Gigi Keeps Turning Heads

Gigi Singh Jewelry

Back in 2007 on a kitchen table I had the crazy idea that I wanted to make my own wedding favors for my wedding that was a couple of months away. Well, the wedding favors never made it to life but an idea to make jewelry bloomed. I've had a career in retail which put this new found hobby to bed for several years. Bummer!

I've since then quit the crazy retail world and focused on being a stay at home mom and started back up with my GiGi jewelry.

Every day is a day filled with giggles, messy kisses and lots of hugs. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to get to pursue my business while being a mom.

My jewelry is fun, colorfully vibrant, dimensional with an organic feel. You’ll see a lot of flower patterns throughout the website simply because I love flowers with most of my pieces being lead and nickel free.

I try and get out there and do lots of art festivals which lets me meet new GiGi customers and reconnect with my regulars! This has been so much fun and all the gals that I've meet have been super cool, hip, fun with beautiful souls.

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Obsessed with Lampwork

Sharon Carlucci: Carlucci Glassworks

Sharon has had a love of things handmade since childhood.  Her grandmother, Sarah, with infinite patience, taught her how to knit and embroider. Later, having worked for a needlecraft company for 8 years, Sharon began making quilts.  Interested in other forms of art, she turned her direction toward a smaller scale of art and glass beads have become her obsession.  Sharon has been making lampworked glass beads since 1996, having studied with a number of renowned beadmakers.  A juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Sharon has served as Vice President of Standards and Chair of the Show Selection Committee.  

Sharon's beads are created using an oxygen and gas torch and colored glass rods from Italy.  The glass is heated and "wound" around a steel rod, then carefully shaped and decorated using additional glass.  Finally, the beads are placed into a kiln to anneal - a process of slowly cooling to "temper" the glass.  The wirewrapping of her lampworked glass beads comes naturally, not only to enhance the beads, but also to create a line of exciting and innovative jewelry.  

 

Beaded & Hammered into Beauty

Michele Fairley Jewelry Design

Color is central to the design of my hand-crafted jewelry. A featured hand-blown glass or hand- made ceramic bead is combined with beads that complement and enhance its colors. Woven beaded bracelets and earring patterns are designed in Adobe Illustrator, using bead colors for my palette. I also hammer silver or copper into interesting shapes for earrings, and torch the copper for a color patina. The elements in a finished piece should work together harmoniously, but I like to add a visual surprise every now and then.

I am also a graphic designer and find jewelry making to be intuitive and rewarding. I often begin by sketching, then play with materials to create what I have in mind. A piece usually evolves, moving away from my initial idea to something suggested by the materials.

Here are three process photos. One shows a sketchbook, where I not only sketch ideas, but paste models of shapes, noting sizes, tools to use, etc. The workspace photo shows the table where all jewelry making takes place. Behind the table is an old bench, where where beads are stored according to color, along with wire, cord, metal plate, etc. The studio with the iMac is where I design beading patterns in Adobe Illustrator, converting bead colors to palette colors, and also where I load photos of finished jewelry onto my Etsy site.

Here are examples of my designs as I interpret them on Adobe Illustrator.

I shop locally for materials at Blue Santa Beads. At Bead Fest, a huge wholesale market, I look for my favorite bead artists, especially glass and lampwork artisans. I like to travel, looking for bead shops wherever I happen to be. One May I went to Thailand and China. On one 105-degree afternoon in Bangkok, I shuffled through the maze of the Chatuchak market, where I eventually found beads from Nepal and Tibet. In Morocco I found amber at a reasonable price. I became a little better at bargaining in China and Morocco.

I enjoy meeting the people who buy my jewelry. It is great fun to spend time making something, and then watch someone pick it up and try it on. Happy shopping!

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Estelle Lukoff: Meticulous Craftsmanship

Estelle Lukoff Designs

I handcraft unique, elegant and sophisticated jewelry designs in my light filled Pennsylvania studio.  Most of my jewelry is eclectic but yet classic in the way I combine materials, textures and color.  My signature style, meticulous craftsmanship and rich color combinations give my jewelry a uniqueness and elegant artistry with broad appeal.

Inspired by colors, textures and patina of global cultures and all things nature, my designs use a mixed media approach by combining solid brass with an antique brass finish, fine metal elements, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, assorted gemstones, glass, epoxy clay, paint and fiber.  A multi step antique process for my brass findings as well as hand set Swarovski crystals are just some of the many detailed features that you will find in my jewelry designs.

Jewelry Juxtaposition: Andrea Bretz

Andrea Bretz: Metal Worx Jewelry Designz

Jewelry from Metal Worx Jewelry Designz is dedicated to vintage inspired, upcycled, and handstamped jewelry.

My jewelry is constructed from aluminum, bronze, copper, pewter, and sterling silver. Metal Worx Jewelry is born out of passion for designing distinctive keepsakes and creating personalized jewelry that tells the story of the past, present, and future. I use proportion and balance when creating my pieces of jewelry so that each piece is balanced in regards to color and size and that it is visually appealing to the eye. As a result, Metal Worx Jewelry has an eclectic style and feel to it.

What sets my jewelry apart from my competitors is how I create a juxtaposition between jewelry materials and how I combine unique and interesting components to create the final product. 

See more at Andrea's website.

delicate . silver . jewelry

Amanda Knight: Delicate Designs by Amanda

I am a jewelry designer from Malvern, PA with over 20 years of jewelry design experience. I am inspired by color, stones and nature and have created a delicate looking sterling silver jewelry line with semi-precious gemstones, fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals.

I focus on designing jewelry that is stylish and trendy yet classic and timeless so my customers will be able to appreciate it for years. As an entrepreneur, I have a passion for living a creative lifestyle and enthusiasm to create accessories that will allow women to express their style. 

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Chainmaille Jewelry: Not Just for Knights

Rebecca Warda: Jewelry

I am a jewelry maker living in Media (PA), the small town where I was born and raised.  I grew up in an artistic family and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love making things.  I’ve always been drawn to things that require patience – chair caning, quilting, embroidery.  For the last 15 years or so, I’ve been making jewelry.

My favorite technique is chainmaille.  Not just for knights anymore, chainmaille weaves are beautiful as jewelry. It involves opening and closing hundreds of metal rings, requiring a lot of patience, but it’s so much fun to watch the pattern develop. My pieces are lightweight and easy to care for, made mostly of bright aluminum and enameled copper.

Another technique I love is Kumihimo, a Japanese method of braiding silk strands together to make a very strong cord originally used to hold various pieces of a Samurai’s armor together. My necklaces are made with eight strands of strong nylon cord, loaded with beads of different sizes.

I’ve recently retired after almost 38 years managing a small university art museum/gallery.  I look forward to growing my Etsy shop and many hours of happy jewelry making!

Want to see more? Check out Rebecca's ESTY shop.

Meet Anita DiPietro

Warrior Princess

Warrior Princess

Do you have one piece that you are most proud of, and why? This sparkling citrine drusy statement necklace (“Warrior Princess”) is one of my favorite pieces, and one that I am incredibly proud of. This is a rather large focal piece, which I really enjoy creating. The moment I saw this gorgeous citrine, it immediately reminded me of the sun. All ancient cultures throughout history have used the sun as a symbol that was often used to represent Life, Strength, Energy, Feminine Power, Force, Clarity and Self.  I instantly envisioned it emblazed in an arrow-shaped, textured silver setting with a copper bail, added for contrast. I paired it with a piece of fossilized coral and tiger’s eye, because they complimented the citrine perfectly.  It is just one of those pieces that was inspired by the focal stone and I was able to translate that idea into a beautiful piece of wearable art jewelry.

Where do you find inspiration for your work? Most of my inspiration comes from nature.  For example, gemstones and fossils, organic textures and patterns, trees, the sun, moon and stars, flowers, landscapes, etc. I’m also very inspired by ancient civilizations and symbols.  At times, a song or emotion may also inspire a piece.  I am very open to the world around me and look for inspiration everywhere.

What started you on this artistic endeavor?  My metal jewelry making endeavor began in 2005, after taking a jewelry/metalsmithing workshop at a local gallery.   I never had the opportunity to work with metal in high school or college art classes, and I felt a genuine connection with it, perhaps, because I watched my father working with metal when I was young.  My father designed and created custom wrought iron railings, gates and home accents in our garage and taught my sister and me to braze small sculptures from welding rods and cut designs into tin cans with the torch.  When the course was finished, I set up my own studio space and began to experiment with different metalworking techniques.  I purchased various tools and materials over the years, as my skills developed; and now, more than ten years later, I’m still intrigued by metal.

What is your favorite part of your artistic process? The most enjoyable part of my artistic process is actually working with the metal.  Designing and sketching jewelry is a lot of fun, but actually manipulating the metal, sawing, filing, shaping, soldering, finishing and especially texturing is what I truly enjoy.  The process of transforming a raw piece of metal into a piece of wearable art jewelry gives me a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. 

When I grow up I want to … I recall when I was in fourth grade; I was extremely fascinated with earth science and learning about the different types of rocks and fossils.  I remember declaring that I wanted to be an archaeologist when I grew up.  Later, in high school, I was more interested in becoming a graphic artist.  However, neither of these would become part of my journey in this life.   Instead, life led me to jewelry/metalsmithing, in which my deep appreciation of stones and fossils is still evident.

Where did you learn your craft / art? I understood the elements of basic design, art, and color theory in college; however, for the most part, my craft is self-taught and my skills are refined in my studio as I work.

If you were magically given 3 more hours each day - what would you do with them? I would play with metal and make jewelry, of course!  I would also like to experiment more with small sculptural forms in copper and silver, or practical home décor or garden items.

If you were not a metalsmith/jewelry artist, what art / craft would you explore?  I would definitely explore clay.  I absolutely love all types of pottery, and have accumulated quite a few pieces over the years from talented clay artist friends.  I was fortunate enough to be invited to a clay class that one of my friends teaches, and I had a chance to “play with clay”, as she says.  I enjoyed the class very much and had a lot of fun as well. 

Artist Statement

I am a jewelry artist/metal smith, specializing in studio-created mixed-metal artisan jewelry and custom jewelry design.  My greatest inspirations include nature, fossils, gemstones, and ancient civilizations.  Using primarily silver, copper, bronze, unusual gemstones and fossils, my jewelry reflects the deep appreciation I have for the beauty and art that occurs in nature.  Currently, my focus is on texture and movement in my designs, though form and balance are also essential.  I utilize conventional and non-conventional techniques and tools in my studio.  Each piece is carefully constructed by hand using fabrication methods such as sawing, forging, soldering, fold forming, traditional and innovative stone setting, hot and cold connections, and texturing.  I enjoy the process of transforming raw materials such as metal sheet, wire, unusual gemstones and fossils into timeless designs with a deeper meaning, to adorn the body, as well as the spirit.

Please visit Anita's website to see more of her beautiful designs.