jfk42 on Dec 11, 2015
The necklace was absolutely amazing. The order was completed and shipped very quickly. A great place for beautiful necklaces.
The daughter of a maker.
When I was a child, my mother made most of the things in our house. She sewed, she re-upholstered, she canned. I had never had store bought jam until I was in college. It was a nasty shock.
From my mother, I learned to tackle all kinds of projects around the house, including sewing and beading and painting. From my father, I learned what you shouldn't do with power tools, as well as a few things you should do with them.
In college, I started to sew seriously, and I also started learning how to work with beads and wire. My wire work jewelry is often simple and clean in design; I prefer wearing jewelry that is graceful and understated and which won't get destroyed if I wear it while I climb or forget to take it off before a backpacking trip.
Early last year, my housemate gave me a box of beads that she was getting rid of; it had been given to her by someone else ages ago, and she mostly didn't have a use for the beads. Mostly, neither did I, but there were two small bags of beads that caught my eye. One was simply the tiniest little beads I'd ever seen; they were shiny black glass, and about the size of a poppy seed. The other bag contained very small seed beads that were faceted! I had never seen such a thing!
I couldn't help myself, I had to make a necklace with them. I turned to the wire that I had always used before, a decent quality 24 gauge silver coated jewelry wire. It was too thick! I turned to 26 gauge wire, and it would go through the faceted beads, but not the black ones. I eventually settled on hair-fine 30 gauge solid sterling silver wire, because it consistently fits through the beads (mostly), and because the beads themselves are so special that to string them on something lesser would be a shame.
I researched the beads and discovered that they're a type of bead that was manufactured by hand in Venice prior to World War 1. They were made to be used in ladies purses, as well as decoration on clothing. Production ceased due to the war, and the beads are no longer made. These beads will continue to become more and more scarce as time goes on, and I am lucky and honored to be able to work with them now.
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Kelly Rose Dunlap
I'm a maker; I have several lovely, supportive partners, and a lovely supportive cat, when it suits her. I make all of my items by hand in my sunny Oakland, CA studio. I've been making jewelry for over 15 years.
I work out of my home studio in lovely Oakland, CA, to make beautiful and unique items. I believe in simple joys and subtle beauty and I want to share this with you.
Every time you make a purchase with me, you're helping provide health and well-being to others by allowing me to donate 10% of my profits to Planned Parenthood, and the California Bicycle Coalition.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
I charge sales tax to all items shipped to California addresses.
For international orders, please contact me so I can get you a shipping quote.
Insurance is available upon request, as is expedited shipping.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders from Heliotaxis will be shipped within 2 business days of final payment.
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the purchase price of the item is required before work begins.
Together, we will figure out what you want. Variations include color, words, spacers, number of strands, and final length. I will also need to know in which hand you typically prefer to hold the clasp on your necklace. Once the item description has been agreed upon, I will send a confirmation email including the agreed upon design and a request to begin work. Once the work is begun, any changes in design will constitute a new project, and will require a new deposit and work agreement.
Your custom design will be completed within 5 business days of item confirmation. I will create a reserved custom listing for you with photos of your finished design for the balance due as your final payment. The design will remain as a reserved listing for 4 weeks.
If at any time you fail to respond to communications for more than 4 weeks without prior notice, your order will be cancelled and the custom piece will be listed on Heliotaxis for general sale at full retail price.