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Dec 29, 2014

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Hello! My name is Helena, and I make glass jewelry and objects. My brand is called here & now because I believe in living here and now. I’m originally from Russia, but last year I moved to Kingston, Canada, with my partner Anna and our dog, Lis. I love this beautiful city and the little home studio where I create my pieces.

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I’ve been making things for as long as I can remember: I’ve tried felting and knitting, designing wooden objects, and making paper clay dolls. When Anna and I decided to move to Canada, I had to choose what I was going to do here. This was around the same time that I discovered stained-glass terrariums. I fell in love with their simple, elegant shapes and realized that I wanted to try making them, so I bought my first soldering iron and a supply kit and got started.

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The glass-working process is fairly complex – it’s one of those things that teaches you patience (which I sometimes lack!). The first step is to cut the glass and grind it to the perfect shape. Next, I wrap the pieces of glass in copper foil and solder them together. After that, it’s time to apply the patina and polish. Depending on the piece and the desired finish, I might have to skip, repeat, or rearrange some of the steps.

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I try to find beauty in everything – nature, architecture, people. We live near a beautiful park and I often walk there with our dog, looking for treasures like twigs and pine cones. When I look at something, I try to imagine whether it can be made in glass (which is how my origami theme started). I don’t typically use any color in my pieces; I find it more interesting to play with shape than with color.

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Etsy is a door to an entire world of artists, customers, suppliers and admirers, and it has been helpful to me and my business both on- and offline. When I moved to Kingston, I didn’t know anyone; I had no idea how or where to meet local artistic people. Luckily, I found another jewelry artist, Brandy (from Salvage Co.) here on Etsy, and met other crafters through her. I also participated in the Etsy Road Trip in Kingston, which was a fun and enjoyable experience. My goals for the future are to improve my skills, get organized, stop pulling all-nighters, finally build a website, and increase my social media presence. And of course, to find more crafty soul mates to exchange ideas and collaborate with!

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Stained glass terrarium crescent necklace. half moon pressed flower. Christmas jewelry gift for sister.
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Fern . plant terrarium necklace. long pressed flower forest leaf jewelry. Christmas necklace
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Geometric abstract necklace. Stained glass cloud arc half moon fashion jewelry. scalloped pendant
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Stained glass crescent necklace. half moon celestial jewelry
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Dainty feather necklace. mothers day gift. terrarium nature jewelry. delicate glass pendant. bridesmaid gift
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Paper boat . geometric succulent pot. glass terrarium planter for plant lady
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Statement geometric half circle necklace. arc moon scalloped fashion jewelry.
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Fern . pressed plant flower terrarium necklace. fall jewelry forest leaf. Christmas jewelry gift for her
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Blue feather necklace. mothers day jewelry. gift for mom or wife. glass half circle statement necklace.
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Fern . pressed flower terrarium necklace. christmas leaf jewelry gift for her.
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Talisman . quartz crystal necklace. birthstone jewelry for woodland fairy
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Lightning bolt glasses necklace. magical reading glasses fantasy necklace. wizard necklace. geeky book lover Christmas gift.
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Pyramid . geometric prism long triangle necklace. minimalist glass jewelry.
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Magnolia bud . flower collar scarf brooch. shawl plant pin.
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Dainty pressed fern leaf terrarium necklace. Anniversary gift for her. Forest leaf necklace
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Turquoise feather necklace. half circle peacock terrarium jewelry. Wave
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Silver fern pressed necklace. Forest flower leaf terrarium. Christmas jewelry gift for mom or sister.
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Pressed flower bow necklace. real cornflower pendant. blue pink botanical jewelry. glass terrarium necklace.
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Wave . peacock feather wedding necklace for the mermaid bride. Christmas jewelry gift
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Silver fern . half circle bib leaf terrarium necklace. Magical Christmas forest jewelry for a woodland fairy
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Magical Phoenix feather necklace. Miracle in a jar pendant. vial necklace. pressed fern terrarium necklace.
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Paper airplane necklace. wanderlust travel stained glass pendant. Unique abstract jewelry gift for sister
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Terrarium brooch . pressed fern collar scarf shawl pin. plant lady gift. Christmas gift brooch
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Dainty glass moon necklace. Moon and stars necklace. Celestial jewelry. Glitter star holiday jewelry. Christmas gift for her
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Witchcraft potion necklace . vial necklace. pressed flower and amethyst terrarium necklace. witchy jewelry.
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Lightning bolt glasses necklace. wizard staff. Christmas gift for a book lover. magical reading glasses necklace
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Glass crescent necklace. Magical celestial jewelry. Glitter star holiday jewelry. Christmas gift for her
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Paper airplane . origami travel necklace. going away gift. wanderlust jewelry. best friend gift
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Phoenix feather necklace. Miracle in a jar pendant. vial necklace. pressed fern terrarium necklace.
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