Here are some frequently asked questions I get…
Almost 20 years! I am self-taught, and I hand fabricate all the components in my jewelry except for commercial chains and commercial clasps, rivets and any stones I use. Handmade jewelry has a certain aesthetic that is ancient in that it is truly unique and special.
I use bronze, copper, brass and sterling silver sheet metal and wire.
If you have an idea about a piece of jewelry in my style that you would like to see actualized, I would be happy to work with you. I will not duplicate or copy from another artist however. Usually I work with people on adjusting the size and scale of my own designs that you see in my gallery or in my Etsy shop.
When you aren’t wearing it, store it in a plastic baggy so it won’t oxidize as fast as it would if you were storing it in your jewelry box. I have a video here that shows you how to polish it up at home so it looks like it did when you bought it. You can also ship it back to me to polish it up and just pay for postage both ways. Contact me to set it up.
I use Liver of Sulphur to artificially age my jewelry and give it a worn look. When you oxidize and polish sterling silver, the color is complementary to warm and cool toned skin. Also, I like to mix metals, and so when I use either bronze, copper or brass, the silver will not clash with those warm tones.
Because it’s original and it isn’t mass produced. I don’t have any equipment that would allow me to mass produce jewelry, since everything I do is by hand. You can really feel the difference in something produced by hand verses a machine. Even though I do a made-to-order business, each design that I make will be slightly different from the design you see online as a ‘re-make’ it. Little differences are inherent in anything handmade. In today’s culture of the machine, it’s nice to express your individuality with objects that are truly individual, made by a real person and help you articulate the richness of being a human.
I sure do! If you lose an earring, I’ll replace it for the cost of postage. Contact me for the details.