Announcement Artisan jewelry and decor, original Rough Magic Creations designs individually handcrafted by Mollie and Joe in our studio on the coast of Down East Maine.
Artisan jewelry and decor, original Rough Magic Creations designs individually handcrafted by Mollie and Joe in our studio on the coast of Down East Maine.
Patricia on May 6, 2016
This bracelet is a beautiful combination of bright copper and beads of jasper ranging in color from browns and creams to a soft celadon green. Simply gorgeous materials, and as always, it was carefully and artfully made by Rough Magic Creations.
Patricia on May 2, 2016
Rough Magic's Mollie has become one of my favorite Etsy artisans. There's so much heart & soul in her work. These earrings are the perfect blend of boho-chic with an industrial vibe, and pure delicate beauty. I usually lean toward larger earrings because I dress pretty simply--jeans & a sweater with boots, or a midi skirt & leotard with sandals or espies--so I count on my jewelry to do the statement-making. What I love about these earrings is how bright and eye-catching they are, while at the same time light & delicate. An effortless vibe to these beauties, nothing try-hard about them. Many thanks to Mollie!
Patricia on Apr 20, 2016
These copper dangles are SO nicely made, and because they're quite bright, they really make as much of a statement as larger earrings would, but since they're daintier, they can be worn for more occasions than larger earrings. I fell in love with them immediately. They arrived quickly, btw, were beautifully packaged, and even had a heart-shaped copper-wire surprise added in as a bonus gift--a perfect little piece that would serve equally well as a pendant on a ribbon around the neck or as an elegant bookmark. Many thanks to Rough Magic! I've already ordered another pair of copper dangle-earrings from this shop and will definitely be back for more!
Yankee Ingenuity - The "Make Do" Philosophy
And the concept of Rough Magic ...
Awhile back, when my husband Joe and I named our fledgling business venture "Rough Magic Creations," we were thinking about the materials and components we would be using in our designs. The "rough" would be Maine's natural treasures - seashells, beach stones, pine cones, birch bark, moss. The "magic" would be commercial components - semi-precious gemstones, pearls, crystals, sterling silver.
Soon our concept, based on a line from Shakespeare's play "The Tempest," began to apply equally to the tools and equipment we work with daily to turn something essentially rough into a finished piece blessed with a touch of magic.
Before we discovered Etsy, we had no idea how our "business plan" would change and grow over time. With limited resources to launch Rough Magic, we decided to "make do" and apply some of the famous "Yankee ingenuity" that Joe, being a native Mainer, mastered as a tot at his father's knee.
- Wire? To learn some skills before tackling the more costly sterling silver, I bought a roll of hardware store copper. Ruined the entire roll. Bought more rolls. Ruined them too. Bought more, and more, and more, until I learned to master that wily stuff. And in the process the strangest thing happened ... I fell in love - with copper. Yes, I enjoy working with sterling too, and gemstones, and other beads, but nothing feels quite so at home in my hands as that simple, humble, warm and forgiving hardware store metal. Now, we also buy it by the sheet, for our decorative dishes, cuff bracelets, pendants, bookmarks and Christmas ornaments. Add repurposed copper to the "rough."
- Hammer? A geriatric ball peen model discarded by our carpenter.
- Anvil? An ancient (read 19th century vintage) flat iron, the handle already broken off when we rescued it from the "super bargain" bin at a local antique mall.
- Bracelet mandrel? A length of industrial pipe, salvaged from the building supply shop. And for the cuffs, a couple of potato shaped rocks we chanced upon while beach combing.
- Ring mandrel? Aha! The business end of a turkey baster.
- Hole punch? A sharp nail (no, make that an entire box of nails) that Joe had left over from a home repair project.
- Flame bather? Ah ... now that's a trade secret.
As our business has grown, we've added some wonderful commercial tools to our workshop: a new ball peen hammer (to complement, not replace, the old one), a jeweler's mallet, some "real" pliers and punches, professional ring and bracelet mandrels and a set of dedicated wood carving tools for Joe.
But the funny thing is we keep going back to those early "make do" tools. Again, nothing else feels quite so at home in our hands.
As a member of Maine Made: America's Best, we are pleased that our work is on display in the Maine State Office Building in Augusta.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Everything Else Except Sawing Wood And Cutting Copper
After living in many places, I've found my true home in Maine, where I work with my husband Joe in our Rough Magic Studio. I'm happiest with busy hands - with pencil, brush, hammer, pliers and (most of all) copper, the friendliest of all metals.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Sawing Wood, Cutting Copper
Reader, lover of books, professor of dramatic literature. I'm also known as Prospero of ProsperosBookshelf right here on Etsy!