Handmade Silver, Gold & Gemstone Jewelry

Bend, Oregon · 647 Sales


Handmade Silver, Gold & Gemstone Jewelry

Bend, Oregon 647 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Note from shop owner Hello everyone! Thanks for visiting my Etsy shop. I am taking a few days off. I will be re-opening my shop July 30th.

Nancy Hoyt

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 26, 2017

Hello everyone! Thanks for visiting my Etsy shop. I am taking a few days off. I will be re-opening my shop July 30th.

Nancy Hoyt

Nancy Hoyt

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Weighing out the metals including some 14k rose gold for some castings this morning.
Pretty soon these will be beautiful little molten pools of liquid metal!
I love the process of melting gold with my torch!
Getting some new pieces ready to cast into gold today.


Art Jewelry Maker

I discovered jewelry making in my high school art class. How lucky I was to uncover the thing I was to devote my life doing at such a young age. I earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis on jewelry and metal-smithing from the University of Oregon. I have continued my education over the years apprenticing and taking specialty workshops from masters.
After college I worked as a bench jeweler for several years honing my skills. When my husband and I started our family I wanted to be home with our kids, so I set up a home studio. I have been doing juried art shows, gallery sales and custom work; and now working hard at running my Etsy shop!
I have had several different studios over the years. I now work in a refurbished retro- vintage trailer as my studio in Bend Oregon. (My shop icon is a picture of it).

My jewelry making involves many different processes including the ancient art of lost wax casting, and also hand fabrication techniques. I usually start with either a pencil sketch, an approximate idea in my head. I carve the lost wax pieces by hand from a block of wax using reshaped dental picks, scalpels, and dremel burrs. The wax is then enveloped in plaster, melted out in a kiln, then using a torch and centrifuge; cast into silver or gold. I use recycled metals. Once I have my original in metal finished and polished, I can take a rubber mold of it; I layer uncured rubber over the original, "Vulcanize" it (which is pressure and heating) to cure the rubber. It is then cut into a 2 or 3 part mold with a scalpel. I use my wax pot and air compressor to inject wax into the rubber mold. The waxes usually need clean up (re-carve) and then I use the lost wax casting method again. This duplicating process allows me to charge lower prices especially for the more complicated designs that originally take many many hours to carve.
For fabricating pieces I use many different tools and methods to manipulate the metal (usually silver and gold) including: files, drills, saws, pliers, nippers, torches, a buffer, sand blaster, rolling mill, vises, stakes, hammers, drawplates, gravers, punches, and dapping tools. I use silver, gold, precious and semi-precious gemstones to create my unique jewelry.

Besides here on Etsy, I sell my work at the following galleries and stores;
The Red Chair Gallery, downtown Bend, Oregon
McCall Jewelry Company, McCall, Idaho;
Trios Studio, Lake Oswego, Oregon;
Whitebird Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon;
Sorella Gallery, Springdale, Utah;
RiverSea Gallery, Astoria Oregon,
Sedona Wisteria, Sedona, Arizona

I belong to the Creative Metal Arts Guild based in Portland Oregon, and the Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild based in Bend Oregon.

For additional pictures of my jewelry, and more about my studio space (check out my camper/studio!!) , please also take a look at my website:

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  • Nancy Estes Hoyt

    Creator, Owner, Designer


Find nancyhoytjewelry at the following upcoming market!

  • COMAG-Liberty Metal Arts Show
    Liberty theater
    849 NW Wall St$
    BEND, OR

    Aug 4–5

    Craft and fine jewelry, hand forged steel, sculpture. 31 local artists COMAG - Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild is a diverse group of metal artists representing a wide range of styles and techniques including jewelry designers, gem stone cutters, sculpture artists, and blacksmiths. We come together for support, education and fun. Our love of art, metal and fire bind us together.

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Last updated on Mar 31, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Do you accept layaways?

Yes! Just send me a convo and we can set something up for you.

Can you make this item in a different metal?

Yes! Just send me a convo to ask for price. I work in Silver, 14k white, yellow and rose gold, and 18k yellow gold.