Thursday, June 20, 2013

JET Artisan Profile:
Kerry of WanderingJeweler


Hi! I'm Kerry, and my Etsy shop is named WanderingJeweler. My specialty is bicycle chain jewelry - but of course I make other things too!

I've been a creative person for a while now. Do you remember gimp plastic lacing?

I must have made about a hundred of gimp plastic bracelets in a rainbow of colours and some that glowed in the dark.

I tried creating many different things from candles to T-Shirt designs and I found that making jewelry really got my creative juices flowing.

I’m mostly self-taught and I’ve taken several weekend workshops: in soldering, foldforming, sawing, resin, etching, riveting, etc.

Bike Jewelry Pendant



I was working on my bike one day and I decided to replace the chain. When I removed the chain I thought I could make a piece of jewelry from it that I could wear everyday!

I sold my first piece of handmade jewelry at a Farmers’ Market in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada.

I live in Campbell River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada with my husband and our energetic dog Kodi. I love to search for sea glass on the weekends with Kodi.

Bicycle Chain Earrings

I really enjoy making pendants. More than any other type of jewellery. But I do make earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and resin pendants.

Of course the largest section in my shop is devoted to my bike or Bicycle Chain Jewelry! But lately I've been exploring other jewelry making methods and techniques, and one in particular appeals to me.

I recently began making etched brass and copper jewelry like my Haven Guard brass circle pendant (above) and my Hot Pink Etched Spiral Brass Circle Pendant (on the left).

Etching metal using electricity is a lot of fun and I think it taps into the scientist part of my personality!

I want to improve my skills in soldering and stone setting.  Learning these techniques would allow me to expand my line.

When I’m designing a new piece I like to just dump items out on my desk and I shift them around and combine them until I see a combination I love.

One of my favorite places is my workshop. I love getting a new tool and learning how to use it. But I love all my tools, and the basic tools are the ones I could never do without.

My favourite tool is my 3 lb sledge hammer, I love the sound it makes when it strikes the metal.

My other favourite tool is my riveting hammer, it’s tiny and can get into small spaces.

The hammers are favorites but you can see ALL of my tools are important to me. Just look at my collection of pliers!

Bicycle Chain Metal Flower Pendant



You can find my jewelry in my Etsy shop, here:

www.etsy.com/shop/WanderingJeweler

And also on my website, here:
www.wanderingjeweler.ca






I'm active on these Social Networks:

Facebook www.facebook.com/WanderingJeweler
Twitter www.twitter.com/WanderingJewel
RSS feed - www.etsy.com/shop/WanderingJeweler/rss
Google plus plus.google.com/108061457366971030526/posts
RebelMouse www.rebelmouse.com/wanderingjewel/


Bike riding is great exercise and it really is fun!

My husband and I have toured parts of Canada, the United States and Europe on our bicycles.

We have cycled over 10,000 km in 2 years.

Many of my pieces are inspired by my travels by bicycle!


I get the recycled bicycle chains I use to make my jewelry from my bikes and also from my friend's bikes.


I hope you visit me on Etsy! I think you'll love what you find. I make unique jewelry you won't see everywhere.


In my shop you'll find many examples of cycling inspired jewelry as well as beautiful jewellery items made with glass, metal, shells and resin.


I love experimenting with lots of different materials and techniques so my shop is continually changing and evolving.

 
There is always something new to see at WanderingJeweler!


Our bikes need a rest too!

Poor things are loaded down like pack mules!


There is a lot to see in my Etsy shop, and just so much space here. So please visit!



Here's a look at some of the jewelry you'll find:





18 comments :

Terry J24-7 said...

Great profile .... I like learning more about an artist whose work I like :)

Donna Arena said...

One thing I really love about our team is the exposure to so many different styles in jewelry design and your bicycle chain jewelry is one of the most unique I've ever seen, I love that your specialty came from another favorite hobby...and that it's eco friendly and good for you at the same time!!!
Donna

DG Jewelry Designs said...

Fantastic article. Kerry, you are multi-faceted. Enjoyed reading about your bicycle trips.

Michele said...

Very nice feature, definitely very creative who would know such unique jewelry could be found in bike chains. Very nice that you and your husband have traveled by bike so much together.

capitalcitycrafts said...

Thanks for sharing this interesting artist, love the jewelry and the bikes!

SendingLoveGallery said...

enjoyed learning more about you and your creative jewelry, Kerry!

Urban Pearl Studio said...

Faboolus!

LoveStoneArts said...

What an inspiration you are Kerry! Bicycle touring is the perfect mind/body activity to offset all the stationary time we spend at our benches & computers. Someday soon I hope to be wearing one of your unique pendants and maybe even peddling around the neighborhood a little!

Beadsme said...

Great to see you Kerry. Love the packed up bikes LOL.

TheSilverBear said...

Thanks for sharing yourself and your jewelry with us, Kerry. A lovely read & great photos!

SatinDollCo said...

I've always found your jewelry great.I would never think to take bicycle parts and use them to make jewelry. You took the unconventional and made them conventional.

Tracy said...

Excellent and amazing jewelry. So so creative! It sings to my biker soul :)

WanderingJewel said...

Thank you Bob for posting this profile on my shop!
Thank you all for the lovely comments!

Lori Taggart said...

Wow! You do alot of biking! Makes me hurt just thinking about it! Love your bike part jewelry and your etching is fabulous- you get great detail!

BrassyDeb said...

Fun jewelry and fun story!

Rough Magic Mollie said...

Kerry, I love the way your Art truly imitates your Life!!! What a wonderful feature, and what fun to see you "in action." :)

jemsbyjb said...

Thanks for sharing Kerry. What a unique style of jewelry you create. And I applaud you for your dedication to biking.

nikhajewelry said...

Great jewelry, I love your designs!