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Aspiring Metalsmiths Team

Updated on March 5, 2015
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Gayle Dowell is a jewelry and watercolor artist. She currently teaches art to a homeschool co-op highschool class.

An Introduction to Our Team

At a time in the history of Etsy where many items are no longer truly handmade, I have to say that members of The Aspiring Metalsmiths Team are true artisans. Each person on the team lovingly creates each of their jewelry pieces by hand. Most pieces are unique and one-of-a-kind. Most of the artists on the team are open to do custom work. Each artist has their own style and creative voice that speaks through their work.

All photos used with permission from the artists. Browse through the listings here and click on the photo or the link to the shop to see more work from each artist.

A & J Jewelry Designs

A & J Jewelry Designs began with a simple beading class in the back room of a local fabric store. I was just looking for something new and different to pursue. What progressed was the discovery of a passion for tools, fire, and all things metal and stone. I love to work with copper, brass, and sterling in sheet and wire form. I am still discovering a "style", and I am constantly exploring new techniques, hoping to develop interesting and unique designs in jewelry. -Angela Bowman

All Wired Up Jewelry Designs

All Wired Up Jewelry Designs. I'm a full time sales rep by day, metalsmith at night who loves creating beautiful contemporary jewelry. My goal is to create a line of affordable, jewelry that's fun, elegant and has just a little extra pizazz. I work from a small home studio and still try to take a lot of classes in metal work. My favorite things to make are gemstone stack rings and beautiful colored stone pendants and bracelets. I am expanding my jewelry now to include some wonderful pieces made with PMC (precious metal clay) because it opens up so many possibilities with texture and hand formed accents that I can use to create. Just waiting for the day when I can make jewelry all day long!

Metalsmithing Resources for Beginners

Great resources for the aspiring metalsmith!

Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing (Jewelry Crafts)
Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing (Jewelry Crafts)

I personally have this book and find that it is one of the first I reach for when looking for specific information. Any of Tim McCreights books are fabulous.

Soldering Made Simple: Easy techniques for the kitchen-table jeweler
Soldering Made Simple: Easy techniques for the kitchen-table jeweler

Soldering is probably the most mysterious and most frustrating skill to practice as a beginner.


I'm just learning foldforming. This is a great resource for learning foldforming techniques.


Amy Estelle Metalworks

Amy Estelle Metalworks. I am a graphic designer, with a background in studio arts-including ceramics, painting and photography, but metalsmithing has always held a special place in my heart.

I use traditional metalsmithing techniques and tools to personally fabricate each piece by hand in my home studio. Specializing in sterling and fine sliver creations, I draw my inspiration from color, contrasting textures and nature as a whole. I love to work with gemstones, beads, glass and vintage buttons. --Amy


anidem- unique handmade jewelry.

It all started five years ago with one metalsmithing class, I instantly fell in love with it all. I have been making jewelry ever since and love it more every day. Even though my style is not 100% defined, I definitely like big, bold statement making pieces. I however do like to try everything at least once. I love working with copper, brass and silver. I love, love, love patinas and use them in almost all my pieces. I love the character it adds and the fact that it brings out a lot of the texture which a lot of my pieces have. I also like to work with found objects, odd shaped stones and cabochons. In general I love unique looking things and I'm always aiming for my pieces to be unique and modern. I work mostly from my studio at home, but try to take classes as often as I can and when time permits. I am a full time hairdresser and time is always an issue.

I live in the beautiful city of Chicago with my mom, my boyfriend and my two lovely dogs, kakhi and luna. My dream is to be able to make my jewelry making my number one source of income in the next couple of years. I would love to be able to work in my studio full time. I'm working hard to make this dream come true also because I want to be able spend more time with my aging mother my partner and my dogs.- Jesus (Jesse) Torres-Medina

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ArtistiKat quality handcrafted jewelry: earrings, necklaces, pendants and bracelets.

I live and create from the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.

You could say I've never come across an art medium I didn't like.

My husband jokes that I'm suffering from A.D.D.; ... NOT the medical condition, but literally ADD. I am constantly "adding" one more thing to my (now very long) list of things to do. LOL

Right now, my primary love is in all forms of copper and silver jewelry. I love the warmth and richness of copper and the cool elegance of silver. I strive to make what my mind sees in the hopes that someone will like it as much as I do.

Autumn Bradley Inc

Autumn Bradley Inc is jewelry and accessories with a bohemian, rock and roll vibe. I'm all about celebrating individuality and embracing imperfections. This is how my Trash Metal Collection was born. Trashed means that I do a number of sadistic mean things to the metal which may consist of stabbing, smashing, or filing...just to name a few. Whatever methods I use, the result is that the poor metal has literally been beaten to hell. This process is done entirely by hand which means that every piece is unique. They might not be perfect but that's the point. We are all originals with flaws, dents, and a few shiny spots. My jewelry is meant to celebrate that.

Contemporary Jewelry by Beatriz Fortes

Contemporary Jewelry by Beatriz Fortes. Oh, my, doesn't that shop name sound pretentious and high street! In fact, I am a one person shop. I design, fabricate, forge, set stones and do all the necessary work to create beautiful jewelry. I like clean lines, minimalistic pieces with bold lines and bright stones.

Form and Funktion

Form and Funktion is the creative preoccupation of Stacy Low. From a small studio under the Redwood trees in Northern California, she strives to get the perfect combination of romanticism and modernism in each piece of jewelry that she creates. Silver and gold, precious gems and stones mix in pieces that have a unique blend of clean lines and ornate components.

Jewelry by Lori Citsay

Jewelry by Lori Citsay

A former teacher and a jane-of-all-trades, including carpentry and painting, Lori has always had a passion for jewelry. A self-taught metalsmith, she’s been making signature pieces for her daughters and friends inspired by, and unique to, each person. Browse her shop for jewelry that is everyday wearable; timeless and personal.

Kathlyn Kremer Jewelry Design

Kathlyn Kremer Jewelry Design began in 2007 after I finished my BFA in metals at Ball State University. I went into that declared major having no idea if I even was going to like metalwork - turned out to be a fantastic fit for my creative and methodical brain. By day I work as a bench jeweler, which has been absolutely amazing. Working in a small town family-owned business has given me many opportunities to refine skills as well as learn new ones. I feel incredibly fortunate to have found such a job right out of college.

I work in my home studio with two feline "helpers". Presently I do fabrication and wax carving at home, but am able to utilize the centrifuge to cast at work. In the near future I am going to invest in an enameling kiln, and get into vitreous enamels for the first time since school. Should be interesting! My designs aspire to be clean and simple; I am very fond of the Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern aesthetics.

Bittersweet Ring
Bittersweet Ring

Kit and Caboodle Shop

Kit and Caboodle Shop is owned by Gayle Dowell. Gayle's work is inspired by nature. She works mainly in silver, copper and bronze. Her newest collection is grasses and wildflower jewelry from the prairies of Kansas. Many of her pieces are as varied as nature itself and many are one-of-a-kind. Her pieces are rich in natural texture and she is currently incorporating beautiful colored gemstones in her pieces.

Lorie Lynn Designs

Lorie Lynn Designs. I am a jewelry artist living in northern California with my husband, son and 3 dogs. I have been involved in some form of art/craft my entire life and am constantly evolving. I have been creating jewelry for almost 5 years. I named my jewelry business in memory of a dear friend, Lorie Lynette York, who died of breast cancer at the very young age of 53. I donate 10% of my sales to a local breast cancer charity.

My jewelry style has been re-working vintage items into new wearable art pieces. But, as always, I am evolving - now into metal work. I am self taught and read everything I can get my hands on. I really have found a new love. There is just something so empowering about using hammers and torches!

Misty Ridge Designs

Misty Ridge Designs is a small, home based jewelry business located just North of Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Working with sterling silver, copper, semi-precious gemstones and the highest quality glass beads, I create unique artisan jewelry pieces. I try very hard to create jewelry that will become long time staples in your jewelry collections. Fads come and go, but my creations will stand the test of time. These elegant designs are created for the classic streak in every woman. Many of my designs incorporate clean lines and shapes that never go out of style. You can also buy with confidence knowing that I use the highest quality materials possible and put the extra care and attention in to every piece to ensure highest quality craftsmanship and durability.

A little bit about me.

I am a self taught artist. I am a native of Western North Carolina and currently run my Etsy business out of my home studio. I have worked in the health care field for most of my adult life and have degrees in both Biology and Nursing. I enjoy my art because it gives me a creative outlet and is a wonderful stress reliever. I have been making jewelry for about 3 years now and I am continuing to learn and branch out into several different jewelry making techniques.

Thank you for taking the time to look around my shop. Hope you enjoy it.

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Mystic Forest
Mystic Forest

Mystic Forest

My business, Mystic Forest, has been through many incarnations (and name changes!) as I was finding my identity as an artist/metalsmith. My jewels are created in my home studio in Western NC. I began stringing jewelry back in 1999, all the while having a burning desire to learn metalsmithing. Finally in 2005 I stumbled upon a master teacher not far from me and learned many traditional metalsmithing techniques from him. I'm still very much learning and broadening my skillset. My main focus is spiritual/metaphysically-themed jewelry, some of which is in my shop (which is a work in progress!).

VC Artisan Originals

VC Artisan Originals

Hi there! I've had my Etsy shop for 2 years now but I'm new to the metalsmithing world. I started this year and I've slowly built up my studio to where it is now. I love to hand forge copper and red brass into wearable art using traditional methods! I like to explore patinas and textures. I collect rusty old metal spikes and odd bits of things for texturing my pieces.

I'm a bit of a tool nut and I adore vintage tools! For every sale in my shop, I get a new hammer or a new tool or a new torch and thus broaden my education. Every project is a new experiment in my exploration of this new medium.

I work exclusively in copper and brass because I love them so! I love primitive, rustic styles and I love modern, minimalist styles. I bounce from sleek to textured.

My shop is eclectic, full of metalwork but also beadwork. I'm a beadweaving instructor and it was my first love in jewelry making. I do a bit of everything but this metal obsession has taken over my life and I'm hooked! I'm currently learning to bezel cabochons and I've had both successes and failures (or learning experiences).

Aspiring Metalsmith Blog Roll

Team members of the aspiring metalsmith team invite you to get to know them better through reading or following their individual blogs. Each artisan is passionate about what they create. Visit them and get to know them better!

We've Introduced Our Team, Now It's Your Turn

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      5 weeks ago

      Absolutely gorgeous!!

      It’s a gas working with meatals

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      Melissa Miotke 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I love how funky yet feminine these pieces are. Beautiful!

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      5 years ago

      Wow...beautiful lens! I'm a new metal smith and that's how I originally discovered Squidoo. I haven't been doing it for a while since I decided to concentrate my efforts on trying to become a lens master, and apparently my brain can only handle one thing at a time, but as soon as I feel I have a good grasp of Squidoo, I'm starting back up, and thrilled to find your lens and the resources and ideas you share. Thanx!

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      5 years ago

      You are very talented. These pieces are truly lovely.

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      5 years ago

      Amazing creations, and what a talented group of people. Art you can wear.

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      6 years ago

      Absolutely Fantastic!

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      6 years ago

      I have to say that your metal smith team has moved well beyond aspiring and are amazing artisans each in your own right with wonders being unfolded from your amazing creativity...I've been finding myself paging up and down, just enjoying this lovely gallery you have presented here.

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      6 years ago

      More in common than you realize. My husband is a silversmith and does lapidary. So appreciate your lens style. Absolutely beautiful. Blessings. On my way over to my "Broken" lens to address your question now.

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      KingLobster LM 

      7 years ago

      What an incredible talent. It is truly amazing that you work on a team like this that makes such beautiful pieces of jewelry. We usually think that jewelry that looks like that could be made in a factory somewhere. It is nice to see that individual talented artists are able to do it as well. Great work.

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      whoisbid lm 

      7 years ago

      loved it

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      7 years ago

      I enjoyed these beautiful jewelry designs.

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      7 years ago from USA



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