Wit & Pepper

handcrafted jewelry... made in Seattle, WA

Happy Holidays!

Angela MontgomeryComment

A successful holiday season is nearing its end. Renegade Craft Holiday fair last weekend, Christmas and now New Years Eve coming up this week alongside my birthday means I'll have some time to list all my new pieces. Until then, here are some shots from Renegade! Thanks to everyone that came out!

 

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
Goodies from (clockwise) Hechizo, Jessica Huber Jewelry and Harpy Jewelry

Goodies from (clockwise) Hechizo, Jessica Huber Jewelry and Harpy Jewelry

Studio tour and soldering time lapse video

Angela MontgomeryComment

It was a productive weekend.  I recorded a brief view of my bench set up and plans for my IndieGoGo.com campaign. I'm at 31% funded and couldn't feel any happier or more supported on day 7 of my campaign. So first off, here's my video.. 

 

And an extra time lapse video of my brass cast Navi earrings getting their Sterling posts soldered on. 

 

Creative Professional meetups

Angela MontgomeryComment

This weekend I got a chance to expand my creative network here in Seattle. It felt really great to meet up with a group of artists/creative small business owners to discuss shop and membership with Sharon from LA based Academy of Handmade.  

I'm currently a member and hope to have a Seattle chapter grow and develop as well as the vast amount of relative online posts and tools.

Find out more information here: www.academyofhandmade.com

 

image.jpg

Grow Wit & Pepper crowdfunding campaign

Angela MontgomeryComment

 

As a small jewelry design business, it can be difficult to fund the rising manufacturing expenses required to keep jewelry cost-effective without affecting the craftsmanship as well as maintain a safe and healthy work space.  This campaign benefits the brand with the ability to invest in the necessary tools and materials to maintain a safe and sustainable small business and produce larger batch orders of my cast designs in sterling silver and gold.  In order to complete a successful campaign, I am seeking a small goal in what will be a first step in overall growth for Wit & Pepper.  Since each piece is assembled and finished by hand, the contributions from this campaign will go towards the higher volume production of my new Truss, Navi, Pod and Peak cast designs, the purchase of a small exhaust unit, a EuroTool or other economical rolling mill, other replacement equipment and some bulk materials needed to grow the Wit & Pepper brand like chain and raw metals.

For your contribution, I’ve set aside some special items of appreciation.   As in the case of the specified Wit & Pepper jewelry items, these items are being gifted as a show of appreciation in helping me reach my goal.   Each contribution gift will be made and shipped within 2-4 weeks after the close of the campaign.    This is a flexible campaign so all contributors will receive their perk selection regardless of the campaign's successful goal of $2000. 

Thank you for checking out my IndieGoGo fundraiser and keep an eye out for new item announcements!  Follow me on Instagram and Facebook by searching for Wit & Pepper too!

http://igg.me/at/growwitandpepper  

Examples of perk options

Examples of perk options

 

Part of my campaign funds are slated to improve the health and safety of my home studio.  Positioning my bench near a window just isn’t enough to pull the toxic fumes of soldering away.  During the soldering process,  I must remain very close to the piece to catch the solder as it begins to flow, connecting the metals.  Applying the heat too little won’t make a permanent connection and heating too long could melt the metal.   This fume extractor with flex arm would keep my bench space free and will let me position the extractor directly over the station as I’m soldering.  The cost of these kinds of mounted extractors/exhaust system range from the lower model shown at $65 on sale to the $230 model.

 

What is a fume extractor??? 👆🏼 

What is a fume extractor??? 👆🏼 

 

Another portion of my campaign funds would go towards the purchase of an economy rolling mill.  Rolling mills can be upwards of $500-1500 dollars, but for my studio a basic rolling mill is where I would like to start.  This model I’ve found from Otto Frei is a great price and also aids in milling surface treatments like debossing and embossing of metals as well as gauging down wired metals (from larger to smaller) to utilize materials with more flexibility per my design needs. 

 

This is what a rolling mill looks like. 

This is what a rolling mill looks like. 

Support W&P Business Growth

Angela MontgomeryComment

Announcing my first crowdfunding event! 

More info to follow! 

More info to follow! 

3 days until my Wit & Pepper crowdfunding campaign launches.   This campaign is an opportunity to support my work as an artist and small creative business.   In order to keep my studio healthy and my business sustainable, I need to purchase equipment and materials to improve my workspace.  Some of these items include: a EuroTool rolling mill, an exhaust system, the ability to make larger quantities of my recent Feather, Navi, Pod and Peak cast designs, which are then file finished and soldered by hand.  For your help, I’m offering a variety of coupons towards future purchases and select Wit & Pepper pieces to add to your collection or gift, just in time for the holidays.  Thank you for reading and I appreciate the support!  You can find my campaign by searching "Wit & Pepper" on IndieGogo.com starting on Monday, Oct 12th. Every little bit helps and really means a lot to me. #indiegogo #witandpepper #seattleartist #renegademaker #madeinwashington #handmadejewelry #starvingartist

Quick afternoon photo shoot

Angela MontgomeryComment

I use non-model women for my photoshoots which can lead to giggles. This time my friend, Tiffany, also known as Jet-City Roller Derby's CruncHer, was game to help me out for a quick photoshoot. These are some of the bloopers.  I think they're still pretty good.

 

image.jpg

Come to the Georgetown Carnival June 13th noon-8pm

Angela MontgomeryComment

Wit & Pepper will be out at the Georgetown Carnival Saturday, June 13th from noon to 8pm. Music and entertainment goes until 10pm. 

Some of the pieces in the works for Saturday

Some of the pieces in the works for Saturday

The 10th Annual Georgetown Carnival has 24 bands, acrobats, side show performers, stilt walkers, power tool races, interactive art installations and its FREE fun for the family! Vendors and local artists selling their wares and food trucks too!

 *UPDATE 

Georgetown Carnival was a great event with a lot Fun and friendly people. Here are some pics from the event. 

 

image.jpg

New Stockist alert

Angela MontgomeryComment

Wit & Pepper is excited to announce our new stockist, Palo Santo Wellness Boutique in South Philly.  Opening in April, Rachel Robles and Daniel Cordua will be opening, what I expect will be a beautifully renovated, wellness sanctuary for yoga, meditation and fitness alongside a well-curated boutique for healing, home and adornment.

Palo Santo Wellness Boutique is located at 1707 East Passyunk Ave, South Philadelphia, PA 19148.

Look for Palo Santo Wellness Boutique on Facebook. 

image.jpg
image.jpg

What are YOUR go-to colors?

Angela MontgomeryComment

It is the start of winter.   As the weather gets cooler for us in the PNW, we’re forced to get out our thicker coats, use leggings as a staple and wear layers, layers, layers.  Many of us begin to don the blacks, grays and browns of winter.  Of course, I’m guilty of this as well since I love to wear black anyway.    So.. How do you liven up YOUR wardrobe?  Colorful scarves, shoes and jewelry?   What are your favorite colors to accessorize your winter wardrobe?

NEW Sterling silver and delica bead blade earrings

NEW Sterling silver and delica bead blade earrings