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My shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aeliosdesign

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I create my pieces using all natural materials. I believe that nature has many gifts, and of course the quality of natural materials greatly surpasses that of anything artificially made.

I use sterling silver, bronze, leather, recycled wood, precious and semi-precious stones, fresh water cultured pearls and other natural materials. I've also just added reflections silver which has the same .925 purity as sterling silver, but it is not alloyed with copper, which makes it highly tarnish resistant.

----- ENVIRONMENTAL PLEDGE ------
I love to recycle, and upcycle. I try my best to reduce my impact on the environment and try to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Sustainability is important to me, and…

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  • Joined April 4, 2011

Favorite materials

sterling silver, bronze, semi precious stones, leather, wood, imagination, creativity

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About

My shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aeliosdesign

------ MATERIALS ------
I create my pieces using all natural materials. I believe that nature has many gifts, and of course the quality of natural materials greatly surpasses that of anything artificially made.

I use sterling silver, bronze, leather, recycled wood, precious and semi-precious stones, fresh water cultured pearls and other natural materials. I've also just added reflections silver which has the same .925 purity as sterling silver, but it is not alloyed with copper, which makes it highly tarnish resistant.

----- ENVIRONMENTAL PLEDGE ------
I love to recycle, and upcycle. I try my best to reduce my impact on the environment and try to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Sustainability is important to me, and this is another reason why I use natural materials.

I do not use a chemical pickle to clean my pieces after soldering. I use a solution I mix myself using table salt and wine vinegar. This means that my pieces require extra polishing time afterwards, but it is worth it to avoid chemicals that are damaging to our planet.

I do not use liver of sulphur to create patinas or oxidisation. Instead, I use water based solution made by jax.

To refinish the wood pieces that I upcycle, I use an environmentally friendly, water soluble, wood stain. I don't use any chemicals at all. I now finish the wood with numerous coats of mineral oil. (Some pieces have been finished with organic olive oil, which was abundant while I lived in Greece).

I also ship my pieces in eco friendly recyclable craft paper packaging tied with a fabric ribbon.

More about my design process and packaging on my policies page: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aeliosdesign/policy

----- CUSTOM ORDERS & WHOLESALE -----
If you would like something custom made, have any questions at all, or would like to carry my designs in your retail space, please don't hesitate to contact me. I welcome your email.

----- ABOUT ME -----
Links to everywhere I am on the web:
http://www.about.me/katp

I became fascinated by sparkly stones and shiny metals when I was a young girl. My grandmother immigrated to Canada from Greece in the 1950's and she had brought many pieces of "heirloom" family jewellery with her. She had them all tucked away in an old cardboard box in the back of her closet. Every time we had a special event to attend she would pull it out, and we would go through all of the pieces together while she told me the story of each one. I must have heard about where each piece was from, who it belonged to, and how it was passed down thousands of times. I never tired of it. I often would ask her to go through them just for fun; usually she would give in, though it was supposed to be something reserved for weddings, baptisms, and New Year's Eve.

I have always been 'crafty'; also thanks to my grandmother. She taught me how to sew, knit and needlepoint. I have fond memories of designing and making countless dresses together. I've left these crafts behind for years now, but sewing still comes in handy now and again.

I have always loved the impact of a great photograph, and have dabbled a bit here and there in photography. My father had one of those old cameras with many lenses and the long manually adjustable focus. I considered it a toy when I was young (probably almost broke it a few times... oops!) Anyway, I have taught myself how to create the perfect setting with natural light, and I shoot all of the photos of my designs myself.

I began to experiment with beads in my early teens, inspired by a visit to a bead shop in the Athens Flea Market on a family trip to Greece. I’ve since developed and honed my skills in jewellery making, and now enjoy beginning with a piece of raw metal and manipulating it to achieve the image in my mind.

I decided to move to Greece in 2006 and lived on Mykonos Island for a few years. The beauty of my surroundings, the tiny painted stone alleys, the old traditional architecture and the beauty of the sea, all served as great inspiration for me. The island had a great positive energy, which I felt even more intensely on visits to nearby Delos.

A few years later I opened a jewellery workshop in the picturesque old town of Chania, Crete, a place with a long standing tradition for handmade jewellery and knives. It was near the old port where I spent a lot of time drawing inspiration from my surroundings.

I recently moved back to Canada, and am slowly adjusting to the drastic climate change and getting settled in here.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy shopping my collection!

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