Sparkling beads and gemstones

Sparkle Lovers

For as long as I can remember, I always loved jewelry. I loved and still love sparkles and shiny metal. Like a magpie who can't resist shiny objects. I remember once when I was young, growing up in the Netherlands, a neighbor of mine caught a magpie stealing a ring from her bedroom. The Dutch are known to always have their bedroom windows open. 

I would often look at the beautiful window displays of jewelry stores, I loved all those pretty things. As I became a teenager I knew I wanted to learn how to make jewelry but my grades in school were not good enough to go to a special education in jewelry making in the Netherlands.

I ended up moving to America when I turned 17 and took my first class there. I first learned how to make jewelry using the lost wax method. I love this method but you need so many tools and it can be very expensive. 

I did however make my first-ever ring with this method which ended up being my husband's (whom I hadn’t met yet) wedding ring several years later.

In this blog, I want to write about making jewelry and share what I love and learned and hopefully inspire you. I want to share about my experience with lost wax, tufa casting, precious metal clay, and everything in between. Precious metal clay has by far been my favorite to work with and it is what I currently use to make my one-of-a-kind pendants.  I am no expert or professional but have a big passion for the art, I am still learning every day and would love to share the things I picked up along the way!

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