Photoshoot | Behind the Scenes

I love when talent gets together and makes magic!

I was contacted by Los Angeles based fashion and beauty photographer Michael Dirlam to be part of a photoshoot that he was putting together, and to no surprise...I said "Yes"!

This was a fantastic shoot with a talented team of professional artists!  I learned a few things about what a professional photoshoot looks like and how it flows.  For example: when you need to fix something on the model you say "stepping in"!  This lets the photographer know that someone will be walking in front of the lens.  I think I "stepped in" quite a bit...had to make sure the jewelry was just right!

Here are some behind the scenes shots of that day:

The Dream Team:

Model:  Nelo Offor

Makeup:  Marlu Soria 

Nail Artist (and my Bestfriend):  Sheila Monaus

Photographer: Micheal G. Dirlam 

Jewelry:  Bless the Theory

A few weeks after the shoot, Micheal sent out an email letting the team know that the all of the images were picked up by Feroce Magazine! How great is that?  You can see more finished photos here!

Thanks for reading!

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P.S. *If any local (or non local) creatives want to get together and collaborate on a photoshoot please reach out  I'm always looking to meet other artists and make magic together!

 

On The Bench | Signet Anniversary Rings

 

I had the pleasure of creating a pair of custom signet rings for an Orange County couple in honor of their 25 year anniversary! The husband [Jerry] came fully equipped to our first meeting with ideas, Pinterest photos and drawings, of what they had in mind.  I love when potential clients have a clear vision of what they want!  One cool thing about this project is, Jerry found me by searching “signet rings” on Google!  Lately, I really haven’t done much Instagramming nor blogging!  I think that’s pretty neat that my little website pops up in search engines!

Back to the rings.  Both are hand fabricated!  No cast parts!  I say this with enthusiasm because, hand fabricating jewelry and (other objects) is my favorite way to work!  It is a slower and challenging process, yes, but, I enjoy being involved from start to finish.  I want my hands to touch every part of the jewelry I am making! The engraving on these signet rings are, however, outsourced; that is one metalsmithing skill I have yet to dive into!

I’m not going to write much more on this project, as I am exhausted from my getting up at the crack of dawn, for the last 5 days, to feed and play with our new 2 month old puppy! So, I will let the photos talk for me!  Enjoy…and thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in commissioning a custom piece of jewelry for yourself or maybe as a gift for someone? I am currently taking request for custom orders, click here to get started!

Char

To Thee, I Wed.

I’ve always known that I wanted to make our wedding rings, should my boyfriend and I, ever to get married.  On Jan 2, 2016,  at the Grand Canyon National Park, my then boyfriend, now finance, proposed to me.  Throughout our 5 years of dating, we have talked often about what our rings would look like, always leaning more to the design of simplicity.  Practical.

As much as I seek out simple aesthetics, I am often attracted to objects, and people, that are rich in detail; seen or unseen.  Knowing this, I now understand that there is a definite need to include, carefully, a sentimental detail in our bands of union.  A detail that speaks to our connection, and sometimes disconnection, our troubles and our joys.  ‘A daunting task’ I would usually say.  But somehow, this obligation warms me.

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On the Bench | Personalized Shield Ring

My time at my bench, lately, has mostly been spent on custom projects, and I'm enjoying every minute.  I don't always get to document all my custom orders (I'll work on that) but I really wanted to share this particular commission.  It is a commissioned ring for a very patient New Yorker named Karla.  She wanted a replica of a ring she'd found on Pintrest.  I try not to do exact replicas of jewelry out of respect for other artists.  But, Karla wanted the ring to be as similar to her inspiration photo as possible.  So I did my best to change up the details a bit while keeping with her chosen aesthetic.

This was for sure a fun and channeling project.  Not only did it push me out of my choice of aesthetic; it also force me to learn a few new tricks!  I was so pleased with the outcome of this ring I forgot clean and re-polish it before snapping a quick picture!  I'll update the photo after I touch up the ring a bit! For now lets just enjoy this beauty!

To begin a commission piece of jewelry of your own, click here

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Home Studio: The Final Coat…

There are times you must know when “done is done”; and today I’m telling myself that I am DONE painting part of the garage which is to be my home studio! 4 coats of white paint should be enough!…Right?  Yes, Yes, it is! At least for now, anyway!

With every push and pull of that paint roller, I noticed myself thinking: “oh…I should paint that too” or ” ah!..it’s just not white enough”! I could be here for weeks if I allowed it!

It is time that I move on to something else.  I’m thinking that “something else” is painting the cement floor!  Luckily, the previous owners of this lovely home of ours, have left 2 gallons of cement paint in (what I think to be) a pale periwinkle blue! I have yet the need to spend any money on paint and I am quite grateful for that! Could this be an omen?

 

 

 

Home Studio (in process)

In my last post I talked about my decision to move my studio out of  the old brick + mortar space that I rented and into my home garage. You can read more about that here

After getting some encouraging and reassuring responses from that post from friends and family, I figured it’d be a good idea to document the process.  And I’m excited to do this for a few reasons:

one:  I love to document and share what I’m doing; any excuse to take photos and write about an experience, I’ll do it!

two: Documenting my studio transformation will hold me accountable and remind me how far I’ve come; which I tend to forget sometimes and that can lead to me being hard on myself.

three:  Hopefully, doing this will encourage my boyfriend to go through his boxes and boxes and boxes of childhood things. ( I don’t do well with excess)

I actually started the demolition process of my jewelry studio a few weeks ago! I began by ripping out all the “janky” and “make-shift” shelving that the previous owner installed, vacuuming up all the termite poop! Eh…It was so much! Then started painting a small section of the back wall.


Today, my goal was to move some boxes out of the garage  (to give me space) and do a second coat of white paint on the small section that I started a few weeks ago.  With the boxes moved out I actually felt no anxiety (which I typically felt when I walked into our garage in the past), so that was wonderful!

With a boost of anxiety-free energy and a full cup of coffee, I went on ahead and painted more than just that “little section”.   I didn’t tape anything off.  Didn’t even cover the floor. I just started slapping white paint on the wall!  For someone whom appreciates details I have NO patience for painting. I’m unsure why.  By the way; the past owners left a giant bucket of white paint in the garage; so you bet that is what I’m using for this project!

Talk about saving money!

 

home studio remodel bless the theory 2

1 // before photo of the back wall and the small section that I started a few weeks ago

2 // a close up of the first couple of coats

3 // washing what seemed like 40 years of grime and dirt off the work bench

4 // a full shot of the first couple of coats.

Goal Complete!!

Even at this point I’m trilled with the results. This is going to make for some great Instagram photos! I still have much more to organize, clean and paint but at the moment, I’m feeling pretty good about the way the studio is moving along. I can already picture my bench pin right in front of that vintage stool!

The best way for me to stay focused (without feeling too overwhelmed) is to keep the big picture in mind and celebrating my little triumphs! Even if that’s just slapping around paint!

’till next time, thanks for reading

Charmaine