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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Meet Linda Chandler of lchandler on etsy



Meet Linda Chandler of Jewelry by Linda and here's where to find her: http://www.lchandler.etsy.com
http://www. jewelrybylinda.com, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jewelrybylinda/

Linda Chandler began making jewelry even as a child and grew up designing and handcrafting one of a kind pieces. She is inspired from designs of nature to basic functional pieces and combines the two into literal works of art. Linda is a master craftsman in many facets of jewelry making. Whether it be silversmithing intricate filigree designs, weaving wire into almost impossible patterns or stone setting, her foremost enjoyment comes from the design to finish of her amazing pieces.
Linda has been a vendor on Etsy for well over a year and finds it a welcome change from The traditional Art Show scene that she spent many years taking part in. She feels that Etsy is a wonderful and lucritive avenue in which to share your designs, meet fellow artisans, and share tips and techniques. Watch for her latest designs on Etsy as she is continually adding them to share with her following of buyers that enjoy her amazing work.

I chose these two items from her shop to feature:
Braided Croc Bracelet 3
Each bend and twist is made by hand and is finely handcrafted of Argentium Silver. This silver is the latest alloy on the market and has a very slow tarnish rate, cleans up easily with mild soap and water.Argentium has the same amount of silver content as sterling, but uses a less copper alloy metal than sterling. I think the combination of its complexity and simplicity is just gorgeous.

And the other is her Turquoise Filgree Ring
A 10mm X 12mm stabilized turquoise cab (green matrix) was set in fine silver for this one. Very comfortable to wear and lays close to the finger. The top measures 3/4" X 1 1/4" and is a size 7. I just wish it were my size!

I sure loved visiting this shop and know I'll be going back again. Her work is exquisite and such high quality for very reasonable prices. I've found a new place to "heart".