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☼ Hello!! Thank you for stopping by our page and checking out our shop! ☼

We are a mother and daughter team of jewelry making fashionistas with a bohemian flair! My mom (Susan), makes all of the beautiful, handmade batik creations. No two are alike, and her prices are incredibly low considering the intricate process. She has been doing batik for decades and absolutely loves the process, and of course the finished piece. She also designs and makes the majority of the jewelry in our shop. Susan spends most of her time in Pittsburgh, PA, her hometown, but also spends several months of the year in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA.

I (Sarah) specialize in making bohemian stretch bracelets, and occasionally dapple in necklace design. I manage the shop and do most of the promotion. My real love, however, is all things vintage classic and…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 18
  • Joined March 16, 2012

Favorite materials

beads, glass, ceramic, gemstones, wood, metal, chain, feathers, shell, natural fiber fabric, silk fabric, wax, dyes

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About

☼ Hello!! Thank you for stopping by our page and checking out our shop! ☼

We are a mother and daughter team of jewelry making fashionistas with a bohemian flair! My mom (Susan), makes all of the beautiful, handmade batik creations. No two are alike, and her prices are incredibly low considering the intricate process. She has been doing batik for decades and absolutely loves the process, and of course the finished piece. She also designs and makes the majority of the jewelry in our shop. Susan spends most of her time in Pittsburgh, PA, her hometown, but also spends several months of the year in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA.

I (Sarah) specialize in making bohemian stretch bracelets, and occasionally dapple in necklace design. I manage the shop and do most of the promotion. My real love, however, is all things vintage classic and bohemian, especially dresses and all sorts of clothing. I am a fashion designer at heart and eventually would like to be one full time. At present, I live in Santa Barbara, California. I am beginning graduate school this summer and will soon be an elementary school teacher (I love kids energy!) and I also sell vintage clothing here on Etsy (see link below).

While we would love to make a profit and have a successful Etsy business, our main purpose here is to create beautiful, original, unique statement pieces. Our items are not for the faint of heart. They are for a woman (or man!) who knows who she is and loves to express her beauty and personality through unique jewelry, accessories, and clothing!

♥ Susan on the batik and jewelry craft ♥
My first batiks were created in a class at the Pittsburgh Arts and Crafts Center in 1975 that was a Christmas gift from my husband. I had been making arts and crafts works all of my life, but the serendipity and surprise of this ancient Indonesian craft really inspired my imagination, much like photography and dark room work had. There's always something exciting, even magical, to see how the dyes have seeped into cracked wax, how the colors have combined, and ultimately, the delight experienced when the wax is removed to reveal what has been created through the multiple steps of waxing and dying...it's like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis!

Back in the beginning...when I learned the batik process from my excellent teacher, I quickly produced a wide-variety of batik items, including magical window hangings that glowed like stained glass, large framed abstract and pictorial wall prints, unique and unusual stuffed dolls and clothing. Unfortunately, it was difficult to sell batik, back when the dyes were not as permanent, at a price that would reimburse my time and materials, as well as make a profit. So I took a hiatus from loving and living batik to making a living, then to loving and raising two wonderful daughters. I encouraged my girls' own creative endeavors, which included demonstrating batik, and other crafts and arts, while working full time as an office administrator. Later, when I was working as a human resources specialist at a community college adult education program, I began taking various art classes, including beaded and wire-wrapped jewelry. Another love was born! I couldn't stop, and once again produced a large inventory of items, purely for the love of creating beautiful pieces. Although I gave away most of the items I made to friends and family, I often sold things, and was encouraged and assisted by Sarah, my fashion and business savvy younger daughter, to create a batik and jewelry shop on Etsy. Still busy with my job and other commitments, I appreciated and trusted Sarah's design sense and marketing experience to step in to create my SuDan Design site in this wonderful global marketplace, and to be its sole manager until I retired from my job in April 2013.

Now I am blessed to do what I love full time, creating unique and beautiful things by hand, from my heart to yours. I hope you love what I make as much as I love making it!

If you love or make One of a Kind creations, head on over to our team:
https://www.etsy.com/teams/24198/one-of-a-kind


Find us on:
Instagram: @FindMyLuckyPenny
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SuDanDesign

Follow me on Pinterest:
www.pinterest.com/delvelove/

For great vintage items, visit:
www.etsy.com/shop/2ndPerception

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