LeslieZemenekJewelry

Show the world you're one of a kind!

Portland, Oregon · 70 Sales

LeslieZemenekJewelry

Show the world you're one of a kind!

Portland, Oregon 70 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(42)

Announcement   If you have any questions about my work, are interested in a custom order, or would like to set up a layaway plan for one of my items, please send me a message. I'm never too busy to write back. --Leslie

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Last updated on Jan 4, 2018

If you have any questions about my work, are interested in a custom order, or would like to set up a layaway plan for one of my items, please send me a message. I'm never too busy to write back. --Leslie

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5 out of 5 stars
(42)
Kerry Hagan

Kerry Hagan on Apr 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

So, I was to be in front of a judge on an important case, and asked a friend to serve as my co-counsel. He wears French cuff shirts, like me. So, what might be missing in terms of our preparation? Yup, that’s right: a second set of badger cufflinks — this one for my co-counsel! I emailed Leslie, she got to work immediately, finished them quickly, shipped them to me priority, and I got them 2 days before the court case. How could we lose with our “badgers” on our cuffs? Right, you got it: NO WAY. We both wore them for the first time that day. Total victory. Leslie is the “most best-est” badger cufflink fabricator on the whole internet. Really imaginative. Really accommodating. Really encouraging. Really resourceful. Really fun and professional. I’m on to dreaming up my next cufflink project to which she can apply her talents.

Kerry Hagan

Kerry Hagan on Mar 28, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Leslie took these existing Cufflinks for sale on her site and added a swivel finding to the back that I love. It keeps the post from bending or breaking when I put my meathook hands down on the keyboard tray. These findings swivel and don’t bend or break. Love the jasper on silver. Goes with white, blue and yellow. Very imaginative in her use of stones and materials. Have loved everything she’s made for me. Kerry

Kerry Hagan

Kerry Hagan on Mar 28, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

The badger is a great totem animal — read up on badgers. Loving and nurturing to those “insiders” and family within their zone of protection. Aggressive and tremendously ferocious when provoked by an attack from an outsider on a protected insider. I wanted some badger Cufflinks. So, I found a traced / outline image on the internet and sent it to Leslie. She cut a badger shape out of silver and then had custom Hell’s Canyon Jasper cabs cut by her friend. Mounted the cabs and added some oxidizing to give a bit of shading and texture. Added a special finding that I requested and love. I am overjoyed with another special creation from Leslie. So much so that I .... well read the next review on the second set she made for me.

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About

Redesigning the Designer

When I was 12 years old I read a quote from Oscar Wilde that changed my life: “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” I took it very seriously. During most of my life I either made art, wore art or lived artfully, but only recently did I figure out how to do it all at the same time.

After a move away from everything that felt like home, I was feeling stuck in my work and my art. It was my husband, the financial analyst, who suggested I try working in metal. Silver and gold are part of his world, so it made perfect sense to him. As soon as I got my hands on the torch, hammers and files that are the tools of the metalsmith's trade, I was hooked. It opened up a whole new world where I could use the design skills I'd developed in previous careers as a clothing designer, pastry chef, web site developer and painter.

I started dreaming my designs in my sleep, more than I could possibly produce in my waking hours. I can't say whether I'm having more fun at night dreaming new designs or during the day working at my bench making them real. And I'm not even sure it matters!

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  • Leslie Zemenek

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I've been making art since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I inherited my sense of style from my mom and my love of tools from my dad. I live in Portland, OR with my husband and 2 rock star Standard Poodles.

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