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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Someone You Should Meet

It is time again for someone I want to share with you. I have two requirements when looking for someone to showcase, I like their items/product/design and I like them as a person...and Heather is all of that and more. She is super friendly, EXTREMELY Talented and her jewelry is the kind you just want to wear Everyday. After meeting and reading Heather's blog I can tell that she puts a extraordinary amount of time into her designs...she see designs, she makes them, you can tell She Loves Them and I know YOU WILL TOO (I DO!)!!!!



Name~ Heather Braun of Dalkullan Jewelry
shop website~http://www.DalkullanJewelry.etsy.com
blog website~http://www.DalkullanJewelry.blogspot.com
Facebook business page~http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dalkullan-Jewelry/71569496575


1. What kind of handmade items do you sell in your etsy shop?
I design and craft jewelry -- necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.

2. Explain your craft/art for people who may not be familiar with it?
I started out tak
ing beads and findings and assembling them into jewelry. Findings are things like clasps, earwires, and jump rings. I'd get an idea of how I wanted something to look which I couldn't do with manufactured findings, and began doing some wire wrapping. That only whetted my appetite to begin fabricating components from sheet metal. I began acquiring more and more tools; a torch, tumbler, files, jeweler's saw, and then the quantum leap occurred when I took a metalworking class from Joe Silvera. Now I'm completely fabricating my latest pieces from sheet metal and wire, and it's a lot of fun. I do have some plans to make more beaded jewelry, too. I've got a gorgeous stash of beads that want to be made into jewelry.


3. What is your favorite part of the creative process?
Making the jump between designing a piece on paper, and actually creating it out of metal. It's amazing to me to look at my drawings and the finished piece together, it's a real "Wow, I actually make this" moment.


4. If you have to pick one item in your shop as your Favorite which one would it be?
(pictured above)
The last thing I've made always has a special place in my heart, but they're all dear to me. Since I must pick one, it'd be the Noir Necklace.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24954154

5. Where do you hope to see your etsy shop in 1 yr?
I'd like to be making a few sales a week, and hopefully begin making a profit in a year. I'd love to use gemstones in my designs, learning how to set stones is definitely on the agenda, and also incorporating some gold into my designs.
There are new techniques I'd like to learn, granulation and metal forming on stakes. I've got ideas for new designs I'd like to implement. I'd also like to increase my tool stash, more types of hammers, a rolling mill, stakes, another torch, and a lovely jeweler's bench.
6. Is etsy the only place people can find you online?
I've dabbled on a couple other online venues, but Etsy is my only active shop. I really like Etsy, it's not perfect, but it's a wonderful site, and I'm planning on being on Etsy for a long time. The staff at Etsy are just tops, and I've learned so much from their emails and of course the Forums and Storque are awesome!

I think that Heather will be doing a WHOLE LOT MORE that a few sales a month come this time next yr. Mark my word... want proof, go check out her Signature "LIFESAVER EARRINGS"

Her Shop is FULL of eye candy, HAHA, get it , lifesavers, candy ,haha.... but seriously it is.

2 comments:

DalkullanJewelry

Thanks so much Meredith for featuring me on your blog! You are just the kindest person, thanks so much for all the wonderful things you wrote about me. I'm just bowled over by it. It's way more than I deserve.
Thank you!

Daria

How nice to feature another creative person (it's also a favorite part of my blogging) - for everyone to learn about all the artists out there, putting so much of themselves into their artwork - for all of us to enjoy. Keep it up Meredith and Heather!! :)

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