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I am a mom, a teacher, a reader, a fashion consultant and for fun, I make jewelry!

I use lots of techniques depending on the day and my mood (to learn about some of the techniques, please see below.) I make Japan-inspired Beaded Kumihimo, Sterling & Fine Silver Metal, Stamped Metal, Repurposed Hardware, Beaded Gemstones, Pearls & Fashion Jewelry which means there is a variety of styles and a variety of price points. Customers describe my jewelry as edgy, modern, earthy, vintage, industrial, bold, hip & fun! Sound contradictory? Take a look!

About Kumihimo: Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese technique which involves braiding strands of silk together to form a…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 3
  • Joined December 14, 2009

Favorite materials

silver, copper, mixed metals, glass beads, chain, silk and fibers, digital art, hardware

About

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Enter my shop here:
http://www.heatherraabe.etsy.com
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I am a mom, a teacher, a reader, a fashion consultant and for fun, I make jewelry!

I use lots of techniques depending on the day and my mood (to learn about some of the techniques, please see below.) I make Japan-inspired Beaded Kumihimo, Sterling & Fine Silver Metal, Stamped Metal, Repurposed Hardware, Beaded Gemstones, Pearls & Fashion Jewelry which means there is a variety of styles and a variety of price points. Customers describe my jewelry as edgy, modern, earthy, vintage, industrial, bold, hip & fun! Sound contradictory? Take a look!

About Kumihimo: Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese technique which involves braiding strands of silk together to form a strong cord. The word kumihimo combines the word kumu meaning "to gather" with the word himo meaning "string" - i.e., to gather string together. These cords are used to decorate obi (sashes on kimono) as well as samurai attire. I use eight strands of beads and braid them using a disk made specifically for that purpose. I used to live in Japan and although I was involved in many arts there, this is an art form I learned - ironically - after I returned home!

About Working with Metal: I fuse fine silver wire using a butane torch. Fine silver is 99.9% pure silver and very tarnish resistant. I design and construct earrings, necklaces and bracelets by fusing the wire into rings, forging the rings with a hammer or pliers to change their shape or texture, linking the shapes together, and tumbling them to make them strong and shiny. In addition to fine silver, I also work with argentium silver which also is much more tarnish resistant than sterling and more durable. I also cut and forge sheet metal, solder, and I am playing around with riveting.

Thank you very much for stopping by!!!

Before you go, please take a look at some of the comments from my customers:
"Perfect, perfect, perfect! The necklace I ordered is perfect! Love it at all of the possible lengths, too!"
"These earrings are positively gorgeous! Light, pretty, and the perfect length. Very high quality and the seller is a delight! I cannot recommend her products enough!"
"JUST WONDERFUL !!!!!"
"BEAUTIFUL! I started getting compliments as soon as I put them on!"
"I love this necklace so much! It is beautifully unique and beautifully constructed."
"Beautiful necklace. What an artist."
"I am a HUGE fan of this necklace and this seller. It is taking all of my self control not to log on and order many more of these gorgeous glass tiles!!! Thank you!

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