Cassey Harrell: Jewelry, Studio 2046
Cassey Harrel is an artist specializing in hand-made sterling silver jewelry. She began her creative life with crocheting and beadwork, but soon discovered the art of chain maille, which she showcased at renaissance fairs and Panoply. Cassey has since learned a range of other jewelry-making techniques, and incorporates them all to create a range of intricate pieces. If you look closely at the necklaces, earrings, and bracelets in her studio, you’ll even find hand-drawn designs that have been acid-etched onto the silver. Cassey finds inspiration for her designs in all sorts of places, from wallpaper to Aztec and Egyptian art.
For handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more, visit Cassey at her studio, Charmed Heirlooms. Charmed Heirlooms is located on the North Wing of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, Studio 2046.
I have always wanted to learn the art of chain maille Weaves. Growing up, I had this fascination with medieval history and wanted to know more about chain maille and each weave Then I started to learn about more weaves and even more weaves and it buzzed that creative nook inside of my brain. I just wanted to learn how to make all of them and to incorporate a sweet elegance into timeless jewelry pieces. I love adding different ideas and other techniques to the jewelry I make. The acid etched pieces are the newest techniques I have learned and added to my jewelry. To me, it makes the chain maille pop out more to eye and its more of a compliment than a focal point on my pieces. I want my pieces to be special and elegant to the wearer. I want the eye to feel that it’s not just a form of armor protection or hard to the eye but something that is soft, simple and classic. I want to show the softer side of chain maille and how it can be made into beautiful pieces that can be handed down to generations to come. It’s a wonderful feeling creating pieces out of metal for me. I like to be able to not design a piece for a specific nature but to let it come alive from just playing and tinkering with the metal.