Friday, June 8, 2012

WEST Summer Promotion: Toxie Designs

Today I'd like to introduce you to Jennifer of Toxie Designs.  She was the awesome person who pulled all of us together to participate in this summer promotion.  And of course, she's participating with her shop Toxie Designs.

Toxie Designs specializes in Modern Geometric Eco Friendly Jewelry. The designs explore geometric shapes, minimalism, clean lines along with eco friendly practices and materials.

From the Toxie Designs profile:
I began making jewelry at a young age - mainly as gifts I gave to my mom - who as it turns out is allergic to nickle and does not have her ears pierced therefore could not wear her ten year old’s lovingly made jewelry.

I continued on making jewelry for just myself and other as gifts until about 5 years ago. That’s when I started making Swarovski crystal jewelry that I been selling in a local women’s boutique. I have even had a couple designs appear in movies that were shot in Winnipeg (The Lookout with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Make it Happen with Tessa Thompson). Recently I decided to change from purchasing my finding to learning to make my own. I have been forging, bending, twisting, hammering and am just starting to use a micro torch to fuse silver.

All the jewelry is made in either sterling silver, Argentium silver or gold filled. The earwires, wraps, clasps, links and even some of the chain is handcrafted by me. For adornment I mainly use Swarovski Elements - beads, pendants and other components, vintage glass beads including vintage crystal, Baltic amber and other gemstone and tagua nut or vegetable ivory.

What is in a name? Toxie is my nickname for Toxaris- who was, according to legend, an Amazon warrior and skilled archer.


Check out this lovely item:

Marquise hoops with locking bottoms feature a single floating briolette bead in blue green opal effect. The earwires, made of Argenitum Silver wire (anti-tarnish and ethically mined) wire, are hand-shaped and hardened by me. The beads are small faceted crystal clear donut shaped briolettes milky aqua effect from Swarovski Elements.

Fresh yet Classic

Length is 7/8" or 22mm


If you would like to find out more about Toxie Designs please visit the following links:
Toxie Designs on Etsy
Toxie Designs Blog
Toxie Designs on Twitter


And if you'd like a chance to win the item featured above along with 15 other fabulous WEST creations, please visit this treasury link and leave a thoughtful comment on the treasury page.  Simple!

*** Only comments on the treasury itself count for entry into the giveaway.  But you're more than welcome to introduce yourself, ask questions or inquire about the world of jewelry making in the comments below****

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