This post was originally published on May 11, 2016.
I can't remember if I've ever gone into detail about the schooling I did up in NYC to learn these jewelry processes, but bear with me if I have. The structure of the school was basically a "live and learn" model. We were given a list of several projects that simply needed to be completed by the end of our time there. Basic instruction was given at the very beginning of the school and then every student was on his or her own, only receiving instruction when one asked for it. I loved it. Being micromanaged is just not my jam so the idea that we created our own schedules and had to figure things out by trial and error was right on point with how I like to learn.
In my element at the bench! Polishing up an Elephant Cuff, circa 2013The original Bee Cuff (in wax form, prior to casting)
With all of that said, some students worked at a quicker or slower pace than others. My friend, Nina (check her out! FYI she lives in Germany so be sure to switch her site to US for easy understanding), and I worked pretty quickly through the projects and had about a month of school left once our list was complete (I think they designed it this way so we'd have extra time for creating at the end and get completely hooked :)). As some of you know, the Web Cuff was the first piece I ever created - while I was still in school. The Elephant Cuff came quickly after, and then there was the Bee Cuff (all while still in school - that month-long play time was the best). Because I was (and still am) learning, the Bee didn't come out quite right when I tried to produce more than one. So, after school, I went back to the drawing board and redesigned it for "mass production" (I put quotes around it because the amount of pieces I produce can't really be considered mass production, but it is more than one so well that's the best term to use). I also created the Honeycomb Bib Necklace right after school while still living in my tiny East Village apt - shoutout to Dorothy for putting up with me working with wax late into the night at our kitchen table!
Cast version of the original Bee Cuff
The New Bee Cuff - shoutout to Eliza Morrill for photographing and Ginny Turner for modeling!
The Bee Cuff was a favorite for some time, but I heard many comments saying that people loved the idea of the honeycomb design rather than the bee itself so - The Honeycomb Cuff came into play! Well, the Honeycomb Earrings and Bib Necklace technically came before the cuff, but that's another story. The Honeycomb Earrings + Cuff quickly became customer favorites and this past Spring, I came out with the Honeycomb Pendant Necklace - a simple yet powerful alternative to the more bold options.
So, that's the summer buzz...What's your favorite piece in the Honeycomb Series?
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