MalfaitLuciuJewelry

Eclectic Handmade Copper and Sterling Silver Jewelry

Woodbridge, Virginia · 4 Sales

MalfaitLuciuJewelry

Eclectic Handmade Copper and Sterling Silver Jewelry

Woodbridge, Virginia 4 Sales On Etsy since 2017

Announcement   Welcome to Malfait Luciu Jewelry, your choice for eclectic jewelry and statement pieces! In my shop you'll find bold and unique jewelry pieces perfect for the stylish woman looking for something special and unusual to compliment her vibrant and playful style. Please feel free to browse around my little shop- I'm confident you'll find something special just for you. :)

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Last updated on Mar 31, 2017

Welcome to Malfait Luciu Jewelry, your choice for eclectic jewelry and statement pieces! In my shop you'll find bold and unique jewelry pieces perfect for the stylish woman looking for something special and unusual to compliment her vibrant and playful style. Please feel free to browse around my little shop- I'm confident you'll find something special just for you. :)

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About

A Spur-of-the-moment Creative Impulse Evolves into a Cohesive Design Aesthetic

I've always loved making things with my hands. Throughout my childhood and teenage years I dabbled in a myriad of handicrafts ranging from latch hook rugs and simple cross stitching as a kid to pencil drawings, photography and darkroom work, and acrylic painting as a teenager through to digital painting, embroidery, and crochet in my 20's. But I'd never ventured into the world of handcrafted jewelry- until one fateful day.

During a break at work one day, I found myself in a big box craft store browsing through all of the wonderful supplies, waiting for something to catch my eye. While walking through the jewelry supply section, something did - a silver colored fleur-de-lis pendant. I'd always loved the design of the fleur-de-lis (a black and white fleur-de-lis was my Xbox Live user icon!) Immediately I thought 'oh, I would love that as a necklace'. I pulled the pendant off the display hook and admired it in my hand, and thought 'well, it just needs a chain.' I found a readymade chain and a pair of chain nose pliers and bought them along with the pendant, combined the two, and realized the potential in combining pieces that were meaningful to me with some simple findings and a pair of pliers to make something that felt personal. There was no planning. It was so organic.

I spent some time after that, as my budget allowed, combining storebought components into jewelry that was really my own. Soon after, I discovered the world of beadweaving from searching online about handmade jewelry. I was transfixed when I first saw these incredibly complex and beautiful beadwoven pieces online. I immediately purchased a collection of seed beads, some needles, and some Fireline thread, and through the use of online tutorials, learned every stitch I could. I found something so satisfying in watching those tiny beads grow into a full cohesive piece. Beadweaving taught me patience in creating that I had never experienced before.

As I spent my time researching and learning all I could about handmade jewelry crafts, I discovered wire-wrapped jewelry. I couldn't believe the gorgeous pieces I was finding that consisted only of wire, cabochons, and beads. By this time I had built a substantial bead collection (which I still draw from to this day), and was ready to tackle wire wrapping on my own...

...and I struggled. A lot. I became frustrated. I put my jewelry crafts down for some time and instead focused on crochet and embroidery. After I left my job and my husband and I moved, I found a new desire to go back to wire wrapping and really practice. And I did. I learned a lot, from online resources, jewelry-making groups on Facebook, and just plain old fiddling and experimenting until I felt confident in my wirework. But I found I still wanted something more.

After that is when I decided, last year, that I was going to really study traditional jewelry metalworking - with hammers, saws, and a torch. And study I did! I read everything I could find about jewelry metalworking, and decided I was going to build a studio. My wonderful husband set me up in our basement with a basic studio space. Then, I made a list of all the materials and equipment I would need and want to start some basic sawing and torchwork. I had no disposable income at that point, so I picked out some legitimate paid survey websites, signed up, and ran surveys all day every day for a few weeks until I had the money I needed to start creating.

I've been enjoying long, indulgent hours and days in my studio ever since then, researching what I can, experimenting, and learning, learning, learning! I can't describe the joy I felt the first time I saw my solder flow under the torch. I was hooked and have been ever since.

These days I am becoming familiar with my individual style aesthetic. I have learned I have a penchant for the geometric, and I love bold, playful, attention-grabbing design. I am thoroughly enjoying creating my pieces and commissioned pieces for others, and I hope that that joy shows through my work.

I will never stop learning, and I find that to be so exciting!

So, what started as a part-time hobby in 2006 has become my passion. I love spending hours and hours in my studio, learning, creating, practicing, and experimenting. I hope you enjoy my pieces as much as I have enjoyed creating them!

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  • Jet Kosanke

    Owner

    I am based in Woodbridge, VA, where I live with my husband and our two kitty cats.

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