fancifuldevices

Rustic, tribal, mixed media, assemblage art jewelry

Chicago, Illinois · 5468 Sales

fancifuldevices

Rustic, tribal, mixed media, assemblage art jewelry

Chicago, Illinois 5468 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(3072)

Announcement   IMPORTANT: Dropbox has changed its format. All new links for tutorials are available. Please convo me with your invoice number for your links. (Even if you purchased your tute years ago!)
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I create rustic, Victorian tribal style mixed media assemblage art jewelry. I use antique and vintage materials which are heavily altered, then combined with raw stones, ancient beads and artisan components to create an evocative art object which achieves harmony by balancing opposite aesthetics.
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@fancifuldevices on Instagram
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Comes beautifully gift wrapped in new and reused materials.
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If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world. -C.S. Lewis

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 6, 2017

IMPORTANT: Dropbox has changed its format. All new links for tutorials are available. Please convo me with your invoice number for your links. (Even if you purchased your tute years ago!)
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I create rustic, Victorian tribal style mixed media assemblage art jewelry. I use antique and vintage materials which are heavily altered, then combined with raw stones, ancient beads and artisan components to create an evocative art object which achieves harmony by balancing opposite aesthetics.
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@fancifuldevices on Instagram
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Comes beautifully gift wrapped in new and reused materials.
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If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world. -C.S. Lewis

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JourneysEnd

JourneysEnd on Jun 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Very good tutorial. There was information in here that I did not know and was glad to learn. Thank you for sharing your gift.

JourneysEnd

JourneysEnd on Jun 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely beautiful. I am so happy to be the owner of such a precious piece of art. It's so cool to look at all the little details and know that 2 creative hands built it from the ground up. Photos don't do it justice. I will proudly and happily wear this and show it off to everyone! Thank you!

Loralee Kolton

Loralee Kolton on Jun 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Gah, how lovely this package of goodies is!!! The pendant is absolutely outstanding! That alone was worth the price of admission! But wait, there's more! The box was packed with wonderful accent beads and other curiosities. I'm pretty thrilled to say the least! Thank you xo

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Ancient Roman glass on vintage Afghan kuchi. Golden metal leaf and faceted iolite briolettes. A drape of twirled vermeil- 14k gold over sterling silver- chain frames it all.
Faux druzy in salvaged bezels on antique kuchi charms gold leaf. gemsparkles
Check out these cuties. Vintage mop buttons with vintage decals on silvery-copper links. Below, carnelian and peridot gemstones dangle on salvaged chain. Sterling silver ear wires. green_hearttangerineear
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About

Otherworldly Balance

My first attempts at jewelry were inspired by an upcoming trip home to Uruguay to see my extended family. Having 8 women to find gifts for, I had the idea to cover little wooden shapes with paper ephemera I had collected for the mixed media collages I’d been into at the time. I was hooked and ended up making more pieces than I had relatives to give them to.

It was while learning the process of collage that I discovered Etsy and the artists making assemblage jewelry using vintage and antique parts. I became instantly obsessed, pouring jealously over the images, wanting to play with objects as they did and create what was essentially, amazingly, wearable collage.

While the process of putting together various found elements into a whole piece inspired me, there was something missing. Most of the work out there was very European in style and very girly, whereas I had a more global point of view and am personally more of a tomboy.

The process to bring together my world view, experiences and obsessions into a single aesthetic began. As I taught myself more advanced techniques and became more and more fixated on creating, I looked beyond the standard range of materials, plundering hardware stores, family cupboards and junk markets. My hometown in Uruguay, where antique trinkets seem to grow on trees, provided endless inspirational fodder. I combine these salvaged pieces with my own elements made from glass, tin, polymer clay, resin and paper.

I’m entirely self-taught, in love with the process of experimenting and discovering the new. Every element is either made or altered from it’s original state - many of my chains, beads and focals are scratch-made with methods perfected by trial and error.

My jewelry represents a harmony of opposition; old is paired with new, feminine contrasts with masculine, rustic mixes with refined, western is enriched with tribal, functional elaborated with decorative.... All these dualities and more are synthesized into an artifact of imagination that tells an alternative story of our past or perhaps a myth for the future. It represents an imaginary world where the powerful and powerless blend painlessly.

For regular updates on my process, as well as a whole lot of silliness, visit my blog and follow my Instagram (links to the right).

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  • Marina Rios

    Owner, Maker

    I'm happiest sprawled on the floor of my studio with a million supplies scattered all around me.

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Last updated on January 21, 2016
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If something is lost or damaged in the mail, I will work with you to achieve a solution that results in your happiness.
Refunds and Exchanges
-Not what you hoped for? Just let me know within a week of receiving it. I'll refund the full price as soon as I get it back in the mail. You will have to cover the price of shipping it back to me, though.
Additional policies and FAQs
I'd love to size necklaces or bracelets to your preference, just ask.