Announcement The Great Maier Mercantile, located in Reston, VA is a one stop shop for handmade and vintage accessories. Wholesale is available, just convo me with the name and location of your business, along with your Reseller Permit number and I will send you my wholesale coupon code.
The Great Maier Mercantile, located in Reston, VA is a one stop shop for handmade and vintage accessories. Wholesale is available, just convo me with the name and location of your business, along with your Reseller Permit number and I will send you my wholesale coupon code.
Great color and sturdy snap.
Maureen Jones on Jan 18, 2017
Maureen Jones on Jan 18, 2017
tanya2416 on Jan 17, 2017
Awesome and really fast shipping
Respecting the Past While Working on the Future
I started my jewelry and accessories business in 2006. I create one of a kind pieces using discarded or broken costume jewelry and oddities like antique German doll parts. The process starts with the "Supply Hunt". This can happen online, person to person, in stores, at shows - pretty much everywhere I go. My favorite source is a group of older ladies that I started purchasing from in 2011. I met a 76 year old woman who was selling some pieces left to her by her sister. I told her about my business and she started collecting all the broken bits to sell to me. She told her friends and they were tickled that someone was using single earrings and beads from broken necklaces as the basis for new jewelry. I've purchased from several of those ladies and the calls haven't stopped coming. I love to buy directly from people because I can usually get a little bit of history about a piece or the person who wore it. It's so wonderful to have that connection.
Next comes the "Organized Chaos" phase. I sort new acquisitions into categories that probably only make sense to me. Sometimes I match metal colors, sort by material (like glass, brass or enamel) or lump together all of the objects manufactured around the same time period. Then I fold the new items into my existing supplies.
Finally, I slide into "Frankenstein Mode" where I take objects categorized in the organized chaos phase and use those as supplies to bring new jewelry to life. I use traditional jewelry making techniques like wire wrapping and silver fusing to create one of a kind pieces. (Recycling vintage objects usually means that I only have enough materials to complete one new piece of jewelry and then it's on to something else.) From there, I complete finishing work like filing edges or securing rhinestones and then it's out the door. This process can take hours or days. Nothing is really for sale until it's something that I want to wear. If I don't get the design right at first, I table the piece until I get the right components to complete it.
In 2014, I also started to use 3D printing technology as another tool in my belt. I've been teaching myself to use Rhino, TinkerCad and some of the other amazing 3D rendering software to create original designs and then I prototype them in plastic on a Makerbot Replicator 2. I'm just getting started with this great technology and am working with Matter.io in Brooklyn, NY to produce a few of my designs in metal. I can't wait to see what happens next with 3D printing technology and I'm excited to be a part of it!
Being creative is in my DNA. Dad’s family makes ornate beaded flowers and mom’s is full of antique dealers so using vintage jewelry to make new pieces is evolution doing what it does. I made my first ring at 12 and have been full time since 2008.
Matter believes manufacturing should be honest, simple and for everyone. Read more at Matter.io.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
If you would like to upgrade shipping, but do not see it offered with the item you want to purchase, please convo me (including where you are located) to see if upgrading is available. I respond to most convos within 1 hour.