Meet the Artist

My name is Michaela Smith.  I am a 21 year old college student based in a small town in South Carolina.  I've always used creative outlets to express myself, but making wire wrapped jewelry is one of my strongest passions and is therefore what I fill most of my time with these days.

I have collected crystals my whole life. I'm sure I inherited my appreciation for them from my mom and grandmother who are collectors themselves. I didn't begin experimenting with making my crystals wearable until I was about 18.  At that point, I was not very good, and would just make wire wrapped pendants for my friends.  Eventually, I became infatuated with this art form and devoted more and more of my time to it.  I see myself improve with each new piece, and my love for wire wrapping grows each day.

When I am not busy wire wrapping, studying, or in a classroom, I love spending time in the outdoors. This includes hiking, kayaking, or just hanging out with my dog Mowgli. 

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Wire wrapping often requires lots of patience and good finger strength. Here I am bending a wire into sun rays for a sun & moon pendant.

Wire wrapping often requires lots of patience and good finger strength. Here I am bending a wire into sun rays for a sun & moon pendant.

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Pliers are always helpful when working with small wires in tight places.  this is the case with most complex shapes that I make, such as this sea-turtle shaped pendant.

Pliers are always helpful when working with small wires in tight places.  this is the case with most complex shapes that I make, such as this sea-turtle shaped pendant.