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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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Daydreamers Ring
Daydreamers Ring
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$350.00 USD
Dollybird Crystal Creature Ring
Dollybird Crystal Creature Ring
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$485.00 USD
Amazonite Studs
Amazonite Studs
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$175.00 USD
Epoch Ring Fossil Dinosaur Bone
Epoch Ring Fossil Dinosaur Bone
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$425.00 USD
Sunshine Ring Raw Yellow Fire Opal
Sunshine Ring Raw Yellow Fire Opal
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$265.00 USD
Colla Ring- Blue Petrified Wood
Colla Ring- Blue Petrified Wood
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$350.00 USD
Dollybird Fortune Teller Ring
Dollybird Fortune Teller Ring
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$450.00 USD
Celestial Rutile Ring
Celestial Rutile Ring
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$185.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Purple Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Raw Purple Fire Opal Ring
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$250.00 USD
The Copper Stone Ring
The Copper Stone Ring
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$95.00 USD
Raw Fire Opal Studs
Raw Fire Opal Studs
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$185.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Raw Fire Opal Ring
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$175.00 USD
Dollybird Low Tide Ring Ocean Jasper
Dollybird Low Tide Ring Ocean Jasper
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$285.00 USD
Coral Sun Ring
Coral Sun Ring
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$185.00 USD
Black Magic Orb Ring
Black Magic Orb Ring
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$285.00 USD
Kindred Ring Malachite Chrysocolla
Kindred Ring Malachite Chrysocolla
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$350.00 USD
Maritime Ring Sz 9
Maritime Ring Sz 9
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$385.00 USD
Raw Gemstone Peach Chalcedony Pendant
Raw Gemstone Peach Chalcedony Pendant
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$175.00 USD
Epoch Necklace Red Dinosaur Bone
Epoch Necklace Red Dinosaur Bone
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$185.00 USD
Dollybird Underwater Opal Ring
Dollybird Underwater Opal Ring
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$385.00 USD
Moonlit Pendant Raw Boulder Opal
Moonlit Pendant Raw Boulder Opal
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$250.00 USD
Raw Amethyst Button Earrings
Raw Amethyst Button Earrings
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$150.00 USD
Greenery Studs- Chrysoprase Pointed Studs
Greenery Studs- Chrysoprase Pointed Studs
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$145.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Black Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Raw Black Fire Opal Ring
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$185.00 USD
White Lunar Jasper Pendant
White Lunar Jasper Pendant
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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
Dragon Skin Ring Red Ammolite
Dragon Skin Ring Red Ammolite
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$325.00 USD
Raw Lepidolite Ring
Raw Lepidolite Ring
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$175.00 USD
Oz Ring
Oz Ring
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$285.00 USD
Dollybird Beautiful Creature Ring
Dollybird Beautiful Creature Ring
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$525.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Australian Boulder Opal Ring
Dollybird Raw Australian Boulder Opal Ring
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$425.00 USD
Gemmy Mismatch Stud Earrings
Gemmy Mismatch Stud Earrings
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$125.00 USD
Dollybird Whispering Waves Ring Ocean Jasper
Dollybird Whispering Waves Ring Ocean Jasper
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$325.00 USD
Vision Ring
Vision Ring
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$250.00 USD
Dollybird Art School Pendant
Dollybird Art School Pendant
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$750.00 USD
Sandcastle Ring
Sandcastle Ring
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$325.00 USD
Dollybird Natural Amethyst Crystal Necklace
Dollybird Natural Amethyst Crystal Necklace
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$165.00 USD
Dollybird Luster Ring Raw Garnet and Native Copper
Dollybird Luster Ring Raw Garnet and Native Copper
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$450.00 USD
Bengal Ring
Bengal Ring
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$425.00 USD
Dollybird Underwater Opal Ring
Dollybird Underwater Opal Ring
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$285.00 USD
Angora Necklace
Angora Necklace
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$325.00 USD
Sublunary Moon Ring
Sublunary Moon Ring
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$185.00 USD
Juniper Ring Dioptase Chrysocolla Sz 9
Juniper Ring Dioptase Chrysocolla Sz 9
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$250.00 USD
Dollybird Turquoise Ruin Ring
Dollybird Turquoise Ruin Ring
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$325.00 USD
Raw Boulder Opal Pendant
Raw Boulder Opal Pendant
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$85.00 USD
Dinosaur Bone Stud Gumdrop Earrings
Dinosaur Bone Stud Gumdrop Earrings
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$225.00 USD
Dollybird Polar Air Ring
Dollybird Polar Air Ring
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$350.00 USD
Red Velvet Alurgite Ring
Red Velvet Alurgite Ring
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$285.00 USD
Dollybird Snake Bite Ring
Dollybird Snake Bite Ring
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$285.00 USD
Spring Thaw Dendritic Stud Earrings
Spring Thaw Dendritic Stud Earrings
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$125.00 USD
Sea Swept Statement Pendant
Sea Swept Statement Pendant
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$425.00 USD
Dollybird Fossil Drusy Ammonite Ring
Dollybird Fossil Drusy Ammonite Ring
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$325.00 USD
Chrysocolla Drusy Cavern Necklace
Chrysocolla Drusy Cavern Necklace
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$165.00 USD
Crystal Ball Ring Sz 9
Crystal Ball Ring Sz 9
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$250.00 USD
Turquoise Bauble Ring
Turquoise Bauble Ring
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$175.00 USD
Rare Polyhedroid Agate Brazil- Paramorphic Ring-
Rare Polyhedroid Agate Brazil- Paramorphic Ring-
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$325.00 USD
Native Copper Ring
Native Copper Ring
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$245.00 USD
Never Melting Ice Ring
Never Melting Ice Ring
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$235.00 USD
Moonshine Pendant Native Silver
Moonshine Pendant Native Silver
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$350.00 USD
Green Glimmer Necklace Petrified Wood
Green Glimmer Necklace Petrified Wood
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$385.00 USD

2 Featured Comments

  • TexturesofLife

    Lori McDonald from CharmHouse said 2 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 2 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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