Saturday, January 25, 2014

Enjoy 30% off this Valentine's Day!

Enjoy 30% off all handmade jewelry by Harlequin&Lionhead from now to Feb 14!

Being the last Valentine's Day that I will be able to spend with my husband without the wailing of a baby in the house, there will be a special 30% off promotion for all jewelry on my website and my Etsy store!

Simply check out with the promo code XOFeb14 before February 14, 2014.*

Most styles are currently in stock and I will not be creating new inventory after February so hurry up before they are all gone!

For those of you who are thinking of a special tailor-made piece for yourself or your loved ones, I am still open to custom design until March 1, 2014. After that, I will only take custom orders that are modifications based on current designs, up till March 31, 2014. So let me know asap if you have any ideas in mind!

*Cannot be combined with other offers. If your existing discount codes do not work anymore, don't worry, they will be available again after the store-wide promotion is over.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A custom designed ring for an illustration artist

Harlequin&Lionhead handmade jewelry - custom made sterling silver and rutilated quartz ring

This is another ring I custom made for a good friend of mine, who is a very talented illustration artist. Her name is Jessica Boehman and she specializes in pencil and color pencil drawings for children books, animals and fantastic characters from myths.

Harlequin&Lionhead handmade sterling silver ring, custom designed for an illustration artist.Harlequin&Lionhead handmade sterling silver ring, custom designed for an illustration artist.

The rutilated quartz was chosen as it ressembles the lines in a pencil drawing. Jess does a lot of drawings of nature so I have chosen a tree design around the stone. I made the ring model from droplets of wax. After the model was done and cast in sterling silver, I soldered the bezel on, hand-polished and oxidized the silver to create an antique look that matched the darkness of the stone. And set the quartz in myself.

This is a fun project! If you want to collaborate on a design, drop me a line!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Making Of the Custom Made Wedding Ring Project

Custom made wedding bands by Harlequin&Lionhead. Design your own with Harlequin&Lionhead today.

This is a project that I started with a customer since mid-2013. Between discussions, travel plans, pregnancy...etc it took much longer than we both thought it would be. But the process is collaborative and exciting, the result is amazing and I love (even the most painful moments) every second I spent working on them.

The original brief is to create a set of rings designed around the concept of being "together." We started with a yin-yang concept. Then I designed 2 very rough 2-D sketches to show what I have in mind and this one was picked.

(Excuse the ugly rendering...did it all on photoshop :P)
My concept is an elongated heart shape, with each ring carrying half a heart. Together, the two rings form one pattern. Yet when separated, each would still retain its own individuality.

After I got the approval to proceed, I started carving the original wax model for the male ring because it provided the most surface to work on, so we could really see the effect of the curves. It was a tedious process. Click on the snapshot below to read a little more about each step on my flickr album.

 Harlequin&Lionhead custom made jewelry projects and their making of

There were 3 different models created before we finally arrived at something both of us liked. And in between, I found out I was pregnant, and went through a couple months of inactivity from the all-day sickness. We joked about how the wedding rings were actually made by 2 of us - me and my baby. Talking about good omen!

The final set was cast in tarnish-resistant sterling silver and hand-polished to a mirror finish.

I love working on custom designed projects because each one is designed with a person in mind. They are "born" to be a part of someone's life. When I started creating jewelry, I always believe that jewelry is more than accessories to an outfit, but it should call upon the wearer's reminiscence of an unforgettable moment.

I hope I can continue to work more on these meaningful projects. If any of you are interested at creating your own set of jewelry with me, simply drop me a line and let's collaborate!