NocturnalAlchemistMN

Unique upcycled aluminum, copper and beaded jewelry

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Last updated on Jul 13, 2022

Now with a renewed focus on feminist items in response to the horrible SCOTUS ruling that overturned Roe. Please check out the PRO ROE earrings and the RBG inspired items. Thanks for looking!

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Sales 474
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Crochet meets beading meets upcycled aluminum

I am a long time crocheter and beaded jewelry maker. I tend to stay up late at night doing these crafts after the rest of the house has gone to bed. I love to really get into an area of crafting and acquire all the supplies and materials. For instance, I could shop and buy yarn for days—there is always a unique shade or color or fiber that I can add to my stash. Like a lot of crafters I tend to buy items that appeal to me without a particular project in mind in addition to all the other baseline supplies. In the last year I delved into Amigurumi. I started with some totally cute butterflies (Lalayland) and progressed to all to Kerry Lord/Edward’s Menagerie books and other assorted amigurumi patterns in books and online. I made tons of dolls and animals and bought yarn in every size and shade of the rainbow. The process of assembling a chaotic ball of yarn into organized stitchwork and then stuffing it and finishing it off is very gratifying and soothing for me. I decided that it appeals to a need to reduce my environment’s level of entropy and fuels my habit of crocheting until the wee hours of the night making stuffed rabbits or eggs or fish or whatever!

Hence the name —nocturnal alchemist

My latest interest is upcycling aluminum soda and beer cans. The coronavirus pandemic put the teenagers in the home this spring with lots of time on their hands. My 18 year old son and I were wanting to come up with something to fill his post HS graduation time and try to do something green/upcycled. We started noodling around with sheets of aluminum from soda cans and then the acquisition of materials started and we were off to the races! He has subsequently secured a full time job for his gap year before college and, as it turns out, not near as invested in this project as me—who am i kidding here really? This was my baby from the start—he still helps break down the cans but it is I who is fully jazzed about making jewelry with the aluminum.

The planets aligned in terms of going a little crazy and manically shopping for this project.

I was troubleshooting process items like aluminum being too thin and falling off jump hoops—hmm, maybe using grommets and rivets to make holes—no problem—able to easily research online and order from amazon

Also the sheet of aluminum can be wavy and curled—hmm, I think I need to get that cute little iron I just walked past at Walgreens

Omg! Our craft stores opened up after 3-4 months closed (Hello Jo-Ann!) and I went to all of them and really, really killed it.

I went up to the attic and went through my many containers of long lost beads and they made their way downstairs

My crochet hooks and lots of yarn (better order it in March as the world shuts down—thanks Hobbii!) were already out and ready to go

The couch in front of the TV was open and there was a plethora of good TV to watch (Tiger king, Ozark, etc)

My desire to organize my world in this crazy covid time is front and center.


So basically I hope it is clear that I had to spend all this money on supplies and start making a bunch of stuff—like way more than I could ever give out to friends so the next logical step is this Etsy shop—I would love to sell some of this stuff so I can keep making it (and visiting with Jo-Ann and buying just a little more yarn)

I am working on different niche areas (BLM, pride, political/encouraging voting) to see if this will appeal to different customers and am open to any suggestions.

Whew! I feel like any crafter will completely understand this rant while noncrafters will recoil and say “Ew—that lady sounds crazy”—yep.

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  • Cara Walz

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    Nephrologist by day, crocheter and metal stamper by night

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