Category Archives: Handmade Jewelry

Artisan Spotlight: Bedecked Beads UK

First off, tell us about yourself.
My name is Val and I have been running my current handmade business since 2009. I live just outside the beautiful city of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom.



How did you start creating your jewelry, and how long have you been doing it?
I have always enjoyed making things and as a child I used to make clothes for my dolls, moving on to knit and sew for myself as a teenager. Crafting went on the back burner for a few years, when I married and had children. Although I did love helping my kids with their school projects!


Where do you get your inspiration from?
Crafting came back into my life when I moved up to Scotland from England. I started making greetings cards and graduated into ATC’s, getting involved in international swaps. I moved onto jewellery after having made some altered art dominoes and wondering how I could make them into wearble art. I started making beaded jewellery but wanted more satisfaction for my work and I came across polymerclay which enabled me to put my own creativity into the pieces I was making.


What do you love most about your jewelry business?
I love having the freedom to create jewellery from scratch either inspired by the wonderful polymer clay artists in the world such as Donna Kato, Melanie Muir and Shannon Tabor and the wonderful flora and fauna of Scotland.


Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love reading, mainly suspense novels, spending time with my family and two gorgeous cats.

URL of your shop.
You can find my work on my website and also on instagram and Facebook (Bedecked Beads). I am currently coordinator for the British Polymer Clay Guild in Scotland.

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Artisan Spotlight: Salayi Designs

First off, tell us about yourself.

I am a jewelry artist in Southern California. When I’m not at my bench, I’m busy being mom to my 1.5 year old son and taking care of our two dogs.

6 ocean necklace FWP
6 ocean necklace

Where are you from?

I’m originally from suburban Ohio, and since have lived in Boston, Michigan and now California. I have loved living in all three places for vastly different reason, and wouldn’t trade my time in any of them.

blue sapphire enamel laying on coral, horixontal
Blue sapphire enamel earrings

How did you start creating your jewelry, and how long have you been doing it?

I started early, when I was 12! Interlochen Center for the Arts was my go-to summer camp from grade school through high school. I initially went to for violin, but as long as I took violin lessons and orchestra, I was allowed free choice any other classes they offered.  So I started with a lot ceramic classes before choosing a jewelry making class one summer.  I learned how to do all the basics, including soldering.  I just kept taking classes from there on out, right through my BFA and MFA.

coral collection
Etched collection necklaces

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration changes so often: I love learning about new topics, so the range of what I’m reading, watching and listening to is really broad. Sometimes I’m way into history, and sometimes I’m deep in natural science. Something will catch my attention and I’ll learn anything I feel will help me understand WHY it caught my attention. Since what is coming into my mind is always changing, what come out in the form of artwork is always shifting too.

etched collection necklaces
Etched collection necklaces

What do you love most about your jewelry business?

I love being in charge, and the flexibility afforded to me so I can still be with my son during the day. I love the materials I get to work with. I love creating something worn so intimately, and often for such important occasions like a wedding. Helping someone’s idea turn into a physical object is rewarding too. There’s not a lot I don’t love about being a jeweler!

jewrly grouping
Jewelry Collection

Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?

Mindfulness is my favorite hobby, and I try to apply that practice to everything I do. I love picking up new skills. This past year I learned how to make perfect macarons, decorate a cake beautifully, and sew. There are so many ways to make, and I want to try them all! I’m also an avid gardener, and have enjoyed a community garden plot for the past few years. It’s so nice to be part of a group of gardeners and I love this particular garden: it’s been around since the 1960’s and has a fantastic aging hippy vibe.
Is there anything else you would like to share?

The act of creating is so important to the human soul. Taking some time every day to create puts you in touch with your deeper human nature. So be it a piece of art, a simple meal or creating a little space for yourself at the end of the day, take the time for it.

URL of your shop.

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Artisan Spotlight: Eileen Jewelry

Tell us about yourself
Hi ! I’m Virginie, 33 year old from France. I’m the owner/maker of Eileen Jewelry. I’m a pretty normal girl who loves simple and natural things.  I’m happy to be able to work for myself and do what I love to do everyday, and I hope that my jewelry reflects that 🙂

natural pink arrowhead pendant gold filled necklace
natural pink arrowhead pendant gold necklace

Where are you from  ?

I was raised and lived in Paris until my 28 year old when I left my job and apartment to travel for a year. I always was a big city lover but my trip changed everything. And when I came back from that freedom and exploring, all that I’ve wanted was to keep nature as close to me as possible. I now live outside of Paris surrounded by a beautiful little forest inhabited by shy and cute wildlife.

Twin crystal 14k gold filled necklace
14k twin gold filled necklace

How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it ?
I started making my own jewelry 3 years ago when I broke a beautiful necklace bought on Etsy. I couldn’t find it for sale anymore and the shop owner never replied to me when I’ve asked her if she had a repair service. I was bumped because that was my all time favorite necklace. So I’ve told myself that if people can do it, why not me ? So I’ve looked online how to fix it and that was it. I was hooked. I started making and wearing my own necklaces and got compliments from friends and coworkers that finally convinced me to open a shop. And here I am. Turns out bad customer service can sometimes be a blessing 😉

14k gold filled necklace
14k gold filled necklace

Where do you get your inspiration from ?
Sometimes ideas comes out of nowhere, while walking in nature or before I fall asleep, then I have to send myself a note with my phone so the ideas are not lost forever after a good night sleep 😀 Some other time, by playing with my supplies, browsing suppliers shops or looking up for crystal rarities.

stackable ring
Stackable Ring

What do you love most about your craft/business ?
Freedom!  Falling asleep every night relaxed and happy instead of being stressed and exhausted by a day at work. Waking up naturally every morning and not by an awful alarm clock. Getting ready knowing that I can take my time. And then working on orders placed by people that loves what I’m doing and not because they just want the next trendy thing.

If I want the afternoon free to do something else or just to do nothing and enjoy some lazyness, I can just finish up the orders in the morning, go to the post office and then have time for whatever I feel like doing for the rest of the day.
I love the way things are working right now. I feel like « I’ve  made it », but I also feel free. I have enough orders to keep me busy, but not too much so I don’t have time for myself anymore. Which wouldn’t be the point of doing this, I’m not looking for being rich, or making 200 necklaces or rings a day. I want my jewelry to be special and made in small quantities. I want to be able to take the time I need for each piece, so they can be as I would like to received them if they were meant for me. If I’m not happy with something I’ve made, I never hesitate and start again from scratch. No matter the time spent and materials used, I wouldn’t ship something that doesn’t make me happy or that is meant to break after a few days because it was made in a hurry. I’m my own boss and that gives a lot of freedom 😀

natural Crystal Quartz 14k gold filled necklace
natural crystal quartz 14k gold filled necklace

Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing ?
Traveling, walking or being lazy in nature, taking photos of the beautiful spring light, gardening and learning to make new things. I also love to collect old books and have some kind of fetish for first editions. Being outdoor is what I love the most. In summer, I can spend every day outside and I never ever get bored, not doing anything special, just enjoying the elements 🙂

4 ring set Rainbow Moonstone
4 ring set rainbow moonsoon

Is there anything else you would like to share ?
I recently opened a new shop on Etsy called « Stones and Moonlight » where I’ve included everything I love : Natural beads, crystals and stones, my love for plants and their powers, beautiful treasures that I find on my everyday adventures and travels, and my passion for photography.
Whether I use antler tips that comes from natural shed or stones that were brought to me from the other side of the planet, they all carry life and adventures. And I feel lucky and happy to be able to use these unique pieces in my jewelry everyday.

URL of your shop.

Artisan Spotlight: JeSoul Studio


First off, tell us about yourself.

Hello! My name is Jensine Sullivan and I own and operate JeSoul Studio. I design bohemian, tribal, and gypsy inspired jewelry. I am a self-represented artist in jewelry design (SRAJD) and published jewelry artist. I opened my shop on Etsy a little over 2-years ago. I spent the majority of my life working in art and design related professions so jewelry design came as no surprise. It’s funny how things happen! I totally love what I do and I am so blessed to have found this wonderful creative niche.

Victorian Gothic earrings, Cross charm earrings, Medieval Earrings, Boho Goth earrings, Artisan earrings, Red bronze
Boho goth earrings

Where are you from?

I live in Cedar Falls, Iowa. It’s a community that is rich in heritage and tradition.  The arts are embraced and supported heavily here and the summer months are packed full of art festivals and creative outlets.  I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Knotted boho necklace, Long bohemian necklace, Woodland jewelry, Earthy stone necklace, Ceramic pendant necklace, Nature jewelry, Rustic
Knotted boho necklace

How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?

It amazes me how things just sort of happen. We go through life not knowing that we have a passion just waiting for us. But first, you have to find it, or in this case it found me. About five years ago, I had an idea to make fashion accessories. My first project was to make a pretty scarf. As I worked on my scarf, I got the idea to hand stitch some crystals to it. I went to my local craft store and purchased some crystals. I soon found myself dreaming of unique accessories that I could use them in.  I went to a bead shop that I had heard about a few years earlier and when I walked in, my mouth literally dropped to the floor. I thought I died and went to heaven. So I purchased a few more crystals and some agate beads. I remember going home and just sitting there staring at my beads. I was so clueless. I made a few funky brooches and I was so proud. At that moment, I was hooked. I began making necklaces and staying up until wee hours of the night. The jewelry bug had completely consumed me. And that scarf? It was the only one I ever made. Of course, I hold on to it for sentimental reasons.

Raku ceramic earrings, Maroon gold earrings, Beaded enameled earrings, Burgundy dangle earrings, Round metal drops, Sparkle and shine
Raku ceramic earrings

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I don’t think I get it from any particular thing. It just happens. And it seems that it comes from very unexpected places, like home interior magazines or even the artwork in a calendar. I think my emotions and mood plays a big part too. Many times just out of the blue an idea pops in my head. I have to write it down or make a quick sketch or I’ll forget. Also, There are so many amazingly talented artists on Etsy that make jewelry components. That in its self is so inspiring.

red bib necklace, red bamboo coral nugget necklace
Red Bibnecklace

What do you love most about your craft/business?

Freedom! Being able to just be myself and be my own boss. My business is a reflection of who I am. Sure, you have to be tough and push yourself. I am definitely my own worst critic. But for me it’s all about personal growth. You have to trust yourself and go with what feels good. That can be hard sometimes but everyday is a new day. When I do have a bad day, it’s always a learning experience. I have also met the most amazing people. Some of which are very dear to me.

Artisan bracelet, Beaded bracelet, Unique bracelet, Gemstone bracelet, Victorian goth bracelet, Raku ceramic, Gypsy bracelet, Boho glam
Artisan Beaded Bracelet

Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy so many things, but gardening is definitely at the top of my list. Because I spend so much time in my home studio, getting outside is a priority and it’s good for the soul. In the winter months or when I need to take time out from jewelry design, I will work on design projects around the house. I always seem to have something going on. I’m currently in the process of designing a large textile wall hanging. I also make it a daily rule to get exercise. It really jump starts my creativity and gets my juices going.