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Hello!
My name is Melanie and I'm the crazy-type-person with the sheet of copper and the jewelry saw.
I'm kind of an eclectic nerd originally(ish) from Fairplay, Colorado.
I'm a bit shy, but peddling my shiny biscuits both here on the interwebs and out in the real world has encouraged me to be less so.
I love creative people. I frequently try to be one.
I've had a little formal training; did the art school thing for a while, apprenticed under a wonderful woman who worked for the Jim Henson Company, and am currently an apprentice and studio assistant at Lexi Erickson Designs. ( lexiericksondesigns.com ) It's been an amazing journey so far.

I'm secretly five, and usually just want to give pretty things to nice people and make them smile.
I've made everything…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 16
  • Joined February 22, 2012

Favorite materials

Copper, feathers, lace, acrylic

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About

Hello!
My name is Melanie and I'm the crazy-type-person with the sheet of copper and the jewelry saw.
I'm kind of an eclectic nerd originally(ish) from Fairplay, Colorado.
I'm a bit shy, but peddling my shiny biscuits both here on the interwebs and out in the real world has encouraged me to be less so.
I love creative people. I frequently try to be one.
I've had a little formal training; did the art school thing for a while, apprenticed under a wonderful woman who worked for the Jim Henson Company, and am currently an apprentice and studio assistant at Lexi Erickson Designs. ( lexiericksondesigns.com ) It's been an amazing journey so far.

I'm secretly five, and usually just want to give pretty things to nice people and make them smile.
I've made everything from clothes to fancy hats to armor pieces to conduit tags.

When every single last one of my friends began asking why I didn't sell my work, I decided to open my Etsy shop. It's not well-stocked yet, but it will be soon!
I recently got into playing with copper; cutting and soldering and acid etching and other things. It's really a fun metal. Very colorful and usually a little surprising. It takes suggestion well, though. I like that.
Most of my work is done without using much electricity. Except for the overhead lights and one or two of the resist application methods I use, everything is made, cut, polished, finished, and field-tested by hand. I like to think it gives each piece a more organic feel - no two are exactly alike - and, as a very tactile person, I like working the metal by hand. It's also neat and fulfilling to be able to say that I do things in basically the same way they've been done for thousands of years.

A recent addition to my practices is an Epilog laser. While my metalwork is mostly done by hand, my work in acrylic and some assorted organic materials (leather, wood, stone, etc) is moving toward the laser. Some of it is a fun combination of both.

If you're unsatisfied with my work, or it doesn't fit, I will offer a full refund of the purchase price.
I'm thrilled to do custom work - just ask!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, as well. I like talking about my stuff :)

I'm also on Facebook! Just look for Ravensong Industries, and I'm pretty sure you'll find me.

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