BonfireDesign

Witchy, Hippie, Whimsical, Earthy Style Artisan Jewelry

Dryden, Washington
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Announcement    Welcome to the Bonfire! Visit our website at www.bonfirejewelrydesign.com. This is where you find your quality bohemian jewelry and accessories. They are fashionable, elegant and completely hand crafted! Wear them at festivals, beach parties, weddings, even everyday, they will perfectly fit with your boho style! We are your tribe ❤

We've also just launched our drum shop here on Etsy. We make hand crafted artisan quality tank drums
https://www.etsy.com/shop/bonfiredrums

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Last updated on Apr 18, 2020

Welcome to the Bonfire! Visit our website at www.bonfirejewelrydesign.com. This is where you find your quality bohemian jewelry and accessories. They are fashionable, elegant and completely hand crafted! Wear them at festivals, beach parties, weddings, even everyday, they will perfectly fit with your boho style! We are your tribe ❤

We've also just launched our drum shop here on Etsy. We make hand crafted artisan quality tank drums
https://www.etsy.com/shop/bonfiredrums

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About BonfireDesign

Sales 2,130
On Etsy since 2014

Jewelry that speaks for you, before you do!

Welcome to my shop! My name is Müge Salmaner. I’m a silversmith living in WA state and here is my story of becoming a silversmith.

I arrived Sea-Tac international airport with 2 suitcases and dreams for a future I had not fully realized at the time. I was only 23 years old, immigrating to a country all by myself. Seattle was my new home, waiting to be discovered. I loved this city so much from the moment I landed there. I came here to improve my English and receive my MA degree but that was not the end of the story.  A few long academic years were waiting for me. So I did it what I thought I was supposed to do and received my PhD at the age of 35.  Yet I still didn't feel fulfilled with the path I initially chose. I had a different vision of a future that I had not even dared to dream about before. Becoming a silversmith, an artisan, living a life filled with creativity... 

Have you ever felt like there is more to life than what you are currently doing with it? Something is calling for you and you don't know what it is just yet.  I felt that way  during the last couple of years of school. I loved my professors, colleagues, friends, students, books but it was not enough. There was something missing that I suppressed for years: a creative outlet. I was not where I wanted to be, who I wanted to be and the future was blurry. That's when I started experimenting with various arts and crafts just to get my mind off school. I started up cycling my own jewelry, drawing zentangles and most importantly my husband and I started playing percussion instruments. Influenced by our drummer friends, we started going to drum circles. Drumming and crafting were like a medicine. There were nights we would meet our drummer friends at parks in Seattle and play djembes and frame drums for hours sitting in a circle around the fire. This mini bonfire was the center of everybody’s attention, where we spaced out while playing. Sometimes it seemed we reached a trance state with the rhythm and the fire. This is where I reflected on my own transformation in that transcendental state of mind. My life was shifting, I was becoming something else than I was expecting to be.

Fire also plays another great role in my transformation. I remember the first time I stepped into a jewelry studio. That was the day I made my first ring when I held a torch for the first time and I fell in love with the process. Especially the fire. The moment that two metal pieces joined together was just magical. Fire is fascinating, dangerous, and learning how to control it before it melts down the silver requires some skill. And oh yes, I melted metal in this process many times. I made so many mistakes, got frustrated, and wanted to throw it away but my love for metal and fire just grew bigger. I couldn't give up! So here I am, happier than ever, creating a life around the things I love...  

We constantly change yet we resist it most of the time. I resisted for so long but the moment I let go of resistance, I found a path different than I imagined before. This path is rocky, this path is confusing, dangerous, beautiful… I am in the path of an artist, a silversmith who is becoming something other than I was taught to become my whole life.
I am a mom, I am a hippie, I am a feminist, I am a drummer, I am a dreamer, I am a silversmith.... I am constantly changing, always becoming...

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  • Müge Salmaner

    Owner, Creator, Designer

  • Aaron Haverfield

    Owner, Assistant, Shipper

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Last updated on Mar 3, 2019

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What do I do if my item arrives damaged?

All items damaged in transit must be filed and confirmed with the post office to be eligible for refund or replacement. In case that your item arrives damaged please save all packaging and take photos of the damage. Contact us immediately and send the pictures. We will work together to fix the problem.

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In case that the item does not fit you, contact us immediately to exchange it with a right size. The customer is responsible of mail cost sending the item back to the seller in the condition the item is sent to them.

Care instructions

We use the best quality materials and all silver is bought locally within the USA and guaranteed to be 925 sterling silver. Jewelry may tarnish over time if left out or with other jewelry. A soft polish cloth will bring back the shine. We recommend you to use "Sunshine Polishing Cloth" that you can purchase. It is recommended that jewelry isn't worn in water and taken off for sport or physical activities. Items containing brass or copper may discolour skin. This is not harmful, and is due to the metal reacting to acidity in your skin.

What do I do if my jewelry is damaged?

If your jewelry is damaged because of craftsmanship fault, I take full responsibility to repair it for free. If it is damaged as a result of customer's misuse, I still can repair it as long as the customer mails it back to me and pays for the reshipping fee. Contact me for more information.