Traditional Beauty: Nymphenburg Manufactory

Clara -Rhinocerous, by Peter Anton von Verschaffelt, approx. 1770

I love to travel, but Europe has never called my name the way more tropical destinations have. I have always loved exploring nature, the waters, the forests and ecosystems far different from the North American temperate zones. When my friends talk about the great travel experiences in Europe, the focus seems to be on its rich history. It wasn’t until I came across this site today that I began to understand….

The Nymphenburg Manufactory in Munich, Germany is the only facility of its kind creating porcelain works in-house from start to finish, entirely by hand. It also has one of the most beautiful and comprehensive websites I’ve ever seen – with detailed photos and lots of videos illustrating every step of the process. Although I know many artists are afraid of giving their secrets away by showing their process, Nymphenburg’s open access only works to create a deeper appreciation and sense of awe.¬† read more »

We Heart Heather

Heather eco resin ring

our latest Heather ring

We are so in love with heather! This beautiful plant is a Scottish icon, but it grows all over the world. read more »

Vegetabowls

I just love these vegetabowls:

cabbage

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Aurora Borealis from Space

Still haven’t seen the northern lights. Goal for a cross-Canada tour someday.

 

OLMC Gem Show Recap

Last Saturday, we checked out the Ottawa Lapsmith and Mineral Club‘s Annual Gem & Mineral Show. Looking for coconut geodes you can crack open with a hammer? Rocks that glow neon under black light? ¬†Grab bags of mystery rocks? You’re in luck — all this and more!

Ottawa Lapsmith and Mineral Club’s Gem Show

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Rosella + Entropy Resins

Entropy Resins featured us today on their projects page!

Entropy Eco Performance Resins

We’ve been using Entropy’s resin in our jewellery since the spring, and we’re very happy about it. We weren’t completely satisfied with the previous casting resin we were using and went through a lengthy testing phase of various resins in order to find something better. We’re so glad Entropy was one of those we tested because it’s a great company and a great product.

Check out their projects page to see how people are using the resins — sustainable canoes, skis, tables. Inspiring!

Gem inspired Etsy treasury

‘inspired by the gem show’ by RosellaResin


Transition (Geometric R…  

$20.00

Silver Geometric Ring  

$200.00

Soap (The Collection) A…  

$26.99

Mookaite cabochon  

$47.00

Oversized geometric ear…  

$25.00

earthy geode slice with…  

$38.00

PURPLE CRYSTAL DRESS  

$100.00

Equilateral Triangles T…  

$520.00

uye surana: cecilia sli…  

$325.00

Crystal Configuration 2…  

$10.00

Silver Amethyst point s…  

$120.00

Vintage 60s Heels / JOE…  

$45.00

Iceberg – 8 inch print  

$25.00

Flying Spikes Printed P…  

$75.00

Adjustable Silver Cryst…  

$212.00

Porcelain Vase  

$250.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

photo-realistic gemstone paintings

Yesterday’s gem show was great. Lots of great finds, photos to come.

In the meantime, along the same theme: Carly Waito‘s gemstone paintings. Stunning.

Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz

Amethyst

Amethyst

Pyrite

Pyrite

The Water Cycle – stop motion animation by Emma Dougherty

 

The Water Cycle stop motion from StopMoGo on Vimeo.

Animal Eyes

Crocodile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Rabbit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Husky Dog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suren Manvelyan’s amazing macro photography of animal eyes.