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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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Terrarium brooch . pressed fern collar scarf sweater pin plant lady gift
Terrarium brooch . pressed fern collar scarf sweater pin plant lady gift
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$55.00 USD
Paper airplane . origami travel necklace. going away gift. wanderlust jewelry
Paper airplane . origami travel necklace. going away gift. wanderlust jewelry
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$55.00 USD
Jewelry dish or ring holder. anniversary gift for wife. Paper boat
Jewelry dish or ring holder. anniversary gift for wife. Paper boat
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$62.00 USD
Blue feather necklace. fashion jewelry gift for wife. mom gift. half circle statement necklace.
Blue feather necklace. fashion jewelry gift for wife. mom gift. half circle statement necklace.
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$50.00 USD
Custom terrarium necklace. pressed flower feather pet memorial keepsake.
Custom terrarium necklace. pressed flower feather pet memorial keepsake.
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$60.00 USD
Rainbow fluorite crystal necklace. leaf / flower pendant for women. romantic gift for wife
Rainbow fluorite crystal necklace. leaf / flower pendant for women. romantic gift for wife
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$75.00 USD
Terrarium brooch . pressed fern collar scarf shawl pin. plant lady gift
Terrarium brooch . pressed fern collar scarf shawl pin. plant lady gift
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$55.00 USD
Dainty feather necklace. terrarium nature jewelry. necklace for women. gift for her
Dainty feather necklace. terrarium nature jewelry. necklace for women. gift for her
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$45.00 USD
Paper boat dorm desk decor. organizer trinket dish. housewarming gift. coworker gift idea.
Paper boat dorm desk decor. organizer trinket dish. housewarming gift. coworker gift idea.
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$62.00 USD
Rose quartz flower statement necklace. romantic gift for wife. yoga jewelry. birthstone crystal necklace
Rose quartz flower statement necklace. romantic gift for wife. yoga jewelry. birthstone crystal necklace
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Paper boat bathroom decor. jewelry dish / vanity tray. glass terrarium planter succulent pot. housewarming gift.
Paper boat bathroom decor. jewelry dish / vanity tray. glass terrarium planter succulent pot. housewarming gift.
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$62.00 USD
Fern leaf necklace. jewelry gift for wife. mom necklace. pressed flower woodland jewelry.
Fern leaf necklace. jewelry gift for wife. mom necklace. pressed flower woodland jewelry.
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$50.00 USD
Pressed Fern . real leaf terrarium bib necklace. forest flower jewelry
Pressed Fern . real leaf terrarium bib necklace. forest flower jewelry
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Dainty pressed fern leaf terrarium necklace. Forest flower
Dainty pressed fern leaf terrarium necklace. Forest flower
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$50.00 USD
Statement terrarium feather necklace. Geometric colorful bird lover jewelry gift
Statement terrarium feather necklace. Geometric colorful bird lover jewelry gift
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$60.00 USD
Wave . half circle turquoise feather necklace. statement ombre fashion jewelry.
Wave . half circle turquoise feather necklace. statement ombre fashion jewelry.
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$50.00 USD
Fern . plant terrarium necklace. long pressed flower forest leaf jewelry.
Fern . plant terrarium necklace. long pressed flower forest leaf jewelry.
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$50.00 USD
Fern . pressed flower terrarium necklace. gothic halloween forest leaf jewelry.
Fern . pressed flower terrarium necklace. gothic halloween forest leaf jewelry.
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$50.00 USD
Stained glass succulent necklace. lotus wedding jewelry. botanical flower pendant
Stained glass succulent necklace. lotus wedding jewelry. botanical flower pendant
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$78.00 USD
Green leaf terrarium necklace. pressed fern heart nature jewelry. stained glass botanical necklace. nature lover gift.
Green leaf terrarium necklace. pressed fern heart nature jewelry. stained glass botanical necklace. nature lover gift.
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$49.00 USD
Stained glass crescent necklace. half moon celestial jewelry
Stained glass crescent necklace. half moon celestial jewelry
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$39.00 USD
Stained glass terrarium crescent necklace. half moon pressed flower
Stained glass terrarium crescent necklace. half moon pressed flower
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$49.00 USD
Magnolia . statement flower plant necklace. wedding jewelry.
Magnolia . statement flower plant necklace. wedding jewelry.
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$58.00 USD
Wave . peacock feather wedding necklace for the mermaid bride
Wave . peacock feather wedding necklace for the mermaid bride
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$50.00 USD
Terrarium crescent . half moon pressed flower necklace
Terrarium crescent . half moon pressed flower necklace
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$49.00 USD
Statement geometric half circle necklace. arc moon scalloped fashion jewelry.
Statement geometric half circle necklace. arc moon scalloped fashion jewelry.
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$58.00 USD
Fern . pressed plant flower terrarium necklace. forest leaf nature jewelry.
Fern . pressed plant flower terrarium necklace. forest leaf nature jewelry.
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$50.00 USD
Multicolor ombre terrarium feather necklace. colorful geometric jewelry. Rhombus
Multicolor ombre terrarium feather necklace. colorful geometric jewelry. Rhombus
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$60.00 USD
Multicolor statement feather necklace. colorful terrarium pendant
Multicolor statement feather necklace. colorful terrarium pendant
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$60.00 USD
Multicolor rainbow feather necklace. colorful terrarium pendant
Multicolor rainbow feather necklace. colorful terrarium pendant
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$60.00 USD
Origami statement necklace. fashion geometric jewelry. Folded paper
Origami statement necklace. fashion geometric jewelry. Folded paper
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$55.00 USD
Paper airplane . wanderlust necklace. travel jewelry gift
Paper airplane . wanderlust necklace. travel jewelry gift
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$55.00 USD
Heart . pressed fern necklace. flower terrarium leaf forest jewelry. nature romantic gift for girlfriend
Heart . pressed fern necklace. flower terrarium leaf forest jewelry. nature romantic gift for girlfriend
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$49.00 USD
Turquoise feather necklace. half circle peacock terrarium jewelry. Wave
Turquoise feather necklace. half circle peacock terrarium jewelry. Wave
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$50.00 USD
Real pressed flower terrarium necklace. bridesmaid gift. dainty babys breath jewelry
Real pressed flower terrarium necklace. bridesmaid gift. dainty babys breath jewelry
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$50.00 USD
Moon child wiccan crescent necklace. celestial jewelry half moon pendant
Moon child wiccan crescent necklace. celestial jewelry half moon pendant
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$39.00 USD
Make a wish . real dandelion flower seed terrarium necklace
Make a wish . real dandelion flower seed terrarium necklace
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$50.00 USD
Real feather necklace. woodland nature jewelry. gothic halloween terrarium gift
Real feather necklace. woodland nature jewelry. gothic halloween terrarium gift
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$50.00 USD
Long peacock feather necklace. turquoise terrarium locket like statement nature jewelry.
Long peacock feather necklace. turquoise terrarium locket like statement nature jewelry.
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$50.00 USD
Prickly Pear . cactus arizona wedding necklace. plant lady gift
Prickly Pear . cactus arizona wedding necklace. plant lady gift
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$55.00 USD
Glitter heart . druzy terrarium i love you necklace. fairy pendant
Glitter heart . druzy terrarium i love you necklace. fairy pendant
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Leaf . raw citrine crystal flower necklace. november birthstone jewelry gift
Leaf . raw citrine crystal flower necklace. november birthstone jewelry gift
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$75.00 USD
Leaf . citrine crystal flower branch necklace. november birthstone jewelry gift
Leaf . citrine crystal flower branch necklace. november birthstone jewelry gift
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$75.00 USD
Wing . real pressed babys breath flower terrarium necklace. butterfly jewelry
Wing . real pressed babys breath flower terrarium necklace. butterfly jewelry
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$50.00 USD
Dainty silver succulent wedding necklace. flower jewelry. Sedum
Dainty silver succulent wedding necklace. flower jewelry. Sedum
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$78.00 USD
Succulent . silver lotus wedding necklace. botanical jewelry.
Succulent . silver lotus wedding necklace. botanical jewelry.
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Crescent necklace. moon child wiccan halloween jewelry. Half moon gothic pendant
Crescent necklace. moon child wiccan halloween jewelry. Half moon gothic pendant
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Origami airplane geometric travel necklace. long distance gift. Paper airplane
Origami airplane geometric travel necklace. long distance gift. Paper airplane
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$55.00 USD
Arc . abstract geometric horseshoe earrings. perfect graduation gift for girlfriend
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
Lily of the Valley . everyday dainty flower tulip earrings. glass dangle with sterling silver hook
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$45.00 USD
Silver fern . half circle bib leaf terrarium necklace. forest jewelry
Silver fern . half circle bib leaf terrarium necklace. forest jewelry
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$50.00 USD
Engagement proposal ring bearer box holder. beach wedding decor. Paper boat
Engagement proposal ring bearer box holder. beach wedding decor. Paper boat
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Paper boat . geometric succulent pot. glass terrarium planter for plant lady
Paper boat . geometric succulent pot. glass terrarium planter for plant lady
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Planter . mini air plant holder necklace. terrarium jewelry. nature lover plant lady gift
Planter . mini air plant holder necklace. terrarium jewelry. nature lover plant lady gift
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Talisman . raw rutilated quartz necklace. birthstone jewelry gift
Talisman . raw rutilated quartz necklace. birthstone jewelry gift
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Druzy crescent . wiccan terrarium necklace for a moon child
Druzy crescent . wiccan terrarium necklace for a moon child
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Half moon . druzy wiccan celestial terrarium necklace. gothic halloween wedding jewelry
Half moon . druzy wiccan celestial terrarium necklace. gothic halloween wedding jewelry
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$50.00 USD
Pyramid  . geometric prism long triangle necklace. minimalist glass jewelry.
Pyramid . geometric prism long triangle necklace. minimalist glass jewelry.
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$50.00 USD
Magnolia bud . flower collar scarf brooch. shawl plant pin.
Magnolia bud . flower collar scarf brooch. shawl plant pin.
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$45.00 USD
Lodolite quartz crystal necklace. half moon leaf pendant. birthstone gemstone jewelry
Lodolite quartz crystal necklace. half moon leaf pendant. birthstone gemstone jewelry
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