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After 20 years of being a tiny business, I'm ready to expand and go full time. Let's put Steelhead Studio into production mode!

I've been making jewelry for almost 30 years now. My early interest lead me to the Rhode Island School of Design, where I deepened my skills and love for the art of jewelry. In 1993, I received my degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and launched Steelhead Studio.

Now a well-established brand, Steelhead Studio incorporates gold, silver, and a wide spectrum of beads into its designs. Styles range from minimalist and modern to bold collages worthy of your inner diva. Now, with your help, I'll put these designs into production.

Many artists relegate their creative gifts to a secondary position in the career queue. I've decided it's time for my jewelry business to be my "real job." No other job I've had is nearly as fulfilling as selling something I've designed and created directly to a customer. There is deep satisfaction in knowing I've helped make someone's wedding, birthday, holiday or every day special with just the right piece. With your help, I can expand Steelhead Studio and reach more customers online at Etsy and in person at select art fairs and specialty stores.

Part of Steelhead Studio's expansion will include teaching as well. I have four years of experience teaching beginners how to make very basic jewelry, and will now be able to develop more classes, and share my skills with more people.

Areas of Funding

  • Supplies - sterling silver, beads

  • Tool upgrades - things that will help me work faster

  • Booth upgrades and show fees - my portable storefront

  • Photography equipment upgrade - better photos means more online sales

  • Assistant setup - training and workspace

  • Teaching supplies - tools and supplies for students to learn with

Reward Samples

Samples of possible earrings rewards:

Sterling Silver, Garnet
Sterling Silver, Garnet
Sterling Silver, Azurite
Sterling Silver, Azurite
Sterling Silver, Glass
Sterling Silver, Glass
Sterling Silver, Glass, Crystal
Sterling Silver, Glass, Crystal

Samples of possible necklace rewards:

Sterling Silver, Glass
Sterling Silver, Glass
Sterling Silver, Opalite
Sterling Silver, Opalite
Sterling Silver, Hematite
Sterling Silver, Hematite

Sample of Exclusive Earring/Necklace set coming soon!

Samples of Knit and Color Collage necklaces:

Knit Necklace with Glass Petals
Knit Necklace with Glass Petals
Violet Color Collage Necklace
Violet Color Collage Necklace

Thank you for reading, watching, and sharing this with your friends. As with all Kickstarter projects, this is an all-or-nothing deal. Let's make it happen!

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