- Why the name Lemon?
It’s all about attitude. Life is beautiful but sometimes it gives you lemons. I believe that a person’s character is determined by how they handle difficult situations. When life gives me lemons, I try my best to make lemonade. When life gives me beautiful gemstones and metal, I make jewelry.
- How long have you been making jewelry?
Just about as long as I can remember. I started making crafts and simple jewelry as a young child. In my teens, I started making more intricate necklaces at a local Austin bead shop. Over the years I’ve worked with bead embroidery & weaving, wire wrapping, macramé, and simple metal components. I’ve always tried my best to learn and experiment with new skills and techniques. In 2014, I got a torch and entered the wonderful world of silversmithing.
- How did you learn and do you teach classes?
I’m lucky enough to live in an age where information is readily available in magazines, books, online forums, youtube, etc. While I’m mostly self-taught, I did attend a one-day workshop at The Makery in Bulverde, TX. I don’t currently teach classes, however one-on-one lessons are always available. Contact me directly for pricing and more information.
- Do you sell at local markets?
Yes indeed! Please stay tuned to the Lemon Jewelry facebook page for posts about upcoming events.
- Can I find your items in a store?
Lemon Handmade Jewelry is available on my online etsy shop. Or, stop by the Hotel Van Zandt gift shop in downtown Austin to purchase some custom guitar pick jewelry.
- Do you take custom orders?
Absolutely! I LOVE making custom jewelry for clients. This is the best way to get a personalized design for yourself or a loved one.
- I already have a stone. Can you make a custom setting?
You bet! We can start with a stone, bead, or other focal point to create a one-of-a-kind setting. I can even work with reclaimed objects, shells, pottery shards, beach glass, etc.
- Can you make jewelry repairs?
I only repair jewelry purchased from me. Cost will vary depending on the labor and materials needed.
- Do you have a return policy?
Love it or return it. With the exception of custom orders, all items may be returned or exchanged within 14 days of purchase. Items must be returned in their original condition and packaging. Please email me to obtain further instructions about returns and exchanges.
- What are the shipping costs & options for orders?
Basic shipping is $5 for domestic packages. Other shipping options are available upon request.
- Have a question you don’t see here? Post it below or give me a shout!
Amazon, IKEA, Walmart, and big-box stores are popping up everywhere. Handmade goods are becoming more and more rare in our marketplace, as most items are factory produced, sometimes entirely by machines. Being handmade means so much more than simply being assembled by a person. In traditional silversmithing, the artist starts with metal (raw, sheet or wire) and fabricates each component entirely from scratch. When an item is lovingly handmade, there is a level of originality and attention to detail that is not possible with mass-production.
So, what makes me different from all the other makers of the world? Here are a few things that help to separate me from the crowd:
- I LOVE making things! I enjoy the process just as much as having a finished product. Silversmithing requires a fair amount of patience since most projects are very labor intensive. Some pieces require hours of filing, sanding, texturing, sawing, soldering, and finishing. If I just rush through the process, then I feel like I’m not doing it justice. There is a rhythmic and therapeutic aspect to silversmithing. Sure sometimes I have to remind myself to slow down and breathe, but for the most part I take my time and try to have fun.
- I am self-taught. With the exception of a one-day workshop, I have learned everything I know about silversmithing through books, online tutorials, you-tube videos, blogs and magazines. I’m so grateful to live in an age where information is so readily available.
- Most of my jewelry pieces are one-of-a-kind. When working with gemstones, I try my best to let the stone decide what the finished piece should look like. Even repeated designs are unique since each one is handmade.
- I have sensitive skin and I am highly allergic to metal. It seems like a cruel irony for a silversmith to be allergic to silver. When making jewelry for myself, I often use leather or beads instead of metal for necklaces & bracelets. Fortunately, I like to make silver jewelry for other people too!
- Just like many other artists, I have a full-time day job. During the week, I work as a private-dining manager for a restaurant. I truly cherish the time that I’m able to spend working in my jewelry studio. I dream of a day when I’m able to make a living by only making jewelry. For now, I’m grateful for my job because it allows me to learn and grow professionally until the day my dream becomes a reality.
- I’m proud to have been born & raised in Texas. It’s no wonder why Austin is one of the most popular destinations in the US, with our beautiful hill country, friendly culture, and abundance of Tex-Mex restaurants. If you’ve never visited Austin, plan a trip sometime soon!
Hi, I’m Laura, a self-taught silversmith and beader from central Texas. Welcome to my very first blog post! I’m excited to have you follow along as I chronicle my adventures in silversmithing! Now, for a little backstory…
Currently I live and create in Austin, TX however I grew up about 30 minutes south from here in San Marcos. My love of the Texas Hill Country is more than just the beautiful greenbelts, rivers and hills. The culture of central Texas is part of who I am; friendly, progressive, and a little weird. I have a long history of creating, dreaming, crafting, and making art. As a young girl, I learned to sew, knit and crochet, along with many other crafts and was always encouraged to re-purpose found objects. Years later in college, I studied design, science and art education. While I’ve always loved making jewelry and crafts, it wasn’t until I received a jeweler’s bench and torch for my 30th birthday that my journey in silversmithing began.
In my limited spare time over the last 3 years, I’ve studied and worked to develop my metal skills. With a keen eye for detail, my mission is to create heirloom-quality jewelry that will last a lifetime of everyday wear. For now, I have a full-time day job and can’t spend much time in the studio, however I’m working to read and develop my business plan. I jump at every opportunity to learn and practice various techniques. I love the challenge of taking a new design into reality and learning as I go! Most days just feel like I’m playing with hammers, fire and beautiful gemstones. It’s exciting and challenging to learn the centuries-old art of metalsmithing. I love looking at ancient jewelry designs and techniques for inspiration. It’s humbling and fascinating to transform metal and stone from raw material to a finished piece.
My influences are shown in my own unique design style. There’s a definite southwest vibe to my work. I would describe my look as rustic yet polished, bohemian, bold, organic, tribal, playful, earthy, and eclectic. Seems kind of difficult to sum it up in just a few words. I love to work with sterling silver, mixed metals and natural gemstones. I also try to incorporate materials such as recycled guitar strings, guitar picks, wood, bone, and found objects. My goal is to create one of a kind works of art jewelry that are comfortable and durable enough for everyday wear.
Thanks for reading!