fleurenroutejewelry

fleurenroute jewelry

Leipzig, Germany | 17 Sales

fleurenroutejewelry

fleurenroute jewelry

Leipzig, Germany 17 Sales On Etsy since 2018

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Last updated on Mar 14, 2019

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About

On the road with fleur en route jewelry

How come I started jewelry making? I can tell you, crafting was not my thing untill a couple of years ago. I am more the intellectual kind: I like to read and love heated discussions about culture, history and politics. Yet, during my second year of Uni - after lots of lectures in political science, philisophy and forgotten laguages - questions, thoughts, doupts and general concerns about the state of humanity started to circle faster and faster through my little head. I chose to be dramatic and depressed for a little while, untill I got the very good advice to do something practical and nonrelated in order to balance all the mental madness.
I started with knitting (it was a grey Berlin winter), went on to do some sewing and finally discovered micromacrame, while I did my Masters in Haifa (Israel).
It is such a joy to create something that you can acutally touch and that you can give to other people. So, crafing for me started out as a way to achieve more balance and grounding in my life. It helps me to calm down and become centered, it gives me satisfaction and makes me appreciate the beauty that surrounds me everyday.
For a couple of years, I made macrame jewelry for myself and friends, slowly improving my skills with Youtube and Pinterest as my main teachers. Right from the get go I have been looking for alternatives to the usual semiprecious stones. Nothing to be said against a shimmering Labradorite, but I did not want to buy the central piece of jewelry but rather be able to create it myself. My first idea was to paint flat and smooth pebbles and use them as my 'gemstones'. I also liked to incorporate shells and pieces of driftwood as pendants. My mum works with ceramics a lot, so it was the obvious next step to make clay pendants. Like so many others, I have stumbled over epoxyd resin on Pinterest. I loved the idea to use resin pieces with flowers and leaves for my macrame work. Even thought all these Youtube-tutorials give the impression that working with resin is the easiest thing, I had to experiment quite a lot before I found the right resin to use and got the hang of it. To this day, I continue to lean more and go on exploring new possibilities. Of course this results in failure on a regular basis. Looking at the results, I think it is very much worth it. This year, I hope to broaden my spectrum and create more resin jewelry without macramee.
In summer 2017, I decided to make the leap and found my very own little 'travelling business'. After 6 months of preperations, this plan became reality in January 2018. Of course I was faced with many challenges. I learned a lot, but there were many moments when I felt overwhelmed and my financial reserve was running low. I needed a stoic attitude and often enough the support of family and friends (a good hug is like magic strenght potion).
Next to my Etsy shop, I rely on markets and festivals to earn a living. During the warm months, I travel with my little house on wheels (aka my car). I was in France during 2018 and mean to return there 2019 as well. It is definetly not always easy to harmonize the demands of managing my business with the delights of travel. This is true also because even within the EU, the bureaucratic requirements of crossborder activities are not at all transparent and sometimes make you wanna tear your hair out in frustration! But then you take in the wonderful athosphere at a town market in Southern France and it is somehow all worth it.
My life as a jewelry designer, artisan, market-women and office lady can be very exhausting at times. Yet, it includes many aspects that are important to me: creativity, autonomy, mobility, the opportunity to celebrate natures gifts, constant challenges and perpetual learning.

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  • Florine Sophie Baumbach

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    Hey, my name is Florine and I am 27 years old. These past years I studied and traveled a lot. I am done with Uni now, but by far not done with traveling. I have have a great many interests and you get to see one of them here!

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Last updated on Jan 4, 2019
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Care instructions

Protect your jewelry from getting wet repeatedly. This impacts durability negatively and colors may fade.
Keep jewelry with resin pendants in a facric pouch to avoid scratches.
The used resin contains a UV-block to prevent color changes cause by UV-light. Still, I recommend not store your resin jewelry in direct sunlight for a prolongued time.