Friday, June 11, 2010

Tape Jewelry IN PROGRESS!

So here she is!

Little by little I have been plugging away on this project, and boy she hasn't been an easy nut to crack. I have problem solved, redesigned, tested and applied these rolls in so many ways... and finally I'm getting somewhere!

So first HUGE problem... getting the tape to a functional size for wearing purposes. So that means that they need to be cut. I tried initially by hand but that was the most awful experience I have had with tape so far.

So I moved onto the big boys, A SAW. While my parents looked on with fear and confusion as to why their accident prone daughter was using a band saw, I assured them that everything would be fine.

Secretly, being scared out of my mind to use this monster, I just started cutting away.

Here is the army of tape waiting to be cut, to then be worn by you!
Phew. Just got dizzy looking at them all.

Another fun tape shot (I am just in love with the shadows).

The next big issue was, now that they were the right size... how do you make them functional and reliable for everyday use. Considerations to take into mind are wear and tear, water resistant, all that good stuff.
If I am going to sell a product I want to 100% ensure it's quality.

So I started researching everywhere.
Then came the resin cups.
By using resin cups, I could cut the tape to size, glue it inside of these functional findings for jewelry, to later treat for wear and tear.

Here they are in the process of cutting and fitting.

And here is a close up of the jewelry in progress (still haven't been treated to make wearable). SO EXCITING!
I am really, really trying to get these together for my next show July 3rd in Newport, Rhode Island... but it's going to be a stretch.

In other news, I just got a job! 

I will be working in the Natick Mall in Massachusetts for Neiman Marcus. I will be working on a team in store for their visual department. 
I am so excited.

But with this new responsibility, comes relocating, dedicating 40 hours a week and still trying to pursue my dream.

I know I can do it. I find I get the best ideas when in the middle of chaos.
After all, "from chaos, comes clarity."

SO please excuse me in the next few weeks if I am not totally on top of updating all of you as to the most current of my work. As you can see, life is going to get pretty crazy.
But, crazy in a great way.

Wish me luck, and I hope you like what you are seeing of the jewelry!!

Love and Light,
Sarah Anne.


  1. Congratulations on your new job! I love the new pieces. It is great the way you photograph everything so people can get an idea of your creative process. Will you be selling them online as well?

  2. Yes! I just need to stop fussing and get things moving! I just want everything to be perfect. But keep checking in and I'll keep everyone posted. Thanks :)

  3. Your jewelry looks sooo awesome in the process stages that I know it will beyond gorgeous when finished. I have a love for handmade jewelry and I know that I will become a long term customer. I am excited to see the final pieces.