What does your name mean?

What does your name mean?

Arcane Moon, huh? Why did you choose that for your business name?

So at the last show we did I was asked what our name meant – or more specifically – the person was not familiar with the word “arcane” and had asked what it meant.

I was horribly tired having struggled with getting to the show and our truck overheating and being super late and then trying to get our booth set up and as a result, my autism was rearing up it’s little head and I stumbled through what our name means to me. And of course either grabbing incorrect words or simply not being able to find the words I wanted.

It had not really occurred to me that there might be those that truly had never run across the word arcane before and that it might make for a good topic to discuss here.

So Arcane Moon was a name I chose because of a variety of reasons (much like I suppose how all business names do lol) the primary reason being is that I did not want my name to immediately define my business or what I do or pigeonhole us into a preset concept of what we do or what the business is.

Both I and Ray are pisces – so we tend to have a deep connection to the moon and I especially find myself influenced deeply by it. I am also a nocturnal insomniac (a term I coined when I was still in single digits lol), and the moon soothes me and I love the nighttime, it’s when my muses are the most active and loud.

I knew I wanted to move towards an expression of my appreciation and reverence of the sacred, the profound, the magic, the beauty and wonder of the natural world and those mysterious things that give our worlds and lives meaning, depth, peace, and restoration of the spirit and soul while celebrating those things that truly speak to our deepest parts.

As I sifted through words that allowed me to touch on that without being too literal or cliche, I found myself pulled and drawn more and more towards the word arcane.

There are many definitions to the word arcane as there are with most of our words – to use our language accurately and with skill – one must know the various definitions so that they might be able to best choose the one that suits the context in which body of framework they are wishing to use it for in a descriptive way.

So what exactly is arcane – in the context of our name?

Arcane: Mysterious (exciting wonder, curiosity, or surprise), esoteric (special, rare, or unusual interest), hermetic (relating to or characterized by subjects that are mysterious and difficult to understand), mystic/mystical (all the definitions lol), occult (beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious), profound (characterized by intensity of feeling or quality, all encompassing, having intellectual depth and insight) – something of high value, that which the wise, intelligent, and deep people find as having value and not something perceived as common or superficial.

Moon: Ties to our natural world and it’s ebbs and flows, our planetary bodies, to sentimentalize, to remember nostalgically, to spend in idle reverie, to dream, a circular or spiral arrangement, to cycle – be it a theme, a span of time, an imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens, the zodiac, the natural waxing and waning of all things.

I enjoy that my initials are also AM – and the longer I sat with it, the more I enjoyed all it’s nuances that come into play in all aspects of my art and jewelry and spiritual path.

There wasn’t anything else named Arcane Moon in 2013 and 2014 really so I realized it was open for my usage purpose and that there was nothing else out there that would be associated with the name. I added Jewelry to the end for my jewelry making purposes, but my main name to cover my art, our lapidary arts, our jewelry, and rocks and supplies will be Arcane Moon.

We are open to working with and collaborating with other artists and so we also hope that the name will be an open umbrella for collaborative efforts in the future as well that will allow them to express their own artistic styles and themes.

So that’s it in a nutshell and a far better explanation than I will ever be able to manage on the fly when my autism is in mid-swing! lol.

Classes with Arcane Moon

Classes with Arcane Moon

Well, we are now beginning to teach classes every month! At this time we are mainly teaching in one location but we are planning to expand and get a space all our own to do classes in as soon as possible!

We are currently teaching …

  • Metal Etching
  • Metal Stamping

We are also looking to offer some other classes as well in the coming future. Which we hope to be able to do once we have a dedicated space that we can offer all sorts of classes!

Some in the works …

  • Agate Suncatchers
  • Coloring Copper
  • Basic Soldering
  • Viking Knit
  • Piercing and Sawing

Check out our Classes page to keep an eye on the classes we will be offering in the future and add your email to our class announcement mailing list to stay in the loop!

We will be at the next Modesto Metaphysical Faire on May 13th!

We will be having a booth at the Modesto Metaphysical Faire on Saturday, May 13th, 2018 from 10am to 6:00 pm!!

We will have lots of wonderful pieces of jewelry and some of my prints of my artwork available for you to choose to purchase!

Modesto Metaphysical Fair

Date: May 13, 2018
Location: 516 15th St., Modesto, CA
Time: 10am to 6:00pm
Admission: Free Admission!

 

So come by and check out the Metaphysical Fair and stop by and see us! 🙂

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We will be at the next Modesto Metaphysical Faire on Nov. 18th!

We will be having a booth at the Modesto Metaphysical Faire on Saturday, Nov 18th, 2017 from 10am to 6:00 pm!!

We will have lots of wonderful pieces of jewelry and some of my prints of my artwork available for you to choose to purchase!

Modesto Metaphysical Fair

Date: November 18, 2017
Location: 516 15th St., Modesto, CA
Time: 10am to 6:00pm
Admission: Free Admission!

 

So come by and check out the Metaphysical Fair and stop by and see us! 🙂

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Fourth of July Sale!

We are going to have a sale on selected items this 4th of July – so keep your eyes peeled for that! We will be putting out a post on the 4th, but the sale will actually go into effect on July 3rd and will end on July 8th!

If you see something that you like and it’s not listed for sale, contact us and we will see what we can do for you!

Many things can be personalized and customized! We are willing to consider various custom commissions – if we can create the item – we’d be more than happy to do so! At this time we work primarily in copper and silvers – but are starting to add in gold-fill and rose gold-fill accents into some of our pieces to add visual or textural contrasts and nuances.

If you’d like to have a discussion on a customized piece, you can contact us at:
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Modesto Metaphysical Faire

We had a wonderful time at the faire! Saw some old, beloved friends and got to meet and hang out with some great and interesting people!

Our table

Modesto Metaphysical Fair : May 2017

One of our display cases showing off some works in progress and prototypes.

Modesto Metaphysical Fair : May 2017

Some of our earrings and pendants on display …

   Modesto Metaphysical Fair : May 2017

We also sell ring multisizers and sunshine polishing cloths as well!!

It was a very nice show and we will be looking
forward to doing it again in November 2017!! 🙂

At long last! It is finished!!

At long last! It is finished!!

So I have been sitting on this pendant for literally just a little over a year now – every so often, taking it out, fiddling with it and then stuffing it back into a bag or drawer for months on end.

I am happy to say that at long last, I have finally finished it!

This is a sterling silver hand stamped pendant with a glorious Tiffany Stone cabochon.

I am rather loving it right at the moment! <3

I thought it might be fun and interesting to see how this piece progressed for those that might have missed me posting it here and there on our Facebook page or our Instagram page!

 

It all started with the Beast Rock ….

Quite the glorious thing, isn’t she?

So this piece really started in December 2015, when I first came across the beast rock of Tiffany Stone that I made this cabochon from. In fact, this is the very first cab that I did from this particular material! But yes, as I was checking out a closing rock shop, I was allowed into the old building and against a back wall, in a cobwebbed and dusty glass cabinet sat this beauty of a rock. It was love at first sight.

After obsessing over the thing and debating on whether or not to buy it as I had never seen Tiffany Stone in person before and I couldn’t actually touch the rock or even get much closer to it than in the above picture to see for sure what it was, if it was fractured or not or even if it was good quality because it was SO massive and heavy that they were NOT moving it unless it sold first … I finally caved and scooped that beast rock up. They got it into the truck for me and this is my first look at it with a spritz of water …

The rock flipped upside down – note the milk crates
and the 5 gallon blue bucket for scale.

So then we had to find a bit to break off as she was far too big to fit into one of the SMS rock saws. So we took her down to the Stockton rock club as they have a wide selection of saws (plus it’s always like going “home” when I go there <3 ) and they helped us break off a small chunk and then slab it up …

Shaazam!

It’s just really beautiful material! LOTS of drama and visual interest. I have been really enjoying working the little bits of this material that I have worked so far.

Once we got the chunk slabbed up, we gave some pieces away for others to enjoy working, sold a couple, donated a few to some raffles at the various clubs and then, yes, we started working on some ourselves.

Tiffany Stone SlabsTiffany Stone slabs

Pretty stuff, isn’t it? Lots and lots of action and drama going on in that stone! I just am in utter love with it, through and through!

Pretty cab! <3

So here is the first cabochon I wound up making in February 2016, I chose a section of the slab that had the deepest, darkest, gemmy-ist (is that even a word? LOL!) purple, but with some lighter aspect and a few lighter veins winding through it for visual interest. It’s REALLY hard to get a good pic of it because it polished up SO nicely!!

And then in April I decided I needed to think about setting this fabulous cabochon! So I doodled up some designs and this is the one I ultimately decided to pursue …

Doodling designs

You see, I had recently fallen in love with metal stamping the summer and fall of 2015, and had been putting off trying it in a serious attempt so far, and I decided this cabochon deserved a super nice setting!

The back I decided I wanted to cut out because the cabochon is just so pretty on the back as well!

And so it begins! My very first stamped back plate! Definitely not perfect, but I enjoy seeing the artist’s hand in handmade pieces so I’m okay when mine show up in the work that I do. 🙂


Then following my drawn design, I drew out my outlines until my eyes said “Enough! CUT IT OUT ALREADY!” (cuz I will tinker for literally years with things lol)

And so a month or so later, I obeyed the muses and my eyes and cut it out.


In hindsight – I could have done better with the symmetry, but there you go! 😉 The most important thing was that I *did* it!

But … I didn’t like it much. So it sat. For almost a year! I would pull it out, look at it and think about it and almost decide to set the cabochon and then went, yeah nope. Ain’t happy with it yet, and put it away.

And then in April 2017 the muses had me drag it back out and fiddle with it, I stamped a bunch more stuff on it, and then cut out around the stampings more to give it more visual impact and then gave it a nice oxide bath and then polished the heck out of the thing!

And this is where I found myself at:


Pretty, yes? I think so! And the muses were for the most part quieted and humming contentedly so I figured yes! It is DONE!

A preview of what it looked like before setting whilst in the setting …


Some mistakes were made but I do not care, I am HAPPY with it! It is good for me to finish things that sit a long time.

And then once again, the final result once finally set …


I think overall it was a great learning experience and that I enjoyed it immensely and that ultimately the final result was a finished piece of jewelry that *I* like and can be proud of and that I think someone will be proud to own.

And until then, I will happily babysit her until her owner finds her and takes her away. 🙂

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Mark your calendars for the Modesto Metaphysical Faire!

Mark your calendars for the Modesto Metaphysical Faire!

We will be having a booth at the Modesto Metaphysical Faire on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 10am to 6:00 pm!!

We should have many beautiful pieces of jewelry for you to choose to purchase available!

Modesto Metaphysical Fair

Date: May 13, 2017
Location: 516 15th St., Modesto, CA
Time: 10am to 6:00pm
Admission: Free Admission!

 

So come by and check out the Metaphysical Fair and stop by and see us! 🙂

Modesto Metaphysical Fair

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