ArtisanKat

Boca Raton, Florida · 493 Sales

ArtisanKat

Boca Raton, Florida 493 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(159)

Announcement   Welcome to Artisan Kat handcrafted artisan jewelry and hair barrettes! Some classical and elegant; some fun and playful. Hand etched copper. African beads and beautiful semiprecious stones with silver and copper; some paired with chain or wire work; some with glass or crystal beads to add color and sparkle to your day.

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Last updated on Jun 18, 2017

Welcome to Artisan Kat handcrafted artisan jewelry and hair barrettes! Some classical and elegant; some fun and playful. Hand etched copper. African beads and beautiful semiprecious stones with silver and copper; some paired with chain or wire work; some with glass or crystal beads to add color and sparkle to your day.

Kathy Burns

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Kathy Burns

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5 out of 5 stars
(159)
Loretta Berringer

Loretta Berringer on Jul 19, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The black and silver combination and flower design are beautiful. I'm enjoying wearing this barrette! Fast delivery, pretty packaging. Thank you!

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Updates

Recently completed etched barrettes.
New line of hair clips designed for men! More coming soon.
Just listed large brass hair barrettes!
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About

ABOUT MY ART
I love to create, to make things with my own hands. My mother was an incredible artist and I grew up thinking the smell of oil paint and turpentine was as pleasant as the smell of the flowers in our garden. I have been developing my artistic and crafting skills as long as I can remember. When I was about 6, I was fascinated by the shape of the petals on the iris flowers in our yard and I remember the satisfaction I felt when I figured out how to draw their graceful curving shapes. I was not much older than that when I taught myself to knit and crochet so that I could make clothes for my dolls. In college I studied painting and drawing, interior design and art history. There are very few crafts or art techniques that I haven’t tried. I feel that each technique I learn gives me new ideas and new skills that can often be transferred to other art or craft forms. A perfect example of this is the way my years of drawing and painting have given me skills I use in creating the designs on my etched copper barrettes. Learning something new always sparks my creativity. My Etsy shop will never be all one type of item, one style, or one technique, because I would get bored and lose my creative spark if I limited myself to doing the same thing all the time. I can spend some of my time repeating previous work, trying each time to improve my design or my technique, but then the creative bug gets to me and I have to try experimenting with something new.

ABOUT MY STUDIO
I do most of my work outside. I am fortunate to own a house in a warm climate where I can sit on my patio almost every day. I have a canopy over one table for rainy days, a fan for the hot days, sweaters for the cooler days, and outdoor lights to work at night. I do have an indoor studio - the builder of my house probably thought it was a family room, but it is a good sized room with sliding doors leading to the patio and when I chose this house I knew that was my art studio. However there are only a few things that are better done inside (like working with liquid resin or the ink I use on some etched metal pieces, which don’t like the warm humid weather outside), and so my indoor studio is mostly used to store all the many boxes and trays of metal strips, wire, beads and stones that I use in my crafts. My dog keeps me company, napping on the patio, and the cat usually sits in a chair on the other side of the big table, critiquing my designs as I create them. In one corner I have a smaller table covered in plastic where I can use the smelly, messy chemicals for etching and antiquing without having to worry that I will spill on the indoor carpet, and when I photograph the finished pieces I move around to several locations where I can get different lighting effects and different backgrounds for my photographs.

ABOUT MY ETCHING
I had been making jewelry for many years, and selling on Etsy for several years, when I discovered hand etching metal. I wanted to make more of the components that went into the jewelry, so that each piece would be more unique and have more character. To that end, I have experimented with and still use techniques of hand forming wire components, making beads out of polymer clay, and drying my own flowers for resin pendants. But hand etching metal is one of the most creative techniques I have ever tried. I love drawing a design onto the metal and then after a short time in an acid bath the design is permanently etched into the metal. Between hand drawing each piece, the random patterns of fine lines that are created by the acid bath, and the subtle variations that occur with antiquing or painting the etched piece, even when I repeat a design, each one is different and has its own character.

ABOUT MY BARRETTES
I have always felt that the selection of barrettes sold in stores was sadly lacking in variety and creativity. After I started making etched metal pieces for jewelry, I realized that this technique might work very well for making barrettes. Apparently I was right on both counts, because sales of my etched metal barrettes now exceed the amount of other jewelry I sell. I have also discovered that mass produced barrettes don’t come in enough sizes – I make four sizes and have had a number of customers thank me for offering them barrettes that suit their thick or thin hair better than what they were previously using.

Shop members

  • Kat a/k/a Kathy

    Owner

    Artist. Mother of 2 wonderful adult daughters with a large extended family (people and pets). Loves to travel.

  • Kate a/k/a Katie, and Madison the dachshund

    Creator

    Kathy's daughter Kate lives in St Paul, MN but visits often. She creates some of the designs for barrettes and when in Florida assists with packaging and shipping.

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