How long have you been making jewelry?
I took my first jewelry class in early 2014 and was instantly hooked! Before that I was working with ceramics and woodworking.
I would love to take a workshop or a private lesson but I have no experience. Is that okay?
Yes. All of the workshops are made for beginners (unless otherwise noted in description). Private lessons can also be for beginners and we can cater it to your exact needs. We can work on hammering, sawing, drilling, soldering, whatever you want! We could even spend some time talking about torches or the basic tools you need to get set up at home.
How do I find out about the latest updates and workshop schedules?
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My brass jewelry is getting darker. What is happening?
This is the completely normal process of oxidation. We encourage you to embrace the antiqued patina of your natural metal jewelry. However, you can use a light abrasive such as Bon Ami and a toothbrush to restore shiny finish. A more aggressive approach would be to use superfine steel wool (the measurement is 0000). Use gentle circular motions to remove top layer of oxidation. Never use abrasives on stones. You can also use a polishing cloth the same way you would for silver jewelry.
Do you do custom work?
Occasionally. It really depends on my current workload and the scope of the project. If it is a design that I already make and you want to pick your own stone then yes, that is definitely possible. Send me a message to find out if I am taking orders at this time.
Can we make our own wedding rings in one of your classes?
Yes, we can make some simple hammered bands in silver or gold for your special day. The best way to do this is sign up for a private lesson for two people. We should be able to get both rings done in a 3 hour session. If you want to use gold we need to plan ahead, do a deposit, and place an order. Please send me an email to get the conversation started.
What is your favorite thing to make?
I love making rings and earrings! Probably because that is what I like to wear the most. I love big earrings and statement rings that are comfortable and durable enough to withstand some abuse. I personally don't gravitate towards wearing a lot of necklaces and that seems to show in my collection, since there are way more earrings than necklaces.
How do you make all of the marks and textures on your jewelry?
All of the textures you see in my jewelry are hand hammered, or hand stamped. I do not use a rolling mill or do any etching. Just me and my trusty hammers! I much prefer the orderly but organic feeling that comes from hand hammering.
Where do you sell your jewelry?
I have a few different ways that I sell my work. I do a few "art festival" shows during the summer months and then a few holiday shows during the winter. I sell online through my website, Etsy, and Instagram. You can also find my work in a few stores on the west coast.
I own a storefront and would like to carry your jewelry. Do you do wholesale?
YES! I do a little bit of wholesale and am looking for more stores to carry my work. Please send me an email and we can decide if it is a good fit for both of us.
Wait I have more questions!
Feel free to email me through the contact page on the website. Or you can send me a message through instagram if you are following along there.