Monday, February 28, 2011

A little bit of sparkle to brighten your Monday.

Some sparkely things I have collected with my magpie eyes as I fly through the internet.  Click on 'source' at the bottom of each image to see original location of each picture.

Here is to a week full of gleam, glimmer and a bit of glamour!

Friday, February 25, 2011

We All Live In A Yellow Submarine - the sequel (again)

Fresh off the bench today.  By now, it should be sitting on the proud owner's finger, off on its maiden voyage.  May it dive to 20,000 leagues and beyond!

Yellow Submarine Ring, Cari-Jane Hakes 2011
Yellow Submarine Ring, Cari-Jane Hakes 2011
Yellow Submarine, Cari-Jane Hakes 2011

Ingredients:  Yellow surf tossed pebble from West coast of France, sterling silver, fine silver bezel and one 2.75mm bit of sparkle (cubic zirconia) set into a tiny silver periscope.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hybrid Handmade in Etsy Treasuries

I loved this quirky treasury by Galerie Noire including my ever popular stripy pebble ring.  Click here to see it in all its fully clickable majesticness (well, until it falls off the end of 'Planet Etsy').

Etsy Treasury featuring hybrid handmade

Elsewhere, my Perfectly Pretty and Pure earrings were featured in this beautiful symphony of grey and neutral tones by AbsoluteQueen.

Treasury featuring hybrid handmade

To see it on Etsy click here (for a limited time).

I did some making of a different kind today.  I'm not a big blast in the kitchen but I must admit I had some fun today.  I organised a little get together with some family and friends who are holidaying here in France.  It has been raining fairly solidly since they arrived so I thought a little soirée and these cakes might be fun.

I think they did the trick!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Fleeting Fragment From My Day

A little restful moment as the sun began to set.  A creeping darkness begins to take over the house and two small boys draw and 'write' together.  Little heads bent with concentration.  Working in the fading light.  I stopped from my business and just watched and took pictures so I could remember the moment.

22 February 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes

Monday, February 21, 2011

London Fashion Week - Ada Zanditon (featuring shoes by Julian Hakes)

Elsewhere in the Hybrid Handmade House there has been much work going on getting these shoes ready for London Fashion Week.  Julian (my husband for those of new to this little on-line sketchbook) has been busy 'reinventing the wheel' as far as the shoe world is concerned.  With each refinement these shoes are just getting more and more beautiful.

Here are some behind the scenes photos taken just before the 'runway' presentation on Friday.

Mojito Shoes by Julian Hakes, all lined up and ready to go.
Julian Hakes, hard at work at the Ada Zanditon show

Ada opted to present her stunning collection in this beautifully shot film (by Andrew and William Ho) and static mannequins to allow all the buyers and press people to get really close to the intricately constructed garments.

Ada Zanditon - The CRYOFLUX AW11 from Andrew & WIlliam Ho on Vimeo.

Congratulations to Ada.  I hope she is enjoying a few days rest before dreaming up new gorgeousness for Spring Summer 2012!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Spring Field Collection

I have made these necklaces for women who like to kick off their shoes and feel the grass between their toes, for women who are country girls at heart, who are sure of thier roots and wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Spring Field Collection, Allium, Grasses and Crocus & Grass
Spring Field Collection, Cari-Jane Hakes 2011

"I was inspired by the silhouette of grasses and flowers against the sky that I see when I walk along the coast here in France. I have frozen the sway of their dance in the wind in slate blue and snowy white enamel. I then carefully made 25 tiny sterling silver rivets and slowly attached 13 silver leaves that are forged so they look like they are lifting slightly, as if caught in the breeze. I have used leaf skeletons to imprint the silver and have then patinated the surface to bring out this amazing texture."

In the  Etsy hybridhandmade shop now.

I'm Pink therefore I am!

I'm coming back later today with my completed 'Spring Field' necklaces but until then...I couldn't resist a splash of pink.  Seeing as it has been Valentines week and all.  Well, that's my excuse.

I am going to float off on a cloud of virtual 'pink' into my workshop to create beautiful things for you all.
A plus tard mes amis!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oh, How Pinteresting!

Well, after a very busy little day I am sitting down with a cup of tea and a crème brûlée.  I did the 'brûlée' bit with my soldering torch - this is always a neat trick when we have guests round.  No neat tiny cook's blow torches here!  It has the air of the old adage 'a sledgehammer to crack a nut' but it works.  I have to say the combination of tea and crème brûlée must be one the most perfect 'Franco Anglais' agreements.

I have just finished a lovely private commission.  As I write, it is whizzing through northern France, on its way to my engraving man in London.  It is a secret surprise for a special Scottish couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in March.  Pretty inspiring don't you think?

Here is some more inspiration of the more pictorial type.  Pretty things that I have picked up on my armchair travels through the wonderful world wide web.  Enjoy mes amis.

Note - click on each image to see it on 'Pinterest' and view the original source.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sailing Away on a Wordless Wednesday

Sailing Away, treasury by Cari-Jane Hakes on Etsy

Click here to see it in all its full-sized clickable glory.

Wordless Wednesday

Harbour, Cari-Jane Hakes, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fresh off the Bench...

They still need to be de-swarfed, cleaned and polished but I thought you would all like a sneak peek.

Spring Field Necklaces, new work, February 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes
Spring Field Necklace, Grasses, New Work, February 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes
Spring Field Necklace, Grasses, detail, February 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes
Spring Field Necklace, Allium, February 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes
There are two more waiting to have their leaves put on - by Friday they will be ready to be listed in the Etsy Shop.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Workbench...ah it's good to be back!

I'm making something beautiful.

Hopefully I can show you the fruits of my labour tomorrow!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

McEtsy Treasury

I was delighted to be accepted into the McEtsy team over on Etsy.  This monochromatic treasury features the work of Etsy sellers who are also part of this team.  So many beautiful creations and so much talent!  You can see this treasury in all its clickable brilliance here (until it falls off the edge of the Etsy Treasury list).

Black and White and Beautiful, and Etsy Treasury by Cari-Jane Hakes (hybridhandmade)
Post Script:  Thank you to Jo for featuring this treasury over on the McEtsy blog!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A little extra something.

I couldn't resist.  I love process.  I love to see how people do their 'stuff'.  Especially when it is expertly edited and beautifully shot.  I hope you like it too.


He who hesitates...

is lost.  To be honest, I have been a bit 'lost' of late.  I am reluctant to start on the epic 'oyster' piece.  I know it will be one of those pieces that will take a week to make, handmade chain and all.  I battle a little bit with the knowledge that these creations are not best suited to Etsy.

In the meantime, here is a selection of the projects currently on my work bench.

work in progress, February 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes
work in progress, February 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes
Ingredients: Prussian blue enamel and leaf skeleton impressed sterling silver.

Rather unsurprisingly, what I snagged in my 'net' perfectly reflected these little enameled fragments.

Elsewhere on the bench, facets.

work in progress, facets, Cari-Jane Hakes
Bon Weekend mes amis!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday mémoire (or, here is one I made earlier)

This time, 15 years ago, you would probably have found me carefully preparing 125 squares, cut carefully from my magazine stash, each 5cm by 5cm.  I was making a Valentine's card for my boyfriend of 4 months.  We had started going out on the 14th October 1995.  Each square represented a day in our fledgling relationship.

2 years, 10 months and 26 days later we got married.

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