TorchFire Studio

Fine Handmade Jewelry Crafted in Huntsville, Alabama

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Elegant Garden Wedding Photo Shoot

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This week, my little two-stone diamond ring set made its way into a gorgeous garden wedding photo shoot!  I'm so happy to say that Huntsville, AL is full of amazing, creative people that work together to build a supportive community. Every person involved in the making of these gorgeous images is a true gem! 

two stone diamond ring
Elegant Garden Wedding Photo Shoot: bouquet
Elegant Garden Photo Shoot : Invitation
Elegant Garden Photo Shoot: Tablescape
Elegant Garden Wedding Photo Shoot: wedding cake
Elegant Garden Wedding Photo Shoot : Wedding Dress

Model: Amber Palmer, Joel & Amber Photography
Gown and Accessories: Kathleen's Bridal, Meighan Winton
Photographer: Gari-Ann Kia Photography, Gari-Ann Kia
Florals: Paper Petals HSV, Thao Hoang
Dishes/Props: Della's Kitchen Shop, Ashley Erickson
Dishes/Props: Decorous Dishes, Kathi Bertsch
Jewelry: Torchfire Studio, Cara Moss
Stationery: Ledgewood Stationery; Frances Ledgewood
Cake: A Wilson Cakes, Aisha Wilson
Makeup and Hair: Brittianna J

Why I Love My Job!

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Let's do a little exercise, shall we? 

Close your eyes and imagine a place, anywhere on this little blue speck of ours, that makes you happy. Are you there? I bet it's lovely. 

For one newly-hooded PhD, her favorite place is a spot in the middle of the ocean... She's an oceanographer and a climate scientist!

This talented woman was gifted one of my coordinates rings for her graduation. It's a simple silver band with lots of meaning : latitude and longitude coordinates are stamped into the metal as a reminder of your special place. 

The gift-giver on this occasion was the PhD's mother, Laura. She sent me a thank-you note after the ceremony and it absolutely made my week! 

Hi Cara,

I've just returned from my trip out of town to witness my daughter's dissertation and PhD hooding and couldn't wait to write to let you know how BEAUTIFUL the ring is that you made for her and that she LOVES LOVES LOVES it!  And even more importantly I want to let you know how grateful I was that you went ABOVE and BEYOND to get the ring made and shipped so quickly -- it arrived the afternoon BEFORE her dissertation, which was totally unexpected, but perfect - she wore it for good luck!  I didn't expect to receive it until the following week, at the earliest, so it was a very nice surprise. The box was beautifully wrapped, which I'm not sure you routinely do either, and it was exactly 'HER', if you know what I mean.  She's a scientist, yes, but she's also a lifelong dancer, so the 'girly' touch with the pink bow and the delicate tissue was just the right touch!  I couldn't have done a better job if I'd wrapped it myself :)

Well, I've gone on and on long enough, but I had to let you know how much I appreciated your unbelievable customer service -- can't find that much anywhere these days.

Thanks again!

This letter from Laura is one of the many reasons that I love my job! It's always an honor to make meaningful jewelry that can become a real part of someone's life. I love to imagine all of the lovely people wearing the items I've made; I hope every piece is part of a happy story that is as precious as that little ring of silver. 

Customized coordinates rings in sterling silver. 

Customized coordinates rings in sterling silver. 

The Origins of TorchFire Studio

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In the spring of 2012 I was a newlywed in a strange town. 

We had moved from our hometown for my husband's job, and I was alone, Ben worked a lot, and I felt absolutely uninspired. I'd had zero luck finding a job using my college English degree. (I know, I know!) 

One weekend Mom came to visit and we took a jewelry making class - we created a simple pair of enameled copper earrings. I really loved the process: sawing out the metal. forming the earwires, and using flame to transform the enamel. After the class was over, I had so many more questions and a desire to learn more. Finally, something had fired my imagination (no pun intended!) I grabbed my laptop and read a million articles, scoured YouTube for videos and I taught myself to solder at my kitchen table. 

As time went on, I made a few things that I thought were good enough to share. I opened an Etsy shop and sold a few items that I made with copper, silver and some silver clay. My items and photography were far from perfect and there were giant holes in my skill set. However, in those early days, I had a few wonderful customers that made me feel that I was on the right track. 

One particular couple requested some chunky silver rings with a gold interior. I used what skills I had and learned about the Keum Boo technique in the process. The resulting rings made my lovely customers so happy; they sent me a long thank you note and included some extra money marked "to be used for champagne"! 

Custom Sterling Silver and Keum Boo Rings .

Custom Sterling Silver and Keum Boo Rings .

Keum Boo & Sterling Silver Ring. 

Keum Boo & Sterling Silver Ring. 

This experience really spurred on my newfound love for creating jewelry. 

Today I have been running my business for almost 5 years, selling online and now in my own studio inside the wonderful Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment facility.  I have taken  professional courses to round out my skills, and I can't wait to learn more.  In my vocation and in my life, I want to always keep learning. 

Big News!

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Big news for March 2017 - TorchFire Studio is moving to Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment!

This facility is a home to over 200 artists and makers, and is the largest privately-owned arts facility in these fifty funky states.

This means that you'll be able to visit my studio: see my workspace, try on some of my work in person, and chat with me about jewelry, dogs and the merits of hot coffee. It's going to be great!

I'll get my keys March 1st and get open to visitors just as soon as I can! Check back here or follow along on Instagram or Facebook for updates.