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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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Paper boat  . Stained glass paper boat. Glass terrarium. Origami boat display. Planter. Ring holder. Wedding ring holder. Jewelry tray
Paper boat . Stained glass paper boat. Glass terrarium. Origami boat display. Planter. Ring holder. Wedding ring holder. Jewelry tray
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$50.00 USD
Terrarium brooch   . Terrarium pin. Pressed flower brooch. Botanical brooch. Minimalist brooch. Plant lover gift. Mother's day jewelry
Terrarium brooch . Terrarium pin. Pressed flower brooch. Botanical brooch. Minimalist brooch. Plant lover gift. Mother's day jewelry
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$45.00 USD
Terrarium crescent    . Terrarium necklace. Pressed flowers necklace. Hanging terrarium. Botanical jewelry. Mother's day jewelry
Terrarium crescent . Terrarium necklace. Pressed flowers necklace. Hanging terrarium. Botanical jewelry. Mother's day jewelry
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$40.00 USD
Glass Lace Scalloped Necklace, Geometric Pendant Necklace, Silver Interlocking Loop Pendant, Trendy Jewelry for Women, Stainless Steel Chain
Glass Lace Scalloped Necklace, Geometric Pendant Necklace, Silver Interlocking Loop Pendant, Trendy Jewelry for Women, Stainless Steel Chain
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$50.00 USD
Wave  . Mother's day necklace. Feather necklace. Half circle necklace with emerald peacock feather. Boho pendant. Wave necklace.
Wave . Mother's day necklace. Feather necklace. Half circle necklace with emerald peacock feather. Boho pendant. Wave necklace.
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$40.00 USD
Fern     . Mother's day necklace. Silver fern necklace. Botanical necklace. Woodland necklace. Terrarium necklace.
Fern . Mother's day necklace. Silver fern necklace. Botanical necklace. Woodland necklace. Terrarium necklace.
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$40.00 USD
Magnolia   . Mother's day jewelry. Flower necklace. Glass statement necklace. Botanical jewelry. Nature lover jewelry. Transparent necklace.
Magnolia . Mother's day jewelry. Flower necklace. Glass statement necklace. Botanical jewelry. Nature lover jewelry. Transparent necklace.
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$50.00 USD
Stained Glass Terrarium, Origami Boat Succulent Planter, Nautical Display Dish, Glass Wedding Ring Holders, Indoor Fairy Garden, Shower Gift
Stained Glass Terrarium, Origami Boat Succulent Planter, Nautical Display Dish, Glass Wedding Ring Holders, Indoor Fairy Garden, Shower Gift
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$50.00 USD
Pyramid  . Stained glass prism necklace. Triangle necklace. Geometric nacklace. Glass minimalist necklace. Mother's day jewelry
Pyramid . Stained glass prism necklace. Triangle necklace. Geometric nacklace. Glass minimalist necklace. Mother's day jewelry
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$40.00 USD
Green fern     . Stained glass boho jewelry fern necklace. Botanical necklace. Pressed flower jewelry. Terrarium necklace. Mother's day gift
Green fern . Stained glass boho jewelry fern necklace. Botanical necklace. Pressed flower jewelry. Terrarium necklace. Mother's day gift
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$50.00 USD
Magnolia bud   . Flower brooch. Glass statement brooch. Botanical jewelry. Nature lover jewelry. Transparent brooch.
Magnolia bud . Flower brooch. Glass statement brooch. Botanical jewelry. Nature lover jewelry. Transparent brooch.
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$42.00 USD
Terrarium brooch   . Terrarium pin. Pressed flower brooch. Botanical brooch. Contemporary jewelry. Minimalist brooch. Terrarium plant pin
Terrarium brooch . Terrarium pin. Pressed flower brooch. Botanical brooch. Contemporary jewelry. Minimalist brooch. Terrarium plant pin
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$55.00 USD
Luna   . Crescent necklace. Stained glass crescent necklace. Lunar necklace. Moon necklace. Lune pendant. Crescent moon necklace.
Luna . Crescent necklace. Stained glass crescent necklace. Lunar necklace. Moon necklace. Lune pendant. Crescent moon necklace.
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$35.00 USD
Lodolite Gemstone Necklace, Talisman Jewelry, Healing Quartz Crystal Pendant, Glass Leaf Feather Statement Necklace, Boho Fashion Accessory
Lodolite Gemstone Necklace, Talisman Jewelry, Healing Quartz Crystal Pendant, Glass Leaf Feather Statement Necklace, Boho Fashion Accessory
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$70.00 USD
Wave  . Mother's day jewelry. Feather necklace. Half circle necklace with emerald peacock feather.
Wave . Mother's day jewelry. Feather necklace. Half circle necklace with emerald peacock feather.
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$50.00 USD
Lace   . Cloud necklace. Scalloped necklace . Silver loops necklace. Lace necklace. Semicircle necklace. Woven necklace. Mother's day gift
Lace . Cloud necklace. Scalloped necklace . Silver loops necklace. Lace necklace. Semicircle necklace. Woven necklace. Mother's day gift
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$50.00 USD
Talisman  . Leaves and gemstone necklace. Statement necklace. Boho. Bohemian jewelry. Quartz necklace. Feathers and quartz necklace
Talisman . Leaves and gemstone necklace. Statement necklace. Boho. Bohemian jewelry. Quartz necklace. Feathers and quartz necklace
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$70.00 USD
Secret   . Stained glass peacock feather necklace. Bohemian jewelry. Locket. Botanical jewelry. Pressed necklace. Mother's day jewelry
Secret . Stained glass peacock feather necklace. Bohemian jewelry. Locket. Botanical jewelry. Pressed necklace. Mother's day jewelry
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$40.00 USD
Wave . Half circle stained glass necklace with emerald peacock feather. Nature inspired vibrant necklace. Wave necklace. Feather necklace
Wave . Half circle stained glass necklace with emerald peacock feather. Nature inspired vibrant necklace. Wave necklace. Feather necklace
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$40.00 USD
Fern     .  Mother's day jewelry. Terrarium necklace. Pressed fern necklace. Pressed flower jewelry. Botanical jewelry.
Fern . Mother's day jewelry. Terrarium necklace. Pressed fern necklace. Pressed flower jewelry. Botanical jewelry.
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$40.00 USD
Rhombus   . Feather necklace. Diamond necklace. Rainbow necklace. Stained glass feather necklace. Artistic jewelry. Rhombus necklace
Rhombus . Feather necklace. Diamond necklace. Rainbow necklace. Stained glass feather necklace. Artistic jewelry. Rhombus necklace
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$50.00 USD
Secret . Stained glass guinea fowl feather necklace. Pressed fern necklace. Boho jewelry. Locket. Botanical jewelry. Terrarium necklace
Secret . Stained glass guinea fowl feather necklace. Pressed fern necklace. Boho jewelry. Locket. Botanical jewelry. Terrarium necklace
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$40.00 USD
Stained Glass Feather Rhombus Necklace, Sacred Geometric Jewelry, Long Rainbow Pendant Necklace, Gypsy Jewelry, Bohemian Gifts for Her
Stained Glass Feather Rhombus Necklace, Sacred Geometric Jewelry, Long Rainbow Pendant Necklace, Gypsy Jewelry, Bohemian Gifts for Her
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$50.00 USD
Rhombus . Feather necklace. Diamond necklace. Rainbow necklace. Stained glass feather necklace. Mother's day jewelry. Rhombus necklace
Rhombus . Feather necklace. Diamond necklace. Rainbow necklace. Stained glass feather necklace. Mother's day jewelry. Rhombus necklace
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$50.00 USD
Rhombus . Mother's day jewelry. Feather necklace. Diamond necklace. Blue feather necklace. Stained glass feather necklace. Rhombus necklace
Rhombus . Mother's day jewelry. Feather necklace. Diamond necklace. Blue feather necklace. Stained glass feather necklace. Rhombus necklace
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$60.00 USD
Paper airplane   . Airplane jewelry. Paper airplane necklace. Origami airplane necklace. Geometric jewelry. Origami jewelry. Pilot necklace.
Paper airplane . Airplane jewelry. Paper airplane necklace. Origami airplane necklace. Geometric jewelry. Origami jewelry. Pilot necklace.
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$40.00 USD
Fern     . Stained glass fern necklace. Pressed flower jewelry. Botanical necklace. Woodland necklace. Terrarium necklace. Mother's day gift
Fern . Stained glass fern necklace. Pressed flower jewelry. Botanical necklace. Woodland necklace. Terrarium necklace. Mother's day gift
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$40.00 USD
Cacti  . Prickly Pear stained glass necklace. Botanical jewelry. Desert inspired necklace. Succulent jewelry. Cactus necklace. Glass cactus
Cacti . Prickly Pear stained glass necklace. Botanical jewelry. Desert inspired necklace. Succulent jewelry. Cactus necklace. Glass cactus
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$45.00 USD
Unicorn heart    . Sparkle heart necklace. Terrarium necklace. Hanging terrarium. Botanical jewelry. Y chain necklece. Mother's day gift
Unicorn heart . Sparkle heart necklace. Terrarium necklace. Hanging terrarium. Botanical jewelry. Y chain necklece. Mother's day gift
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$40.00 USD
Heart     .  Mother's day jewelry. Terrarium necklace. Pressed fern necklace. Pressed flower jewelry. Botanical jewelry.
Heart . Mother's day jewelry. Terrarium necklace. Pressed fern necklace. Pressed flower jewelry. Botanical jewelry.
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$40.00 USD
Paper airplane    . Airplane necklace. Geometric necklace. Love necklace. Minimalist necklace. Origami necklace. Mother's day jewelry
Paper airplane . Airplane necklace. Geometric necklace. Love necklace. Minimalist necklace. Origami necklace. Mother's day jewelry
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$40.00 USD
Sedum  . Succulent. Stained glass succulent necklace. Botanical jewelry. Desert inspired necklace. Succulent jewelry. Silver succulent.
Sedum . Succulent. Stained glass succulent necklace. Botanical jewelry. Desert inspired necklace. Succulent jewelry. Silver succulent.
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$70.00 USD
Drop  . Purple feather necklace. Peacock feather necklace. Silver feather necklace. Bohemian jewelry. Botanical necklace. Mother's day gift
Drop . Purple feather necklace. Peacock feather necklace. Silver feather necklace. Bohemian jewelry. Botanical necklace. Mother's day gift
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$70.00 USD
Succulent  . Stained glass succulent necklace. Botanical jewelry. Desert inspired necklace. Succulent jewelry. Silver succulent.
Succulent . Stained glass succulent necklace. Botanical jewelry. Desert inspired necklace. Succulent jewelry. Silver succulent.
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$70.00 USD
Stained Glass Origami Airplane Necklace, Pilot Paper Airplane Pendant, Airforce Wife Gift, Wanderlust Jewelry for Her, Traveler Necklace
Stained Glass Origami Airplane Necklace, Pilot Paper Airplane Pendant, Airforce Wife Gift, Wanderlust Jewelry for Her, Traveler Necklace
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$40.00 USD
Wing  . Botanical jewelry. Pressed flowers. Baby's breath terrarium. Butterfly real wing pendant. Butterfly necklace
Wing . Botanical jewelry. Pressed flowers. Baby's breath terrarium. Butterfly real wing pendant. Butterfly necklace
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$40.00 USD
Luna   . Crescent necklace. Stained glass jewelry pendant. Lunar pendant. Moon necklace. Lune pendant. Boho necklace. Moon lover
Luna . Crescent necklace. Stained glass jewelry pendant. Lunar pendant. Moon necklace. Lune pendant. Boho necklace. Moon lover
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$35.00 USD

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