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I started Zuzushop (named after Zuzu Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life) back in January really to launch in April 2010.

I've always been creative drawing, painting and writing stories but it was a fashion designer friend who introduced me to jewellery making. I remember going to her apartment one night with some pre-papared bits and pieces, boiling (and burning) moulding clay in the kitchen pan and making brooches with bits of fabric and ice-cube trays.

The thing is up until that point, I wasn't even a fan of jewellery. I've always worn quite classic clothes and didn't like wearing the same old store bought accesories everyone had and didn't really suit the big bulky styles that were in fashion in the noughties.

Suddenly I was putting my own stamp on jewellery, choosing colours, buttons, text I…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 4
  • Joined May 1, 2010

Favorite materials

resin, beads, buttons, felt, silk, ribbon, photo, text

About

I started Zuzushop (named after Zuzu Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life) back in January really to launch in April 2010.

I've always been creative drawing, painting and writing stories but it was a fashion designer friend who introduced me to jewellery making. I remember going to her apartment one night with some pre-papared bits and pieces, boiling (and burning) moulding clay in the kitchen pan and making brooches with bits of fabric and ice-cube trays.

The thing is up until that point, I wasn't even a fan of jewellery. I've always worn quite classic clothes and didn't like wearing the same old store bought accesories everyone had and didn't really suit the big bulky styles that were in fashion in the noughties.

Suddenly I was putting my own stamp on jewellery, choosing colours, buttons, text I liked and it felt right. The bold but still simple shapes suited by style and I went from having a few bits and pieces to an overflowing jewellery box in all colours and sizes.

I source my jewellery locally from thrift stores, the small fabric store in the market and gifts from friends and family - often vintage pieces they've had for years and are happy to recycling through my work.

I don't sketch my pieces but I look for inspiration all the time and am always gathering embellishments and items to cast from walking down the street and picking up a flower to buying a vintage annual from a second hand book store.

When I make a piece I get all my beads and pieces and throw it all out onto my work station (this bit gets really messy) then I look for complementary colours and pieces that go together. Once I have that I place them in empty mould trays and move them around until I get a combination I'm happy with. I have lots of coloured felts which I used to back the pieces whose colour will shine through so I'm also thinking about the seasonal trends and how the felt will compliment the item.

Then I cast and have agonising hours to wait until the item is set.

Quite often I work late at night (as I work supporting creative businesses) and in the morning run downstairs like a kid at christmas to pop my new creations from thier moulds.

I love selling on Etsy partly because its an awesome site, friendly and great support for sellers, but also because I find it really exciting to send parcels all over the world. I remember every place I ship to (and am often asked by my family who find is fascinating). It's great to think here I am on this small island and somebody miles away is enjoying something I created.

I also run three other Etsy sites.

Custom personalised portraits
www.etsy.com/shop/sbeever

My photography
www.etsy.com/shop/stephaniegarlandart
www.etsy.com/shop/telegramimages

and my vintage shop
www.etsy.com/shop/zuzuvintageshop

Feel free to have a look around and if you like it start a conversation with me and let me know!

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