Copper Jewelry Rustic Element Design

by Catherine Jeltes in From My Design Studio
Giving customers a peek at what I envision when designing jewelry forced me to articulate what I am drawn to as an artisan and why.  In other words, how do I describe my designs?
Commercial store-bought jewelry rarely appeals to me. I want that rustic, handmade feel to my jewelry–unique pieces that capture the personality and essence of the wearer.
Artisan Copper Greek Patina Pendant
My designs have an earthy appeal, offering a sense of history and personal story that is nature based. They are very textural and tactile, appearing time-worn and well-loved.
(Left)  Celestial Copper Ring            (Right) Copper Wrap Band Ring Verdigris
Copper is my favorite metal–it is so versatile! There is nothing more satisfying than transforming unmarred, shiny copper sheet metal into something hammered, shaped, and torched into a design element that appears weathered and ancient.
I have a versatile home studio filled with natural light (and many, many, plants) that I use for nearly every aspect of my art:  jewelry design, painting, photography, printing, packing and shipping. The metal working–hammering and torching–I save for a less flammable area that does not contain paint (or cats 😉
Coming later this year…adventures in soldering.