Friday, August 8, 2014

A Muertos Ring

Dia De Los Muertos Artisan Jewelry
Dia De Los Muertos Sterling Silver Ring (process).


Woo Hoo, it's hustle time for Dia De Los Muertos 2014!

August is here and it only means that I need to  get my act together for Dia De Los Muertos. There's so much to be done: the cookies, the altar, the dress, the flowers, the mole, ofrendas, the face-painting, and  the bling too.  I know, we are over two and a half months away, but the best way to do get ready, is to do a little bit of it at a time. 


As for the bling,  I've been busy with all sorts of design ideas, patterns, samples, molds, etc. After some trials and many errors later, I came up with some new items which will be introduced in the weeks to come. Some previous were already listed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, may be you saw them. 

This week I was able to do some damage with this ring which will be available as a custom order. It already has had a great response. Winkers are calling in with their ring size. If you would like to score one, your best bet is to place your custom order early, way early (by September) as this is my busiest time of the year and the calendar is already filling up with custom orders and events.  Please see the Details, Custom Order Policy and the Wink Promise below.


DETAILS:
Shank/Band: 6mm wide (stamped with flowers and dots)
Head: 3/4" wide by 7/8"long (textured and with skull)
Size: Custom
Metal: Sterling Silver
Price: $70 + Applicable Sales Tax and Shipping.


CUSTOM ORDER POLICY


  1. Please send me a message to discuss your request. 
  2. Timetable, supplies, sketches, and labor will be included on the project proposal. 
  3. If custom order is agreed upon, it will require a full payment (via PayPal or Square) to start the project. 
  4. If you prefer it, a private custom order listing on Etsy will be created for you to track the progress. 
  5. Allow two weeks from full payment receipt for project completion and about 3-4 days for shipping. 
  6. Rush custom orders available. Additional fees apply and start at $50. This fee may increase depending on the project.   Allow one week for production plus 2-4 days for shipping. 
  7. There will be absolutely no refunds or exchanges on custom orders.

THE WINK PROMISE
Every experience with Wink Artisans conveys uniqueness in jewelry design, the best possible quality, and the best warm and kind customer care.

OK Winkers, it's time for me to bounce. You know where to find me if you need me. Until next time, keep on winking! 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Before N After Earrings


Earrings are a daily, must-wear, accessory for many women. When I don't wear earrings I feel sort of naked... don't you?

Long-time winker, Angelica, is often getting earrings from me. Whenever she forgets to wear her earrings, she comes into the studio and has me make her a new pair on the spot. Talk about pressure!

Yesterday, she presented me with a pair of aquamarine and silver earrings I had repaired way back when I was still studying jewelry in 2007. One of the poor earrings had been stepped on. Back then, repairs were very new to me. Nonetheless, I fixed it and felt so proud of myself for doing so.

Now, fast-forward seven years, imagine how I felt when I saw that same pair of earrings again. My first thought was... did they break again? No, not really, Angelica just wanted them to be re-fashioned. 

CHALLENGE:
Make earrings longer and change ear hooks. Because the aquamarine is set to face front, adding a chain or a bead would make the gem rotate and face backwards. 

SOLUTION:
I made a set of simple, long, sterling silver, kidney ear hooks and soldered a ball bead to work as ornamentation and to prevent the setting from sliding off. 

CONCLUSION:
Earrings are now in their third life and Angelica is a happy winker. 

Do you want to give new life to your bling? You know who to call! 

~FIN~

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Bling Batch

Sterling Silver Mermaid Pendant by Wink Artisans
You've probably noticed that I've been a little quiet and that the Wink inventory is a little low.  Well, like everyone else, I've been busy.  If is not my kids (one still in school) is the dog who got sick.  Some how I managed to get through and finished your custom orders.   Now, it's time to build that inventory back up.  Here are my three newest pieces.  Enjoy looking at them and if you want one, click on the link to be directed to my Etsy shop!  Have a great day!


Sterling Silver Cross Necklace by Wink Artisans


Sterling Silver Dia De los Muertos Sugar Skull Pendant by Wink Artisans

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Feliz Cumple Doña Frida

Frida Kahlo
July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954

Happy Birthday to Mexican Icon, maestra Frida Kahlo. Thank you for all the inspiration!
Below is an Etsy Treasury I curated.  Also, I've included the two most recent Frida bling pieces I've created.  Enjoy!



Frida Kahlo Pendant by Wink Artisans


Frida Kahlo  Butterfly Necklace

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Greatest Story Begins On The Day Of The Dead



Have you seen the trailer for the upcoming Guillermo Del Toro production, the animated movie, The Book of Life? Holy guacamole, Day of the Dead is about to blow up!  I mean, judging from the previews, one can see  the richness in colors, patterns, and textures... who's not to fall in love with this great celebration?!   I'm so excited that I may even just pee in my pants.  No, not really... maybe just a little. 
"the greatest story begins on the day of the dead, a day when spirits pass between worlds and anything can happen"- Narrator, The Book of Life Movie

So I did a little digging to see who's in this flixx. We'll be hearing the voices of charming Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien), hunkie Channing Tatum, gorgeous Zoe Saldana along with Placido Domingo, Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, Danny Trejo, Kate Del Castillo, Eugenio Derbez and many more great actors. 




You bet I'll be at the movie theater, as soon as the movie opens, all decked out with my finest Day of the Dead bling, purse and clothes. How about you? Maybe we can all dressed up as catrinas y catrinos, get our face painted calavera style and post our pics on a Pinterest board.  Oh that would be so awesome!  More on that effort later.  For now, just enjoy the video.  Wink away!