Amanda Wagner-Benton's Profile

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In my past lives, I have had various vocations, including opera singer, renaissance faire pirate queen, secretary, and retail associate diva. It is no wonder my jewelry has a dramatic sparkle and flair.
I have always had a love for vintage fashion, jewelry, and style. In my high school years, I used to bring home retro, polyester pieces from the local thrift shop that would make my parents cringe, and now, being a cotton girl, they make me cringe too. I volunteered at the historical society in my hometown, and marveled at the antique gowns, hats, gloves, and other accessories. I always wanted to wear these gorgeous forgotton pieces; I wanted to surround myself with them.
After several years of on the side creating, and public performing, I longed to surround myself with these forgotton fashions once again. The few vintage pieces I had were dusty and slighty damaged. Some of the…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 29
  • Joined September 30, 2010

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vintage jewelry, metal findings, fabric, beads, glamour, sparkle, rhinestones, charms, lockets, orphaned earrings, vintage brooches, and a whole lot of creativity

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About

In my past lives, I have had various vocations, including opera singer, renaissance faire pirate queen, secretary, and retail associate diva. It is no wonder my jewelry has a dramatic sparkle and flair.
I have always had a love for vintage fashion, jewelry, and style. In my high school years, I used to bring home retro, polyester pieces from the local thrift shop that would make my parents cringe, and now, being a cotton girl, they make me cringe too. I volunteered at the historical society in my hometown, and marveled at the antique gowns, hats, gloves, and other accessories. I always wanted to wear these gorgeous forgotton pieces; I wanted to surround myself with them.
After several years of on the side creating, and public performing, I longed to surround myself with these forgotton fashions once again. The few vintage pieces I had were dusty and slighty damaged. Some of the earrings I had, over the years, had lost their mates, and other pieces were just unwearable. I looked at these once cherished pieces and knew that I could give them a new life. I still have the first piece I made, my learning bracelet, and over the last year and a half, my style and construction ability has evolved. I find inspiration in vintage gowns, in antique furniture and wallpaper, in retro ads, and in paintings from the past.
I love creating my one of a kind pieces. Part of the thrill is hunting for the vintage costume jewelry I use, and finally having enough pieces to put a bracelet or necklace together that has been swimming around in my noggin. I also love creating custom pieces from other people's collections. It makes me happy that people can have jewelry that they enjoy wearing made from their grandmother's, mother's, or aunt's jewelry. Pieces that they can pass down to their daughters for years to come. I hope that there is something unique in my shop that speaks to you, and if there isn't, contact me, I maybe able to make something that reflects your love and personality. :) <3

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