Bound up in beauty

Branchbound is the wonderful jewellery creations of Sarah Louise Walker from Chicago. With a leaning towards lace Sarah Louise makes a wonderfully feminine range of products that are a real hit with Brides and lace-lovers alike!

Iced Vovo spoke with Sarah Louise about what has her inspired by lace and more:

Q: How long have you been making jewellery and did you have formal training or are you self-taught?

A: I’ve been making jewellery for about three and a half years now; I started my Etsy shop in November of 2009. I am self-taught. I’ve always loved jewellery and a few years ago I decided to start making it for myself.

Q: What attracted you to concentrating on lace as the main material to use?

A: I’ve always loved lace, especially in clothing. At the time I started my shop I loved collars and large earrings, and I found lace to be a perfect medium for both, which is what my store was stocked with early on.

Q: Where do you source your lace and can you tell us a little about what you do with the lace to get to the end product?

A: I get my lace from all over; some is vintage and some is new. I create my own dyes and mix them with a stiffener to give the lace more strength and help it hold its shape.

Q: I noticed you have a few non-lace items now in your collection are these something new you are trying?

A: About a year ago I started playing around with beadwork and I’m trying to combine the two. It helps me get more out of the lace I already have and adds a little something special to the pieces I make.

Q: The metal lace jewellery is a great concept, is the patterning achieved by pressing the metal to lace?
A: The metal has been annealed and then put through a roller, imprinting lace in mirrored images. Sometimes the lace disintegrates after one pressing so it makes them even more one of a kind.

Minka - Ivory Lace Necklace
Minka – Ivory Lace Necklace

Q: What is your favourite item to make and why?

A: Right now I love making pieces like my new Minka necklace. It’s so fun to work with different mediums and it gives me more room to play with my different materials and findings.

Personalised Initial Lace Necklace
Personalised Initial Lace Necklace

Q: It may be the same as above, but what is your most favourite item in your collection?

A: I really love my initial jewellery. It’s a unique product to Etsy and is both trendy and timeless. These are perfect gifts to personalize, too.

Q: What other expansion plans do you have for your collection?

A: I’m always adding new colors to my shop, switching up my palette for the seasons. As my metals class ends I am trying to make as many materials as I can to tide me over for the next few months of creating.

Q: Is Etsy the best place for people to buy your lovely jewellery?

A: It is; I sell at some craft shows in Chicago and a few boutiques worldwide but for the widest selection and customization it’s the best platform I have.

Red Bird Lace Bracelet
Red Bird Lace Bracelet

Chloe Cuff in Gold
Chloe Cuff in Gold

Lucia - Cobalt Lace Earrings
Lucia – Cobalt Lace Earrings

Butterfly Lace Earrings in White and Silver
Butterfly Lace Earrings in White and Silver

Rosine - Lace Earrings in Mustard
Rosine – Lace Earrings in Mustard

Ariadne Lace Headband in Moss Green
Ariadne Lace Headband in Moss Green

Reversible Multicolour Smoky Glass Briolette Trio Necklace
Reversible Multicolour Smoky Glass Briolette Trio Necklace

Arrow Stamped Antique Brass Earrings
Arrow Stamped Antique Brass Earrings

Lace Print Brass Gold Crescent Necklace
Lace Print Brass Gold Crescent Necklace
You can find Branchbound by following the following links on Etsy.

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