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.
My personal life:
I live in the wine region about 50 miles north of San Francisco, California. We moved here about 30 years ago after falling in love with the area when we came here on vacations. I truly believe that I live in the most beautiful place on the planet and have the best weather possible. It is pretty inspiring.
We live on a half-acre of land with many dwarf fruit trees, 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.
I am retired from a career as a nonprofit accountant, and previously as a small business owner with my husband. Our son and his family live in the same area, and I enjoy spending time with my two grandsons who I hope will also learn to love coins when they are old enough.
Santa Rosa, CA
Santa Rosa, CA