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True-to-Nature Jewelry

True-to-nature is more than a mantra, it is the why and how behind every piece I make. Each piece of jewelry is created from a once living elements- an ash seed, a succulent rosette, a chestnut twig. An exact replica is made by casting, pouring molten metal into a one time use mold of the plant.

FAQ

Is there an actual twig in there? Is it dipped in metal?

No, the actual plant or object is not inside the piece.  I cast the pieces in solid bronze or sterling silver, they are not dipped, painted or plated.  The casting process allows for the forms to live on. They have a noticeable weight to them and are made to last!

What is the casting process?

The plant parts are put into a wet plaster then the plaster mold goes into a kiln for 8+ hours, burning out the plant material to create a mold. Molten metal is centrifugally thrown into the mold creating a solid metal model to be then transformed into ready to wear jewelry.

How do I care for my piece?

To clean, apply a paste of baking soda and water with a toothbrush in a circular motion.

Each piece has an oxidized finish. Well loved and frequently worn pieces will actually get BRIGHTER as you wear them. To maintain the finish, avoid wearing in the water or with sunscreen, lotion, or perfume. DO NOT use commercial jewelry cleaning solutions. To prevent unwanted tarnishing, store away from moisture. 

Hello there!

I'm Collyn, the one woman show that is tree trunk arts. It all started in 2009 while getting a degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. I discovered that found object casting combined my love of collecting bits of nature with fire and metal.

Made from Botanicals

True-to-nature is more than a mantra, it is the why and how behind every piece I make. Each piece of jewelry is created from a once living elements- an ash seed, a succulent rosette, a chestnut twig. An exact replica is made by casting, pouring molten metal into a one time use mold of the plant.

Handmade in Detroit

Plant specimens are collected on my travels across the US, but the magic happens at home in Detroit, down in a basement studio filled with tools, plants, and daydreams.

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