Monday, December 15, 2008

Earrings in progress

Earrings in progress
Originally uploaded by aliciadesign
Made a whole bunch of new earrings.. They are so fun....
Soldering, beading and then hammering...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hi Octane Jewelry in Boho Magazine

Hi Octane Jewelry recycled car part, belt buckle appeared in Boho Magazine this month. Boho Magazine is a new Eco Magazine with a fun new style.

Hi Octane in Boho Magazine

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Rock,Scissor Paper Treasures from Patchwork

We ventured up to the Pasadena Rose Bowl Swapmeet and The Patchwork Show in Santa Ana. I picked up these fun treasures from vendor Rock, Scissor Paper
We have a Boston Terrier, so of course I loved the cute tags. This Christmas box was just so retro cool, I couldn't resist it...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Today, I learned a new word.
Effectuate - Cause to happen.

I love this word. I am going to help it be more known.
I think this is a word for the new era that we entering.
I am going to effectuate positive things in my life and my business.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Will you be caught dead?

You may already be planning to hit up Oceanside's fifth annual street fair in celebration of Dia de los Muertos. While you are down there, take some shelter from the sun and head down Artist's Alley, between Pierview and Mission Ave, where the Oceanside Craft Mafia will be hosting it's first annual craft fair and trunk show in conjunction with the holiday. Plan on being wow'd by members' handmade products. Find original items including jewelry, pottery, hand made cards, baby goods, and much, much more. And, though it may seem early, time does fly and this is a great way to kick off your holiday shopping and support your local economy.

The Oceanside Craft Mafia's Trunk Show is Saturday, November 1st from 7 to 9:30 pm. The Trunk Show booth space is by reservation only and will feature drinks, appetizers, and of course fabulous hand made goods. For information contact Not down for the late night shopping? Find the same great vendors on Sunday, Nov 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm. Follow the chalk art and live music or just map it. Artist's Alley is located at 212 N. Coast Hwy, Unit D, enter through the alley, in Oceanside, CA.

The Oceanside Craft Mafia is a culmination of jewelers, paper crafters, potters and stitchers. The group embraces the morals and creative achievements of the members of the Austin Craft Mafia (, who began the now national crafters organization.

In addition to offering moral support to one another, the OCM works together to creatively market their individual companies and products. By pooling resources they are able to help one another become more successful in an inundated indie craft market. It's as much about being a family as it is building business. They rely on one another to inspire, assist and care for one another, and always adhering to strict personal and business ethics.

The real glue that brings this group together is the hope to personalize the consumer market. We literally have the world’s market to shop from thanks to the World Wide Web. But so many of our options are impersonal and mass produced. The OCM supports hand-made and artisan products and believes strongly that they are better made and life enriching.

For more information about the Oceanside Craft Mafia and it's members please visit:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Oceanside Craft Mafia | Trunk Show

The Oceanside Craft Mafia is a group I started locally to help find other like minded artist|business owners. We are having our first group event November 1 & 2 in downtown Oceanside. First a trunk show, on Saturday November 1st from 7pm - 9:30 pm we will be serving wine, appetizers and hopefully have some acoustic tunes. On Sunday Mainstreet Oceanside put on the Dia de los Muertos Festival or Day of the Dead on Pier View Way in Oceanside this is a free event from 10 am - 4pm. We will have a studio space in the Artist's Alley.
Come down and join us for the exciting events.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hi Octane Jewelry | Recycled Car Parts | Caddy Necklace

New chain styles. We are in the process of adding new styles of chain to some of our recycled car part necklaces. This necklace features vintage glass crystal bead chain. It adds a wonderful feminine touch to the eco piece. So Chic... Scoop one up before the holiday rush....

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Support Hi Octane Jewelry in the 2008 StartupNation Home-Based Business Competition

Please take a minute and Vote for HiOctane Jewelry in the Start up nation contest.
If nothing else the traffic of being on the site will be helpful.
Support Hi Octane Jewelry in the 2008 StartupNation Home-Based Business Competition

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

We will be at Primer Nationals, Ventura California

Primer Nats08LO
Originally uploaded by aliciadesign
Come see us and check out our new designs. We have lots of cool new pieces. Primer Nationals is Labor Day Weekend at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Caddy Cuff links | Hi Octane Jewelry recycled car parts

We have a new edition to our recycled goods. They are caddy cufflinks.
These little itty bitty emblems come of junk yard cars. You ask where do you find these little guys? Well inside the old caddies these are emblems off of interior lights.

They will be added to our site shortly.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Vintage Navajo indian jewelry

I have a collection of Old Arizona Highways that my Grandma Mirene passed down to me from my Great Grandparents. I love this photo out of the magazine. Look at all the wonderful jewelry, that these Navajo girls are wearing. We need to bring back more jewelry adornment like this. I just love all the silver coin buttons that run the edges of their dresses. I also love that they are wearing large chandlier earrings and dangle earrings.
Absolutely wonderful.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Hi-Octane! Happy Customer

Hi-Octane! (220/365)
Originally uploaded by Drive-Design
Yeah, Drive Design is a very cool fellow classic car enthusiast. He has a great eye for style and all things cool. He bought one of our first recycled car emblem belt buckles. I threw in a few goodies. He has a very cool plan in store for the larger skylark emblems that I wanted to contribute to. Drive Design also identified The Formula S Belt buckle as a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Emblem.
Thank you Drive Design we love that you are happy with your new Hi Octane gear.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Hi Octane Jewelry | Bracelet

These are something new, and my new favorite thing.
Bracelets... I have an old indian bracelet that i bought at an antique store back in High school in Reno, that was the inspiration for these pieces. I love the simplicity of them. I love how they fit when I wear them. And how fun they are to make. I have them up on the Etsy store for now.
Watch for more like these. I may even try some recycled bicycle emblems made into bracelets like these.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Hi Octane Eco-Jewelry is in Ol Skool Rods

Well our eco-jewelry that is reconstructed out of recycled car parts, got featured in the US based pulication Ol Skool Rods. If you haven't seen our recycled car part necklaces, you need to go check them out. We also just added belt buckles. We will be adding cuff links shortly. This magazine is my personal favorite of all the Rod Zines. I like the way it is formatted. I like the car photos,pin-ups and I like the articles. Oh and even the ads.
Thank you to the Boys at Ol Skool Rods for running us. We appreciate it.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Hi Octane Jewelry is in Octane Magazine

Octane Magazine, which is based in the UK, ran our press release on our new sustainable jewelry created using recycled car parts.
Thank you, Octane Magazine...

Hi Octane Jewelry is in Octane Magazine

Friday, August 1, 2008

Naughty Secretary Club's Book Out Now!

Jennifer Perkins is one of my inspirations. She left her job as a secretary to return to her childhood love of jewelry-making and started a company called Naughty Secretary Club. Where she transforms fun kitsch items into colorful jewelry. In her new book,
"The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry." She shows us how to create some of her ultra-cool resin designs. If you want to order a signed copy you can order it from The Naughty Secretary Site. I regularly read The Naughty Secretary Blog, where Jennifer posts lots of helpful hints for start-up businesses.
I first heard about Jennifer's jewelry years ago when a friend forwarded her site to me. The name stuck with me. Years later when I was looking for ways to promote my internet based jewelry company Hi Octane Jewelry I came across a couple online articles that talked about her company, and I found out they had started a group called the Austin Craft Mafia. Which I immediately looked up and found out they started a site and group devoted to helping people just like myself, called the Craft Mafia. After being unsuccessful finding a Craft Mafia group in my area. I decided I needed to start one. So the Oceanside Craft Mafia was born. The Craft Mafia has been an invaluable resource for finding tips on all avenues of starting a crafting business.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hi Octane Jewelry in Motoraver Magazine

Well a very cool German Magazine just gave us some great press.
Not sure what all it says but it looks good.
And we love press especially International.
Thank you Motoraver.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

They came, they conquered, they slept

Oceanside Craft Mafia members, Alicia (Hi Octane Jewelry) and Leah (Peez & Ques) are tired after a great weekend in San Francisco for the Renegade Craft Fair. Saturday and Sunday at the first West Coast Renegade event was awesome! Lots of enthusiasm from vistors, great smiles and products from vendors and groovy tunes from d.j's and a punk rock marching band (Mucca Pazza). What's more to say than "wonderful!"

For the vendors it was work! Very hard work! But boy did we love it! By far the best craft show ever! And with this being its first year out west, it has no where to go but up! The vendors were really all individually exceptional! We were also so glad to meet familia from the Los Angeles and Sacramento Craft Mafia!

If you missed Renegade this year be sure to keep your radar pointed to their website for next year's dates. As a vistor or a vendor you will not be dissapointed. You can still check out all the vendors on the Renegade website.

Brad and Alicia also got featured on another blog from the show.
You can see it here. Mikkelina's Thoughts

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Renegades in San Francisco

Renagade FINALLY is hitting the West Coast!

We are glad to announce the Rengade Craft Fair hosts its first annual "west side" event this month at Fort Mason in San Francisco. To say Renegade's arrival to the West Coast was highly anticipated would be a gross understatement! Events in Chicago, and New York boasts hundreds of applicants and tens of thousands of shoppers! The San fransisco event is sure to hold its own with Renegade's recognition amongst crafters, artists and those who support handmade.

California is a big state, but if you are in San Fransisco, plan to be, or up for a flight or road trip, The Renegade Craft Fair will not disappoint. You'll find the Oceanside Craft Mafia representin' the O.C. Look for founding members, Alicia and Leah at their booth for Hi Octane Jewelry and Peez & Ques recycled stationery. They'll be selling goods galore, but only in between trips outside to take in the amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge!

The San Fransisco Renegade Craft Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13th from 11 am to 7 pm at the Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion. For more information check out

Friday, May 30, 2008

Father's Day Sale at our Etsy store

Father's day sale

If you have been waiting to buy one of our rings until we were having a sale. Now is the time to buy one.
We love Big Daddy's and this sale is for all those great Father's in our lives. So hook up our daddy and buy him one of our cool rings. Sale is through Father's Day... Click here to shop

Friday, May 16, 2008

Hot Rod Jewelry | For Hot Rodder's

So far the reviews have been great on our car grille rings and our motor rings. Both men and women are buying them and wearing them. We have had a few couples buy them as engagement rings. These are true car lovers for sure. The biggest thing we want to do for next round of new rings is to create larger sizes. Brad, here at Hi Octane Jewelry has what most people including myself, would call very large hands. He wears from a 12 to a 14 depending on the finger. His hand looks like baseball mits next to most people.
And as we have been doing booths at various shows around the west coast, we have a quite a few men walk up and want rings and they say I am 14, I am 16. So this round we are doing Big Ass Rings or Big Daddy Rings Sizes 10 -16 only.
Here are the styles that will be coming out this fall.
And they are going to BIG.
Everything on these rings is bigger. They are thicker and wider and most importantly we will have a 16 when you ask for it.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Trunk Show at Fashion Week in Escondido

Fashion Week Trunk Show

This week in the gallery come and see Fashion Week jewelry, including similar pieces to the (pictured) Hi Octane necklace worn by Fashion Week Celeb Ricky Lizalde. Designers, Alicia Hanson and Brad Johnson from HiOctane jewelry will be featured in the gallery Friday night for Crusin' Grand. Recycled clothing by Kathryn Gould and fabulous pins by Renee Richetts are also featured. Stop by and see this amazing work. The trunk show will end Saturday night.

Admission is free to the public!
The Escondido Municipal Gallery is located at 142 West Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido.  It is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free.
The Escondido Arts Partnership is a nonprofit organization and serves as the official arts agency for the City of Escondido. The EAP is dedicated to promoting art and culture in Escondido, supporting our artists, and providing art education to the community. 


Friday, April 25, 2008

Hi Octane Jewelry @ Back to the Beach

Hi Octane Jewelry is headed up to Ventura this Friday night, April 25th. Saturday is the Kustom Kulture Festival Back to the Beach. Which is put on by the ultra cool hand bag maker Trophy Queen Productions.

About the show: The 10th Annual Back to the Beach, Hot Rod and Motorcycle show will be held at the Ventura Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 26th from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Car qualifications: Open to all 1969 and earlier American cars, trucks and Woodies only. Billet wheels are ok for Back to the Beach only. This is an Old School Hot Rod show, no foreign cars or art cars allowed. Motorcycle qualifications: Open to all 1969 and earlier American and British motorcycles only. Absolutely no Evo Heads will be admitted in show. Car and motorcycle pre-registered $25.00 at gate $30.00. There will be a kustom kulture section with artists and vendors, tiki carvers, food, beer, DJ, live music, surf bands and actors from the movie “American Graffiti”. General Admission $10, Military with ID $5, Kids 12 and under Free For car, motorcycle or vendor registration, please visit our websites or call (805)216-2421. This event is sponsored by Budweiser

Grab your lead sled an go.....

The Sun Post Covered Hi Octane Jewelry

To read the original post click here

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Jewelry for automobile lovers
Business Spotlight
For Sun Post News

By Debbie L. Sklar

Interviewed: Owners and husband and wife, Alicia Hanson & Brad Johnson, jewelry designers.

What's your business?

Designer and manufacturer of handmade sterling silver jewelry and recycled car parts.

Describe your business?

We are lovers of the Hot Rod culture who have chosen to create jewelry that caters to those who love the design of the automobile. For example, sterling silver rings with vintage automobile grilles, custom bracelets with car front-ends and creates jewelry from reconstructed car parts.

Your newest line is from recycled items?

We go to swap meets, car shows, junkyards and estate sales and find old car emblems, then clean the emblems up and reconstruct the pieces into jewelry pendants by drilling holes in the emblems. We also make earrings created from flattened bottle caps.

Do you have special training in this business?

Silversmithing and casting courses.

What's the hardest part of this business? The best?

The hardest part of the business is finding cost-effective ways to drive people to the Web site. The best part is going to swap meets and junkyards and finding cool treasure to reconstruct into something new. I love carving something in wax making it come to life in metal.

Who are your clients?

Car lovers, mostly Hot Rod enthusiasts, Hot Rod builders, gearheads, Rockabilly moms and Southern California culture lovers.

Describe your personal role?

Alicia: I wear a lot of jewelry and a lot of hats. I am a jewelry designer, graphic designer, junk collector, maker of most things, solderer, marketer, photographer, shipper, car lover, melter of metal, mom. Brad is wax carver extraordinaire, silver casting partner, bottle cap flattener and cohort in all things.

Why would someone want to wear your jewelry?

Many people admire the design and beauty that goes into automobile design and our creations embody that same enhancing quality from the classic automobile and translates it to people with a revved up piece of jewelry ... Each piece is a small piece of American car nostalgia that has so many meanings to each person.

Price Range of items?

Recycled necklaces $45 – $155, Bottle cap earrings $15.

Future goals?

Getting one of our car grille rings on Jay Leno and getting our jewelry into more boutiques across the country.

By Debbie L. Sklar

For Sun Post News

Monday, April 7, 2008

Hi Octane Jewelry creates Hot Rod Jewelry from Recycled Car Parts

New sustainable jewelry designs from Hi Octane Jewelry. If you love old cars but are hesitant to take that ol’ gas guzzler for a spin with the prices of gas right now, you can still flaunt your love of the classical automobile by wearing a piece of your ride.

Hi Octane Jewelry has been scouring local junque shops, swap meets, garage sales and junkyards looking for interesting car emblems and treasure. They then take the pieces and reconstruct them; using items like Sterling silver chain and resin and turn those old car parts into unique one of kind jewelry pieces.

Give your woman’s wardrobe an overhaul, with an ultra cool V8 emblem necklace to wear. She’ll love her look being revvv’d up. Have an old emblem collecting dust on your workbench in the garage? Send it over to Hi Octane Jewelry have them reconstruct into something you’ll love to wear.

Hi Octane Jewelry also offers a line of unique sterling silver rings that resemble your favorite old car grille or motor. They also create custom cuffs bracelets of your favorite ride.

Hi Octane Jewelry is located in Oceanside, CA and our team offers 5 years of experience and expertise creating specialized and unique styles and designs. Visit us online at, or call us at 760.529.9353.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Things I like

Well I seem to really gravitate towards these jade tree lately.
I really like them.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Fun tin things

So these are some fun tin things that I am going to put together as junk art. Since I seem to collect Asian things. I think I will start with these two old Chinese checkers sets. I will mount them on wood. Paint the wood, add Mah Jong tiles etc.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Fun resin things

Here are some of the things we have been experimenting with.
We have been making molds and casting resin things.
Super fun. I love working with resin.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day

Found these cute retro valentines on Flickr. Love how fun they are.
you can see them here.

Monday, February 11, 2008


I am feeling really great about our studio right now. So I took a bunch of photos to show it off. This is considered our clean work space. You can see the new magnet paint in full force. The main thing left to do in here is once we get our new electrical power panel in we will install the cable lights in the studio. This will also allow us to be able to use all of our outlets. We put quite a few in and they are installed just below the counter height.
Now that the weather is warming up it is much easier to use this space. Since I do a lot of my work late at night when the little one is asleep. I love being able to work in here. It just feels great.
I will get photos soon of the in progress greenhouse studio it is the dirty work space.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Jewelry from Recycled Car Parts

This is my new favorite piece. It is "Green" jewelry at it's best. I found this wonderful Impala emblem at a Junque store in Portland, Oregon. I took the kids on a Skateboard/visit family road trip... We had a blast. As soon as I saw this emblem I feel in love. I have had this piece designed in my head for months and I finally had the time to get it done. I want to do lots more. Now I need to go raid a few junkyards.

I am loving this fun recycle direction. Happy New Year