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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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Turquoise feather necklace. terrarium nature statement jewelry. unique gift for her
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Jewelry dish or ring holder. anniversary gift for wife. Paper boat
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Terrarium brooch . pressed fern collar scarf sweater pin plant lady gift
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Paper airplane . origami travel necklace. going away gift. wanderlust jewelry. best friend gift
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Antlers and flowers statement necklace. one of a kind raw quartz citrine bohemian necklace. november birthstone jewelry gift
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Wave . peacock feather wedding necklace for the mermaid bride
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Crescent necklace. moon child wiccan halloween jewelry. Half moon gothic pendant
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Dainty pressed fern leaf terrarium necklace. Forest flower
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Terrarium brooch . pressed fern collar scarf shawl pin. plant lady gift
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Multicolor statement feather necklace. colorful terrarium pendant
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Druzy crescent . wiccan terrarium necklace for a moon child
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Fern . pressed flower terrarium necklace. gothic halloween forest leaf jewelry.
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Stained glass succulent necklace. lotus wedding jewelry. botanical flower pendant
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Green leaf terrarium necklace. pressed fern heart nature jewelry. stained glass botanical necklace. nature lover gift.
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Long peacock feather necklace. turquoise terrarium locket like statement nature jewelry. woodland
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Stained glass crescent necklace. half moon celestial jewelry
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Stained glass terrarium crescent necklace. half moon pressed flower
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Scandinavian swedish christmas decor. stained glass ornaments. Dala horse. cute stocking stuffer.
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Multicolor ombre terrarium feather necklace. colorful geometric jewelry. Rhombus
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Terrarium crescent . half moon pressed flower necklace
Terrarium crescent . half moon pressed flower necklace
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Leaf . raw citrine crystal flower necklace. november birthstone jewelry gift
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Turquoise feather necklace. half circle peacock terrarium jewelry. Wave
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Multicolor rainbow feather necklace. colorful fall jewelry. terrarium pendant
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Paper boat dorm desk decor. organizer trinket dish. housewarming gift. coworker gift idea.
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Origami statement necklace. fashion geometric jewelry. Folded paper
Origami statement necklace. fashion geometric jewelry. Folded paper
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Silver fern pressed necklace. Forest flower leaf terrarium. Christmas jewelry gifts for mom.
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Glasses necklace. pressed flower terrarum. statement jewelry. bookworm gift
Glasses necklace. pressed flower terrarum. statement jewelry. bookworm gift
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Heart . pressed fern necklace. flower terrarium leaf forest jewelry. nature romantic gift for girlfriend
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Moon child wiccan crescent necklace. celestial jewelry half moon pendant
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Amsterdam house christmas necklace. Snowglobe pendant. Glitter star jewelry gift for sister.
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Snowglobe necklace. Amsterdam house christmas jewelry gift. Glitter star winter pendant. Holiday jewelry
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Dala horse ornament. scandinavian swedish christmas decor. stained glass decoration. cute stocking stuffer.
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Geometric abstract necklace. Stained glass cloud arc half moon fashion jewelry. scalloped pendant
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Prickly Pear . cactus arizona wedding necklace. plant lady gift
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Fern . pressed plant flower terrarium necklace. fall jewelry forest leaf. woodland
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Glitter heart . druzy terrarium i love you necklace. fairy pendant
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Leaf . citrine crystal flower branch necklace. november birthstone jewelry gift
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Scandinavian christmas decor. geometric ornament. cute stocking stuffer. coastal christmas. stained glass paper boat
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Wing . real pressed babys breath flower terrarium necklace. butterfly jewelry
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Scandinavian style christmas tree ornament . geometric stained glass paper boat decor. cute stocking stuffer. nordic christmas
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Scandinavian style christmas ornament . cute stocking stuffer. stained glass decor. christmas gift for coworker. Paper boat decoration
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Turquoise feather necklace. half circle pendant. statement ombre fashion jewelry. christmas gifts for mom
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Dainty silver succulent wedding necklace. flower jewelry. Sedum
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Origami airplane geometric travel necklace. long distance gift. Paper airplane stained glass necklace
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Magnolia . statement flower plant necklace. wedding jewelry.
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Arc . abstract geometric horseshoe earrings. perfect graduation gift for girlfriend
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Lily of the Valley . everyday dainty flower tulip earrings. glass dangle with sterling silver hook
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Fern leaf necklace. jewelry gift for wife. mom necklace. pressed flower woodland jewelry.
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Engagement proposal ring bearer box holder. beach wedding decor. Paper boat
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Real feather necklace. woodland nature jewelry. gothic fall terrarium gift
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Pressed Fern . real leaf terrarium bib necklace. forest flower jewelry
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Paper boat . geometric succulent pot. glass terrarium planter for plant lady
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Fern . plant terrarium necklace. long pressed flower forest leaf jewelry.
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Statement geometric half circle necklace. arc moon scalloped fashion jewelry.
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Succulent . silver lotus wedding necklace. botanical jewelry.
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Pressed flower half circle terrarium necklace. babys breath jewelry. bridesmaid gift.
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Silver fern . half circle bib leaf terrarium necklace. forest jewelry woodland
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Half moon . druzy wiccan celestial terrarium necklace. gothic halloween wedding jewelry
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Make a wish . real dandelion flower seed terrarium necklace. best friend gifts
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Paper airplane necklace. wanderlust travel stained glass pendant. Unique abstract jewelry gift for sister
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