I'm a jeweller without a studio, for this reason I've been focusing on materials that don't require a lot of equipment lately. I have been working with resin for a few years now, a material which I love for the way it accepts colour and embedded objects and pictures. I'm also very interested in acrylic plastic and I plan to work more with that in the near future as well. My designs are bold and colourful.

Saturday, November 04, 2006


With my busy school schedule, I've had very little time to sit down and make anything that wasn't related to some sort of assignment over the last couple of months. It's probably pretty obvious that I haven't had much time to update this blog either (see the date of my last entry), but the event that I'll be taking part in this Sunday in Hamilton seemed like too much fun to pass up so I will be there with a few of my own creations. Just as it sounds, this night will be a garage-sale without the garage. It will consist of many vendors selling things like old records, band merch, books, clothing, crafts just to name a few things. All the other info you need is to the left.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

I'm very excited to say that I will be returning to school this fall (in just over a month) to study jewellery making full-time at George Brown College in Toronto. It will be nice to get to work on a real jeweller's bench again and have access to so many good tools and equipment. I'm also very excited to hear that I'll be able to work with other precious metals aside from silver during my time there. This is definitely the step that will kick-start my career as a jeweller.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Sales Outside of Etsy

Although Etsy is has a great set up to its shops and it's a great way to market my work, I've also been selling a lot outside of my shop there (or at least "a lot" in relation to what I thought I'd be selling). I've done a couple of custom buckles (two of which were talked about in previous posts) and I've also sold one of the more creative buckle that I've come up with. Hopefully the trend of selling 1-2 every couple of weeks continues for a little while... but to be completely honest, I'm going to be happy to move on to other mediums. Resin is quite toxic, and although I use a mask to filter out the fumes... it still makes me nervous to work with it... especially as often as I have been.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

My Etsy.com Featured Item!

Only a day after uploading photos of the bird broach to the left on my etsy shop, I sold it! This was probably due to the fact that it was featured on the main page of the site. I'm unaware as to how long it was up there, but during that time quite a few people took notice of the bird and my shop too! It was a very nice and unexpected surprise. I'm very proud of this pin, I just hope the buyer likes it as much as I do.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Little Purple Purse

This is not the sort of thing that I plan to sell (I'm not even sure if I could if I wanted to, because it's someone else's pattern), but I'd thought I'd post it anyway to show something else that I can do. I knitted this little purple handbag as a gift for my boyfriends niece for her second birthday. There's no picture, but the inside is lined with a light blue fabric so nothing falls through the holes.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

I haven't been updating much lately because I've been focusing on my Etsy shop. Most of my latest projects have been put up there for sale. I've branched out from making a couple of custom resin belt buckles to making some more artistic ones of my own. I've also continued working with Precious Metal Clay and I'm starting to get better at it! The picture on the left is of one of my latest PMC pendants which was inspired by the forget-me-nots that grow in my backyard and it even contains a small amount of the flower covered in PMC slip.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Jewelry & Trinkets Featured Projects!

The moderator of the Trinkets and Jewelry Board on Craftster.org has chosen to feature my project (ie. these buckles). Here's the link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42079.0

Saturday, May 06, 2006


I now have an Etsy shop! Please take a look here: alenecouture.etsy.com.

Friday, May 05, 2006

More Belt Buckles!

Unfortunately, while trying to fix up the last Ride Theory belt buckle, I made it even worse! Here's another attempt at using the same logo. This time instead of just using one piece of paper, I cut out the logo into two different parts and also backed it with another white square. I like this version a lot better. You can take a closer look by clicking the image to the left.

Here's another buckle I just completed for a local musician who liked my work on RT's buckle. It's just a simple white square set in clear resin with resin tinted with blue pigment in the background. In the second picture you can see the finding I used on both pieces. The stainless steel buckles are secured with Permatex Perma Poxy so neither of them are going anywhere this time!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Resin Belt Buckle

I made this belt buckle by first modifying one of the logos by boyfriend uses for his band (with permission of course). I then printed it on photo paper and set it in resin. It has a stainless steel belt buckle finding on the back... well, it had a stainless steel belt buckle finding on the back, just before taking this photo it snapped apart. I still have to figure out how to smooth down the edges and of course re-attach the finding, but hopefully it's totally complete and ready to be sold soon at one of The Ride Theory's shows. Oh yeah, just a quick thanks to my sister Jill for modeling this buckle.

Sunday, April 02, 2006


I just want to say that I really appreciate all the comments that friends have left on this blog (and elsewhere). Constructive criticism is good too! Always feel free to me know what you like and what you would like to see more of.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Sterling and Yellow Resin Ring

I didn't really know what I was doing when I started this ring, but I decided to go with it anyway. It's not perfect and I kind of like it that way, but there are some things that could be better. The inside is pretty unfinished, and I'm not sure if I soldered the ring onto the top part very well. Either way, I like the look of it over all. More Photos: 1, 2

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


I've been experimenting with Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy lately. It's pretty popular among crafters and it seems like an excellent way to make cost effective, uniform pieces. Unfortunately, both of my first attempts at using this process have failed (I tried making a belt buckle today and I can tell already that it's not going to work out) but I'm starting to understand the nature of this stuff anyways. I'm hoping that once I get the hang of it I can also start trying to make my own molds. That should be fun and definitely a little more interesting than using the pre-made ones.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Hollow Silver Star Pendant/ Charm

This is the second and last project that I made in the same course as the previous pendant. It was created through a process called lost wax casting, a process which allows for a lot of fine detail. Unfortunately, not all of the detail of this piece can be seen in the photograph to the left. Taking photos of jewellery has been much harder than I thought it would be, but hopefully with a little practice I’ll get better at it.