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Jewelry making has been my absolute passion for 39 years. I believe I was born with an innate desire to create. If you were to ask my parents you would find that as a child, I was always captivated by art and delighted in discovering new ways to create it. When I discovered working with metal and jewelry, I was hooked for life!
Sometimes my ideas come from what seems to be completely within myself and other times they come from the world around me. My friends and family can vouch when I say it is virtually impossible for me to take a walk without picking up tiny and interesting artifacts whether it is a miniature pine cone, beautiful rock or shell, beach glass...
I started making jewelry in high school (Lakeridge H.S. in Lake Oswego, OR) and continued jewelry and metalsmithing; graduating with a fine arts degree from University of Oregon. After graduating, I worked as a bench jeweler for a few years…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 15
  • Joined October 7, 2011

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Sterling Silver, Gold, Jaspers, Tourmaline, Turquoise, Varisite, Gaspeite, Sugilite, Opal, beautiful and unusual gemstones

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Jewelry making has been my absolute passion for 39 years. I believe I was born with an innate desire to create. If you were to ask my parents you would find that as a child, I was always captivated by art and delighted in discovering new ways to create it. When I discovered working with metal and jewelry, I was hooked for life!
Sometimes my ideas come from what seems to be completely within myself and other times they come from the world around me. My friends and family can vouch when I say it is virtually impossible for me to take a walk without picking up tiny and interesting artifacts whether it is a miniature pine cone, beautiful rock or shell, beach glass...
I started making jewelry in high school (Lakeridge H.S. in Lake Oswego, OR) and continued jewelry and metalsmithing; graduating with a fine arts degree from University of Oregon. After graduating, I worked as a bench jeweler for a few years honing my skills. I started my own business when we started having children so I could work and stay home with them.
My husband of 35 years and I have 2 grown boys. We have lived in Oregon, Colorado and New Mexico, Boise, Idaho, McCall, Idaho, Lake Tahoe, Nevada and just recently moved to Bend Oregon! We enjoy spending time with our family and friends skiing, traveling, bike riding, and just being up in the mountains or down on the beach.
My jewelry making involves many different processes including lost wax casting and hand fabrication techniques. I carve the lost wax pieces by hand from a block of wax using reshaped dental picks, scalpels, and dremel burs. The wax is then enveloped in plaster, melted out in a kiln, then using a torch and centrifuge; cast into silver or gold. Once I have my original in metal finished and polished I can take a rubber mold of it; I layer uncured rubber over the original, "Vulcanize" it (which is pressure and heating) to cure the rubber. It is then cut into a 2 or 3 part mold with a scalpel. I use my wax pot and air compressor to inject wax into the rubber mold. The waxes then need clean up and then I use the lost wax casting method again. For fabricating pieces I use many different tools and methods to manipulate the metal (usually silver and gold) including: files, drills, saws, pliers, nippers, torches, a buffer, sand blaster, rolling mill, vises, stakes, hammers, drawplates, gravers, punches, and dapping tools. I use silver, gold, precious and semi-precious gemstones to create my unique jewelry.

Besides here on Etsy, I sell my work at;
The Art Source Gallery downtown Boise,
The Art Source Gallery inside security at the Boise Airport,
McCall Jewelry Company, McCall, Idaho;
Trios Studio, Lake Oswego Oregon;
Whitebird Gallery, Cannon Beach Oregon;
Sorella Gallery, Springdale, Utah;
RiverSea Gallery, Astoria Oregon,
Little Shop of Drawers, Multnomah Village, Portland, Oregon,
Throwing Mud Gallery, Tacoma, Washington,
Eurekan Arts Studio and Shop, Eureka, Kansas.
Sedona Wisteria, Sedona, Arizona

I belong to the Idaho Metal Arts Guild, the Creative Metal Arts Guild based in Portland Oregon, and the Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild.

I also do several juried art shows in the west; see the listings on my website.

Please also take a look at my website: http://nancyhoytjewelry.com/
I have been moving around a bit over the past couple of years since my husband's retirement: check out my new traveling studio! >>
http://nancyhoytjewelry.com/categories/Aboutartist.html

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