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Jul 9, 2014

by Katie Johansson

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Katie Johansson and I’m the creator, metalsmith artist and designer for Dollybird. I just relocated my studio from the big city lights of Chicago, Illinois to a small, tree-lined town nearby called Barrington.

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Dollybird is about rare ornaments to cherish – works to be collected in a hunt for the genuine. My jewelry is for anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind statement, or for the collector with a creative mind that is dissatisfied with today’s mass-produced society. It’s about timeless design, made for those who take pride in each piece being as genuine as the personality that wears it.

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My process as a metalsmith has been built with tons of obsessive practice and perseverance. It begins with a hunt to find something special for my customer, which can be an ardent design from my own imagination, or a rare gem. From that point, each piece is made by hand – built and framed from sterling sheet and bezel wire, then hand-fitted, filed, soldered, torched and buffed for the grand finale of a finished piece. None of my pieces are cast.

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I’m not afraid of hard work and change; I believe hard work and ambition feeds your dreams. I got into metalsmithing when I was looking to transition out of my interior design career and find something more to do with fashion. I landed a new job drafting and spec’ing jewelry for a wholesale company, and my architectural skills quickly transformed into fashion as a trend designer. Frustrated with mass production of inexpensive jewelry, I enrolled in classes for basic metalsmithing. It didn’t take long before I realized that I had found something I would never tire of. It’s been over 10 years with Dollybird and I’m still going strong. There’s always something new to learn and a fire to create something greater than before.

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For me, Etsy represents the ethos of the American dream: an opportunity for prosperity and success that is achieved through a sense of freedom and hard work. It also means getting the chance to be global with my business. Because of Etsy, I have a fan base all over the world and in every corner of the U.S. I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to my customers and loyal collectors that have made Dollybird a true symbol of an eclectic independent brand surviving all these years. In the future, I’d love for Dollybird to keep growing strong with quality, one-of-a-kind jewelry that stands out from the crowd.

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All photographs by Dollybird.

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Wanderlust Necklace Evergreen Royal Imperial Jasper Raw and High Polished
Wanderlust Necklace Evergreen Royal Imperial Jasper Raw and High Polished
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$925.00 USD
Rocky Dinosaur Bone Stud Earrings
Rocky Dinosaur Bone Stud Earrings
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$175.00 USD
Winter Ornament Pendant Jasper Gem
Winter Ornament Pendant Jasper Gem
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$185.00 USD
Never Melting Ring
Never Melting Ring
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$235.00 USD
SOLD Dollybird Ice Crystal Ring
SOLD Dollybird Ice Crystal Ring
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$425.00 USD
Pink Manifest Ring Rare Crystal Inclusions
Pink Manifest Ring Rare Crystal Inclusions
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$525.00 USD
Petrified Forest Ring
Petrified Forest Ring
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$550.00 USD
Gemmy Mismatch Stud Earrings
Gemmy Mismatch Stud Earrings
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$145.00 USD
Moonshine Necklace Silver Hypersthene Gem
Moonshine Necklace Silver Hypersthene Gem
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$225.00 USD
Crisp Air Ring Collector Dollybird Lodalite Crystal Quartz
Crisp Air Ring Collector Dollybird Lodalite Crystal Quartz
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$550.00 USD
Eclipse Ring Collector Agate
Eclipse Ring Collector Agate
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$350.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Ring Sz 6
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Ring Sz 6
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$185.00 USD
Harvest Ring White Plume Agate
Harvest Ring White Plume Agate
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$225.00 USD
Abundance Ring Natural Sunstone
Abundance Ring Natural Sunstone
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$325.00 USD
Winter solstice Ring December Turquoise and Inclusion Quartz
Winter solstice Ring December Turquoise and Inclusion Quartz
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$550.00 USD
Snowbound Pendant Petrified Wood
Snowbound Pendant Petrified Wood
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$245.00 USD
December Turquoise Ring American Turquoise Golden Pyrite Inclusions
December Turquoise Ring American Turquoise Golden Pyrite Inclusions
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$185.00 USD
Angel Wing Statement Pendant White Plume Collector Agate
Angel Wing Statement Pendant White Plume Collector Agate
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$525.00 USD
Pyramid Crystal Stud Earrings
Pyramid Crystal Stud Earrings
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$175.00 USD
Snowglobe Ring White Lodalite Gem
Snowglobe Ring White Lodalite Gem
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$175.00 USD
Raw Boulder Opal Pendant
Raw Boulder Opal Pendant
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$85.00 USD
Drusy Malachite Azurite Crystal Ring
Drusy Malachite Azurite Crystal Ring
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$265.00 USD
Misteltoe Stud Statement Earrings Natural Green Variscite
Misteltoe Stud Statement Earrings Natural Green Variscite
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$325.00 USD
Dollybird Winter Sun Ring Raw Rainbow Fire Opal
Dollybird Winter Sun Ring Raw Rainbow Fire Opal
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$245.00 USD
Chrysoprase Pine Needle Pointed Studs
Chrysoprase Pine Needle Pointed Studs
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$145.00 USD
Manifest Ring Rare Crystal Inclusion
Manifest Ring Rare Crystal Inclusion
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$185.00 USD
Strawberry Ring Lepidocrocite Quartz Statement Ring
Strawberry Ring Lepidocrocite Quartz Statement Ring
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$350.00 USD
Fallen from the Sky Studs- Russian Meteorite
Fallen from the Sky Studs- Russian Meteorite
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$85.00 USD
Phoenix Sands Ring
Phoenix Sands Ring
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$185.00 USD
December Pendant Arizona Morenci Turquoise
December Pendant Arizona Morenci Turquoise
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$175.00 USD
Projection Ring Black and Red Tube Agate
Projection Ring Black and Red Tube Agate
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$275.00 USD
Mythology Studs Trio Stud Set
Mythology Studs Trio Stud Set
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$145.00 USD
Luster Ring Gray Moonstone
Luster Ring Gray Moonstone
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$225.00 USD
Fall Feather Pendant Bruneau Jasper
Fall Feather Pendant Bruneau Jasper
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$285.00 USD
New Lander Spiderweb Turquoise Ring
New Lander Spiderweb Turquoise Ring
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$350.00 USD
Autumn Blaze Necklace Red Agate Natural Drusy Pockets
Autumn Blaze Necklace Red Agate Natural Drusy Pockets
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$225.00 USD
Burgundy Ring Natural Lepidolite
Burgundy Ring Natural Lepidolite
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$265.00 USD
Dollybird Fortune Teller Ring
Dollybird Fortune Teller Ring
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$425.00 USD
The Copper Stone Ring
The Copper Stone Ring
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$95.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Black Rainbow Fire Opal Necklace
Dollybird Raw Black Rainbow Fire Opal Necklace
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$385.00 USD
Pumpkin Inclusion Quartz Crystal Ring
Pumpkin Inclusion Quartz Crystal Ring
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$250.00 USD
Native Copper Ring
Native Copper Ring
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$245.00 USD
Dollybird Nautiloid Ring
Dollybird Nautiloid Ring
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$185.00 USD
Dollybird Preserved Spider Web Ring 2 inch
Dollybird Preserved Spider Web Ring 2 inch
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$385.00 USD
Dollybird Autumn Blaze Ring
Dollybird Autumn Blaze Ring
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$225.00 USD
Golden Rule Ring Graveyard Plume Agate
Golden Rule Ring Graveyard Plume Agate
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$425.00 USD
Crescent Chrysocolla Ring Sz 6
Crescent Chrysocolla Ring Sz 6
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$175.00 USD
Dollybird Amoeba Necklace Collector Dryhead Agate
Dollybird Amoeba Necklace Collector Dryhead Agate
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$275.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Raw Fire Opal Ring
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$150.00 USD
Campfire Ring Laguna Agate
Campfire Ring Laguna Agate
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$245.00 USD
Dark Forest Necklace Petrified Colla Wood
Dark Forest Necklace Petrified Colla Wood
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$425.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Black Rainbow Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Raw Black Rainbow Fire Opal Ring
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$350.00 USD
Dollybird Natural Amethyst Crystal Amulet Necklace
Dollybird Natural Amethyst Crystal Amulet Necklace
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$175.00 USD
Bi Color Pink Tourmaline Evil Eye Ring Rare
Bi Color Pink Tourmaline Evil Eye Ring Rare
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$250.00 USD
Autumn Clouds Ring Red Jasper
Autumn Clouds Ring Red Jasper
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$185.00 USD
Dollybird Turquoise Ruin Ring
Dollybird Turquoise Ruin Ring
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$325.00 USD
Black Magic Orb Ring
Black Magic Orb Ring
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$285.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Ring
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$285.00 USD
Painter's Ring Royal Imperial Jasper
Painter's Ring Royal Imperial Jasper
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$185.00 USD
Red Velvet Alurgite Ring
Red Velvet Alurgite Ring
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$250.00 USD

2 Featured Comments

  • TexturesofLife

    Lori McDonald from CharmHouse said 3 years ago Featured

    As a Dollybird Collector for the past three years; I often come back to see what new treasures Katie has created. All of my pieces are even better in person. The craftsmanship and care for each design shines through. When something catches your eye, snap it up quick! I still think about the two Dollybirds that got away. Cheers to the curious whimsy and earthly beauty found in this wonderful artists Etsy Shop!

  • LastingImpressionsco

    Catherine Gravitt from LastingImpressionsco said 3 years ago Featured

    I met Katie in Tuscon one year. As a fellow metalsmith, I know all the work she puts into each piece. She has always been an idol of mine. Even my metalsmithing teacher in college couldn't figure out how to replicate her perfect soldering techniques. Her work is truly unsurpassed

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