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New England Artist Mary Cappy’s Botanical Jewelry isn’t inspired by nature, it is nature. Each piece is Handmade from actual botanicals gathered from her own gardens and collected on wildflower walks, through the woods and meadows nearby, and in her travels. An avid gardener, she combines her love of nature, art and horticulture in an extensive collection of botanical jewelry that elegantly captures the delicate structures of nature.
She uses the ancient art of lost wax casting to make a sterling silver version of the real thing. A mold is made of the leaf or twig and then the mold is filled with wax. That wax is put into a plaster-like investment and heated so that the wax melts and burns out. Then the mold is then filled with molten silver (1750 degrees). After many polishing steps, the pieces are handcrafted into bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings and pendants; many with gems and pearls. Although she learned many…

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  • Joined February 24, 2012

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Sterling Silver, Gold, flowers, twigs, branches, leaves, herbs, silver twigs, silver branches, gold twigs, gold vines, gold branches, silver vines

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About

New England Artist Mary Cappy’s Botanical Jewelry isn’t inspired by nature, it is nature. Each piece is Handmade from actual botanicals gathered from her own gardens and collected on wildflower walks, through the woods and meadows nearby, and in her travels. An avid gardener, she combines her love of nature, art and horticulture in an extensive collection of botanical jewelry that elegantly captures the delicate structures of nature.
She uses the ancient art of lost wax casting to make a sterling silver version of the real thing. A mold is made of the leaf or twig and then the mold is filled with wax. That wax is put into a plaster-like investment and heated so that the wax melts and burns out. Then the mold is then filled with molten silver (1750 degrees). After many polishing steps, the pieces are handcrafted into bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings and pendants; many with gems and pearls. Although she learned many silversmithing techniques as part of her formal education, this technique is self taught. Each piece is handcrafted using responsibly sourced metals.

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