I also like to create pieces from chainmaille and weave and wrap with wire.
I work primarily without sketches, but I do love to doodle which inspires me to form functional beaded jewelry. Some pieces take several days or months and some take longer until I can visualize its completed form. I weave with crystals, semi-precious stones, pearls and seed beads primarily.
How May I be of Assistance?
If you have an item in mind that you would like made especially for you, please contact me. I love digging in to new designs, shapes and colours chosen specifically for you or an occasion or function you are attending. Please read more on the repairs, restringing and redesign request page.
REPAIRING YOUR JEWELRY
My pieces are crafted to withstand normal everyday wear. In the event of an accident (a busted jump ring for example), such small repairs can be made free of charge, when mailed in with a postage paid self addressed envelope. Please contact me with your request for this. If you live locally (Richmond Hill, ON or GTA) small repairs can be performed while you wait and if I’m at a show, I can usually complete it for you to pick up. More on repairs can be found on this page.
I also perform knotting and/or re-knotting of pearl necklaces. If you have a strand of pearls that aren’t knotted, consider having this done for 2 reasons:
1) To stop you from loosing precious pearls if the necklace breaks.
2) To prevent adjacent pearls from rubbing against each other which will eventually cause damage to the pearls beautiful nacre/surface.
Knotting should be done with natural silk cord or other fine material, so that it does not affect your pearls. Unfortunately after a few decades (or less) the silk can rot, look dirty and break. Please hold on to your clasp especially if it was designed specifically for your pearls and have it restrung.
My rates are very low starting at $25 for 16″ strand (plus supplies) of 6mm beads (or larger). I can also teach your how to knot your own pearls. Private lessons are $60 (plus any specially ordered supplies) for 2 hours in the comfort of your home in the GTA. I bring all tools and materials to help you knot your pearls, and give you essential clean and care instructions.
Please » Read more on repairs and remodeling for your costume jewelry.
CARE AND CLEANING METAL JEWELRY
Proper handling when cleaning is essential to a like new appearance. If you are in doubt about cleaning, please contact me. Store your piece in an air-tight container, for example: a zip-lock baggy, and it will look new for years. This stops metals and stones from being scratched AND significantly reduces oxidization which happens to everything that has any amount of copper it in including silver filled and sterling silver pieces. Any items that are Rhodium plated will not tarnish depending on the piece, however, Rhodium plating can be scratched or worn off . I recommend you take your fine diamond and gemstone jewelry to a reputable jewelry store on a regular basis to have it inspected for loose diamonds or defective gold. It should also be cleaned regularly
» Visit the care and clean page to read more on cleaning any fashion or costume jewelry..
In-home instruction and/or jewelry parties
If you are looking for private one-on-one in home jewelry design and or crafting instruction, children’s jewelry or accessory making parties, in home jewelry parties, or jewelry making workshops, please contact me for a quotation. You will be amazed at what you can make with very little investment of your time. Your child and his or her friends will also amaze you with what they learn and create in such a short time.