rocksandpaperswans

Rustic bohemian jewelry for free spirits

Ovilla, Texas · 480 Sales

rocksandpaperswans

Rustic bohemian jewelry for free spirits

Ovilla, Texas 480 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(219)

Announcement   I make rustic bohemian jewelry for the free spirit who wants original, unusual, and beautiful jewelry that reflects who she is ~ at least at that moment in time.

My things are (mostly) one of a kind and I mix ancient, with their own stories and history, with new. Making my own polymer clay pieces, paper beads, and altering elements with fire, hammer, and paint is a fascination/obsession and creates pieces not to be found on anyone else.

▲▲▲ There are so many things in the shop ~ please use the categories on the left to help you find just what you want. ▲▲▲

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 8, 2017

I make rustic bohemian jewelry for the free spirit who wants original, unusual, and beautiful jewelry that reflects who she is ~ at least at that moment in time.

My things are (mostly) one of a kind and I mix ancient, with their own stories and history, with new. Making my own polymer clay pieces, paper beads, and altering elements with fire, hammer, and paint is a fascination/obsession and creates pieces not to be found on anyone else.

▲▲▲ There are so many things in the shop ~ please use the categories on the left to help you find just what you want. ▲▲▲

Susan Swan

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Susan Swan

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(219)
lwaselew

lwaselew on Mar 3, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful elements! I love wearing it! Susan is very talented in her arts and her hand made clasps are amazing! each bracelet has such character...a unique personality! It’s definitely bracelets for Christmas this year!!! Purchased the red paper beads with gold accents! Her paper beads are so unique, they’re great!

Debra Sowders

Debra Sowders on Feb 13, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Love these creative and tribal earring. I purchased for a friend who is starting retirement, she will love them. Such lovely packaging for gift giving. Thank you for quick delivery! : D

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About

I play with color, texture, and pattern

I am a maker of rustic bohemian collectable jewelry. I love making eclectic, beautiful, and memorable art to wear full of lush color, texture, and pattern.

I began as an illustrator (MFA from Florida State University) working in dimensional cut paper collage using traditional paint, brush and paper - and exacto knife. I create my picture book illustrations digitally these days but I still love to hand paint papers to scan into my collages.

I have flat files full of painted papers and proof sheets from various book projects. On a whim I began using some of the papers to make beads to use in wall hangings; I made earrings instead, and then bracelets and necklaces. It took some research and experimentation to figure out the best way to protect the beads from the elements but once that was accomplished I started looking for other beads to combine with the paper. I discovered sources for beautiful Czech glass and gemstone beads and began collecting. Then I started making my own beads with polymer clay and learning to work with metal so that I could make my own clasps and findings. I am so excited to see what can be discovered with experimentation and work to make my pieces as personal, original, and thoughtfully put together as I can.

As much as I love making art for books I missed working with my hands. I have finally found the thing that I love doing as much as illustration. Maybe more.

I have two shops on Etsy. This one, RocksandPaperSwans, is all about eclectic, one-of-a-kind and collectable pieces, and PaperSwansandThings, which is brand new and celebrates paper and mixed media. I would love to have you come visit.

❦ I am a published jewelry designer and a proud member of the international organization for the Self-Representing Artist in Jewelry Design -- SRAJD Member #4064.

Shop members

  • Susan Swan

    Owner, Artist, Maker, Photographer, Shipping Dept., Customer Svc.

  • Gabe Gonzalez

    Photographer

    Very occasionally I am able to get the assistance of a professional photographer (a.k.a. grandson) and his wife Jill, who makes a lovely model for my jewelry.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Nov 8, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Gift wrapping and packaging

All jewelry comes in a cute bag or pillow box free of charge. If you buy several items and want them packaged separately just let me know.

I am happy to include a special note to your recipient, just let me know the details.

I also have a very special gift wrap available here http://etsy.me/2ct0HRL
for a small additional charge.

Custom and personalized orders

My policy for established customers is that I request a non-refundable deposit of 50% prior to beginning work on a custom order. The remainder will be due upon completion of the item.
There are no returns on custom work. I hope you understand.

For new customers the total must be paid before work is started.

Care instructions

You are purchasing a one of a kind handmade item that may be more delicate than mass produced jewelry; please treat it gently and with reasonable care.

I use jewelers grade sealers on patinas and surface treatments to protect them and your skin. Polymer clay and metals may have added patinas/surface treatments and though quite durable, should not be dunked in water or chemicals. Clean with a soft cloth if necessary. Paper bead components also have at least 2 coats of polycrylic sealer and are quite water resistant but not water proof.

Do not shower or swim in your jewelry.

Paper Beads

♥ Process:
My paper beads are made from paper I paint by hand or digitally design to create certain patterns and color combinations; the papers are cut into strips and rolled into beads; they are sealed with at least two coats of either matte or shiny polycrylic and are extremely durable and quite water resistant (but as with all mixed media jewelry you are advised not to shower or swim in it). I have even accidentally sent some beads through the washer/dryer without any damage. I do not, however recommend it. :-)
Care for your paper jewelry gently as you would any other jewelry.