Anna Stina Sandelius' Profile

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A couple of years ago, I started stringing beads into necklaces. Then bracelets and after a while, I was ready to purchase round and other pliers to begin adding beads to wire and head pins, to make earrings. Initially, I was stringing these as well, sometimes with just a couple of beads each, when I had bought something special, like artisan made lampwork beads.

I still string beads. To make necklaces, of course, but most of the stringing is for bracelets: since more than a year, I love to test and see what I can make using a kind of finger knitting technique I learned at school when I was around 10 years old. Then I used the technique, called “påta” in Swedish, with yarns only. Nowadays I string beads onto waxed linen cord, strips of recycled sari silk or other “yarns”, before finger knitting.

When I started playing around with copper and brass,…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 3
  • Joined January 22, 2012

Favorite materials

silver, copper, aluminum, sheet metal, gemstone beads, amber, artisan made lampwork beads, artisan made ceramic beads, ancient and vintage beads, wine bottle neck metal, bone

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About

A couple of years ago, I started stringing beads into necklaces. Then bracelets and after a while, I was ready to purchase round and other pliers to begin adding beads to wire and head pins, to make earrings. Initially, I was stringing these as well, sometimes with just a couple of beads each, when I had bought something special, like artisan made lampwork beads.

I still string beads. To make necklaces, of course, but most of the stringing is for bracelets: since more than a year, I love to test and see what I can make using a kind of finger knitting technique I learned at school when I was around 10 years old. Then I used the technique, called “påta” in Swedish, with yarns only. Nowadays I string beads onto waxed linen cord, strips of recycled sari silk or other “yarns”, before finger knitting.

When I started playing around with copper and brass, I learned fold forming (from a book). I liked the result, but it was hard on my somewhat rheumatic hands… So I tested really thin metal sheet (0,10-0,25mm). I like playing around with the thin metal, to oxidize it, hammer it, make holes in it, maybe etch it, and fold away! One big advantage is that the resulting earrings are very light weight - unless I add something heavy, of course!

My latest whim, from the summer 2015, is to make small, mostly metal, collages for earrings. Here, the two pieces of a pair will never be identical. Most of the collage materials are present in both earrings though; they do make a pair. Here "metal" is not restricted to what I can purchase from dealers selling materials for jewelry making; so far I have used metal from wine bottle necks and beer cans (aluminum?) as well as cigarillo metal cases and pieces from the leftovers of a metal net, used to make mosquito window screens (anti-mosquito...).

So I do not have a particular style, I just love to make jewelry! And I have fun! I only make pieces that I like, but I may not want to wear every one of them myself; all colours I like to work with do not go well with my own! My hope is that some of my jewelry will find other homes.

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