Rosella fashion shoot 2016

Sharing some favourites from a creative collaboration from an amazing team of mostly London, Ontario-based talent.

Photographer: Andrew Myatte

Anita Norris Models:

Stylist: Joanna Plisko

Hair, makeup and nails: Delia Lupan

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Hillary Webster

Hillary Webster and Teila Becker

Hillary Webster and Teila Becker

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Teila Becker

Teila Becker and Hillary Webster

Teila Becker and Hillary Webster


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Rosella eco resin jewelry available on our Etsy shop.

rosella @ the One of a Kind Christmas Show December 3-8 + A GIVEAWAY [closed]

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We are so excited to be participating in the One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale this year!

The show features 800 artisans and designers from all across the country – we’re thrilled to be in such great company! I know that we’ll be doing much of our own holiday shopping here!

The show runs from Nov 28 – Dec 8, though we are only there from December 3rd-8th. Visit us at booth O26!

 

 

Click the image below to receive $1 off your admission price when you purchase online.

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We wanted to share our excitement for the One of a Kind Show with a giveaway!

We’ll be giving away 3 prizes:

  • Pair of tickets to the One of a Kind Christmas Show, $50 Gift Certificate for the One of a Kind Show, & a rosella ring of your choosing
  • Pair of tickets to the One of a Kind Christmas Show & a rosella ring of your choosing
  • Pair of tickets to the One of a Kind Christmas Show

3 winners will be chosen on November 27th.  The prizes will be available for pickup at the show Dec 3-8th. If you are not available to make it to the show and have won a prize, we’ll ship a ring of your choosing from our Etsy shop to you.

Enter below for your chance to win!

We look forward to seeing you at the show!
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[[Nov 27, 2013 - The giveaway is now closed! Thanks to all who entered! We look forward to seeing you at the show! ]]

Congratulations to:
+ Ash for winning the OOAK tickets, $50 gift certificate, and a rosella ring!
+ Linda for winning the OOAK tickets and a rosella ring!
+ Sara for winning the OOAK tickets!

We’ll contact the winners via e-mail to arrange the details. In the event that they are unable to claim the prizes, we’ll draw another name!

Thanks again, everyone!

How do I know my ring size?

(Or how do I buy the right ring for someone else?)

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One of the most common questions we get asked by customers in our Etsy shop is “How do I know what my ring size is?” This is a great question so I wanted to write more detailed instructions on determining your ring size.

When you’re buying online, it’s important to get the size right ahead of time and there are many factors to consider. Here are some options (in order of most recommended to least) for determining your ring size:

1. Ask at any jewellery counter.

By far, the most accurate way to know your true ring size, is to ask at a jeweller’s counter. (You can even do this next time you’re out shopping at a department store or any giant superstore with a jewellery counter.)

Don’t be shy about asking – attendants are happy to provide this service for free. Everyone wants you to know your ring size and everyone knows that finding the right ring takes a lot of time and thought.

The attendant will ask you to try on rings with a finger gauge set like this one:

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Finger gauge used for measuring ring size. Ask at any jeweller’s counter.

(Or you can even order a set for yourself for under $15 if you’d prefer, here’s a Canadian supplier we like, and they also sell them at Rio Grande. If you’re going to order your own, I’d recommend getting a finger gauge set like the one pictured above. Avoid the plastic wrap around sizers as they aren’t as accurate.

Keep in mind that your ring size will increase slightly in hot or humid temperatures and with a diet high in salt. Your ring size will also change if you gain or lose a significant amount of weight, during pregnancy, and as you age (due to your knuckles getting larger.)

Another thing to keep in mind is that our hands differ in size. The fingers on your dominant hand will often be a half size larger than on your non-dominant hand! (So if you have a ring that isn’t fitting comfortably, give it a try on your other hand to see if it’s a better fit. )

While you’re getting your ring sized at the counter, make sure to also get your middle and index fingers sized. Many rings (our resin rings included) look great worn on the index or middle fingers, over the traditional ring finger. (I prefer wearing my resin rings on my index finger.) Write down your ring sizes and keep it handy for when you’re making orders online.

2. Measure the inside diameter of a ring that already fits you.

This is the second-best way to measure your ring size. It’s not as accurate as the finger gauge, but it’s the next best option and still a pretty good one. As an example, I took a silver ring of mine that is a perfect fit:

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Measure the inside diameter of a ring that already fits you.

Measure the diameter from the left inside wall to the right inside wall (make sure you’re measuring at the ring’s widest point. Use a precise ruler – metal ones are usually the best. I measure in millimeters (I am Canadian, after all) which is nice because it’s a small internationally recognized unit. We list the inside diameter of our rings in our listings, but you’ll need to use a ring size coversion chart to find out what your standard size is. I like this ring size conversion chart from Wikipedia.

As you can see, different parts of the world have a different naming convention for their sizes. We measure our rings in US numbered sizes, which is the most common, but the UK, Australia and New Zealand measure rings in letters. Other parts of the world have their own systems.

My silver ring measures about 17mm in diameter, and the Wikipedia chart tells me that’s about a size 6.5 US, or an M 1/2 in Australia. This is my standard ring size.

3. Use a printable ring sizer (NOT recommended)

If you’re googling ring size, you’ll probably find a lot of printable ring sizers. We even offered one on our site a long time ago. Unfortunately, we’ve found that there are just too many variables with paper ring sizers (printer settings, type of paper, how tight you wrap the paper) and you are unlikely to get an accurate measurement. We recommend you use one the sizing methods above instead.

Other considerations:

Cocktail rings. Most of the rings in our shop use standard sizing and you would choose one by knowing your ring size. Some of our rings are cocktail rings (also known as ‘statement rings’) and they have a wide band. A wide band (over 6mm in width) will have an effect on the sizing. For cocktail rings, we recommend you choose a ring that’s a half size or full size up from your standard size.

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Cocktail or statement rings often look better on the middle or index fingers.

Stacking rings will have the same affect as a wide band ring. If you’re stacking two of our regular rings, we recommend choosing rings that are a half size larger than your regular size. If you’re stacking three rings, choose a full size up from your regular size.

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Model wearing three stacked rings. Stacking rings will have the same effect as a wide band – you’ll need to move up at least a half size.

How we measure our rings

When metalsmiths create rings, they use a mandrel as they work with the metal to create the ring to size.

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While our rings are resin cast in silicone molds, we alter the original size slightly during the sanding and polishing process. Before we list each item we check it with a mandrel so that the size is accurate.

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Measuring one of our rings on the mandrel.

Example

(People always ask why I don’t model my own rings. You’re about to find out – I’m secretly a hobbit!)

As I calculated before, I’m a standard US 6.5 on my ring finger. Here are some examples of how different sized rings fit me. The first example shows size US 7.5 stacking rings:

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Stacking rings changes the size requirements. I’m a size 6.5 on my ring finger, so this 7.5 ring in photo #1 is too big. Stacking a second ring makes it a more comfortable fit, and stacking a third make is a nice snug fit.

The stacking rings look great when placed on a middle or index finger.

For cocktail rings, I prefer the index finger:

A size 8 cocktail ring fits just right on my index finger.

A size 8 cocktail ring fits just right on my index finger.

 

What if I’m buying a ring as a gift?

If you’re buying a ring as a gift for someone special (how thoughtful of you!) and want to be sneaky, we’d recommend option #2 for finding out the size.

Pay attention to what fingers she wears the rings on, and if they’re normal sized or wide-band. If you have a chance to measure one of her unworn rings, do it! Carry around a tiny ruler with you to be discreet (you can often find them in sewing supply shops.)

If it helps, the most common women’s ring sizes are US 7 and 8. If you’re buying a ring without knowing the size, make sure before you buy that the shop can resize (Typically an option for most fine metal rings. Please note that we can’t resize resin rings. ) or has an exchange or return policy. Most online shops will do an exchange or return, but you’ll probably be out the shipping costs.

Hope that helps. If you have any of your own ring sizing tips or questions, please share them in the comments!

Photo by Ashley Church, Dinosaurtoast. Modeled by Amber Dallas.

Photo by Ashley Church, Dinosaurtoast. Modeled by Amber Dallas.

Rosella + Dinosaurtoast cross-hemisphere photo shoot!

 

Amber Dallas models Rosella resin jewellery. Photography by dinosaurtoast.

Amber Dallas models Rosella resin jewellery. Photography by dinosaurtoast.


I love how the Universe has a way of putting the best people in your life when you least expect it. In 2008, I had recently arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, on a working holiday visa (do it!!). After a breakup, I was looking for a new place to live and saw an ad on TradeMe for a room in a house. I knew it was the right place the moment I got there, and I ended up making some of the best friends of my life.

Ash and Jess Wellington

Ash and I were fast friends. We’ve been able to travel together and have kept in touch since I’ve moved back to Canada. We even met up in NYC recently. When I lived with her, Ash was finishing up her photography studies and since she’s graduated she’s worked with designers and models to produce a prolific amount of innovative fashion photography under her label dinosaurtoast.

In these gorgeous photos, Amber Dallas models our bangles and rings. Here are some of my favourites:

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Special thanks to golden model Amber Dallas. Thank you, Ash for making this happen while we’re on opposite ends of the globe!

All photography credits to Ashley Church and Dinosaurtoast. See the full shoot over on her Facebook page and see more great photography on Dinosaurtoast’s Tumblr.

vertical succulent garden – part 2

Since creating my vertical succulent garden, it has been two months.

The first two months, I left it flat, so that the succulents could root.

I can’t say it is thriving. The squirrels around here have been attacking all of our plants, and also knocking the succulent ‘babies’ off. For some reason the red-ish variety has lost its bright hue.

Unfortunately, the frame’s intricate details were washed away. I guess it was plaster, whoops! Now that it is gone, I might paint it a faint red.

The creeping plant definitely didn’t work out with these succulents. I think it required more moisture.

I think this might be the fuzzy wuzzy variety.

Things I would change;

  • Use lower quality soil and fine gravel instead of planting soil. The soil I used is probably too rich in nutrients, and doesn’t provide good enough drainage.
  • Use a different moss (like so) which holds colour better, even when it gets dry (which has been inevitable in this heat).
  • Put drainage holes along the whole back, instead of just on the long edges.

 

These succulents below aren’t hanging vertically, but they sure are thriving!

My Grandma rescued these cacti from the compost! They’re pretty neat.

 

 This post was cross-posted to http://gwynneburgess.com/blog/2012/07/vertical-succulent-garden-part-2/

progression

There has been a number of times where I’ve found myself thoroughly embarrassed with my work.

Looking back on an old sketchbook; What was I thinking?!
Photographs; Why did I do that?! 
Journals; Oh my gosh, just shoot me.

I’m pretty well past feeling embarrassed about old projects. Looking back on your work and having those feelings is a sign that you’ve improved/evolved/progressed. It serves as a good benchmark to actually realize that.

Of course, working on resin pieces is no different.

The first piece on the left was sent to me when Jessica was in Australia. It was the coolest thing ever! Now we look at it with a much more critical eye, which has allowed us to get closer to perfection on pieces.

The resin Jessica used in Australia was great.  Few bubbles (though still much more than we have now), and a great composition allowing for a strong piece. The three pieces on the right were made from a common resin brand here in Canada. I put on that ring a few days ago, just to see what it looked like. The resin was already warping due to my body heat. I’m so happy we use Entropy now – that would never happen these days!

Another big improvement we’ve made is using a vacuum chamber to degas the resin and the silicone we use for mould making.


This is a big tricky to photograph, but I got a closeup of some moulds.
The first picture was a mould I made for our sculpture class in November. The second was a mould I made within the past month. Bubble free! This helps ensure a much better pull from the moulds, without any flaws. We can create much more accurate moulds of masters. It works similarly for the resin; minimizing bubbles.

It is nice to see that we’re improving. And we’re definitely going to try to continue to do so.

vertical succulent garden – part 1

 

Succulents are all the rage these days. They are pretty low-maintenance, geometric, and interesting. The obvious fractal structure of these plants are naturally appealing to the eye.

I thought I’d try my hand at creating a framed vertical succulent garden. There is loads inspiration for these all over the internet. My favourite being Flora Grubb. If anyone executes these installations perfectly, it is them! They sell the panels to achieve this perfect in their web shop. While I love the look, I wasn’t sure I was prepared to pay the price in their web shop.

Thank goodness for the internet. There are a bunch of tutorials online. I like this one.

On the same trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens, we stopped at a little-known spot for succulents.

While not normally selling to the public, we convinced him to make an exception.

This place had many varieties, somewhat rare for Southwestern Ontario.

So, we carted off a box full of succulents, and got to work.

I found a great vintage frame in my Grandma’s basement – naturally the best place for that sort of thing! I cut up some wood pieces to bulk up the back of the frame. The dimensions of the frame are roughly 2′ x 3′.

After fixing the chicken wire,  I began padding it with some moss.
 

Next, I inserted the succulents. I tried to somewhat make a pattern, but it was a bit of a failed attempt.

I love the contrast of the distressed, yet intricate frame and the succulents.  I also ended up sticking in some ‘Jeepers Creepers’ creeping plant. Not sure of the actual name.

I can’t wait to hang this baby up!

I’ll update you in part 2 of the condition of the piece, so stay tuned for that later this week.

 

 

This post is cross-posted to my personal blog:http://gwynneburgess.com/blog/2012/07/vertical-succulent-garden-part-1/

Southwestern Ontario swimming spots

Pavilion Road Beach Bayfield

Stuck in this neverending heat wave, I wish I was spending the summer back in Huron County. In these dog days of summer, there’s no better place to be than a peaceful beach on the shores of Lake Huron. Looking to cool off but wondering where to go? Here’s my list of the best swimming spots in Southwestern Ontario…

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Pencil Sculptures

Jennifer Maestre‘s pencil sculptures:

 

 

Jennifer Maestre‘s sculptures — originally inspired by the form and function of the sea urchin.

Swimming in Jellyfish Lake

JELLYFISH LAKE from Sarosh Jacob on Vimeo.