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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    1. Alexandra Post author

      Hi Vanessa!

      First of all, I apologize for the late reply. I haven’t been spending enough time on the blog (like I should, haha) and it isn’t until today that I realize you had left a comment. How exciting! I think you are going to love jewelry design.

      When it comes to making sure a prototype is completely smooth, I use different grit sanding papers, working my way through the lower numbers to higher ones (the higher the number the finer the grit of the paper and the smoother the surface of the piece will be). If you go to a jewelry supply store, ask to speak to someone who works with wax and they will be able to guide you with the different sanding papers available. Ultimately, it takes a lot of time and patience to get a scratch free prototype. But, it is certainly possible. The good news is that once the piece is casted you can remove any scratches you may have missed while polishing the piece.

      Hope this helps and good luck!
      Alexandra

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