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I make handmade sterling silver jewelry in Wilmington, NC:

http://www.heartsabustin.etsy.com

http://www.SouthernTwistedSoaps.etsy.com

Follow me on Instagram! www.instagram.com/heartsabustin

My mom's vintage shop:

http://www.cherrylippedroses.etsy.com

I love creating jewelry for women who want great jewelry made from fine quality materials. The sterling silver sheet I use is recycle and made in the USA. I love finding beautiful precious and semi-precious gemstones to use in my work. Most of my pieces are one of a kind, although there are some pieces I recreate on a regular basis.

I also love to use a…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 13
  • Joined July 6, 2008

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sterling silver, gold, precious and semi precious gemstones

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About

I make handmade sterling silver jewelry in Wilmington, NC:

http://www.heartsabustin.etsy.com

http://www.SouthernTwistedSoaps.etsy.com

Follow me on Instagram! www.instagram.com/heartsabustin

My mom's vintage shop:

http://www.cherrylippedroses.etsy.com

I love creating jewelry for women who want great jewelry made from fine quality materials. The sterling silver sheet I use is recycle and made in the USA. I love finding beautiful precious and semi-precious gemstones to use in my work. Most of my pieces are one of a kind, although there are some pieces I recreate on a regular basis.

I also love to use a material called precious metal clay. Precious metal clay is 99.9% silver - it is made from recycled silver ground to micron fineness and mixed with water and binder. In contrast, sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. I torch fire all metal clay pieces, as I do not have a kiln.

Here is a brief explanation of the process I go through to create a piece of precious metal clay:

The clay is comprised of an organic binder, water, and finely ground silver. The clay has to be kneaded to soften it up, and then it is rolled out with a brayer (roller with a handle). The piece is shaped, stamped, or cut out (all tools have to be coated with olive oil), and then it is set aside to dry. Once it is completely dry, the piece is torch-fired for three minutes to meld the silver particles (also called sintering). The piece oxidizes as it is fired, and this has to be brushed off with a wire brush. The piece is then burnished - in my case, I burnish by hand, but some artisans use a tumbler to burnish them. Burnishing removes the scratch marks from the wire brush and gives the piece a glossy shine. The piece is either left alone or oxidized at this point. I use liver of sulfur (potassium sulfide) to antique my pieces. I then use my pieces to create beautiful, unique jewelry. No pieces are ever the same in this technique.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. I am always open for custom orders, so please convo me if you have something special in mind. I am trade and convo-friendly.

Just a note about PayPal: PayPal will allow you to use their secure site as a "guest" even if you do not have a PayPal account. I will never see your credit card information during the transaction. I thought this was important enough to share with all current and future customers.

Heartsabustin is a wildflower that grows all over the eastern United States in moist forests. This little plant is rather unassuming in the spring, but in the fall, the seed pods burst open to display hundreds of little red heart shaped berries. The plant was a favorite of my great-grandmother's and inspired the name of my wonderful shop here at Etsy.

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