“Where to Shop for Handmade In America USA”

I am happy to share a new ecommerce online market place with you.

GoImagine.com recently launched their new website. GoImagine is an online marketplace for “Handmade in America” artists, artisans and crafters to sell their unique creations. Individual shops offering handmade in America jewelry, gifts, and decor.

Shoppers looking to buy unique, handmade items made in the USA will be delighted with the assortment of shops and items available.

Go to their website to learn more about their story and vision.

I am delighted to now offer my creations on the GoImagine website. Here is the link to my shop: https://goimagine.com/judystreehouse

It is an exciting new change for me, and I am looking forward to being a part of this group of Handmade in America artists, artisans and crafters!

You can still find some of my handmade items in my Etsy shops, too: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse and https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouseToo

So, if you are looking for that perfect something special, unique, one of a kind, unusual, eclectic, handmade in America jewelry, gift, decor be sure to check out the shops on GoImagine.com and, of course, I’m always appreciative of your visits to my shops, as well.

If you have any questions about my shops, my items, or custom orders, please feel free to message me. You can contact me through the messaging options in each of my online shops.

Thank you!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

“Serendipity”

Swallows Nest Pottery (Etsy Shop) meets JudysTreehouse (Etsy Shop) a unique and beautiful collaboration.

Handmade Jewelry by JudysTreehouse Etsy

“Serendipity (noun) – the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”

Etsy has been a joyous journey for me.   I’ve found some awesome treasures along my way…..not only material treasures but awesome people and treasured friendships I will forever cherish.

These beautiful pottery pendants were created by the most lovely lady, Eileen.   Our serendipitous friendship began around Christmas time last year when I found her lovely pottery shop on Etsy and purchased a few of the beautiful pottery platters she creates for gifts.   A simple question about internet providers and living in the country started a lively chatter and a new friendship blossomed.

I haven’t met her in person yet but we are cyber pals and chat weekly, if not more.

She sent me these gorgeous pendants she created and said, “Girl, see what you can do with these” and now we have a few collaborated pieces……so cool!

JudysTreehouse SwallowsNest Pottery

So the moral of my story is……”life is a journey and the people you meet along the way”.   And, for me Etsy has turned into more than just a market place of cool unique treasures.   It’s a cool people place, too.

Check out Eileen’s lovely pottery creations.    I have one of her gorgeous egg platters and the most awesome bowl and look forward to adding more of her beautiful pieces to my collection.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SwallowsNestPottery

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

Handmade Jewelry by JudysTreehouse Etsy

https://www.etsy.com/listing/692166370/short-pastel-blue-statement-necklace

Handmade Jewelry by JudysTreehouse Etsy

https://www.etsy.com/listing/706033731/short-chunky-statement-necklace

Handmade Jewelry by JudysTreehouse Etsy

https://www.etsy.com/listing/706023517/short-pastel-blue-statement-necklace

Handmade Jewelry by JudytsTreehouse Etsy

https://www.etsy.com/listing/692178202/short-chunky-statement-necklace

“Heart and Soul”

Take a walk through my “garden”……take your time……enjoy!

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Peace Love and Joy

Judy

 

Earthy Bohemian Gypsy Layered Necklaces. Great Fall Jewelry!

Love Earthy Bohemian Gypsy Layered Necklaces?       Check out my unique, handmade sets.      Layers of earthy loveliness you can mix and match to create your own unique style!    Here are a few.   Find these and more at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse?ref=ss_profile&section_id=22249333

Bohemian Gypsy Jewelry by JudysTreehouse
layered necklace set by judystreehouse

Bohemian Gypsy Jewelry by JudysTreehouse
Bohemian Gypsy Layered Necklace Set, Purple Jewelry, Moon Beams

Bohemian Gypsy at JudysTreehouse
bohemian gypsy layered necklaces

Bohemian Jewelry at JudysTreehouse
Bohemian Layered Necklace Set

Creating – Handcrafted Necklace

What goes into one of my handcrafted necklaces?    Well, it all depends.

My workbench on a not so creatively cluttered day
My workbench on a not so creatively cluttered day

If it’s a piece that is commissioned from my own creative muse, it all starts with a flicker of an idea; maybe from seeing a unique pendant I’ve come across, or a pop up idea with something I already have in my abundant stash of gemstones, pearls, charms, and pendants and such; or, an urge to create something wild and unruly and rustic where I create starting from scratch such as one of my sun catchers or dream catchers.

If it’s a custom piece requested by a customer, it all starts with getting a solid idea of what that person has in mind.     This can be challenging.   It’s kind of like reading a book; two people can read the very same story but have a totally different idea or picture in their mind of what the characters look like, the scenery, and how the story ends.    So to be very clear on things we’ll send some notes and pictures back and forth until I feel confident that we both have the same outcome, or close to it, in mind.     That’s the beauty and challenge of creating a custom piece.

I’ll then determine the cost, set up a custom order and once the purchase is made I’ll get started.

If I have the supplies on hand, I start right away.        How long it takes to get it done depends on the style.    I’ll give a time frame with an expected completion date and my goal is to exceed that expectation but without rushing just for the sake of getting it done quickly.   I won’t compromise quality for a quick finish.     If it takes longer than a week, I’ll send updates along the way so the customer knows I am diligently working on their order.

Here are some pictures and the process that went into a custom order I recently received and completed.

Jewelry by JudysTreehouse
Long Beaded Necklace

This is a necklace that wasn’t exactly what the customer had asked me to create.   Why?  Because initially the request was to replicate a necklace.     And, out of respect for other artists, I don’t copy other designs.     I guess in the grand scheme of jewelry making, a necklace is a necklace; a string of beads or trinkets in different lengths that may or may not have a pendant at the end and may or may not have a clasp at the back.    But, still, I start from scratch:   how long, what kind of beads, how will I string them, pendant or no pendant, clasp or no clasp.    Of course, creativity breeds creativity but in the end I take pride in knowing that my creations are not copies but pieces that start from scratch and develop into their own unique finish.

After a few notes and pictures of pieces I had previously created, we agreed on the design.     A long strand of beaded links.   Long enough to create a triple wrap necklace.    Color was to be black, dark blue or purple.   Beads, type and style, were to be the same.     Pendant was to be one of my etched copper pendants with a dandelion design, no dangles below.    Wire was to be copper.   Clasp was to be something simple that the pendant would hang from.    The customer indicated her fashion style was minimalist and simple.

I created a price sheet, set up a custom order.    The purchase was made and I got to work.

Initially, I thought I would create the necklace with black onyx gemstones in a smaller 6mm size to better fit a simple/minimalist style.     Got out my bead stash and my copper wire and got to work on hand wrapping.

But, snafu #1; I didn’t like how the copper jump rings were working with the beads.   In my opinion, the jump rings I had on hand were a bit too thick and too big for the size of beads I wanted to use.      So, I placed an order with one of my most favorite and dependable suppliers for a more suitable jump ring.

This, fortunately, did not create a delay in the making of the necklace for in the meantime I would work on creating the pendant.

Made to Order Jewelry
Creating a custom order at JudysTreehouse

My copper pendants start with a sheet of blank copper.   I use 20 gauge.   Not too thick and not too thin.      I cut the desired shape by hand with heavy duty tin snips.    This leaves behind a rough edge on the metal.      So, after cutting the metal, I use a fine grade sand paper to smooth the rough edges; once again, by hand.

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After the shape has a nice smooth edge, I smooth the front and back flat surfaces with steel wool to create an even surface to apply the etched design.     The surface has to be clean of oil and dirt so I scrub the pieces with Dawn dish soap and Comet cleanser.

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Next comes the design application.     I’m still working on my artistic skills with drawing and painting.    In this case, I used a rubber stamp and ink to apply the dandelion design on the metal.   Here’s an example from a previous custom order.

applying the design to be etched into the metal
applying the design to be etched into the metal

After the design has been applied, the metal is put through a process which will etch the design into the metal.    There are several ways this can be done.   You can find them by searching the internet.

Once the metal has been etched, I clean it again with steel wool and soap and water.     Now I have a nice clean shiny copper pendant.

after the etching process
after the etching process

The next step is my favorite part of creating these pendants.   The patina!    There are different ways to develop a patina on metal and again you can search the internet to find out how (the internet is an amazing thing isn’t it!).        I use a heat patina which develops into beautiful colorful designs and patterns.    And, the lovely thing about the patina is no two pieces come out exactly the same.

after the patina process
after the patina process

Made to Order Jewelry
Creating a custom order at JudysTreehouse

After I’m satisfied with the patina I may or may not add an ink design to the back side of the pendant.

Pendants by JudysTreehouse
black ink stamping on back side of copper pendant

The final step on the pendants is to apply some type of sealant.   This will help to better maintain the patina.     In this case, I applied three coats of spray lacquer.   This was a three day process to allow each coat to dry between applications.

Now my pendants are done and I’m ready to start wire wrapping the beads.

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In the interim of making the pendants and waiting on the jump rings I had made another gemstone order and received these BEAUTIFUL dumortierite gemstones. These gemstones are a dark blue with some medium blue, black and brown inclusions.   I knew they would look marvelous with the copper wire and pendant.   So I opted for the dumortierite over the black onyx.

wire wrapped necklace
wire wrapping dumortierite gemstones.

What is dumortierite?    From the web:

du·mor·ti·er·ite
d(y)o͞oˈmôrdēəˌrīt/
noun
1.  a rare blue or violet mineral occurring typically as needles and fibrous masses in gneiss and schist. It consists of an aluminum and iron borosilicate.

(If you’d like to know more about these stones or may be interested in their crystal meanings be sure to google it for some interesting facts and/or opinions.)

I had estimated the length needed to wrap the necklace three times would be between 52″ to 54″.   That’s a lot of beads and wrapping but wrap I did.   85 times!

Hand beaded necklace by JudysTreehouse
Beaded Necklace before the patina

After wrapping the beads I put the necklace through a patina process.  This darkens the metal wire making it almost black.      So now we’ve gone from a too bright coppery wire look to a dark corrosive looking patina.

After the patina
After the patina

The next step is to hand polish the metal on each beaded link with steel wool. This process smooths out the metal and brings back some of the coppery shine while leaving enough of the patina so the metal has a more aged/antiqued finish; not too bright, not too dark.    I find this to be the most time consuming part of the process.   Earlier on I had tried to find different/easier ways of doing this; tried a vinegar bath which ruined some beads, didn’t buff out the scratches and brought the metal back to a coppery dull finish.      My husband bought me a Dremel which “chewed” up the metal.      In the end, for me, I find hand polishing the best way to finish my pieces and so that is my process.

Polishing by hand.
Polishing by hand.

Now I have the finished necklace.   It’s a very long 55″.    The clasp is a simple toggle clasp.    I had to try a couple of different ways to attach it to determine how it would best work with the finished product.   This resulted in a re-wrap and patina and polish of a couple of beads but that’s just my style.    If I don’t feel absolutely sure of the outcome I keep trying until I get it right.

Boho Chic Style
Custom Order created by JudysTreehouse

I also made a little “S” type removable/optional clasp.    Attaching this to the back of the necklace after it has been wrapped may help hold the necklace in place.

Now the finishing touch.   Adding the pendant.     Earlier on in this post I mentioned that each pendant will have a different patina.    I had created six pendants when I started this necklace; two different sizes, all with the dandelion design.     I liked the smaller pendants with the necklace and one of them had a more coppery finish with hues of purple and blue which looked fabulous with the beads and copper wire.

But…..

Snafu #2.   I didn’t care for the lacquer finish.   It was just too shiny.   Now I could have left it because it looked okay.   The necklace was finished and all I had to do was add the pendant.   But, I didn’t absolutely “love” the outcome.     So……

I decided to remove the glossy lacquer finish and apply a coat of Renaissance Wax instead.   This would provide a hard, protective seal will less shine.

Removing the lacquer finish was easy but it also removed the stamped ink design on the backside so I would need to re-stamp.   No big deal but I would want the stamping to set for a day so as not to smear the design when I applied the wax.

Pendants by JudysTreehouse
black ink stamping on back side of copper pendant

And, finally, after three coats of wax and a good polishing I attached the pendant. And voila!    The necklace was complete.    And done within my two week start to finish window.    And I LOVE how it came out.

Bohemian Style Jewelry
Bohemian Style Triple Wrap Layered Necklace by JudysTreehouse

Snapped a few photos.       Put it in some pretty packaging and sent it on its way to its new owner.

I hope she loves it as much as I do.

I do have five of these awesome dandelion pendants available.     I plan on making a few more beaded chains like this one to dangle them from.   Maybe you’d like one for yourself.      If so, you can contact me through my etsy shop and request a custom order or email me at judith_r@hughes. net.

Handcrafted copper pendants
Unique Copper Pendants

What do you think?