IrinaMiechDesigns

Nature-Inspired Metal Clay Jewelry by Irina Miech

Brookfield, Wisconsin | 33 Sales

IrinaMiechDesigns

Nature-Inspired Metal Clay Jewelry by Irina Miech

Brookfield, Wisconsin 33 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Announcement   Welcome to Irina Miech Designs! I create all of my precious metal clay jewelry in my studio in Brookfield, Wisconsin. You can also find me teaching classes at my store Eclectica in Brookfield, Wisconsin and at the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee.

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Last updated on Jan 30, 2017

Welcome to Irina Miech Designs! I create all of my precious metal clay jewelry in my studio in Brookfield, Wisconsin. You can also find me teaching classes at my store Eclectica in Brookfield, Wisconsin and at the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee.

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About

My life - my inspiration.

I have always enjoyed creating with my hands. When I was eight, my father began bringing home remnants of telephone wire from his job. It seemed magical - the best toy ever. I played with it for hours, making flowers, baskets, and sculptures out of the colorful material.

I continued to work with my hands, making jewelry, painting and sculpting. While in college, I took a jewelry class. Wire kept weaving itself through my life here and there. On a trip to Morocco, I stopped at the market to look at earrings. The artist asked if I wanted to see how they were made, and this is when I learned to make my first traditional wrapped loop. Very shortly after, I began to make very simple earrings made with Moroccan beads, which I sold to stores and galleries.

A year or two later, my journey as an artist changed significantly when I opened my own store, teaching jewelry making skills to my customers and beginning to broaden my palette. Teaching allowed me to share my craft with other people, and it became very rewarding because I learn just as much from them – there is a lot of give and take in the process. I also learned many new skills by researching or figuring out the technique by trial and error.

After years of teaching and artistic growth, I began to write books about jewelry design, which is a different side of the creative process. Organizing the different projects for a book, breaking them down into step-by-step instructions, and chronicling the particular journey that led to a collection of work was very rewarding. Books allow me to share my journey with other people and help them along their own artistic journey.

Each set of skills that I learned opened up new and interesting possibilities. For example, metal clay is a versatile and exciting medium, but adding soldering and stone setting makes it that much more exciting. My work has become more multidimensional now that I’ve incorporated skills and techniques from different areas of jewelry design, and I continue to challenge myself by always being open to new knowledge.

As an artist, my style is organic and eclectic. I draw inspiration from many different places. Everything we see and experience has the possibility to inspire us as artists. The art in my home, the forests I hike through, the gardens in my yard, my walks along the beach while listening to the waves of the ocean – all of these things are present in my work in some manner. Sometimes the inspiration comes from the materials I’m using – a beautiful stone could be the focal point that I use to build around and create a piece.

Working with metals and natural materials is a touchstone for me, and the ocean and nature are the well from which I draw much of my creativity. My journey as an artist continues to lead me down new and rewarding paths of learning. I hope you enjoy browsing my creations.

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  • Irina Miech

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I am the owner of Eclectica in Brookfield, WI and I am also the author of several books about creating jewelry with metal clay and also with wire. I also teach classes in my store and at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee.

  • Tony Miech

    Photographer

    My husband Tony photographs all of my work.

  • Kathy M

    Assistant, Customer Service, Shipper

    Kathy is the general manager for my bead store Eclectica. She takes care of all the behind-the-scenes work.

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Last updated on Jan 26, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

Silver will oxidize (become darker) over time depending on the conditions it is exposed to. You can keep your pieces looking lovely by gently polishing them with a silver polishing cloth such as a Sunshine Polishing Cloth.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All jewelry purchases are sent in a gift box.

What is precious metal clay?

Precious metal clay is comprised of particles of silver that are suspended in an organic binder. Once I have created a design out of the clay, I fire it in a kiln, and the organic binder burns away, leaving only fine silver.

How is fine silver different than sterling silver?

Sterling silver is 92.5% silver combined with other metals such as copper and is more economical than fine silver, which is 99.9% silver.