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.
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HeatherLyn has been a practicing massage therapist in Boulder, CO for 15 years, working with local families in Spas, offering postpartum massage house calls and in the birth community as a certified DONA Birth doula. In 2006, HeatherLyn opened a Mellow Mood Spa for Mamas and their Families, born out of the true need for a safe and healthy spa for expectant families.