Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"Shaping the Forms of Life" Magazine Feature by Cece Nunn


I was thrilled to have freelance writer Cece Nunn write an article about my life and work for the new Wilmington Magazine, "Edge of the Carolinas".  This photo was taken while I was trying to work during the photoshoot for the article!  Orange Slice, our sun conure, was trying to get a better look and used my hair as a ladder.  Although silly, this photo is my favorite image from the article! I've had a few years that have been full of difficulty and now I'm looking forward to making new work!


byzantium brooch by Sara Westermark, 2011


Click on the link below to read the full article:



 
Sara in the studio with Jasper (green cheek), Orange Slice (sun) and Lemon Head (jenday)



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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

making wedding bands from wire

I love the process of turning a length of wire into a wedding ring. 
Here's a brief tour.....

cut length of wires according to the size of band
hammered, formed and ready to solder
after soldering, the rings need lots of filing and sanding
finished rings have a polished interior for comfort and patina
Right now I'm having a sale on my custom handmade wedding bands in my Etsy Store!  I can also sell them individually if you would like just one.  As always thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Medieval Rings and Moon Rings

Today I'll be listing some rings in my Etsy store!  The light was perfect in my studio this morning, so I took photos.  The medieval rings have the barbells through them while the moon rings have the wide bands with holes.


L-R: Tapered Moon Ring with London Blue Topaz, Big Bang Moon Ring with Citrine, Medieval Ring with pink tourmaline, Twin Moon Ring with London Blue and Blue Topaz, Medieval Ring with London Blue Topaz, Aquamarine and green Tourmaline, and Big Bang Moon Ring with Prasiolite.
Don't forget to use coupon code SAVE20 to get your 20% off a purchase of $50 or more!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Save 20% when you spend $50+ at my Etsy store!

Thank you all for being the best customers!  Here's a coupon code to thank you for your continued support of my work. Click here for my Etsy Store or go to http://www.sarawestermark.etsy.com.  Use coupon code SAVE20.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Wedding Season is Here! Come celebrate it with me!

I have always loved weddings--and I have been to many weddings--some very traditional and some very non-traditional in which the bridesmaids dressed in their favorite comic character/heroine! For me the act of two people pledging their commitment, friendship, and love for each other is very moving and an enduring sign of hope.

I've been excited about the low prices of metal--so why not celebrate it during my wedding season with sales on my wedding bands!

photo by Ben Forster
This picture was taken at an Etsy customer's wedding by photographer Ben Forster.  What a wonderful photo of my square wedding rings These rings were created for my friends April and Mic, who are still blissfully married!

artist photo
At the Orange Street Arts Festival I met a sweet young couple who were both actors.  This was the wedding set created for Tia and Matt which reminded them of tree bark.

handmade round wedding bands, artist photo
Each set of bands are listed in my Etsy shop for $50 off regular prices.  I don't know how long this sale will last, so order soon!

Thanks again for reading!
Sara

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Recent Rings!

Rose Cut Medieval Pink Sapphire Ring in  Sterling Silver
This past weekend was the first time in a long time that I have allowed myself  to play at my bench.  I wanted to work with these native cut gemstones that I bought a few years ago.  I love irregularly faceted stones. As things get more industrial and perfect, I find that I like to celebrate the things that look more natural. These "native cut" gemstones were cut just outside the mine. The stone cutter maximizes the amount of stone that can be cut by keeping as much material as possible--this also gives the stone its irregular shape. Each facet is cut by hand (using eyes without a machine to line up the facets) in which an experienced stone cutter uses slight angle variations while cutting to create a row of facets.

Rose Cut Medieval Prehnite Ring in Sterling Silver
It feels really good to be able to work!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Gratitude

Today my heart is filled with gratitude. I finally have received a reprieve from chronic nerve pain from my back injuries. I am still in some pain, but it is manageable. I am out of my neck collar from my last neck surgery! I am in the metal studio and getting back to work--albeit slowly--but I'm working. Thanks for all your patience. I've been feeling stuck and a bit blue from having to take time to heal from my December 21st cervical neck surgery.

Today, I noticed that all three of my Kiva Loans have been repaid, so I decided to use that money for new loans. Kiva is an organization that lends money to third world entrepreneurs to help them help themselves. It goes where the communities that are most impoverished by war, internal conflict with no government infrastructure. These people cannot get any aid--period. These loans are given in $25 increments by donors like you and me. Its much more than just a donation, these donations are loans that actually get repaid. For me its extending my hand to friends across the world who I just haven't met yet. With programs like these I hope to do my part to help out. I hope that you will consider lending $25 to help.

Here are some of the loans I've contributed to:
Saran from Sierra Leone
Margaret from Sierra Leone
Galeh from Sierra Leone (pictured above--her loan still needs funding)
I wanted to pick women from a region that has been so dreadfully torn about by the diamond trade. Since I'm a jeweler, I felt that this was a fitting place to begin. (Note: I use after-market diamonds in my work)

Another great way to spread Kiva is to purchase $25 gift cards in which the recipient picks their own loan recipient. After the loan is repaid, they can cash it out or reinvest it into another candidate. Thanks again for reading my post. I hope that you might be moved to do one small random act of kindness.