09.21.2017

Work in Progress

Sommi Jewelry Instagram Feed

@sommijewelry Instagram account.

Hi friends! It has been a while since my last post, so I wanted to take this opportunity to give you all an update about what has been going on with me and Sommi. So, I’ll start by backing up just a bit. I had my daughter in March of 2016. Her name is Siena and we have been glued to the hip since her birth. I basically spent the first year of her life completely submerged in motherhood. Then, around March of this year, I started getting the “creative itch” again (insert excited emoji face here!), and I have slowly started exercising my creative muscles ever since.

Sommi Jewelry hand carved stacking ring

I’ve been using Siena’s nap times and after bed time hours to work. It has been such a slow process, but I’m really happy to say that new pieces are in the works (you can see one of the new designs in the picture above). So far, I have 8 new designs created and I’m currently working on setting them up for production (castings and molds). I’m also currently carving 2 more designs (that go with the other eight I was just talking about) and working my way through a new stand alone group that I hope will become a permanent part of my jewelry offerings (more on this later).

Sommi Jewelry Pop Up Shop Westelm Orlando

Pop-Up Shop @ West Elm when I was 7 months pregnant.

As the holiday season approaches, I’ve been thinking that I would like to get out there and participate in some local events. Hopefully, I’ll be accepted and will get the chance to meet some of you in person! I’ll be making announcements as soon as I find out any news so that you can mark your calendars, if you would like. 🙂

Lastly, since march of this year, I’ve been posting regularly on Instagram. So, if you haven’t yet, come follow my @sommijewelry’s Instagram account. I’m doing weekly stories showing lots of behind the scenes of everything that I’m working on, plus I’m planning to do a couple giveaways later on this year that I’ll be announcing there as well.

So now tell me, what has been going on with you?

xx,
Alexandra

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2 thoughts on “Work in Progress

  1. vanessa

    Hi Alexandra,

    First, lovely jewellery and shop that you have here and good on you for juggling motherhood and creative endeavour. I’m about to start jewellery design and I’m reading a lot about casting. I have a question: How do you make sure that your wax prototype is smooth, as i know any scratches will appear on the finish piece. How do you make sure your wax piece is completely smooth.

    Al the best and thanks for replying.

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  2. Alexandra Post author

    Hi Vanessa! First of all, I apologize for this super late response. Now, about your question: In order to ensure your piece is smooth you will use a number of sand papers that will allow you to achieve a very smooth surface. So it basically takes quite a bit (or actually a lot) of patience! There is also what’s called a wax cleaner, which is a liquid that you rub on the surface of you piece an it helps to erase minor scratches. Lastly, you could also use heat (I use a flame for this). The heat will basically melt the outer surface of your piece making it very smooth. The important thing about this technique is that it can only be used for pieces that are meant to have an organic feel, as you will loose most of your sharp edges when you apply heat to the wax. I hope this helps you get an idea of what you can expect when working your wax surfaces :).

    Glad to hear you like my work and my shop!

    Alexandra

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