I took on a metal smithing internship at Swoon Jewelry Studios with Sahra and Jessie when my youngest daughter went off to kindergarten in the fall of 2013. The fabulous ladies of Swoon were long standing clients of a Mellow Mood Spa and I couldn’t have been happier learning something new and spending more time with them.
I started with making chains and earrings and moved into cutting shapes out of 20 gauge sterling silver. My first test was a cross. Yep, totally did not look like a cross when I was done.
Fast forward to today as I’m putting together a Hawaii inspired collection, implementing the skills Swoon has taught me. I first visited the Islands at 25 and fell in love with the unique energy each Island possesses. With this energy in mind, I created the Big Island necklaces. One for the Hilo side, more lush, green and rainy and one for the Kona side, filled with black lava fields.
Next, I cut out a mama whale and her baby, to be worn together on 16″ and 18″ delicate chains. These needed to be filed by hand a bit as not to look like sperm. That was a laughter filled day at the jewelry studio!
My last piece is a hand cut manta ray charm. On my previous visit to the Big Island a group of us went to swim with the manta rays after sunset. They didn’t show for us! All I got was seaweed all stuck in my long hair.
I so enjoyed making this collection and can’t wait to go back to Hawaii this May.
Check us out at Swoon Jewelry Studios in downtown Louisville, Colorado.
About the author:
HeatherLyn is a co- founder of Joy Collective Wellness Center and lead massage therapist of a Mellow Mood
Spa for Mamas and their Families.