mindful jewelry ♥

Pennsylvania, United States · 402 Sales


mindful jewelry ♥

Pennsylvania, United States 402 Sales On Etsy since 2005

5 out of 5 stars

stephaniedistler is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Sorry to have missed you. I will be back late October to get ready for the Holiday season. Thank-you for your understanding during this time.

See you soon!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Oct 2, 2016

Sorry to have missed you. I will be back late October to get ready for the Holiday season. Thank-you for your understanding during this time.

See you soon!

Stephanie Distler

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Stephanie Distler


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Aoife Hall

Aoife Hall on Aug 30, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

It's was a 7 year anniversary gift for my husband who's crazy about robots.It was really unusual and very sweet. It arrived very promptly and I found Stephanie a delight to deal with.


vscot0011 on Apr 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful pendant and fast delivery! Love it!!

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Recent client commission of inspirational word strings. Many personal & thoughtful work has left the bench at SDAJ with these being some of the most beautiful herb#pawildsartisantrail


Jewelry Artisan Creating in the PA Wilds

Juried Pennsylvania Wilds Jewelry Artisan Creating Fresh off the Bench

Stephanie Distler is a self taught jewelry artist living in Elk County. Using nature for inspiration, she designs and creates artisan jewelry together with hand tools using silver (sterling and pure), copper and brass in wire or sheet form. Collecting metalsmithing tools, learning new techniques and then implementing them in her designs is a passion that is the touchstone of daily life.

Indeed, Distler comes from a family of ‘makers’ including woodworkers, cooks, and farmers, but, has chosen precious metals over wood shavings, incorporating the love of gardening and the culinary into her works breath. Her home is in the process of remodeling providing more usable space for metalsmithing, displays, workshops, PA Wilds Artisan Trail events, and other artistic endeavors. Distler operated a gallery for many years, and now this home-based studio allows the opportunity for her to consolidate visioning, craftsmanship, and exhibition in one location as she also includes blogging, culinary art, and photography as part of the artisan jewelry business.

Techniques used:
soldering, fusing, metal printing, cold connections, hammer forging, wire-wrapping, dry felting, improvisational bead embroidery, mixed media applications and a variety of metal finishing techniques are added consistently to the process.

Her work is unique in that the many, many different hammers used in the forging process act as brush to paper while forging on the wire and sheet metal. Each piece has a singular breath whether it is a 'Mindful Charm' with an attribute word such as Shhh... making the wearer slow down and listen or the hand sawn trees and botanicals giving a sense of 'life' to the piece.

Also ecstatic to bring you the 'PA Wilds' brand to hand forged jewelry items 'one of a kind' pieces only in my Shoppe these unique pieces are then metal printed & hammer forged in small batches.

She has in the past displayed at:
Pittsburgh: HandMade Arcade , Three Rivers Arts Fest .
Philadelphia: Manayunk Arts Festival
Wilkes-Barre: Fine Arts Fiesta

2006 Recipient of the 'Champion of the Pa Wilds' award for community work and part played in ownership of then Flemish House Art Gallery, Elk County 2006 to 2012
A few words on the making:
Production starts with either wire or sheet metal made of sterling silver, pure silver, copper or brass. Having a thought on whether 'Mindful Charms', pendants, bangles, bracelets, riveted work, wrapped beaded necklaces, rings or earrings will be created.
Cleaning the metal, cutting to shape or length, choosing the design elements, tools needed such as metal stamps, hammers, texturing punches, etc. Working at the large stump bench, soldering station or finish area depending on what step in the process she is at.
Metal printing, hammering and texturing allow her to put more of an artistic flow to the work and the part of the process she relishes.
When finishing a piece deburring, filing, sanding, tumbling and the final polishing will then occur to create a piece that is comfortable for the wearer and one that will endure for generations to come.

Find more of her work at:
Cameron County Artisan Center in Emporium, Elk County Council on the Arts in Ridgway, The Laughing Owl Press in Kane. Coming soon to Elk Country Visitor Center!

*Coming soon- Being published in Pennsylvania Made: Homegrown Products by Local Craftsman, Artisans, and Purveyors coming out December 2015


Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail committee since 2006
Elk County Council on the Arts board since 2005
Elk County Room Tax Committee since 2012

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  • Stephanie Distler

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Historian, Researcher, Website Builder

    Artist creating fresh off the bench in the Pennsylvania Wilds

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Last updated on April 8, 2014
Hi! I am Stephanie owner of Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry. Everything that comes off the bench is handmade by me this includes most findings, components, metalstamping, cutting and wrapping. Occasionally I string or bead embroider but, my main love is hand fabricating metal with hammer, saw and torch.

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Payment is expected within three days of purchase. If payment is not received within 3 days of purchase, the order will be canceled. I accept paypal for all payments. It is not necessary for you to have a paypal account: If you don't have one, but want to pay with credit card, please follow the instructions in this link:
I ship worldwide from the US.

Items will be shipped to the address provided on Etsy. If you would like them shipped to an alternative address, please use the "Message to Seller" option.

Approx. shipping times:
Europe: 2 - 5 days
USA : 1 - 2 days
Canada: 3-4 days

International Orders will also be shipped via USPS. However, tracking is not available for international orders. Therefor, once your order leaves the U.S. I can not guarantee how long it will take for delivery:). Also, please be aware that SDAJ is NOT responsible for any customs charges, taxes, or fees related to this purchase.

International Orders can take a LONG time, especially during peak holiday times. Sometimes it can take 6-8 weeks for international shipping via USPS first class. I offer an international shipping upgrade if you are not able to wait for unpredictable shipping times.

Also NOTE:
If your order is returned to me due to an error in address, on your part, I will have to charge for re-shipping the item. Thanks for your understanding.

LOST MAIL: Sorry, I am not responsible for lost mailings.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be 100% happy with your purchase. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, please send an email via an etsy conversation , we'll work something out! Returns may be accepted within 7 days of receipt in the original, unused, undamaged condition. Additionally, the buyer must contact me with the intent to return within 3 days of receipt of item. Careful packaging to prevent damage is expected. Refund can be given as credit for further purchases or as money back when I receive the undamaged item.
Shipping costs are not refundable for purchases.