Hi there. My name is Phyllis and I have been making jewelry for 9 years. I initially started with simple wire wrapping but have worked my way through simple stringing, on and off loom weaving and various other techniques and am now concentrating on chainmail and metal smithing. I work in argentium sterling silver, copper, bronze and jeweler's brass. My metal smithing at present is involved with fusing and soldering argentium silver, copper & brass and then combined with designer gemstone cabs into one of a kind pieces of wearable art. I like the challenge of seeing just how far I can go in making new and creative pieces. It can be frustrating but also very rewarding.
I have had several articles/tutorials published in Step By Step Wire magazine and two online tutorials with Bead and Button magazine.
All the handcrafted items in my booth are designed and made by me. I do incorporate fine artisan made beads, findings, and even pendants in my designs. Except for the lower end just for fun inexpensive pieces I try not to use mass produced items as I believe in supporting other artists. I also like to use quality vintage items in my designs also.
I have added a section of vintage jewelry. These are simply items I've picked up at auctions that I do not intend to use in my designs. Some are high quality sterling items but most are lower end costume jewelry. With few exceptions all the vintage pieces are in good to excellent condition. I do try to list all damage/wear to the vintage items listed.
I live in a rural area and like many artists I am inspired by the natural world around me.
By profession I am a registered nurse working in a medical ICU but would like to retire and spend my time designing & making jewelry, gardening & going interesting places and doing interesting things.