We love what we do here at Rio. We love helping jewelers get the tools they need, we love designing new findings for them to work with, we love talking to them on the phone, on Facebook and Twitter, or face-to-face at big jewelry shows like SNAG—but we really love seeing what they come up with! We’re lucky enough to see some incredible, beautiful work made with our products, and we love being a part of the process.
Ever since Etsy.com started back in 2005, it’s been easier and easier for jewelers of all sorts to open their own online store to sell their wares. I reached out to our Twitter followers—you are following us on Twitter, aren’t you?—and asked how many of them had Etsy stores. We had a great response, and thought it’d be fun to take a peek behind the curtain at some of them and hear about the art—straight from the artist!
I asked the artists the same set of questions:
- How would you describe your work?
- What are your favorite materials to work with?
- What is your favorite piece available in your store?
- What is your favorite Rio product?
Here’s what three of them had to say:
ETSY STORE: Bead Indulgences
ARTIST: Deborah Gray-Wurz
LOCATION: Albuquerque, NM
DESCRIPTION: “I consider myself a wire artist that joins metal and other mediums via weaving with 26-gauge wire. A fellow jewelry artist coined my style as ‘Elegant Country Baroque.'”
FAVORITE MATERIALS: “Sterling silver wire, hands down! Occasionally, I’ll work with copper, phosphor bronze, and gold-filled.”
FAVORITE PIECE: “My favorite piece in my shop, that’s a difficult question. I would have to say the Cubic Zirconia & Pearl Necklace. After I made the Cubic Zirconia & Pearl Earrings, they screamed out in need of the necklace!”
ETSY STORE: Tactile Melodies
ARTIST: Chelsea Jones
LOCATION: Bloomington, IN
DESCRIPTION: “I love making metal and gemstone jewelry that is simple enough to be versatile for every day, but with enough personality to make an impression. I think accessories are the vital punctuation on personal style.”
FAVORITE MATERIALS: “When it comes to metalsmithing, I am happiest working with copper and silver. However, finding unique and inspiring gemstone beads at shows or shops is the most exciting feeling! Of course, I’ll use just about any material I can get my hands on if it solves a design problem :).”
FAVORITE RIO PRODUCT: “As much as I need all my Rio hammers, files, and bench accessories, I couldn’t live without the liver of sulfur. It helps me provide finishing touches I couldn’t get any other way.”
ETSY STORE: Willajunejewelry
ARTIST: Erin Kleymann
LOCATION: Santa Fe, NM
DESCRIPTION: “I would describe my work as feminine, functional and contemporary. I try to make pieces that people can wear every day and that fit a range of price points. I like the enjoyment that people get when they own a handmade piece.”
FAVORITE MATERIALS: “Metal Clays!! I love everything about them, and the difference between copper, bronze and PMC always keeps my creativity fresh. When I need something different, I indulge in some traditional silversmith or beading projects.”
FAVORITE PIECE: “My fortune cookie necklace [here are matching earrings]. Inspired by my graduate school love of Chinese food, each one really is different and unique and they always get a reaction at shows.”
FAVORITE RIO TOOL: “PMC3, the range of things to do with it is amazing, from bezels, texturing, modeling, or enameling. I’m always learning another technique or trick and I thoroughly love getting to describe the metal clay process to people, it blows their minds that such a product exists!”
Thanks to the above artists! Make sure to check out their stores, and let us know some of your favorites.
If you’re wondering about how Etsy can help you, check out our own Amy Dalness’ blog post about how she got her Etsy jewelry business started.