Bellevue, WA, United States
My sense of design is rustic, bohemian, gypsy chic. I love to take new things and give them a special story and history and make them look old and worn and uniquely loved, as well as give old discarded jewelry and beads new life. I oxidize, paint, distress, wrap, and solder my work, letting its shape and soul form as I create. I never sit down with a preplanned and prepared piece in mind. My jewelry is organic, and very much reliant on my own feelings and mood and sense of design at that moment in time. Sometimes I begin a piece and set it aside half done, at a loss for where to go next, and then a week or two later I see it again and have sudden inspiration and can see the life and future recipient and wearer of the jewelry, and am able to finish and offer it to the world.
I look to nature and the dark, twisted beauty around us. I find beauty in all things traditionally ugly, or dark and dirty and brutal, especially paired with extremely bright and vibrant colors.. My jewelry is full of organic shape, asymmetrical designs, earthy rustic tones, and bright bohemian colors.
My jewelry is for the free soul, the loving hippie, the earthy goddess. If you find beauty in the dark and primitive, aesthetic of vintage and antique, and mysteries of nature and earth, then your unique tastes have led you to me.
In the exploration of myself, I hope to make jewelry that unlocks the mystery of you.
Skills and Techniques
Most of my jewelry making skills come from self teaching and watching and reading tutorials on specific styles of jewelry making, such as wire wrapping, soldering, beading, etc. My favorite style to work with and create is rustic, organic wire wraps, with dark twisty bits and bobs.
I almost always oxidized my copper and sterling silver wire and sheet metals prior to use, and again sometimes to a finished jewelry piece for extra depth and deeper black oxidation color. I oxidize with both chemical oxidation (Liver of Sulphur) and flame/heat oxidation from a torch, and sometimes simply leaving a piece of metal out in the open for a long period of time for natural patina. Verdigris patinas are done with time, salt, and vinegar. All patinas have a layer of Renaissance Wax, a microcrystalline wax used to preserve and seal color/patina onto the surface of the metal, wood, paper, etc.
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