Jewelry crafted by hand and designed with heart.

Gardner, Massachusetts · 431 Sales


Jewelry crafted by hand and designed with heart.

Gardner, Massachusetts 431 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
Julie Hendrickson

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Julie Hendrickson

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I believe in the power of the handmade object!

I have been a maker my whole life, thanks in large part to my father who was always doing something interesting. (Fear not mom, without you I wouldn't read.) I chose my mentor at age two by running to a stranger at a restaurant (a friend of my folks) who was my art teacher from grade school on. College brought me to metal and aside from my magpie-like attraction to shiny objects, the seeming impossibility of the craft and the wonderful tools made me a metalsmith. Over the years I have had successes and failures, worked in grocery stores and corporate, gone through breakups, suffered blockages, exile, earned a degree and a half, gave birth to an amazing little boy, been the star of my own romantic comedy with that guy in my picture and through it all never, ever let go of my art.

After a three year increasingly successful stint in corporate education, I quit my job and took the leap into full time metalwork. I have never been happier or worked harder.

I believe that objects of all sorts have potential, and none so much as those that are hand crafted, because they are born with a story and a heart. Objects can be reliquaries of memory, story, experience, love, and personality. They are tools passed down through the generations, a grandmother's engagement ring given another love story to tell, a child's beloved best stuffed friend who is never forgotten or that necklace you have always felt prettiest in. They are our companions, they give us strength and encapsulate our convictions. And, those objects connected with the bad in our lives can provide catharsis in their destruction. (Who hasn't burned something from an ex?)

Objects hold our memories of loved ones and they let us pass on pieces of ourselves to those who touch our lives. As a maker I use many of my grandfather's tools to craft things I enjoy and then I send them out into the world. Not all of them will have that kind of meaning, but I have given them a good start and that's enough for me.

Most of my current work is based on the forms in nature that I am drawn to, as well as the writings of folks like Emerson and Thoreau. Making jewelry is a nice change for me, as I previously had focused on sculptural metalwork and art. I love being a practitioner of such an ancient craft and I am always experimenting and perfecting new techniques.
In case you, are wondering, I do design and fabricate my pieces from recycled silver and gold sheet and wire myself. I use as few purchased findings as possible, normally only the fine chain and prong settings are pre-made. I design, saw, file, solder, set, finish, package and ship every piece in my home studio. I share my home with a cat, a dog, a handsome graphic designer and our tiny toddler engineer. I also sell my work at craft fairs and markets.
When I am not making pretty things I spend my time reading space operas, playing coop video games with my husband, building legos with my son, running, or drinking fine beer by the fire.
When you purchase from my shop you are not only getting something awesome just for you, but you are doing me the great service of letting me continue to live the life I love as well as putting food on my family's table and helping me save for my little boy's college.

Thanks for reading and I am always happy to answer any questions regarding my work, the stories behind it, (there is always more than meets the eye) and my always adventurous life.

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  • Julie Hendrickson

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Metalsmith, Artist

    I am an Indiana Uplander, So-Cal transplant, MA transplant, metalsmith, mother, craft beer tester, builder, maker, artist, recycler, lover, eccentric, traveler, camper, zombie survivalist, teacher, friend, daughter, reader, student and on & on...

Shop policies

Last updated on January 16, 2018
Welcome to Distant the Dawn Studios! All of my jewelry is designed and crafted in my New England studio. Each piece is made by hand by me and some may differ very slightly from the photo. In life and work I strive to be green. I use predominately recycled metals, natural wood offcuts and fair trade stones. Please note, my studio is a pet friendly, contact me if this is a problem. Any questions about my artwork and policies are always welcome.
Enjoy the legalese! :)

Distant the Dawn Studios' pieces are all original designs and are not to be re-distributed, copied, imitated, or misappropriated in any way. Copyright Distant the Dawn Studios. All Rights Reserved.
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Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
At Distant the Dawn Studios I stand behind every product I create, and I want my customers to be as happy with them as I. Every piece is lovingly and individually handcrafted and may vary slightly. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase please contact me immediately. All return requests will be decided on a by case basis and must be made in writing within 5 business days of item receipt. The item must be returned in unused condition within 14 business days. Please be sure to include your name and original purchase date with your return. Items may be subject to a 10% restocking fee and shipping costs are not refundable. Exchange arrangements may also be made on a by case basis.
At this time, I accept Paypal, direct Etsy checkout and Etsy gift certificates. Feel free to contact me if you have any question about making a payment.

*MA residents must pay a sales tax of 6.25%

I kindly request payment to be made immediately upon purchase. Transactions will be cancelled after three days of non-payment. Items will not be shipped until payment is confirmed. Should you have any issues with the payment process, please contact me.

I reserve the right to refuse any transaction for any reason.
Most pieces take 2 to 7 business days for me to craft. All items are packaged in a pretty recycled gift box and shipped via USPS Priority. If multiple purchases are made they will be shipped together whenever possible. Please ask if you require expedited shipping or extra shipping services for an extra fee, I am happy to help.
International shipping is available at an extra cost. Any customs fees must be determined and paid by the buyer.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you have any questions about my work, policies or materials, please ask.
Custom work can be provided as well, feel free to convo me. Wholesale inquiries are also welcome. I am always happy to chat with nice folks interested in my work!
Thank you !!