My unique coin jewelry comes from combining several of my passions. My artistic past already included hand painting silk and creating wire wrap jewelry. I had also been collecting coins with an animal theme for over 15 years, getting involved when my young son wanted to join the local coin club. Besides wanting to offer something unusual, I hated to see the beautiful coins sitting in the drawer. I wanted to turn them into jewelry that could be worn and shared with others.
Over several months, I played with jewelry ideas using coins. I was really drawn to the beautiful look of enameling, but found that many coins turned black when heated even at low temperatures. So, I decided to try blending my own paints, and using that to paint the coins.
I eventually figured out to add a thick coat of epoxy to both protect the paint and and give each piece the glossy look of glass or enamel. From there started the hard work of practice and more practice.
I am proud to be one of less than 10 artists in the world that hand paint coins. Part of the process includes searching for and buying amazing coins from all over the world. It is a creative process I love, and I especially enjoy sharing the wonderful coins and their stories with my customers.
My personal life:
I live in the wine region about 50 miles north of San Francisco, California. I truly believe that I live in the most beautiful place on the planet and have the best weather possible. It is pretty inspiring, especially for someone who cherishes creativity as much as I do.
My husband and I live on a rural property with many dwarf fruit trees, an army of tiny rescue dogs, a couple of large "failed foster" cats, and 4 backyard chickens. This is in addition to a long string of foster bottle-fed kittens.
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Santa Rosa, CA
Santa Rosa, CA