Monday, October 6, 2014

Zig Zag Pearl Earrings

8.00 CAD, by HeesenJewellery via Etsy

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Starting again & a Waterlily for sale!

So, I finished my Master's degree, moved to Kingston, Ontario, and started working as an archivist.
Needless to say, jewellery-making was not my top priority for a little while there.

BUT! I am getting back into the ole' hobby. I've also started getting into weaving (mostly with a ring loom), so I may talk about that here. Currently, I'm reviving my Etsy store, adding current and new stock, and hopefully making some new things.

This necklace is actually from last summer, but it was the first thing I made since moving to Kingston. I spent an afternoon on the porch, listening to classical music on my laptop, and just ... making something. Bliss!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Periwinkle &!

Check out this feature on my favourite store, Periwinkle - I've even got a mention by name!

"Dear Etsy,
We know it’s been a long time since we last shopped together, but you see, we’ve met someone else. Her name… is Periwinkle.
The new west-end boutique wooed us with her bright lights and open-concept space plus shelves stocked lovingly with wares from more than 40 local artists.
Picture wow-worthy items like Erika Heesen’s copper sea necklace ($49)..." is a Canadian online trend-spotting lifestyle guide.
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Monday, November 9, 2009

New Designs & What I've Been Up To

I took some time today to make some new things:

Green agate & pearl: the inspiration for this one came from the vintage art nouveau necklace on the left

Blue agate, mother of pearl, pearl & jade: I was going for a bit of a layering effect. This was actually created by making a 'flower' of the dark blue agate and using very thin wire to wrap other beads around and around the flower base.

The only issue I have with these designs is that I love them. So I'm going to keep them for myself! This has been a bit of an issue overall lately .... so if you see me wearing a lot of jewellery, this is why!

What else I've been up to:
  • my jewellery is now in a store in Bloor West Village, Toronto (
  • my jewellery will also be on display outside the Inforum (my faculty's library) along with other iSchool artists

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Midnight Sunsitara

I've always loved this type of bead. It's a dark blue, almost black, with hundreds of little sparkles (Yes, I am a magpie). I recently learned that they're actually a glass bead - also called goldstone, it is created by melting soda-lime glass containing copper salts in a reducing (oxygen depleted) environment, converting the copper salts to metallic copper, and thus creating sparkles!
This process was developed in the seventeenth century in Venice by the Miotti family. As Venice is also famous for its' glassmaking, particularly Murano, this is hardly a surprise!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Silver Earthsea Set

So a friend of mine really liked the Earthsea Earrings & Necklace, but preferred silver for herself:

I really like how the new pendant turned out. I am always a big fan of the blue and silver colour combination.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Making Earrings

Welcome to the first ever video post!
It's pretty straightforward - click here to watch a video of me putting together a pair of my favourite jumble earrings. This pair is silver wire with silver glass beads.

The finished product!