Personal Collection: jasper and copper
This was an experimental piece, about five years ago, and I’m tempted to hang onto it just as a piece of art but I can’t figure out where I’d display it, so... off into the world it goes!
Red creek jasper, green and red garnet, green tourmaline, citrine, a probably-vintage glass bead, and one of the most gorgeous small labradorite beads I’ve ever seen. This is uncoated copper and I applied a black patina to part of it - it will continue to patina as time goes by, but it should look good while it’s doing it. However, it may turn your skin green if you wear it while you’re sweaty or if you’re really sensitive to copper. Just sayin’.
My silver wire is .999 fine silver over a copper core, encased in a durable clear enamel coating. (My gold, bronze, rosegold, and copper wires also have the clear enamel coating, unless otherwise specified.) I have been using this wire since I began making jewelry in 2003, because it is extremely non-reactive - people with metal allergies can wear it! - and it does not tarnish. It is also easier for me to manipulate than solid sterling wire, which allows me to hand-sculpt it into the intricate fwooshiness of my trademark style despite the extensive hypermobility caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
In the interest of being environmentally friendly, I keep my packaging as minimal as possible while still protecting the contents. Most orders are shipped in small kraft boxes inside bubble mailers, with items packed together whenever possible rather than using a single box for each piece of jewelry in an order. (If you ever need an extra box for gift-giving purposes, just ask!) Larger items are usually shipped wrapped in tissue paper in a Priority Mail box.
I am transitioning away from using packing slips or other paper inserts; while many small businesses like mine routinely include handwritten thank you notes in every order, I feel it is more environmentally responsible to express my appreciation for your patronage via email rather than contributing to the contents of your recycling bin!