My journey with jewelry started when I was young. I can remember making friendship bracelets, wire bracelets from wire that I got from my dad's work truck (he worked for a telephone company), and seed bead necklaces. I did not make too much jewelry as an adult, until I found myself laid off from my job. I now see this as a blessing in disguise - I would not have been able to get back into it like I have now! I started out beading, like many people do. I loved beading, but I wanted to learn more, so I took Metals classes at the community college in our town. Through the classes and lots of trial and error, I am able to make the pieces I am today! While I still love to add beads to accent certain pieces, I mostly enamel and make pieces using metalsmithing techniques.
I like to focus on color. In the majority of my pieces, I always start with trying to figure out how to best accent the color of each piece, whether it is a piece of sea glass, a pretty stone, or an enamel color. Lately I have been combining enamel with sea glass and stones. I love contrasting the stones with enamel!
All of my metal jewelry is hand sawn, hand stamped, and hand finished - I do not use pre-made blanks on any of my pieces. I can also do custom pieces beyond what I have shown here in my shop. See my Facebook page (facebook.com/cjsseahop) to see some of the pieces I have done for others. Yours could end up in the Custom Orders album as well!
I am happy to be able to share something I enjoy very much - so enjoy yourself while having a look around my shop!
Find select pieces locally:
South End Surf Shop - Wrightsville Beach, NC
Lantana's Gallery - Southport, NC
On social media:
Instagram - @cjsseashop
Facebook - facebook.com/cjsseashop
Twitter - @cjsseashop
I love to see your pictures of my pieces! On Instagram, tag #cjsseashop @cjsseashop. On Facebook, tag CJ's Sea Shop. For Facebook, for the tag to show up, you will need to be following my page.