How it all Began...

Posted by Cheryl Van Dyck on October 02, 2011 4 Comments

Before I started making jewelry, I had no idea that "regular" people could make jewelry.  Then one of my friends gave me an adorable pair of earrings (which I still have, you can see them in the photo at left).  When I asked where she got them, she said she had made them.  The rest is history.  I discovered the magic of beads, and started to frequent bead stores everywhere I went.  Then I discovered that they made beads from the very stones that I used to collect from rock shops.  My inner rockhound was thrilled.  Small containers of beads became larger and piles began to form.  I forgot about previous hobbies like hiking and reading.  I took a class on how to make beaded necklaces and bracelets.  Making jewelry became the way I relaxed after a long day at work.  I was always designing jewelry in my head no matter what I was doing or where I was.  

Then I saw someone take a hammer to a piece of copper wire.  From that minute on, I was a metalsmith. I fell in love with hammered metal and started making components for my beaded pieces.  I took a class to learn how to use a torch and fuse fine silver wire.  Soon that little torch wasn't big enough, and I wanted to start making more complicated metal designs. Along the way, I had met some other bead and metal addicts online, and a "jewelry retreat" was organized where we shared our skills with each other.  I learned to solder at that retreat, and I even made a handmade loop in loop chain for my very first soldered pendant. When I got home I kept practicing, and I will never forget the joy I felt when I looked at my first bezel set ring.  I still get a thrill every single time I make a new piece of jewelry from nothing but a piece of sheet metal or wire and a torch.  That last step of setting a special stone after working hard on a complicated setting never gets old, either.   Making jewelry is truly a labor of love for me, and the techniques and skills learned as the years go by are a journey to be savored.     

Comments (4 Comments)

Hello Cheryl, your jewelry is absolutely beautiful. I started beekeeping a few years ago and I was looking for something special that I could wear that would represent my new hobby that I love so much and when I saw this ring I knew that this was it. I love that you have shared your story about how you have grown in your craft, thank you for sharing.

Newfoundland, Canada

Posted by sharon on June 22, 2018

I’m so excited to make these for you Marilyn – I can’t wait for you to see them! Thanks so much!

Posted by Cheryl on October 31, 2012

I have been waiting for the perfect ring to come along for my right hand for years. Today I found it on Pinterest. I know that it will be perfect to replace the turquoise ring that was stolen from me years ago. I am so happy to have found you and enjoyed perusing your beautiful site. You indeed have found a calling.

Thank you so much. I look forward to receiving this very special set of stacking rings with the beautiful turquoise stone. Perfect!!

Marilyn in Michigan

Posted by Marilyn Wilkie on October 29, 2012

Grazi for mkiang it nice and EZ.

Posted by Cindy on December 08, 2011

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