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Denise on Jan 3, 20225 out of 5 stars
Beautifully made and symbolic of my favorite tree, the Mighty oak. I love it! Thanks.
nancy on Nov 17, 20215 out of 5 stars
The copper oak leaf earrings and pendant are beautiful and well made. I’m really enjoying wearing them! Thanks!
Steven on Jun 15, 20215 out of 5 stars
BEYOND THRILLED with these earrings! They are gorgeous! Super fast shipping and excellent customer service! I highly recommend this shop! Thank you so much for such a delightful shopping experience and I look forward to shopping with you again!
Melanie on Jun 3, 20215 out of 5 stars
Wonderful work, as always. I own several pieces of jewelry from Kirsten, and love every one of them. Fast shipping. Thank you.
Elizabeth M on May 24, 20215 out of 5 stars
Beautiful works! Quick shipping and great packaging. Thank you so much!
Vera on May 11, 20215 out of 5 stars
Gorgeous, beautifully made bracelet. I have a necklace in my cart. Highly recommend this shop!
Lover of Beautiful Objects -from anthropology to blacksmithing to jewelry
When I was a senior in college, as an anthropology major, I took a jewelry class on a whim, as an elective. I thought it would be easy. Boy oh boy was I wrong. I got completely hooked on it! I graduated with honors in anthropology, with a firm appreciation for the link between culture, process, and object. I stayed in the area and kept taking jewelry and metalsmithing courses non-degree until I developed a strong enough portfolio for graduate school. I also took workshops in blacksmithing during this time.
I went to San Diego for grad school and received my MFA in jewelry and metalsmithing in 1996. I moved to Wisconsin and started my career as an independent artist. Circumstances allowed me to focus on blacksmithing and forging. Friends referred me to architects and interior designers, bringing me enough work to keep me busy. During this time I heard about this little handmade online venue called Etsy. I opened my shop in February of 2006, calling it "knitsteel", reflecting my appreciation for both fiber arts and blacksmithing. I was busy with commission work, but listed and sold many of my experimental and fun jewelry pieces, as well as many decorative steel leaf wall pieces and sculptures.
After many years of large, time consuming, demanding ironwork, several kids, and a move further south, I decided to scale back in size and started working in jewelry again. Small scale work lets me work faster and more spontaneously. I want to work with more spiritual and narrative themes, so I'm taking some time to develop these lines through drawing and journaling. You'll keep seeing these pieces show up in my shop, slowly, as I continue to grow as an artist and metalsmith.
Owner, Maker, Designer
I'm a busy metalsmith, lazy gardener, and active mom. I spent many years working as a blacksmith but now spend my time as a jeweler. I make jewelry that I would love to wear myself.
Stella is my daughter, a talented painter and fresh adult. She enjoys painting in watercolor and acrylic and has a passion for space aliens and quirky birds. All of her earnings support her college education.
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Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
I accept returns I do not accept returns
I accept exchanges I do not accept exchanges
I accept cancellations I do not accept cancellations
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Frequently asked questions
I sell wholesale to qualified USA brick and mortar businesses. Please contact me for minimum orders and availability.
I will work on consignment to qualified USA brick and mortar businesses with artist references. Please contact me with inquiries.
This metalwork is intended for adults. All jewelry and metalwork may contain small pieces which are not appropriate for children, may be a choking hazard or may have other unintended effects.
Metal alloys may contain metals that certain individuals are sensitive or allergic to. If you have a question about the composition of any metal alloy that I use, please contact me for details.