• Adventure Diary: The Pinnacles, WA

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    Late last year, my friend Kelly and I travelled to the end of the earth.

    The Pinnacles desert in Western Australia is hours away from civilisation and is an otherworldly wonder of nature.

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    We made a pitstop at the Atlantis Aquamarine Park, an abandoned water theme park that was built in the late 90s by foreign investors for a tourism boom that never happened. If you, like me, read Goosebumps novels as a kid, you would appreciate the supernatural eeriness of the park. That’s a statue of King Neptune ion the background that stands three storeys high, holding court above the bush as if frozen in time.

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    When we arrived at The Pinnacles, it was like stepping out onto the moon.

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    x Jessy.

    All images via @moltenstore.

  • DIY: Make a Smudge Stick

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    Smudge sticks are typically an ancient Indian-American tradition, and has been adapted into the modern world with the belief it rids of negativity and brings in balance, romance, positivity, calmness, wisdom, healing, and much more, depending on the ingredients in which are used.

    The dreamy Mim from Aurora Floral Studio joined us on a sunlit afternoon in our James Street trove and taught us how to make our very own smudge sticks.

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    These bundles of beauty can be used to cleanse an area or a person, or can be simply hung on a wall or displayed next to your bed in a whimsical vignette. The Molten Store office now has a bundle hanging on the wall, and we’ve scattered a couple through our James Street trove. A fortnight later, they’ve dried out beautifully and make the store smell amazing!

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    We asked Mim to detail her process so you too can spend an afternoon playing with petals…

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    Ingredients:

    • Sage
    • Tea Tree
    •  Roses + Rose petals
    • Lavender
    • Eucalyptus leaves
    • Wildflowers
    • Organic cotton (must be non toxic)
    •  Scissors

    *Using fresh herbs is preferable as wrapping dry, brittle herbs is quite difficult

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    There are a number of different herbs and flowers you can use, but choose to use a selection that were harvested from our own garden. If you are using herbs and flowers from your garden, be sure to harvest them on a dry and sunny day. Moist herbs can grow mould inside your bundle where there is very little air.

    Instructions:

    1. Snip herbs and flowers to similar lengths. Arrange your stems into a beautiful bundle (Thick bundles smoulder slowly and last longer). Wrap your string around the bottom of the stems and tie a knot.
    2. Grasp your bundle tightly with one hand and wind the string up on an angle, right to the top. Make sure the gap between the string isn’t too big or you may loose some leaves as they dry. Once you reach the top, begin to wrap back down to the start creating a criss-cross pattern.
    3. Ensure the smudge stick has been wrapped in a tight bind, and either snip the left over cotton, or tie the ends together to create a loop for it to hang from.
    4. Hang your bundles to dry or lay them on a baking rack (or anywhere that air can circulate underneath it). Leave for a few weeks until completely dry before burning.
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    Happy Smudging!

     

  • The Magical Amanda Krantz

    It started with a gift…

    For my birthday in November last year, my pal Steve surprised me with the universe.

    Well, a print of the universe to be exact; an outrageously vibrant, psychedelic interpretation of the clustered cosmos by the exceptionally talented, Melbourne-based artist Amanda Krantz.

    Her impressive artworks can only be described as pure magic, and the Molten team are completely enamoured with her work. We asked this curious soul some questions about her enchanting art and peeked into her dreamy imagination…

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    You are such a natural at what you do! How old were you when you started showing interest in art?

    Thank you! I was interested in art, and in making things since forever, I’ve been told. I guess I was that kid that always had clag glue in her hair! Although drawing and colouring was high up there on my priorities as a kid, I think just the act of creating was what I longed to do. My parents would say creating mess, mostly…. and not much has changed there.

    How would you describe your artistic style?

    I call it organic-psychedelia. Organic in that much of my work is created in pours, so both the motion of delivery and the result are free-flowing and organic.

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    Where do you draw your inspiration from?

    Nature, mostly. I particularly like to notice the little alien-fantasy worlds at the level of mosses, and fungi. The act of painting itself is another major inspiration. Many ideas come from working in the studio… this is why if you are ever stuck or blocked, you are best to work and eventually you will unblock yourself.

    Do you dream up each piece or do they spontaneously fall together when you start?

    A bit of both, and the amount of each varies with each painting. The benefit of painting in many layers, is you have the freedom change and go with the flow. You can let each layer dictate your next move.

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    Your pieces look so intricate and detailed, how long do they take to complete? 

    There is often a lot of work in each piece, it’s true, but I couldn’t tell you how long they take me. I usually work on 5 at a time. This gives each layer a chance to dry, and a chance for me to think about my next move. From start to finish, I guess each piece is being worked on in the studio for about a month.

    What do you hope for people feel when they see your artwork?

    Hmmm… I hope they feel a sense of playfulness, and beauty and connection to beauty in nature.

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    What is the ultimate goal for yourself as an artist?

    I have been very lucky so far in my career, and I hope mostly that the universe will provide enough for me to continue painting for the remainder of my time here. That’s a privilege granted to few, and while I’m aware of that, and would be happy with that, my ultimate goal would be to have complete creative freedom with a limitless budget and create large dreamland works and worlds.

    Who would be a dream client to purchase one of your artworks?

    That’s tough one. Elton John? I think you know you’ve made it when Elton buys your work!

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    What words of wisdom would you pass on to the aspiring artists and creatives?

    I do have a lot of words of wisdom for those just starting out, but I won’t go on too much because I guess part of it is finding your own way and not giving too much weight to what others say. But here are a few important ones:

    • Stay out of debt, because your creative self really doesn’t need that pressure.
    • Make a lot of work, even if it’s bad.
    • Listen to podcasts in the studio.

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    To view or purchase Amanda’s colourful artwork visit www.amandakrantz.com/

    Follow @amandakrantzstudio to see what masterpiece she dreams up next

  • Meet Miriam, Founder of Aurora Floral Studios

    Miriam Fergie is a drop of fresh rain on a sunlit afternoon. 

    The sweetly humble founder of Aurora Floral Studios has recently made the leap from cafe owner to florist, immersing herself in a career that fuels her admiration for the natural beauty of blooms.

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    We had the pleasure of collaborating with Mim to host a DIY Smudge Stick event in our James Street Trove for an afternoon of scents, florals, treats and goodness.

    As a child, Mim would make wishes on dandelions, pick wildflowers from the side of the road and make magic potions from the flowers that spilled over her neighbours fence.

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    Mim draws on this aesthetic with every arrangement she creates. Each one beings as a blank canvas, forming it’s own personality and telling its own story.

    We had the pleasure of asking Mim some curious questions to delve a little deeper into her enchanting mind… 

    What drew you to floristry?

    I love everything about flowers. I love that they bring new life to an existing space. They’re so honest and untamed, and even their imperfections are beautiful. Each flower tells its own story and I think it’s so exciting to be able to express yourself with such beauty each day.

    How did you dream up Aurora Floral Studio?

    Aurora is all about embracing life and following your heart. I want to create arrangements that are beautifully untamed and organically undone. Aurora represents the free-spirited, the risk takers and the hopeless romantics.

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    What has been your greatest adventure as a creative?

    I started my first business (Two Trees) almost 4 years ago now. To be honest, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into, or where I’d be a few years down the track. A lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into starting a business, but it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I get to see my dreams come to life, and be my own boss.

    I’ve met so many amazing and inspiring people along the way, and I never stop learning.

    It’s a dream come true really; a never ending adventure.

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    What are your main sources of inspiration?

    The list is never ending, but first and foremost I’m inspired by nature. I’m an early riser and I love the colour of the sky in the morning, the texture of the clouds, and the soft light that bounces around the room giving it that warm, dreamy glow. I love to create arrangements that are reminiscent of feelings like these.

    What’s your ultimate dream destination for floral inspiration?

    I’d probably have to say Southern France; Where the surroundings are breathtaking and the meadows are carpeted with wildflowers.

    Thank you Mim!

    To see what beauty Mim dreams up next, visit her page www.facebook.com/aurorafloralstudio and follow her on Instagram @aurorafloralstudio 

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  • Northern Lights, Iceland

     

    It is often so easily forgotten, the natural beauty and wonders this world has to offer. Iceland is a true vision for picturesque fantasy come to life.

    It is also a dream destination to witness the wildly breathtaking Northern Lights, visible from Iceland during the winter months.

    What an otherworldly experience it would be to witness this extravaganza of colour from the beauty of Iceland itself.

    This dreamy destination invites all Molten Muses with its fleeting rarity and unbelievable sense of adventure. You know where we will be next Winter…

     

  • Celestial Beings

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    I’ve never seen a moon in the sky that, if it didn’t take my breath away, at least misplaced it for a moment. – C. Farrell

    We love the Show Tune crescent drop earrings, available in store & online.

  • Cave of Crystals – Chihuahua, Mexico

    It is no secret that us Molten muses admire the colourful glistening and enchanting curiosity of a beautiful crystal. They hold a special place in our hearts, and truly bring the magic of Molten Store to life.

    When we discovered the Cave of Crystals in Chihuahua, Mexico, our hearts burst with excitement, this crystal wonderland has jumped to the top of our destination wish list.

    Although, this cave of wonders might have to remain on the fantasy destination list, due to the highly protected nature of this incredible natural beauty. This one must be left for our wild imagination and even wilder dreams…

  • Molten Bridal Launch Day

    It’s no secret that we’re inspired by all things beautiful, poetic, and sentimental. We think love is the greatest adventure of all, so it was only natural for us to champion our goodies as totems of love. 

    Molten Bridal is our offering for the spirited bride; boundless gems and thoughtful accessories that will honour the celebration between her and her beloved.

    I still remember the first bride who chose a glittering pair of earrings from Molten Store for her fairytale day. The dreamy being posted some of her wedding photos to her instagram and tagged Molten Store.

    The feeling I had when I saw her glowing face, adorned with Molten Store gems, beaming with the radiant smile that arrives the moment you begin such an exciting chapter… Honestly, the feeling was indescribable.

    We launched the Molten Bridal brand in late November 2015 on a sunlit afternoon in our James Street trove. Our girl crush Ella Thrupp collaborated with us to produce illustrations of our Molten Bridal muse Yani which were displayed amongst a bounty of future heirlooms.   

    Nodo Donuts crafted donuts adorned with delicate blooms and our friends at Bee One Third offered up platters of wild honeycomb and local honey sourced from rooftops above James Street.  

    Long live love.

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    The trove was oozing edible beauty. Trove muse Grace was extra pleased with the treats that were on offer.

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    We could not dream up a more captivating way to celebrate our new endeavour. After all… they say love is the greatest adventure – and Molten Store loves adventures…

    Thank you to Nodo Donuts and Bee One Third for your beautiful creations.

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  • Hello, lovers.

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    “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
    Walt Disney  

    We’re constantly being inspired by the world around us and the curious beings that fill it. This blog will detail our grand adventures, share our exciting discoveries and showcase our muses.

    We’re delighted that you’re along for the ride.

    Explore your curiosity and dream your thoughts out loud…
    x MS

     

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