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Who am I?
My name is Karen and I'm a science researcher with a passion for jewellery making.
When I was seriously ill a few years ago, I was inspired to take up jewellery making as I wasn't able to go out to work. I was unwell, exhausted and feeling down, a simple piece of jewellery lifted my spirits bu,t like you, I become frustrated when I couldn't see EXACTLY the pieces I wanted, in the colours I wanted, in the sizes I wanted.
I soon realised that it was perfectly possible to adapt things to my needs and desires. I've developed an extensive range of skills thanks to courses, tuition, reading and LOTS AND LOTS of practise!
It's a real labour of love.
I now make things from beginning to end using a blend of many techniques - silversmithing, metalwork, chainmaille, scalemaille, wirework, beadwork, clay (polymer and precious metal), carpentry, even wire knitting!
Where am I?
I'm based in a small rural village in Central Scotland, surrounded by windswept wild moorlands. When you pause for a moment and actively LOOK at the world, it's breathtaking! I'm constantly inspired by the moods, emotions, shapes, textures and colours of nature during the changing seasons.
Why do I want to do this?
It's been a really tough few years, I've had some serious illnesses (cancer and depression) and I've been to hell and back. I've struggled through, whilst trying to cope with work, study and family life as well. The love and support of my family and friends has touched my heart, pulled me through and kept me going. (I love you - you mean more to me than you'll ever know guys!)
Their 'words of wisdom' always remind me that they have faith in me and that I should be strong, never give up on my dreams, and have passion in life itself!
I've been struggling financially as my research is taking longer than anticipated due to my illness. My academic funding has ended and I've not been paid since August 2011, but I'm determined to see things through, finish my PhD and move forward with life.
I want to further developing my creative jewellery making, but desperately need the initial capital to enable me to buy the tools and raw materials I need to develop a unique and stunning range of personalised jewellery. My change jar is empty and I've run out of household items to sell!
What do I need?
Jewellery isn't just a fashion statement to me. It feels so vital to be reminded of the love and support that gets me through life and is with me at all times.
I need initial funding to purchase tools and materials to develop and create an individual range of unique, hand stamped and personalised jewellery in a variety of media. I long to capture the colours, textures and emotions of the changing seasons and reflect those elements in my jewellery by using different metals, gemstones and finishes.
All of my pieces will be carefully designed to your specifications - Inspirational quotes, names of loved ones or family members, carefully hand stamped, letter by letter, into your unique and individual piece.
We'll discuss materials, designs and wording to make sure that it says exactly what you want it to. Show what someone means to you - with a deeply personal, one-of-a-kind treasure.
How can you help me achieve this?
Please donate whatever you can. I've designed some rewards that you can buy to help me achieve my goal. This is my first time doing anything like this so please let me know if you have any questions, want to know more about any aspect of the project or want to suggest a reward you think I’ve missed.
Thank you for being a part of my dream
Promised of our £500 target
You will get my eternal gratitude and acknowledged as a backer on a special page of my website and a hand stamped copper thank you token of my appreciation100 rewards, 99 remaining
You will get my eternal gratitude and acknowledged as a backer on a special page of my website, a bespoke leather thong bracelet with your choice of text on a hand textured, warm, antiqued copper disk or washer25 rewards, 25 remaining
You will get my eternal gratitude and acknowledged as a backer on a special page of my website, a bespoke pendant with your choice of text, on a hand textured, warm, antiqued copper disc. (with the additional option of genuine Swarovski crystal if desired)25 rewards, 24 remaining
You will get my eternal gratitude and acknowledged as a backer on a special page of my website AND a keyring/bag dangle, with individual antiqued copper rings with the names of loved ones hand stamped.14 rewards, 12 remaining
You will get my eternal gratitude and acknowledged as a backer on a special page of my website AND a Sterling/Fine silver washer pendant. Available with or without a Swarovski crystal heart or dangle. On 18 inch leather cord.9 rewards, 7 remaining
You will get my eternal gratitude and acknowledged as a backer on a special page of my website AND a Sterling/Fine silver multi-layer pendant. Names of multiple family members, topped off with a gorgeous tree of life charm. Oxidised and antique or left bright - it's up to you!5 rewards, 2 remaining