Michaela Batstone

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Today is Moonspinner's anniversary! Well, the anniversary of the day I put my first pieces of jewelry in my Etsy shop.
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I could point to several moments as the beginning of all this: the afternoon I breathed the life of intention into the idea, the first day I swung a hammer at a piece of sterling silver, that generous loan from my fella to buy my own tools, the day I created my Etsy shop, the moment I decided upon the name "Moonspinner," my first official sale.
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But the moment that I truly felt it right to call myself a "metalsmith" was once I had created a handful of simple jewels, and I first held out those offerings.
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Before then, I classified the work as a hobby, albeit a determined one. And yet, even if I never sold a single piece after putting my work in a shop, I would have still called myself a metalsmith. My efforts and ideas were sanctified in the sharing.
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So here is to another five years filled with the crack of the torch, the bite of the file, the chromatic array of gemstones, and notebooks filled with hasty sketches and ruminations. Thank you, dear ones, for sharing in all of this!
Oh sweet friends, I am up to my ears in honeybees and warm citrine, like sunlight solidified.
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This collection is shaping up to be a big, beautiful one! There will be four or five brand new designs, as well as design revisits from the first iteration of these honeybees and citrine. Since its the last time I will be doing this collection for a while (likely a few years), I wanted to make it count!
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I still dont have a date for the shop update, but it is looking like it will be mid-February. There will be lots of previews between now and then, that way you can see if any of the pieces speak to you before update night.
There isn't any snow on the ground outside our home, so I have placed apophyllite and quartz on my studio windowsills as frosty, glistening stand-ins. And I think they will do nicely, for now!
I am zipping right along in my work on the Honeybee Redux Collection! I am finishing it in batches, making all pieces of a particular design from start to finish, and then moving on to the next. And I just completed ten Honeybee Compasses! Well, eleven actually, but I ended up pocketing one for myself because I love this design so. Next up, Bee Garden Necklaces!
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Here are some words about this design from a past blog post:
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The Honeybee Compass - This piece long had plans for, ever since I learned about the way in which bees navigate to and from the hive. Truly creatures of summertime, bees use the sun as a fixed reference point. As such, the sun anchors their internal compasses, even on cloudy days. When a bee finds a lovely patch of pollen and nectar-rich flowers, it maps the location by remembering the angle between the hive, the flowers, and the sun.
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And so, I have created this piece for that glorious aspect of bee behavior: a honeybee compass. These large hexagon pendants feature dots and lines radiating from the sunny citrine gemstones at the center. I wanted the inscribed dot/line pattern to resemble a compass, though still feel a bit unruly and natural.
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For these necklaces, I will finish the chains upon purchase. Usually I finish necklaces with an adjustable chain before setting stones and oxidizing. But for these, I can see them being worn at almost any length! I could see wearing it on a shorter chain, secure and close to the heart. And I could also see wearing these quite long, to sway below the bust, handy for picking up and navigating to a patch of lavender. So, I will leave the chain length up to the buyer!
It is gray and dreary here, as have been all the winters we have spent in Ithaca. I dearly love this season, but not this particular kind. I long for Maine winters. Rather than pillowy snow that piles up for months, air so cold and clear you can hear the crack of your footsteps echo off into the distance, and a freshness that is palpable even indoors, rather than those glorious aspects of winter, we have muck. Dead grass and mire. Air that is chilly and damp, seeping under sweaters and down the spine. Too warm for snow, too cold for flora.
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So today I pulled out some of the warmest gemstones from my cabinet, to imagine I was holding bright summer fruit and sun warmed flower petals in my hands.
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Tell me, are you a winter person? Reveling in the whirl of a snow flurry and hardly squinting as the sun glints off every frozen surface. Or does your heart reside in summertime? Long hours of sunlight dripping from every green and flourishing thing.
I have been hammering, sawing, and filing with abandon this past week, this is going to be a substantial collection, I daresay! I have finished half of the Beekeeper's Cuffs, there will be about 10 available.
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How does this January find you? Exhilarated with fresh beginnings and firm resolve with regard to the new year? In the midst of a post-holiday hibernation? Both at once? Tell me, dear friends.
It has been wonderful spending time with these colors again. Gray and brown prevail outside my window, an everlasting twilight washing the rest of the palette right out of the landscape. But inside my studio, there is the warm glow of citrine and the hum of honeybees. My house is a winter hive.
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Like I mentioned before, I am using up the last of my citrine on this next offering. This collection is not an annual one, so once it is gone, it will be a while before it comes back. So if you have a request, call it out in the comments! That way I can know what to focus on. πŸ’›πŸ
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I am aiming for the end of January for this offering, but check back on my profile for a definite date announcement!
I am back from Maine and have already flung myself into the Redux Collection Part II.
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All December I told myself I would take time off in January (and I will!) but after just a few days away from my studio, ideas began to sprout up everywhere I looked. As I watched it snow, a design idea floated in through the window. While watching my fella walk towards a grey river hemmed by drooping evergreens, I spotted another idea float through the riffles. And the owl that lives in the oak outside my sister's window practically flew up and dropped another idea in my hand. It is a tiring, thrilling, rejuvenating joy to have a creative passion. What a dichotomous little friend it is too!
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Anyways! I am working on the Honeybee & Citrine redux collection, which I am hoping to finish for you by the end of January. Since this is not an annual collection and wont be revisited for a while (likely a few years), I have decided to use up the very last of my citrine, so it will be a substantial offering. If you have had your heart set on a piece that you missed out on the first time around, or just need a bit of summer sunshine and the hum of honeybees, I hope to see you at the shop update!
Everything is in the mail, sweet friends! My work is winging its way to you as we speak. Thank you for your support of this collection, there are only two pairs of Yavanna Earrings left of everything that was listed!
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My apologies I haven't been able to respond directly to your messages and comments over the past few days. It has been a flurry of activity in my studio, a veritable squall! I hope to catch up over the coming days.
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Many of you have have asked about these leaf print Spring Glow Rings and the Willow Tassel Necklaces. The Mossflower collection is an annual collection, which means many of these designs will be revisited in the springtime. I will likely do a call for requests so I know what to make and in what sizes. So keep an eye here for those posts.
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I will be shuttering the doors of my shop tonight and tucking it away for the year. Anything purchased today will be popped in the mail tonight and shipped priority in order to make it for Christmas.
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And as ever, thank you for continuing to support this work of mine. There were so many familiar names on packages sent out last night, people who have supported me collection after collection. The highest possible compliment I can receive. I am honored by and grateful for you every moment.
Phew! That's a wrap. My last shop update of the year. Thank you for your patience on this one, it threatened to swallow me up there at the end!
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Anything purchased between now and Tuesday (when I will be closing my shop) will be shipped priority in hopes of a Christmas delivery.
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And as ever, thank you dear souls for being here.
Goodness you guys are quick! Half of the Yavanna Earrings were gone in the first five minutes.
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I am busily working on the second part of tonight's update, which will include all these prehnite rings. I chose my very favorite gemstones for these. Encasing each stone is a serrated bezel with very a light leaf print, taken from a real leaf. Glowing green prehnite wrapped in leaves. Like a springtime in ring form. Sizes will range from US 5-10.5.
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 Like I mentioned before, if you purchase from both updates I will refund any shipping overages. And as my gift to you, you checkout with the normal shipping rates, and when they are mailed they will be upgraded to Priority, on me! Which means that if you are in the United States, these will land under the tree in time for Christmas, if they are intended so! See you at 8:30 PM EST!
Tonight is the night, my friends! Redux Collection Part I (Select Mossflower Pieces). I am hurriedly writing listings and loading photos for tonight's shop update.
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A few things to remember: make sure you look at the photos of the Yavanna Earrings, because each pair varies in color and clarity. I want you to be sure you are purchasing the exact pair you want!
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That being said, an item isn't "yours" until you complete checkout. Meaning that other people can purchase items you have in your cart. This is an Etsy feature that I cannot change.
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As an aside, which color prehnite do you like best? Do you like the bright chartreuse? Or soft, light green of reindeer moss? Or middle green, like a fern?