Salt Lake City, UT, United States
I am a gemstone bead addict!
designing and handcrafting jewelry, wire wrapping, natural gemstones, beads, ancient Roman glass, sea glass,
Skills and Techniques
Wire wrapping, wax carving, hammering and pounding the crap out of wire ;-)
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Get to Know
I've been designing and crafting jewelry for over 30 years. My latest passion is creating handmade earrings and pendants with gemstone beads, sterling silver, and gold filled wire. I'm a huge fan of authentic Karen Hill Tribe Silver and Bali Sterling Silver components, so it's not unusual to see that I've incorporated them into my jewelry.
I'm inspired by rare & unusual stones as well as popular favorites, and over the past couple of years I've grown to love and respect different varieties of glass beads, including sea glass, ancient glass, and rare vintage glass. I have a lot of freshwater pearls in different shapes, colors, and styles, but I seem to hold on to them for some reason. Every now and again, you'll find something tucked away in my shop that features pearls, but not too often. If you have something in mind, feel free to ask me about custom order possibilities.
Most of my designs are one of a kind or limited edition, and feature wire wrapping and other types of wire work. Note that by "limited edition" I mean that I might make two or three pairs of earrings or pendants that are alike, but it's not very common. I can only think of a handful of pieces that I've made more than once, and then it was upon request. When I make something, it's usually because the stones, pearls, or glass "speak" to me, and somehow helped me turn them into the beautiful art piece they wanted to be. To make the same thing over and over would spoil that unique experience. My customers seem to enjoy being different from everyone else, so they like knowing that the earrings they just bought from me aren't going to be dangling from the earlobes of anyone else they'll ever meet!
I'm a one-woman shop and do everything myself, including design, creating, sourcing, listing, and shipping. I specialize in cold connection. Occasionally I ask a friend to solder something for me, and when this is the case, I give him full credit.
My wire wrapped jewelry is earth friendly! I use tools that are powered by my hands, not electricity! Pliers, hammers, small dowels, and an Xacto knife handle are my most valuable tools. I also prefer to avoid the use of chemicals in my work, even when putting a darkened, or antiqued, finish on metal. I often use a method that involves squished hard boiled eggs that have been laid by free range chickens!
I have a small Bead Destash shop on ArtFire at http://www.artfire.com/users/GemDestash. Being an addict, I have far more beads than I will ever use, so every now and then I will list a few. Generally, they will be priced at or below what I paid for them.
*Please see my 100% positive feedback in my Etsy shop at http://nightskyjewelry.etsy.com
*More pictures of my handcrafted jewelry can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nightsky1/
*Self Represented Artist Jewelry Designer (SRAJD) #1863.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask
My very messy workbench where I saw, bend, and hammer silver sheet and wire. I used to carve waxes here, now I pound on metal. Fun!
She's supposed to be taking a bath, but clearly has fallen in love with her reflection. :-)
This is me with my sweet little Noodle. She passed away in March, 2011 and I still miss her.
This is Louie, my adopted Green-Cheek Conure. He came to live with me in July 2011, and I quickly learned that he loves to shower!