits (sin limón) of labor started to show up. It was so rewarding to finally see these two-and-a-half year old copper links come alive. I stamped each piece, filed and sanded it again to make sure there were no rough edges. Next came the oxidizing, that's when a darkening agent is added. I like contrast, it shows the stamping and it adds drama. LOL


Finished Piece.
I truly happy with the end result. Clearly, life did not give me lemons here. This necklace is fun, its trendy and sophisticated too. I know it will make someone incredibly happy this Dia de los Muertos.  So what are you waiting for? Hurry and check it out on out Etsy shop



By Sol of Wink Artisans
Maker of stunning, 
Mexican-themed jewelry



Friday, October 10, 2014

Ponte Guapa


Sugar Skull Party Dress  by McLaine

PONTE GUAPA!  You are smart, you are beautiful and you are sexy. And this Dia de los Muertos, get ready to shake your calaca wearing something awesome and be drop dead gorgeous. 
From the Skully Tulum Collection by Maya Hansen

With about three weeks to go, you still have time to shop for the perfect muertos outfit. But if you are like me, you'll probably buy some things and make others to come up with the most unique, creative look.

Custom Painted Shoes by Pearmama

Maybe it's time to go to the local thrift shop or your sister's closet and get a dress you can paint on. Or how about painting those Toms you got for your birthday? You can finally put them to good use.  
From the Skully Tulum Collection by Maya Hansen
Feeling a little risque? Go for it! Life is short and as the saying goes: We only live once!  

Day of the Dead Tattoo Garters Pantyhose by TattooSocks in Israel 

Day of the Dead Corset with Hand Painted Ribcage, Bustle Skirt with Roses by 

 Skeleton Rib Bustier Corset  by 

For a more relaxed look, there's plenty to choose from, whether you like t-shirts, or skirts, or chucks. You can make a statement too. 

Dia de los Muertos T by JandyStyle

Pink Day of the Dead Pencil Skirt by MessQueenNewYork 

Hand-painted Converse Allstars 'Dia de los muertos' chucks by Nina Valkhoff

Whatever you do, make sure you have a blast with your outfit.  Ah, and remember to Rock Your Wink!

By Sol of Wink Artisans
Maker of stunning, Mexican-themed jewelry

Friday, October 3, 2014

Things I'm Making


Silver Skull Stud Earrings


It's been busy at the Wink Studio. Im making all sorts on bling for you.  Here are two of the newest pieces: small silver stud earrings for day of the dead and silver wing earrings with a quote from Frida Kahlo.


Pies pa' ke los kiero si tengo alas pa' volar, Frida Kahlo Inspired Wing Earrings

There are other pieces in the works... but as life always gets in the way, I taking a few days off to get over a nasty flu.  But believe me, I want to be at the studio making some bling. So stay tune as new artwork will be added to out Etsy shop very soon.



Frida Kahlo quote pendant 
Skull Ring

Hierba Mala Nunca Muere bracelet

Copper Necklace

Silver Skull on Heart Necklace