acamp663 on Jul 1, 2016
Another amazing creation! I wasn't certain it would match the outfit I was putting together centering around a gorgeous brown calf length dress with an empire waist and a deep v-neck. But. It's perfect. Beyond what the pictures convey. Thank you!!
Unique Accessories that Demand Attention for Women Who Deserve to be Noticed
I first began making my own jewelry when I was in my early twenties and discovered a broken down cuckoo clock in an antique shop. I loved the historic feel of the weathered copper chain, the ornate clock hands, and the individual roman numerals. I made my first pin, for myself, with those salvaged parts, and from that time on, I've made all of my own jewelry.
For years I've worn it myself, given it away to friends and donated to auctions. Then I began doing a few gift shows, trunk sales, and sold pieces in a local Seattle gift shop. This year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and that gave me time off work and off my feet, so I took the time to set up this Etsy store to show my "babies" to a larger audience. It's been scary and energizing in equal measure.
Today, between repurposed materials and more commercial jewelry making supplies, I have thousands of beads, pearls, ribbons, filigrees, bevels, chains, and tools from which to draw inspiration. Collecting materials is half the fun. I keep it all hidden in plain sight in my dining room, concealed in colorful hand-painted boxes with garishly upholstery lids.
Every piece I make is individual, and begins with gathering the materials that I want to use, then arranging them artfully. There is very little thought involved in the process. Like an author that allows characters to reveal themselves, I find that each piece emerges as I work. They are like my children in a way, each with its own personality.
I like my life simple, but my home and my jewelry are both cluttered with variety and interesting details that make you want to get closer and see more. Friends tell me that when they are wearing one of my necklaces or bracelets, people will ask to see them so that they can examine the individual elements. I love contrast: silver with bronze, old with new, black with white, sparkle with patina, sharp with round, rustically hand made next to carefully faceted crystals. Most of my jewelry is neutral, in shades of black, white, gray, brown, fawn, or champagne, and everything looks perfect with a simple black t-shirt or dress. Some pieces are full of delicate feminine pearls, and others are heavier and more earthy, but all of them are full of movement and curiosity, and all of them reflect that shabby chic vintage appeal of found treasures.
My eclectic jewelry makes a wonderful gift for a woman who loves to be noticed.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Refunds and Exchanges
Most necklaces are tied with a silk ribbon so that you can adjust the length. If you'd like the ribbons to look fresh and crisp, stretch them over a hot lightbulb for a few seconds. Many dangling pieces are wire-wrapped for extra security. Earrings are hung on antique bronze niobium hooks. Niobium contains no nickel and is considered hypo-allergenic.
I make every effort to make my jewelry durable. Necklaces and bracelets are strung no multi-strand wire. I hope that it will last forever. Of course tugging children, rubbing metal, hard surfaces striking the glass, and water can all be hazardous to the beads and string. I am available to repair (or restring if necessary) any piece that I made with currently available materials for $10.00 plus the cost of shipping.