Today’s featured Etsy seller has been making jewelry since she was five years old! This shows in the beautiful craftsmanship apparent in all her pieces. Please allow me to introduce you all to Etsy store Vitrine.
Vitrine owner Candice makes many different types of jewelry, including one of my favorites – wire-wrapped jewelry. I have a couple of different pieces of wire-wrapped jewelry, which I just love.
Not sure what I’m talking about? Check this out:
This is the Labradorite Wire wrapped ring. Something about this look has always spoken to me, and though I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a labradorite, it’s an absolutely beautiful stone.
I’m also a huge fan of asymetrical necklaces and think this one fits the bill quite nicely:
This is the Sky Blue Asymetrical Necklace, which includes such beauties as Swarovski crystals, blue jade, glass, and wooden beads.
Candice also has quite a few Glazed Japanese Paper Pendants in her Etsy shop. I’d never heard of Japanese Paper Pendants before and asked Candice to explain this technique in the interview below. I think the pendants are really lovely!
This is the Cherry Blossom pendant, which if you look at it up-close, has some amazing detail.
Candice was nice enough to answer some questions about her art for Fantabulously Frugal readers, as well as provide a discount code to use on any item sold in Vitrine.
- When did you first begin making your own jewelry?
My earliest memory of making jewelry is when I received a set of plastic beads that resembled glass on my 5th birthday. I strung all those beads into necklaces and bracelets and wore them around the house! I guess that’s when my love for making jewelry was born. Professionally though, I started my own line a year ago and have sold my work in the US, Canada and the Middle East.
2. Where do you find inspiration for the items you create?
I often find that I’m inspired by the finds themselves…The more unique they are, the more inspired I am to use them in a design. I never know what I’m going to create until I see the bead or findings in person. That’s why I hardly buy online, and prefer to go to bead fairs. Colors, textures, form, all excite me and that’s part of the pleasure in creating; never knowing what you’re going to find, and then making something of the treasures!
3. The pieces in your shop vary quite a bit! Do you have any that you would call a favorite?
That’s like asking a mother which child is her favorite!!! My favorite is always the last piece I created, till the next one comes along and gets replaced. But secretly, I’d say mine is the eco-wood necklace that’s a stunner with the variety of beads I’ve used.
4. What are Glazed Japanese pendants?
I love Japanese culture and in 2002, walking by a Japanese Paper store in Toronto, I stumbled upon what would become one of my favorite materials – Japanese paper. I loved them so much that I looked for a way to showcase their beauty into wearable pieces. And voila- these pendants were born! I’ve mostly used Chiyogami Japanese papers. These papers are hand-made by families in Japan that have been doing this for centuries. Some even have 24 karat gold embedded in them! To protect them, I’ve used a waterproof glaze which gives each pendant an enameled shiny patina. No two are alike, and it’s like wearing a piece of art!
5. Do you plan to expand your offerings in the future?
Definitely! I love wire-wrapped jewelry so my next offering will probably be a line of wire-wrapped semi-precious stones worked into rings and pendants. My work is constantly evolving as I learn new techniques and continue to be inspired by various creative arts, so please check my store from time to time!
Candice has generously offered a promo code for all Fantabulously Frugal readers to use on any product at Vitrine. Through July 31, 2009 take 20% off the regular price of any purchase. When checking out, just mention “Fantabulously Frugal” in the comments section. You will need to pay the full purchase price (due to Etsy constraints), but 20% of your purchase price will be refunded to you.