pearlsandme

Handmade jewellery inspired by nature

Karis, Finland · 13 Sales

pearlsandme

Handmade jewellery inspired by nature

Karis, Finland 13 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Monica

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Announcement   Welcome to my shop! I work with metals and mixed media (that is, anything that can be turned into jewellery, isn't bad for your health, and even better if it is recycled and good for the environment!). You will find that I incorporate a lot of unique components handmade by me.
Please note: this is presently only a hobby, so items tend to be definitely one-of-a-kind, made on a fairly irregular basis right now, so if you fancy something, it might be your only chance to grab that -- I might never do another like it! Despite this, I strive to make things durable -- I wear my own jewelry all the time, so I will notice if there's a flaw in the design! :-)

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Last updated on Jan 11, 2017

Welcome to my shop! I work with metals and mixed media (that is, anything that can be turned into jewellery, isn't bad for your health, and even better if it is recycled and good for the environment!). You will find that I incorporate a lot of unique components handmade by me.
Please note: this is presently only a hobby, so items tend to be definitely one-of-a-kind, made on a fairly irregular basis right now, so if you fancy something, it might be your only chance to grab that -- I might never do another like it! Despite this, I strive to make things durable -- I wear my own jewelry all the time, so I will notice if there's a flaw in the design! :-)

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So much to learn, so many ideas to try!

I think I’ve always made jewellery – I remember threading rowan-berries onto sewing thread when I was five (you then let them dry, push them together so there are no empty spaces, and spray with varnish if you want them to be more durable), changing ear hooks to supposedly less allergenic ones in my twenties, restringing necklaces I didn’t like… Sometime around 2010 I was browsing idly through the shelves of a craft store, when I stopped in bewilderment in front of a shelf with the most incomprehensible stuff – I later found out they are called _findings_ in English, and you use them to string professional-looking jewellery. I was lost – and soon I outgrew the dinner table. (The brand name stuck about then...) But I also got annoyed at those finding things – I was always running out of matching connectors, jump rings, and headpins, or just unable to find a clasp that matched the rest, or unsure of the quality. There had to be a better way!

And so I happened to find a metals/silversmithing intensive weekend class (2 weekends, 30 hours total), and the whole metalsmithing world started to unravel! Several classes, and a good many books, later, I was ready to open shop… You will find a lot of metalsmithing here, but also back to basics bead stringing, and a bit of textile and leather (that reflects all the years I spent sewing clothes in my spare time). And often all of these combined.

You will also see a bit of recycling, in different forms. I’m not a vegetarian, but try to make eco-friendly choices, and buy locally produced organically grown meat most of the time. We also cook our own beef stock, and then I often clean the best pieces, and recycle them into jewellery! I’ve also cured fish skin, recycled old leather chairs and coats… you never know what will be next!

You might also find that I save nature's resources by using recycled packaging, but I'll still do my best to make a nice gift wrapping (my usual origami boxes of recycled paper that I use locally will have to step aside though, they would get squashed in the post...).

I suffered from nickel allergy back in the 90’s, and that makes me aware of the allergy aspect of my jewellery: all the metal that I buy has been stated by the seller to be nickel and lead free (I have no means to test this myself, but I’ve had no problem working with any of them). Personally I use ear hooks only made from sterling silver and titanium, but I have non-allergic friends who have no problem using my brass or bronze hooks. If you are unsure, stay with the silver and titanium – titanium is the safest of all. If you find a pair of earrings that you like, but would like a different metal for the hooks, ask if they can be exchanged -- on many models it will be possible. Many of the necklaces also don’t have any metal components against the neck – these should also be safe.

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