Memories Of Our Jewelry Artists – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the month of August strolling the virtual Christmas In July Jewelry Trunk Show! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJJewelryTrunkShow right here on our blog!

The CIJ virtual Jewelry Trunk Show opened on Wednesday – August 17th, 2016 and closed on Friday – September 2nd, 2016. As I mentioned the team is international and we featured artists from many countries!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our team members are creative artists!

Each artist shared with us their jewelry, as well as a little bit about themselves. Please join me as we close our CIJ Jewelry Trunk Show! Watch for new opportunities in the future!

Here are the featured artists:

1. August 17th – MaribelleCampa / MaribelleCampaVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
2. August 18th – Sheila and Shannon / BeadyEyedBirdVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
3. August 19th – Amanda / TheRedLotusDesignsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
4. August 23rd – Diana Sian Crafts / DianaSianCraftsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
5. August 24th – Anisa Daud / QuiddityGiftsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
6. August 25th – Carol Braden-Williams / SilverTroveVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
7. August 26th – Donna Schindler / TreasuresFromTheLakeVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
8. August 30th – Dawn Whitehand / DeeDeeDeesignsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
9. August 31st – Holistichem / holistichemVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
10. Septenber 1st – Linda B. / LinorStore / Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show
11. September 2nd – Katrina Beck / DonBiuSilver / Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show

A special thank you to the blog contributors who were the hosts of the CIJ virtual Jewelry Trunk Show!

Alicia of AliciasFindings
Catherine of DesignsByCnC
Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns
Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Opal of ApronStringsOwlLady
Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Please use #CIJJewelryTrunkShow on social media as you visit our virtual Jewelry Trunk Show!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJJewelryTrunkShow!

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DonBiuSilver – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Opal of ApronStringsOwlLady

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Katrina Beck from DonBiuSilver

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1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hello lovelies! My name is Katrina Beck, I’m a former model and wholesale rep from Vancouver, Canada. My life, family and studio are not in beautiful Bali where I feel like a mermaid everyday

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

My husband is from the royal family of Bali and here ancient silversmithing techniques can still be found! Together with my two month old daughter and two other silversmiths we live in a beautiful commune by the sea. Our land is surrounded by huge banana trees and Don Biu actually means banana tree in Balinese. We love keeping ethnic traditions alive whilst blending them with our own unique sense of trends and style.

Here’s one of our designs:D

3. What is your creative process?

I meditate in a grass hut on our property before pulling out my sketchbook to draw our original designs. I find the place my head is in during this time best captures my imagination.

4. Where do your materials come from?

Our materials are ethically sourced from very few trusted distributors whom know my husband and I personally.

5. Do you take custom orders? 

Yes we offer free engraving and customization’s on every design. I would say that’s where over 30% of our business comes from.

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

Every morning our studio goes through a spiritual cleansing. Offerings made by hand from woven palm leaves and flowers with rice are placed around our sources of water as well as air, the land  spirit and fire ( <- which is every table since we use fire to make jewelry) , one is also placed in the direction of the sea. A burning incense is placed on top of each and then droplets of holy water from Volcano Besaki and sprinkled on top. This process is essential to the was we create as is the energies of the studio.

Intro to Silver-smithing Video:

7. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: DonBiu
Instagram: DonBiu
Pinterest: DonBiu

LinorStore – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Opal of  ApronStringsOwlLady

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Linda from LinorStore

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1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

I’m Linda B. and I’m married and live in Elgin, IL. My shop is Linor Shop

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

My inspiration is making Judaica jewelry and Jewish women’s head-coverings using wire, beads and charms.

3. What is your creative process?

I’m mostly self-taught and have taken a couple of classes in wire-wrapping. For a kippah (women’s yarmulke) I start with wire and beads and turn them into circles and spirals until my hands and eyes tell me I’m done. I don’t work with a pattern and purposely do not make them round because only G-d is perfect.

4. Where do your materials come from?

Online bead and wire shops and Facebook sellers.

5. Do you take custom orders?

I love taking custom orders. That is my specialty, meeting and exceeding my customers’ expectations.

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

I value the traditions of Judaism and want to help my clients get elegant designs for bar and bat Mitzvahs and other happy occasions

7. What are your social media sites?

You can find me on:

Pinterest: lindab142
Instagram: lindab142
Facebook: linorstore
Twitter: lindab142
Wanelo: lindab142

Holistichem – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Sharon and Lorraine from  Holistichem

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1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

We are Sharon and Lorraine Pitman of Holistichem. We are sisters and make our own range of jewellery. We live in Erskine which is just outside Glasgow in Scotland, UK.

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

As holistic therapists specialising in wellbeing and with a background in design, we have used our passion for creativity and wellbeing to create a range of wellbeing-inspired jewellery using quality semi-precious gemstones. Having co-founded Holistichem, we launched our Etsy shop in 2014. We are inspired by natural gemstones and their individual colours and incorporate these into our work.

3. What is your creative process?

Our creative process is always influenced by natural semi-precious gemstones. We take inspiration from colours and bead shapes. Our process can vary with each piece we make. Sometimes we will work with the gemstone and create something around its natural beauty. At other times, we may have a specific idea for a style and work around this using different types of beads and colours.

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4. Where do your materials come from?

We always ensure that we use authentic semi-precious gemstones in our creations. We source our beads from a reliable supplier based in the UK that sells high-quality semi-precious gemstone beads. Where possible, we also use findings that are lead, nickel and cadium-free.

5. Do you take custom orders?

We are always happy to provide custom orders and enjoy making bespoke pieces of jewellery. We can create custom-made beaded jewellery using a variety of semi-precious gemstones, bead type, sizes and colours. On request, we can provide small-scale wholesale orders and are also able to make party/wedding favours and thank you gifts for wedding party members, etc.

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

Due to the unique nature of the gemstone beads we use, each jewellery piece is one of a kind. We use quality semi-precious gemstones, which as well as looking lovely, are also thought to have a wellbeing effect. We include a hand-written card with all of our jewellery stating the wellbeing meaning of each stone.

7. What are your social media sites?

Website: www.holistichem.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/holistichem
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/holistichem
Twitter: www.twitter.com/holistichem

DeeDeeDeesigns – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

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1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hello, my name is Dawn Whitehand, and my shop is DeeDeeDeesigns. I live on a ten-acre property in a semi rural town in regional Victoria, Australia. It is a beautiful spot and inspires me everyday.

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

I began making jewellery after an injury to my hand in 2011. The injury meant I couldn’t make larger sculptural works or go on the potter’s wheel for quite some time. So I began making pendants and beads from clay, mostly inspired by the textures and organic colours within my environment..
Since then my jewellery design has expanded to include recycled materials, such as buttons, paper and discontinued beads.

I like the idea of repurposing as it fits within my overall ethical principles – recycling is something I do in every aspect of my life, from gardening to art!

3. What is your creative process?

My creative process varies. Sometimes I have a specific idea in mind an other times I sit down as my jewellery bench and just let the design flow freely – this can sometimes result in some beautiful designs, or at the least can inform future design ideas.

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4. Where do your materials come from?

My ceramic pendants and beads come from the Earth – this is one of the aspects I love about clay! My recycled components come from anywhere I come across something I think would make a jewellery contribution.

5. Do you take custom orders?

Yes, I enjoy custom orders, although sometimes they can be scary … there is always that nagging “what if” feeling, but so far my custom orders have all worked out in happy customers.

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

I have never taken any formal training in jewellery making…. While I have a strong formal design background I have learnt the ‘technicalities’ of jewellery making from tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest and various other channels.

7. What are your social media sites?

You can follow me at:

Facebook www.facebook.com/Deedeedeesignsaustralia-590665754357532/
Twitter twitter.com/deedeedeesigns
Blog dawnwhitehand.wordpress.com/
Pinterest pinterest.com/dawnwhitehand
Instagram instagram.com/dawnwhitehand

TreasuresFromTheLake – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Donna from TreasuresFromTheLake

1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

My name is Donna and welcome to my shop TreasuresFromTheLake in Mentor, OH USA.

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

I have collected sea shells for my entire life from our vacations in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. About 4 years ago, began collecting beach glass, pottery, driftwood from my husband and my walks along the beach in Ohio. One day a few years ago he said “why don’t you start making something out of this stuff”. So Treasures From the Lake Began.

3. What is your creative process?

I have self-taught myself wire wrapping, so all my designs are unique and one of a kind. Sometimes I have a design in mind, and other times it just kind of happens. It is different with every piece.

4. Where do your materials come from?

Beach glass, pottery, come from what we find on our beach walks along Lake Erie. Seashells come from Florida. So I am at the mercy of Mother Nature for most of my inventory. Wire, charms, beads to enhance and finish the pieces come from various craft stores.

5. Do you take custom orders?

Yes I love to take custom orders. They are most gratifying. One of the custom orders I did this year was a piece of beach glass a couple found on a beach walk. They had known each other for most of their life, drifted apart and led separate lives and just recently began seeing each other. On a date to the beach they found a piece of white beach glass. I love the similarity of them drifting apart, and the piece drifting along the waves for decades. I designed a lovely necklace for her to treasure always.

Below is a work in progress; I’m not sure if this is the chain I prefer on it, and I haven’t decided if I’m adding charms.

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 6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

I have self-taught myself to wirewrap beach glass which is the way most of my designs are made. Just recently have begun to learn to drill glass that will expand my design opportunities.

7. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: Treasures From The Lake

SilverTrove – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Carol from SilverTrove

1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hi, my name is Carol Braden-Williams and I live in Independence, MO, USA. My shop is SilverTrove.

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

I’ve always loved silver jewelry, so after doing bead work, it was a natural progression to working with sterling silver, fine silver and Argentium wire. After becoming successful with wire jewelry, I became a full-bench silversmith. Now I incorporate both wire techniques and silversmithing techniques in my work. I’m inspired by nature (especially beautiful gemstones!), art, history and faith. I also love looking at other jewelry artists’ work.

3. What is your creative process?

My creative process varies depending on the piece I’m designing. Sometimes it begins with a beautiful stone. In that case, I design the piece to show off the stone in it’s best light. Other times, it starts with an idea that I’ve drawn on paper and many times I just play with the materials I have at hand. My favorite way to design jewelry is through my customers. They see something in my shop and contact me with a variation they would like to have made. That always helps me stretch my creative muscles! Sometimes they just have an idea of their own. I work with them to come up with the piece they are longing to wear.

Here’s a work in progress – I’m attaching an amethyst stone to a wire wrapped ring.

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4. Where do your materials come from?

Every piece of SilverTrove jewelry is creatively designed and forged with love from partially recycled materials. In my studio, I follow strict environmental standards and recycle all possible materials and bi-products. I actively seek metals and materials that are responsibly sourced. I am concerned about the environmental and social impact of silver, gold and gemstone mining and I recycle the silver I work with, but no metalsmith can be sure that all the metals they work with have been ethically obtained. Did you know that producing enough ‘new’ gold for one ring generates 20 tons of mine waste that is being dumped into or rivers, lakes and streams? I hope we will someday have verified source information on all suppliers of jewelry metals and gemstones with the help of organizations like Earthworks. I am an active member of Earthworks and I urge everyone to sign the “No Dirty Gold Pledge” because gold, silver and gemstones are all obtained from the same mines. Earthworks exposes plans to open mines that would pollute natural resources and destroy wildlife and habitat and they work hard to stop them. They also expose mines with unsafe working conditions, unfair wages and underage employees and have been very successful in stopping these unethical practices. Go to: www.earthworksaction.org/ for more information including a link to the “No Dirty Gold Pledge”. Their work is important because they expose unethical mining practices and are working to establish mining standards. Someday I hope all metalsmiths will know the source of the metals and gemstones they purchase. I hope we can all honor the earth first above our desire for aesthetic beauty.

5. Do you take custom orders?

N/A

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

I created new, innovative techniques for wire name and word jewelry to give it the look of calligraphy script writing. Many other wire writers have heralded my wire name and word jewelry as the best they’ve ever seen. Soon I hope to create video tutorials on my wire writing techniques so I can ‘pass the torch’ on to other artists.

7. What are your social media sites?

Etsy – etsy.com/silvertrove
Facebook – facebook.com/silvertrovedesigns
Twitter – twitter.com/CBradenWilliams
Pinterest – pinterest.com/silvertrove
Blog – mysilvertrove.blogspot.com
Instagram – instagram.com/silvertrove