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About the Artist
Alayne Johnson.

Where did she grow up?
In a small Montana town alongside her twin sister, Addie and older brother, Paxton.

Random Tidbits...
Alayne attended a rural 2-room schoolhouse from Kindergarten till 7th grade...Little House on the Prairie-style! She has a terrible sweet tooth...has ran 4 half marathons and 2 mud runs...has bungee jumped over the Pacific Ocean...has gone on 4 mission trips, 3 to Mexico and 1 to the Philippines...was born 2 1/2 hours after her sister (their poor Mom!)...rides goofy on her snowboard...loves any Jodi Picoult novel and even met her!...served dinner to Gene Hackman...idolizes Ree Drummond!

Where does she live now?
About 20 miles north of Seattle, WA in the Mill Creek/Everett area…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 4
  • Joined February 14, 2008

Favorite materials

Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, Gold Fill, Copper, Semiprecious Gemstones, Turquoise, Freshwater Pearls, Swarovski Crystals and more

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About

About the Artist
Alayne Johnson.

Where did she grow up?
In a small Montana town alongside her twin sister, Addie and older brother, Paxton.

Random Tidbits...
Alayne attended a rural 2-room schoolhouse from Kindergarten till 7th grade...Little House on the Prairie-style! She has a terrible sweet tooth...has ran 4 half marathons and 2 mud runs...has bungee jumped over the Pacific Ocean...has gone on 4 mission trips, 3 to Mexico and 1 to the Philippines...was born 2 1/2 hours after her sister (their poor Mom!)...rides goofy on her snowboard...loves any Jodi Picoult novel and even met her!...served dinner to Gene Hackman...idolizes Ree Drummond!

Where does she live now?
About 20 miles north of Seattle, WA in the Mill Creek/Everett area.

What’s a typical day like?
Alayne jumps on the treadmill for a quick run before the house wakes up...she prepares her children, Tia (2nd grade) and Dylan (Kindy), for school. When she’s not designing/hammering jewelry, you can find Alayne in the kitchen baking, dabbling in photography, drawing and crafting. She and her husband, Alex, who is a youth pastor, fit in a coffee or occasional date night. They love to travel, and some of their favorite places are Montana, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley and Hood Canal. Alayne loves to hit the hiking trails with her sister on their summer ranch visit. She is also involved in their church’s MOPS group (Mother’s of Preschoolers), and hosts a women’s Bible study.

Where did she go to college?
She graduated in 1997 from the Art Institute of Seattle where she studied Graphic Design.

How did she start designing jewelry?
She stepped into a bead store back in 2005, picked a few pretty strands and started playing...several years later she picked up a hammer and started dabbling in sterling silver metals...and the rest is history!

What is her jewelry style?
Rustic, whimsical, hammered and oxidized sterling silver jewelry that has been personalized with names, initials, special words or phrases, significant dates, favorite scriptures, designs and more! She also incorporates other metals such as copper and red brass. To add color and sparkle, or a birthstone, she top-wraps semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls. The chains and lobster clasps are sterling silver.

How do I clean my jewelry?
Each hammered and hand-stamped piece has been oxidized to get the black in the inscriptions. All metals oxidize over time...to brighten your piece, use a piece of ‘00’ fine steel wool. With a circular motion, polish your jewelry and it will take off the
oxidation from the surface, give it a matte finish, and will keep the dark in the grooves. Be careful not to polish the gemstones and pearls with the steel wool! If you have inscriptions, do not dip in liquid sterling cleaner, as it will take the dark out of the indentions. You may use a fabric polishing cloth...it will give the jewelry a shiny finish.

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