This category features all jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials, that is hand-made by the artist.
Unpredictable Jewelry is inspired by architectonic and geometric designs resulting in 3-dimensional jewels with a contemporary and minimalist touch. All jewels are designed and handmade directly by the artist using 14 Karat Goldfilled, and Argentium silver to achieve high-quality jewelry.
Gilded Lily Glass
I make whimsical nature-themed jewelry from hand-painted enamel, sculpted glass beads, and metal clay components. My designs are unique to my work, created without the use of commercial patterns. I am transitioning to using more enamel than lampwork elements and my mix of images reflects this.
Trained as both an architect and a metalsmith, I combine these two passions to create modern jewelry in steel. Each design is original, laser cut and then hand finished and hand cast with epoxy resin, or 18 karat gold plated. The forms are both architecturally based and drawn from nature.
Reimagining old non-functional jewelry and watches, I capture the beauty of days gone by and add whimsy and style that can be enjoyed for years to come. Each item is carefully soldered together.
LH Jewelry Design
Lynn focuses on bead weaving and bead embroidery, utilizing a variety of techniques while incorporating gemstones, crystals, vintage and found items into her work. Each piece can take hundreds or thousands of tiny Japanese seed beads, each stitched individually or in a small groups, frequently with multiple thread passes through each bead. The quality of the beads and the unique nature of components and the finished pieces are very important to her.
This artist has been creating jewelry for approximately 16 years. Her jewelry is created using off loom bead weaving and bead embroidery techniques. Pieces are created by stitching very small glass beads together with needle and thread and by embroidering beads directly to material around stones, shells, fossils, enameled metal and glass focal pieces. Bead embroidery also allows the artist to paint with beads.
Suzanne Love Jewelry
Each piece of jewelry made is unique piece of wearable art. A multi step process combines copper and/or silver with vitreous enamel. Metal is cut from a flat sheet and shaped then patterns and textures are applied. A kiln or torch is used to heat and fuse the enamel to the metal in multiple stages. Some designs are hand drawn with graphite and an accent of 24k gold leaf is applied. Sterling silver settings, handmade chain and sometimes semi precious stones complete the piece.
I am a self-taught mixed metal jewelry and accessory artist creating items for both women and men. Components include new and old hardware, re-purposed and vintage jewelry parts as well as new high quality findings and ear wires. My technique includes jump rings, wire, rivets and JB Weld which is a liquid steel & hardener that provides a weld like finish. Using common pieces in an uncommon way is excellent for my creative imagination and no two pieces are intentionaly ever the same.
I create hammered aluminum jewelry with stained glass and semiprecious stones which is lightweight and tarnish-free. Inspired by nature, many of my pieces feature botanical elements or whimsical sea creatures. Each piece begins with a simple strand of aluminum wire which is shaped and hammered to produce a strong finished piece. The process of hammering also allows me to give the piece a little extra dimension through variations in the width of the wire due to the force of the hammering.
Trying to evoke the beauty and mystery of the ocean, I work with two mediums to create my art jewelry, fine silver and glass. In my glass work, I create my designs from the inside out, using the fluid nature of the molten glass to create movement, dimension and depth. Using some of these same principals in my silver work, I sketch a design, lay out the initial cuts of silver and begin the carving and sculpting process. Finished works are set with sterling silver and freshwater pearls.
Holly Springs, NC
Jewelry is composed of handmade beads and medallions plus some purchased findings. All beads and medallions are made from pure polymer clay (no paint). These items are made from a variety of techniques; sometimes a process called "caning", sometimes faux minerals, sometimes created using scrap clay in interesting forms. Polymer clay is light, so the necklaces are lighter than they look.
I use a variety of materials in my jewelry, including, but not limited to, gemstones, glass, ceramics, or metals, but primarily precious metal clay. The construction involves the design, molding, and texturing of the clay into the desired shape. After the clay has dried, it can be sanded or carved further before it is fired in a kiln. Once fired, it is then buffed, tumbled, and polished with multiple grits of sandpaper. A patina is usually applied to bring out the texture.
I create cloisonne enameling, a process in which ground glass is applied to fine silver in a painterly fashion. Thin silver wires are fused into the piece to create the boarders/designs and it is fired at 1500 degrees at least 25 times. The piece is then hand ground using lapidary equipment, and bezels or settings are individually made. I use precious stones and opals to compliment these enamels as well as handmade linkage systems or chains, which consists of earrings, bracelets, necklaces.
The custom-ordered YKK zippers disassemble into strips of different lengths. Each piece is rolled into different shapes based on the design. Then, it is hand polished to a shiny finish. The zipper, made of brass, will naturally tarnish and darken over time.
I create millefiori canes with polymer clay, forming a cylindrical "cane". The image runs lengthwise so that each cross section has the same pattern. I use slices from my canes and other polymer clay techniques to create unique hand-formed polymer clay beads and other jewelry components.
These intricate designs are created from different colored pieces of wood that are precisely cut and assembled together. The materials used in the designs are sourced from broken skateboards (the bright unnatural colors), scrap wood bins, and old furniture. Every step of this work is done by hand in small batches using analog wood tools.
I handcraft paper beads from magazines, old books and junk mail. These recycled papers are hand cut in a random fashion, allowing each bead to be unique in its size and shape. A quilling tool is used to roll the beads and they are varnished to give them hardness and shine.
Unique semi-precious gemstone jewelry wire-wrapped in sterling silver, gold-filled and copper wires. Pendants, rings, earrings. Gemstone bracelets, pins and adjustable rings. Kumihimo designs, Tree Of Life motifs., personalized jewelry.
Lost Art of Filigree comes to life when I use stainless steel wires, electric spot welder, rollers, pliers and dental equipment to sculpt jewelry inspired by Nature. I photograph flowers and later mimic designs of petals and leaves in my studio in filigree technique. Micro sculpting helps me create jewelry pieces that look very much like flowers tree branches or grape bunches. Capturing Nature's beauty and creating flowers that won't wither away is my true passion.
Chapel Hill, NC
Sterling silver jewelry handcrafted. Using copper and bronze accents, semi-precious stones, pearls and resin. Techniques are chasing, forging, piercing, appliqué, and repousee. Most pieces are one of a kind.
Art & Play Jewelry
Silver and b-metal jewelry with gemstones and pearls, hand-forged using traditional metalsmithing techniques, combined with anticlastic raising.