I love it. I wear it all the time. Rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Put me in a jewelry story and I swear my hormones go crazy. Growing up I was a tomboy. Attempts to teach me to sew, cook, knit or needlepoint didn't take. My mom is good at those things, and the handmade gene did get passed on to me.
Here's my very first workspace!
That funny green desk? My dad made it. He has the gene, too.
Working here I made mostly strung beaded jewelry and basic wire pieces. Even then I used only sterling silver wire and real gemstones.
Today I still only use precious metals and fine gemstones along with handmade glass. I'm always learning new techniques and looking to expand my expertise like fusing fine silver (watch me at work in these videos!). Later in 2018 I'm going to move on to metalsmithing and soldering. That will be amazing!
This is how my studio looks today -
So why try to join an already crowded market?
Because it's hard to find things I like.
Handmade jewelry that isn't cutesy, fussy or stuff your grandma would wear. No matchy-matchy stuff.
I love things that have clean lines. I like mixing shapes, colors and textures. I love pieces that are elegant and distinctive, but hold a natural vibe, too. A little bling goes a long way!
My ideal customer is a woman who isn't afraid to let her accessories speak quietly. A woman who wants to be seen, not compete with her outfit. A woman who values unique, finely-made things no matter what they are. Style and substance. Everything is made by me in Wisconsin. I take enormous pride in my work so that you look good every time you wear something from the Wire Smith.