MiaFascino

Mia Fascino Jewelry

Minneapolis, Minnesota | 2 Sales

MiaFascino

Mia Fascino Jewelry

Minneapolis, Minnesota 2 Sales On Etsy since 2016

Tracy Heinze

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Tracy Heinze

Announcement    Much of my work uses vintage, old, broken, and previously discarded components. I do honest repairs leaving as much of the original as possible including pin backs, adornments, paint, and enamels. Honest repair means that I will allow the piece to display its age - chips, dings, kinks, and boo-boos may be evident. My goal is to show beauty and take advantage of the potential. If you are looking for something 'perfect', this may not meet your expectations. If you want honest, recycled, rescues, and occasionally embellished gorgeous pieces that have been given a second life, then this is for you. If you want to show the world that you value artistic expression enough to invest in it and wear it as jewelry, then this is for you.
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Last updated on Mar 29, 2019

Much of my work uses vintage, old, broken, and previously discarded components. I do honest repairs leaving as much of the original as possible including pin backs, adornments, paint, and enamels. Honest repair means that I will allow the piece to display its age - chips, dings, kinks, and boo-boos may be evident. My goal is to show beauty and take advantage of the potential. If you are looking for something 'perfect', this may not meet your expectations. If you want honest, recycled, rescues, and occasionally embellished gorgeous pieces that have been given a second life, then this is for you. If you want to show the world that you value artistic expression enough to invest in it and wear it as jewelry, then this is for you.
Thank you

About

An artist hooked on beautiful things...

Greetings.

I have been making jewelry since 2007. From a friend I learned how to make necklaces. I got hooked on gemstones. Then my sister started a resale business and WOW did I ever fall for vintage jewelry...even the broken junk.

Now, years later my style has changed quite a bit. I find that I cannot stay away from using vintage bits and treasures from my sister's shop, from auctions, from ETSY (!), and from friends and relatives who remember my weakness. ;-)

The lower level of my house serves as my studio. I have gobs of gemstones, tools, wire, ribbons, leather, metals, beads, rolling mill, brake, and more hanging from hooks and on shelves. A sturdy kitchen table serves as my jewelry bench. It is banged and scratched and has been moved countless times. I spend hours there and hours here at the computer and hours at my hot bench where I do metal work.

As an artist, I always want to give expression the first priority. I get bored easily when I am required to just 'produce'. I rarely make more than one of a particular design.

I have a line of jewelry that features layers pendants using recycled glass and recycled jewelry bits but that is all the pieces have in common. I love to use components made by other artists. The recycled glass comes from a local artist here in MN who gets it from stained glass artists. Not too long ago, I met a wonderful woman who sold me all of her stained glass supplies. I can't wait to dig in!

Recently, I made a HUGE purchase of old old costume jewelry. Look for some of that to be popping into my designs in the near future. Well, I have to clean it all first! It must have been stored in a barn!! But it is gorgeous. I really have to discipline myself to finish the projects I have lined up on my bench before I dive into the pile.

Customers have also given me pieces to re-make or re-create. Right now I have an orphaned earring on my bench. It is made of sterling silver and the most unusual greenish amber. It will take some hunting but I am already partially done with the design. It's the journey that is so satisfying.

Maybe you have an orphaned earring, necklace or bracelet that you have tired of but still want to enjoy. Message me and let's see what I can come up with.

When I am not working on Mia Fascino -- which means My Charm or My Fascination in Italian -- I am teaching Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance. That makes me a full-time artist I guess. I'm good with that. I learn from my students and I learn from my work at the bench. Life is good.

New Flash March 2019
We are pleased to announce that a portion of all our profits will be donated to Hope 4 Youth. Hope 4 Youth is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in MN working to meet the needs of youth who are experiencing homelessness. We want our work to make a difference in our community and supporting Hope 4 Youth was a natural choice. Find out more at www.Hope4YouthMN.org.

Thanks for stopping by. Questions and comments are so appreciated. Enjoy!

XOXO
Tracy

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  • Tracy Heinze

    Owner

    I have a BA from the College of St Teresa in Winona, MN in Dance. Been making jewelry since 2007 when a friend opened a bead shop. I've been dancing for 35 years and teaching for 30. I guess that makes me a full-time artist. ;-)

  • Tracy Heinze

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I have a BA from the College of St Teresa in Winona, MN in Dance. Been making jewelry since 2007 when a friend opened a bead shop. I've been dancing for 35 years and teaching for 30. I guess that makes me a full-time artist. ;-)

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