Handmade Jewelry, Ear Cuffs, Charms, Rings, Silver, 14k

Santa Cruz, California | 16369 Sales


Handmade Jewelry, Ear Cuffs, Charms, Rings, Silver, 14k

Santa Cruz, California 16369 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Marty Bobroskie

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Marty Bobroskie

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Original Lost Wax Cast Jewelry Designs by Marty Magic, Inspired by Fantasy and Nature

I started my business over 40 years ago in the summer of 1978, selling my jewelry at Bay Area Art and Wine Festivals. Most of my shows were in the Silicon Valley and as the tech industry grew, so did my business. In 1995, my husband, Art came home from work in the Silicon Valley and announced that he had purchased me the domain name; I looked at him blankly having little concept of what the internet was.

In October of 2008, I opened my first Etsy Shop but it wasn’t until 2010 when my daughter, Alisha started working with me full time that our Etsy Shop began to flourish. Alisha, who was raised doing art shows, takes all the product shots, answers most of the Etsy Conversations and manages the office. She has a natural aptitude for design and after 3 years of studio apprenticeship, lends fresh creativity to the Marty Magic business.

Our in home studio is a busy place. Alisha and I carve each original design in wax in our home based studio. Our business is thriving and a California foundry helps with our casting. Every piece is hand polished in house before it is shipped. All Marty Magic Jewelry is designed in Santa Cruz, California and Made in the U.S.A.

The lost wax casting process involves creating a model in wax that is then suspended in a metal flask and investment is poured around it. (Investment is very much like plaster.) The solidified invested flask is then placed in a kiln and the wax model is slowly melted out until only the negative cavity, the exact shape of the original wax model remains. Molten metal is then centrifugally spun into this negative space, or in the case of larger bronze castings, gravity poured into the negative cavity. After the piece has been cast it must be freed from the plaster and finished. Sprus are cut and ground and various polishing media, patinas and oxidations are used to bring the piece to its final polished state. If gemstones are to be set they are mounted just prior to the final finish.

We continue to sell at a handful of Bay Area Art and Wine Festivals as well as the Maryland Renaissance Festivals where I have had a shop for over 30 years but it is our Etsy shop that keeps us the busiest. Thanks to Etsy, our unique designs and our loyal followers, we look forward to many more years of creativity.

To read more about my early years, influences and inspirations……

I was an only child of a scientist father and an artist mother. I grew up in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. My father was chairman of the geology department at UCLA, and today, at 97 years old is Professor Emeritus at UCSB. As the only child of a geologist, I traveled extensively with my parents when my father was doing research, mapping or lecturing abroad. I have lived in a chalet in Austria; in an adobe cottage at the edge of the Salton Sea, California; on a farm outside of Edinburgh; in a thatched cottage in Gilleleje, Denmark; and in Bogotá, Columbia. I continue to travel extensively and my find inspiration in the cultures and biodiversity of our planet.

I began making jewelry in high school; assembling beaded earrings and making copper enamel jewelry in a table top kiln in our kitchen. I would take these pieces to school, pinned inside my notebook and sell them to my classmates. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Later, I graduated with a B.A. in Art from University of Redlands. My focus was ceramics under the critical eye of Leon Moburg who also taught the introductory jewelry class. My early projects surprised us both and I was soon doing independent study. By the end of my sophomore year, Leon invited me to teach the following year’s beginning jewelry class.

After graduation, I worked a number of waitressing jobs but continued to design lost wax jewelry which I would cast in our garage and laboriously hand polish. It wasn’t until the summer of 1978 when my ex-husband and I drove to San Francisco to sell my designs at street festivals that my career began to unfold.

Over the years I have built up a strong following of collectors and I enjoy interacting with customers both online and in person. I have a passion for what I do and I embrace the creative process from conception to completion.

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  • Marty Bobroskie

    Owner, Designer, Customer Service

    The jewelry and sculpture I design is created by the lost wax casting process. I sculpt each original in wax in my Santa Cruz studio. My designs are cast in sterling, gold and bronze. Fantasy, fairy tales and nature are great influences in my work.

  • Alisha McCormack

    Designer, Photographer, Customer Service

    I work full time with my mom at Marty Magic. I take all of the product shots, answer Etsy conversations and create jewelry designs of my own. My flexible schedule allows me time with my children. Thanks Etsy for providing this entrepreneurial venue!

  • Avira Wenn

    Graphic Designer

    I am thrilled to assist Marty, Alisha, and the Magic family as their in house graphic designer and photo editor. Having a creative and tech outlet while applying my appreciation for beautiful art, people and animals makes my work day = a great day.

  • Jackie Black

    Finisher, Shipper

    Jackie works part time polishing and shipping all our Etsy orders. With her attention to detail, she makes certain each piece is beautifully finished and shipped promptly.

Production partners

  • Snell Casting

    Grass Valley, CA

    Snell Casting, a foundry in Grass Valley does our casting. My intricate designs are complicated to cast and I am grateful for their expertise. Having help with the production gives us more time to design, the part of our business that we love most!

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Last updated on Sep 4, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

Minor customizations are welcomed so if you wish a different gemstone or special ring size, please send us a conversation.
I'm always interested in hearing what people want, but I can only take a few one of a kind custom orders each year.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All Marty Magic Jewelry is packaged in a beautiful box embossed with the gold foil Marty Magic dragon logo. Perfect for any occasion!

If you wish a note included with a gift purchase, just ask. Write in the comment area of your order what you want the card to say. (No novels please:)

Ear Cuff Fitting Instructions

An ear cuff slip on the edge of the ear's cartilage. Starting near the top of the ear, slide the ear cuff down along the edge of the cartilage. If the cuff is too loose or too tight it can be adjusted. Some of my ear cuffs can be adjusted with gentle finger pressure, but in most instances you will need a pair of small needle nose pliers to open or close the flange of the ear cuff. A very minute adjustment goes along way.

Ear Wrap Fitting Instructions

Adjusting an ear wrap is not all that complicated. Appraise your ear and with a pair of needle nose pliers, gently bend the appropriate sections of the ear wrap to conform to the curvature of your ear. In many of my ear wrap designs it is only the angle of the ear wrap in relationship to the wire that needs to be adjusted. My dragon ear wraps may need a little more "training." You may bend their tails and wings gently and their bodies slightly. Think of it as a chiropractic adjustment and be gentle but confident. My ear cuffs are either solid sterling silver or solid bronze and within reason they are quite durable.

Care and Cleaning Instructions

Our bronze ear cuffs are antiqued lightly, and bronze will tarnish, or patina over time. To maintain the golden color, clean with Mrs. Wright’s Silver Cream and rinse with water. Do not dip in liquid anti tarnish cleaners.

Our sterling silver jewelry is antiqued lightly and sterling silver will tarnish or patina over time. To maintain the silver sheen, clean with Mrs. Wright’s Silver Cream and rinse with water. Do not dip in liquid anti tarnish cleaners.

Wholesale availability

Many of our designs are available for wholesale. Please tell us a bit about your shop. Below is a link to our line sheet.

Return Instructions

If you have the original padded mailing envelope that your order was shipped in, simply reuse it. Paste a new label on the padded mailing envelope and return the package via first class U.S.P.S. mail with delivery confirmation. For domestic returns, this will cost about $3.00 and you can track the package online. Be sure to include a note or a copy of the receipt. When we receive your return package, we will refund the cost of the item or items. (Original shipping fees are non refundable unless we have made a mistake in packing your order or the item is defective.)

Marty Magic
P.O. Box 318,
Santa Cruz, Ca. 95061

Additional Domestic Shipping Information

*We are located in Santa Cruz, California and we ship via U.S.P.S.
Approximate shipping costs are below. Exact shipping is calculated when you submit your order.

U.S.A. Domestic U.S.P.S.
First Class - $3.66
Priority - $8.05
Express - $23.46

Additional International Shipping Information

* Orders usually ship within one or two business days. We e-mail you tracking at the time of shipment.
* First Class International Packages may take anywhere between a week and 7 weeks to arrive. Tracking is available only until the package leaves the U.S.A.
* International Priority U.S.P.S. Packages usually arrive in 10 - 14 days.
* International Express U.S.P.S. Packages usually arrive within 3 - 7 days.
*Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Shipping Prices

*Approximate shipping costs are below. Exact shipping is calculated when you submit your order.

U.S.A. Domestic U.S.P.S.
First Class - $3.66
Priority - $8.05
Express - $23.46

First Class - $10.50
Priority - $25.65
Express - $41.38

First Class - $14.30
Priority - $34.50
Express - $58.48

First Class - $14.54
Priority - $35.45
Express - $63.23

Most countries in the E.U.
First Class - $14.30
Priority - $34.50
Express - $59.85

First Class - $14.54
Priority - $32.60
Express - $60.14