I use sheet metal, either purchased or from my own scraps melted down and rolled into sheet. I then can make into bezels to set stones, forming it to ring shanks or pendants or anything else.
I love my one-of -a-kind necklace! It never fails to make me feel elegant and always attracts admirers. Upon closer inspection; the detail reveals seashells, sea horses and other marine life.
Katie Nyborg is the most talented woman I know! She has the ability to create anything that strikes her fancy. I've seen her do numerous projects for her home and yard. I must say when she started making jewelry I could tell that she found her passion! I have several of her pieces that were designed especially for me and I absolutely love each one! Katie is truly an artist with great vision!
I can now cut my own stones from slabs. I purchase the slabs or I sometimes find beautiful stones hiking our own property or hiking anywhere actually, on the beach, or when traveling. It’s amazing what you can find when you keep your eyes open. You cut, shape, grind, and polish until it is exactly what you want.
Everyone loves gemstones and I’m no exception. Adding a stone of any kind to metal, whether it is precious, semi-precious, beach glass or pebbles, gives the piece a little ‘pop’ of color and texture.
Sometimes a pendant just needs a simple chain. Other times, it needs something more. Stringing is another way to add more statement to a piece. How you string it can completely alter the piece.
It’s what got me started and it’s a fun way to incorporate some bling but still keeps it a little casual and earthy at the same time. It’s also something I can do when traveling, just grab my small box of materials and I never have to sit idle. I can’t say that about most of the other process.