How is your jewelry made?

Everything is made by me, in my studio, by hand. I use traditional metalworking techniques and tools.

What is "Chasing and Repousse"?

Chasing and Repousse is one of my favorite metalworking techniques and involves using small tools and a chasing hammer to create a design in metal. while being worked, the metal is held in a medium called, "chasing pitch" that holds it in place. One the design is completed, the piece is removed from the pitch, cleaned, and replaced with the front-side down in the pitch so that the releif can be worked. This process continues until the piece is complete.

What metals do you use?

I prefer to work in copper and traditional metal alloys such as sterling silver and brass. Sterling, which is an alloy of fine silver with a small amount of copper, takes a beautiful patina (tarnish), while fine silver and modern alloys are often tarnish-resistant. Fine silver is also softer than sterling and so does not hold up as well to wear. Copper is a pure metal, and most copper sold now is recycled rather than virgin, which makes it an eco-friendly choice for metalworking. Brass is an alloy of copper and other metals that is extremely durable, patinas well, and is pleasant to work with. Brass is one of the oldest known alloys used in metalworking.

How long did it take you to make (whatever)?

Probably longer than you think. I rarely use mass produced findings in my work, so everything you see, from tiny rivets to hinges, pin-backs, and earring wires, were probably made in my studio. The only exception is that I do buy pre-made chains for pendants, because it is really not possible to handmake most of the chain styles that you see today.

Where do you sell your work?

You can buy my work through my website and I do sell to galleries and boutiques, and am often at local craft fairs and events.

Do you do custom work?

Yes, I do commission pieces. I do not repair other's work, nor do I do reproductions of other's work. Custom work is quoted based on how long I expect the piece to take and the cost of the materials. A 50% deposit is required to start any custom work.

If you have a question that is not answered in the above FAQ, feel free to contact me anytime.