Wednesday, April 2, 2014

JET Artisan Profile:
Debra Jeffries of DebrasDivineDesigns

Hi! I'm Debra Jeffries, and my Etsy shop is called DebrasDivineDesigns. I create unique jewelry and accessories.

You'll find a very diverse line of jewelry creations when you visit DebrasDivineDesigns. I use many traditional and some not so common supply items and components to create. The usual metals - silver, gold filled, copper ... are the basis for what I make. I do my best to use recycled metal parts to make my metal jewelry and findings, and I spice up my jewelry with fused glass, a large assortment of beads and stones, fiber, leather, feathers - and real butterfly wings!

My specialty is Butterfly Wing jewelry. I'm one of the original artisans to offer this type of jewelry on Etsy, and have worked very hard to perfect my own methods and techniques, resulting in a fantastic piece of unique jewelry people love to wear!

Real Viceroy Butterfly Necklace
I offer Butterfly Wing Pendants, for people who have a chain or necklace they prefer to use. A Butterfly Necklace can be on a chain (see left) or a Torque (I'm wearing one, above).

This jewelry is amazing. People love it!

Spring and Summer are the perfect time to show off your real butterfly jewelry. This nature inspired line of unique butterfly rings, butterfly wing earrings and bracelets is naturally colorful and a nice fashion accent!

Genuine Dotted Glory Butterfly Wing Ring
These butterfly wings are ethically sourced. The wings I use to make this jewelry are harvested from butterflies that are farm raised, and have lived their natural lives. No butterflies are harmed or killed for their wings.

I am heavily inspired by nature, the flight of a butterfly, the trail of a vine, the color in flowers, the ripples in water, the change in leaves. Love the organic feel of it all!

I am mostly self taught, but watch a lot of online tutorials and have had basic classes in jewelry soldering, patinas and stained glass.

Chiseled Copper Fan Earrings
I got this love of jewelry making as a child. I made jewelry all the time with broken costume jewelry! I sold my first piece of jewelry in 2002. I  was asked by a Woman's group at my church to do something crafty for an event on Time Management.

I had everyone make pendants or pins using broken watch parts and jewelry pieces. It was a hit and I was asked to create some jewelry for someone in the group - to sell for me.

 I'm working on my silversmithing and stone setting skills; there are no classes near me, so I'm doing it by practice, videos and reading. I just love banging and torching metal, and am loving my tools -  my soldering iron, my torch and my hammers are all important ... I can't pick just one. I'm having so much fun! I just learned how to enamel metal with a torch ...!

I'm active on Social Networks, and you can also find me here:


Michele said...

Because of Debra when I see a butterfly it reminds me of her. Love the colors and how she preserves the beauty of a beautiful creation. Thanks for sharing

SatinDollCo said...

I love Debra shop and her use of actual butterflies. Her pieces are a work of art.

LoveStoneArts said...

I really admire Deb's artistry, hard work and attention to detail. She is always seeking to improve her shop and those efforts show in her beautiful website. Expect great things to come your way Debra!

debrasdivinedesigns said...

Thank you Bob for the wonderful write up on my business. I appreciate everything you do for so many of our artisans and highly recommend people visit your's and Terry's shop. Thank you also for the lovely comments and the friendships from my fellow JET team members. It is truly and honor to do what we do and I feel blessed every day to create wearable works of art that people appreciate and enjoy.

Beadsme said...

What a great write up. Love Debs butterflies.

capitalcitycrafts said...

Great interview , I love Deb's butterfly jewelry!

Brooke said...

Such pretty jewelry! And fun to read more about the artist behind the jewelry:)

Rough Magic Mollie said...

Deb, you love what you do, and that love shines through everything you created! Beautiful jewelry by a beautiful lady!

Lori Taggart said...

Gorgeous jewelry! It's so nice to know your story!

cooljewelrydesign said...

UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL beyond words ... Deb intertwines nature from a WHOLE other perspective. Great feature!