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Made in my studio in Chandler, Arizona OR in my satellite studio in the Summer, in North Yarmouth, Maine.

All hand-made by me, Heather DeSimone (just in case you thought my name was Leetie... read my profile for that story). I hand-set all of the vintage lucite parts into earrings & hand-string all of the necklaces and bracelets.

I co-owned a bead & jewelry supply company from 1993-2014, The Beadin' Path & BeadinPath.com, based in Freeport, ME. We purchased 40,000 lbs of vintage lucite beads & components & oddball shapes from a Rhode Island warehouse in the Summer of 2004. The had manufactured parts and jewelry components from 1963 through 1982 and went by the name Best Plastics. There were loads of beads, but also other lucite components that needed to be set by hand with posts, or otherwise manipulated to be made into…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 12
  • Joined January 19, 2008

Favorite materials

lucite, vintage components, brass, rivets, plastic, resin, vintage, glass

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About

Made in my studio in Chandler, Arizona OR in my satellite studio in the Summer, in North Yarmouth, Maine.

All hand-made by me, Heather DeSimone (just in case you thought my name was Leetie... read my profile for that story). I hand-set all of the vintage lucite parts into earrings & hand-string all of the necklaces and bracelets.

I co-owned a bead & jewelry supply company from 1993-2014, The Beadin' Path & BeadinPath.com, based in Freeport, ME. We purchased 40,000 lbs of vintage lucite beads & components & oddball shapes from a Rhode Island warehouse in the Summer of 2004. The had manufactured parts and jewelry components from 1963 through 1982 and went by the name Best Plastics. There were loads of beads, but also other lucite components that needed to be set by hand with posts, or otherwise manipulated to be made into finished products. You can read about vintage lucite here if you want to know more: http://www.beadinpath.com/content/view/12/20/

What's in a name? My name isn't Leetie, it's Heather DeSimone. Leetie was my Mom's nickname growing up and Lovendale is a family name. But I'll answer to "Leetie" as well (pronounced Lee-Tee).

Because of my handmade business, my family has been able to move to the SouthWest where we feel like we get the best of both worlds! We live most of the year in Arizona and stay with family in the Summer right on the coast of Maine. My torch and most parts are portable enough that I am able to work on both sides of the country, selling wherever I am at open markets and online.

I hope you enjoy the jewelry I've hand-dyed, torch-connected, hand-strung or otherwise created. I love retro, vintage, preppy & bold looks. But I always try to have something for everyone. Please be sure to visit my shop & thanks for reading about Leetie & Me!

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