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Hello, and welcome to my shop, NatanyaElka!

I've been designing jewelry since I was 5 years old (truth), when my aunt showed me a lump of glass that could be melted down into something I could wear. My mom still has my first 'lump.'

At the age of 18, I learned the finer points of enameling and PMC use from well-known artists such as Dorthea Stover, Tim McCreight, Jan Maddox, and Valeri Timofeev. I have earned a BFA in studio arts with a concentration in metals, fiber, and book arts from Montclair State University.

Each of my pieces are made out of cloisonne enamel, which is molten glass fused to metal. Think of them as miniature glass paint-by-numbers, which I create from scratch. The enamel is in a powdered form when I work with it, after mixing with water, and grinding/sifting to the right consistency. I'll be…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 27
  • Joined July 19, 2010

Favorite materials

vintage lace, silk, copper, pearls, semi precious stones, gold, silver, glass, new old stock, enamel, brass, ribbons, stories

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About

Hello, and welcome to my shop, NatanyaElka!

I've been designing jewelry since I was 5 years old (truth), when my aunt showed me a lump of glass that could be melted down into something I could wear. My mom still has my first 'lump.'

At the age of 18, I learned the finer points of enameling and PMC use from well-known artists such as Dorthea Stover, Tim McCreight, Jan Maddox, and Valeri Timofeev. I have earned a BFA in studio arts with a concentration in metals, fiber, and book arts from Montclair State University.

Each of my pieces are made out of cloisonne enamel, which is molten glass fused to metal. Think of them as miniature glass paint-by-numbers, which I create from scratch. The enamel is in a powdered form when I work with it, after mixing with water, and grinding/sifting to the right consistency. I'll be honest, it's fairly dangerous, but I love it.

The tiny items, chain, and ribbon attached to each piece are all 'new, old stock.' Which means that *virtually* nothing I use has been newly manufactured. Even my enamels are vintage, so every piece is as eco-friendly as molten glass can be. Haha.

All of my designs are one hundred percent original, made by me, inspired by my dreams, and fueled by your desires. I am absolutely open to custom work, though for practical reasons, my enamel work cannot be changed once it's finished. However, if you see something in my shop that you *must* have (I know the feeling), please convo me, and I will do my very best to fulfill your fantasy.

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Things that *inspire* me:

I love nature, cats, and bees. I love thunderstorms, gluten-free food (especially sweet rice balls filled with red bean paste), and artwork that is filled with medical paraphernalia. I love anything that sparkles and is old, black and white photography, stinky chemicals, and medium-format cameras. I love the feel of old silk right after I paint it, and the way gemstones sparkle in the sun. I love farmer's markets, handmade anything, fresh air, and the twilight sky. I love to ride horses under the canopy of forest trees, and along the edge of the ocean. I like to fantasize about traveling to an unexplored place, and then suddenly finding myself there. I love my friends more than life itself, and I would do anything for those who treat me with compassion and respect. I love creative people who are also kind-hearted, and I'm the type of person who talks to strangers in the grocery store. I'm a pretty simple person, with some incredibly complex dreams (figuratively and literally).

For more of my daily musings and inspirations, please feel free to check out my twitter account: www.twitter.com/NatanyaElka

Follow me on my website/blog: www.NatanyaElka.com

Or 'friend' me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NatanyaElka

I'm a VERY proud member of the following Etsy teams:

EcoEtsy ~ www.EcoEtsy.com

GoodVibes ~ http://www.etsy.com/teams/8975/goodvibes

Handmadeology ~ http://www.etsy.com/teams/7316/handmadeology

Etsy Success ~ http://www.etsy.com/teams/5002/etsy-success

I look forward to meeting you!

xoxo,
Natanya

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