Friday, April 22, 2011

The Gold and the Beautiful

Lei Chic You and your girlfriends used to party like Lindsay Lohan. These days, your girls’ nights seem to be channeling Martha Stewart (before the jail term).

You’re sipping coffee out of your friend’s hand-glazed, self-fired mug, watching your roommate rifle through the clutch she designed, while your old college friend passes out the uber-cute birthday invitations she sketched.

The last thing you made by hand was a macaroni necklace that even your mother refused to wear. Since then, everything you attempt turns into arts and crap.

Get an expert to help you jewel-it-yourself at the new Studio Bijoux in Kaimuki. Owner Kihwa Kwon Gosline studied at the world-recognized Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry in Tokyo and is now sharing her expertise. Lei Chic

Jewelry makers can rent studio time with all the tools they need for their trade. But amateurs can also test their metal in daily adult and children classes. Students will learn basic skills such as cutting, soldering, and filing a sterling silver ring, and leave with a self-made pendant, ring or earrings.

Studio Bijoux periodically offers special workshops such as upcycling. Bring in the family jewels and Gosline will help you turn it into something more modern.

Lei ChicAnd to polish it all off, the studio serves as a storefront for jewelry Gosline imports from former college classmates in Asia. Pieces range from delicate color washed resin earrings and necklaces, to quirky shoe form pendants, and tiny 3D stackable skull rings.

Gosline is also available for custom designs or personalized attention with your special jewelry project.

So you can don’t have to worry about the gold shoulder next time you wear your art on your sleeve.

And that’s a bling thing.

Studio Bijoux is located at 1153 12th Ave. Enter from the stairs between Coffee Talk and Gecko Books. Hours are Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Kids classes are held daily starting at 3 p.m. for $20 for one hour, $35 for two hours. Adult skill classes are Tues. – Fri., $35 plus the cost of materials. Reserve your spot at least 24 hours before through Studio Bijoux’s website. Call 808.626.5382 for more information.

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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