Luscious Metals ~ Luscious Light

May 22, 2010

Avant Garde Photo Shoot

In my experience, a true artist is one that is not only a master of his or her craft but also someone who has a grand vision, the ability to encompass a complete story and incorporate it in a relevant way into their finished product. (Yes, I went to art school- can’t you tell!?)

I was asked to participate in a photo shoot (independent of Luscious Metals) and had the total pleasure of working with 3 such artists a few weeks ago and I was really impressed. These women knew what they were doing and the end results are lovely.

Sally Walker of Alchemy Mineral Blends is part fine artist part make artist- and pure entertainment. She has some of the most amusing stories you’ll ever hear and the best part is that they’re all true.

Jamie Radford of Twig Salon and Spa put ten million tangles in my hair and I’d let her do it again anytime!

When she was finished painting me (it took over 2 hours), Sally told me not to smile or laugh because it was going to mess up the make up but as soon as I showed up to the shoot and met Beth Sanders, not smiling proved to be next to impossible. Not only a phenomenal photographer, she’s hysterical.

We worked with a bunch of different costumes and backgrounds, and shot both indoors and out. These are just a few of the finished shots. I mostly wanted to highlight the artists themselves. I also need to thank my loyal assistant Ms. Bethy-Boo Walker for helping me out with the details (procuring chai with a straw, taking prep photos, arriving with rice crackers just in the nick of time- couldn’t live with out you Babe…) The production as a whole was a blast~ Thanks for the opportunity ladies!

May 7, 2010

My assistant

Filed under: natha perkins. luscious metals — natha @ 11:26 pm

So I have this assistant and to be perfectly honest, she’s not much help. At all.

She messes with my tools and drops gemstones on the floor and inevitably ends up hurting herself. Every time I try and fire her though, she cries.

On the flip side, she IS really cute and she DOES make me laugh and she will ALWAYS dance with me when a good song comes on Pandora. So. I guess I’ll keep her on for a while longer…

Happy Mothers Day!

April 23, 2010

Mothers Day 2010

So you want to know what to get her for Mothers Day? Jewelry. I mean, of course were going to say that but seriously…it’s the way to go. Custom jewels inscribed with the names of your kids is a win win. Can’t go wrong. May we recommend:
Our ever popular Sweetheart Necklace?

Or Perhaps a charm to add to her current Sweetheart necklace?

Perhaps one of our special designs, made especially for Mothers Day
(and on sale too for only $60) The Simple Slice, available exclusively in our Etsy shop.

As a matter of fact- we’re giving away one of these lovely little Simple Slice necklaces on Mothers Day! Simple become a “follower” of our blog (see that button over to the right? Click it) and you’ll be entered to win. Easy. (current followers will also be entered)

We also want to thank Melissa Chapman for a great write up on– thanks Melissa!

April 12, 2010

Spring Fling

We got into the Spring Fling campaign at Wickedly Chic~ How exciting!

There are so many beautiful handmade goods also presenting in the gift guide so be sure to check it out. Some of my favorites include:

Flying Needle Gallery

and Samara Botane Aromatic Apothecary

I would also like to thank Dee at Cocktails with Mom blog for the Luscious Metals mention!

April 4, 2010

Sunday Afternoon Bike Ride

Filed under: natha perkins. luscious metals — natha @ 11:22 pm

I took these today on a bike ride. They are the kinds of images that you would find stunning(technicolor included)if you borrowed my brain for a day. Of course if you borrowed my brain, you’d have all the visual pleasure but you’d have to endure the millions of boring details floating around in there too– like knowing that the floor wasn’t going to mop itself, yet still avoiding it or wondering how 2 remote controls have managed to disappear for 2 months…seriously. Gone. Never to be seen or heard from again.

This is my bike. Her name is Bamboo. I’ve missed spending quality time with her all winter.

The Virgin fascinates me. And I’m not even Catholic.

The winters are way too cold here and when it gets going, the wind will whip all the good will straight out of your heart but otherwise…I love it here. I mean- this is our view.

Hmmm let’s see. I feel about birds of prey, the way Narcissus felt about his reflection. I could stare at them all day.

March 4, 2010


Follow lusciousmetals on Twitter

I finally gave in and joined twitter. Kicking and screaming mind you. Luscious is now all a-twitter. At this point we look like the unpopular kid at school with so few followers, so please, Follow us here (or above) in the interest of helping us look cool.

In perusing the site I found something cool that I wanted to share. One of my dearest girlfriends, Shannon Sunderland of Hot Mama Designs fame is also twittering. Tweeting? Whatever. Anyway, when I became her follower lookie here at what I found– Awww. So sweet. That’s a picture of yous truly with sweet Evabella. I love that picture. And I love you Shannon.

February 22, 2010

Meet the Pickle

Filed under: meet the studio,natha perkins. luscious metals,pickle — natha @ 1:51 am

Welcome to the third installment of our Meet the Studio Series. This is our “bench”. It looks like utter chaos but believe it or not-, I know where everything is (sort of). Right behind the soldering block, you can see our “pickle pot”. We use a very high tech and expensive piece of equipment to clean our metal post-fire. It’s called a crock pot. This particular crock pot was purchased at a thrift store about 7 years ago for about $5. It’s had a hard life boiling acid (well technically, you aren’t supposed to boil the acid but sometimes I get distracted…) Anyway, it’s not pretty but our little pickle pot has done a good job for us all these years and we love it.

When we put a flame to metal it causes a chemical reaction called oxidation. Oxidation causes a skin on the metal that we refer to as “fire scale”.

By soaking the metal in heated acid, we remove a good bit of the fire scale. We need the fire scale gone for two reasons- we need the metal clean in order to solder again and we also need it clean so that we can polish it and get the lovely finish that one expects from a lovely piece of jewelry.

After the metal soaks in the pickle for 15 minutes or so, we neutralize it by dipping it in a baking soda solution.

The very first teacher I had for metal smithing never told me about acid neutralization, so for the first year of working with metal I kept getting tiny holes in my pants from dripping acid on them! That’s one of the interesting things about this craft, there are a million different ways to do one thing and the technique you are taught sometimes makes the difference between easy or difficult mastery of said technique.

February 14, 2010

TV Time

A few months ago, Sari Padorr, a freelance writer from The Denver Post featured my work in the Saturday Section of the Post, in an article about Colorado metal artists. Well Sari came through for me again and connected me with the producers of The Everyday Show on Fox 31 News in Denver. I was interviewed by Libby Weaver on a segment with 2 other local women to talk about Valentine Jewelry. It was a total blast! Watch the segment here.

It was very cool to be behind the scenes, see the sets, the camera people, watch how they cut for breaks and count down to live air time. The producers were so friendly and Libby Weaver and Natalie Tysdal, the anchors we spoke to, were so sparkly and approachable- and pretty- wow!

I presented both Natalie and Libby, as well as the producers of the show (and Sari too- thanks again Sari!) with their very own Sweetheart Necklace (with charms from the new line) inscribed with the names of their kiddos and they were all so pleased. Look for them being worn on air- both said they would. And they loved their pieces!

January 27, 2010

Luscious Photo Shoot

Erin, Natha and Bree

Our new website is about ready to be launched and we are really excited! New collections, expanded Sweetheart line, new photos and more. We’re looking at early March most likely. In the meantime I wanted to post a few of my favorite shots from the photo shoot we did recently with Julia Vandenoever.

Bree in the ever popular cherry Necklace

Julia is an amazing photographer and was so fun to work with! Sally Walker of Alchemy did the makeup and the models were Bree O. and Erin M. Gorgeous ladies if I do say so myself, I’m really pleased with the shots and the jewelry looks great too which really, is the main point right?

Erin in earrings from the Sewn collection (available in March)

January 21, 2010

Cheers to a good review!

Trisha Ginter, indie fashion designer extraordinaire – designer of Mergirl– and also co founder of the indie shopping site (where Luscious metals jewels are also sold) recently purchased one of my popular Jewel rings. She wrote a very cool review on her beautiful blog, MerGirl (Thanks Trisha!)

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