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The Ickynicks website is named in honor of the many wonderful women who have influenced my life. My Aunt Nancy was my first and only aunt to go to college. She graduated with a master's degree in languages and then taught high school Spanish.

While my Aunt Nancy was attending Kent State University, she and her three girlfriends tried to join the various on campus girls' clubs and sororities, but were rejected by all of them. Feeling isolated and shunned, these four young women fought back by creating their own club and called themselves, the Ickynicks.

The purpose of their club was to travel outside the United States. These four adventurous young women traveled to South America, Europe and Canada during their college years.

Ickynicks represents all the good things about creating your own "positiveness" in…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 25
  • Joined January 21, 2008

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Crystals, silver, gold, shells, semiprecious stones, wires in all colors, anything sparkly, and other natural or unexpected materials

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The Ickynicks website is named in honor of the many wonderful women who have influenced my life. My Aunt Nancy was my first and only aunt to go to college. She graduated with a master's degree in languages and then taught high school Spanish.

While my Aunt Nancy was attending Kent State University, she and her three girlfriends tried to join the various on campus girls' clubs and sororities, but were rejected by all of them. Feeling isolated and shunned, these four young women fought back by creating their own club and called themselves, the Ickynicks.

The purpose of their club was to travel outside the United States. These four adventurous young women traveled to South America, Europe and Canada during their college years.

Ickynicks represents all the good things about creating your own "positiveness" in the face of rejection by others.

My interest in the arts is from my mother who was quite an outstanding oil and pastel artist and who attended the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

My Aunt Mary achieved the highest civilian role during her lifetime Air Force career. She was very statuesque and was also a lingerie model when she was young, so you know she looked good no matter what she wore.

My Aunt Charlotte began her teaching career when she was in her 80's at the YMCA by teaching pre-schoolers how to swim.

My Aunt Anne has rescued many traditional European family recipes and saved them for the younger generations. She is eternally youthful and has more energy than almost anyone I know.

My Aunt Ida was hospitalized briefly when she was 90. The staff physician that came to check on her was in his 30's. She ordered him out of her room and demanded the hospital send her a doctor "over the age of 60 who knew what he was doing." Her wish was granted.

My mother's cousin just lost her mother before Thanksgiving 2011 at the age of 107!

These are some of the women who have inspired me. They love to cook, create, craft and inspire all the younger generations to follow their dreams. My other aunts including the ones not mentioned here, all achieved greatness in their own right and served as a wonderful inspiration for me.

Ickynicks jewelry represents feeling different in a positive way that makes you a better person to your family, friends, co-workers and all the strangers in the world. I tell everyone that a stranger is a friend you have not yet gotten to know. . . .

As a teen, my art teacher selected me as the most talented female student in the school district along with a male student and we were given an art scholarship to the Carnegie Art Institute in Pittsburgh. Imagine my thrill at being able to walk the halls of the Museum of Natural History every Saturday, and to wind in and out of the monolithic dinosaurs and ancient artifacts from around the world, before getting to art class at the top of the winding staircase.

Art class was the opposite of what I had thought it would be. I had anticipated being given gobs of different paint colors and mediums to work with in order to let the inner creativity flow. Instead, the instructors at the Carnegie Art Institute taught us how to create art using less of everything. Less color, less texture, less detail, and less time. It was about how to create more from less. Instead of having a color palette made from the rainbow, they said how about using black, white and one other color? And by the way, make sure the picture includes a tree, a building, and a field that conveys a mood. The lesson taught was about pulling your creativity from the inside out.

My all-time favorite silversmith and jewelry designer was the late Art Smith. How I wish I could have met him! As a gay black sculptor living in the Village of New York, Art's avant garde jewelry was sometimes made to be worn and other times made to be displayed. Art's designs bring tears to my eyes whenever I see them because his work defines exactly the way I feel about art as life and life as art. Or Art as Life and Life as Art if you put Art Smith's name into the equation.

Jewelry is a form of self expression which is what makes it art. Jewelry should never look clunky or feel heavy to wear. If it does, then it is a low quality, bad design, or both.

Necklaces and bracelets should appear to float on top of the body or clothing. They should not snag the clothing or get twisted on themselves and refuse to move. A necklace should be shimmery and airy to the touch. Larger beads need to be a higher quality so they are lighter to wear.

When I shop retail stores, I often cruise through the jewelry department and am usually disappointed. How can anyone call this jewelry? Worse yet, how can it be considered fashionable when it lacks flair and makes no statement about itself? It is not art. It is not jewelry. It is beads on a string.

I do not design anything that I would not wear myself. In fact, I typically make the first design or prototype and test it out on my family, friends and co-workers. If the design does not work, then I tear it apart and start over or sometimes I throw my designs out.

One of my most popular ring designs was one I threw away three times before finally getting the design right. Women tell me they love its fit and unique design!

When I was first teaching my fingers how to bend wire, I did a clumsy job of making concentric circles. The circular earrings went straight to the trash and stayed there for a week until I guiltily retrieved them, recognizing their kinky circles had a certain quaint charm. Imagine my surprise when a young woman bought them almost immediately and said they were the prettiest earrings she had ever seen.

All Ickynicks orders are shipped as soon as payment is received and confirmed. Ickynicks accepts PayPal (which you know includes checks, charges, etc.) as well as personal checks, but please allow two weeks for your check to clear before your order is shipped.

Orders are shipped by first class mail to the United States and international priority mail to the rest of the world. Rates are based on current postal prices and include tracking numbers to ensure your order arrives safely. You satisfaction is guaranteed on all products sold by Ickynicks.

Defective products will be repaired or replaced. Monogrammed, personalized, or custom orders are not refundable and may only be exchanged if defective. Shipping costs are nonrefundable because the shipping cost won't be refunded by the USPS. Products approved for return must be mailed back to Ickynicks at the buyer's expense.

All jewelry will last longer if it is kept clean and dry and away from swimming pools, detergents, chemicals, or cleaning solutions. Any metal will tarnish if left exposed to certain conditions. Silver plated metal will tarnish eventually, even if they tell you it won't, but this can be lessened by storing the jewelry in a plastic bag or by periodically buffing it with a soft fabric cloth (not paper) or by lightly rinsing it in one of the jewelry cleaners. All jewelry is shipped to you in air tight baggies which you can use for storing your jewelry after you receive it.

Enjoy browsing and feel free to send me your questions!

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