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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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White Christmas Modernist Ring
White Christmas Modernist Ring
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$325.00 USD
Red Sagenetic Inclusion Quartz Crystal Pendant
Red Sagenetic Inclusion Quartz Crystal Pendant
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$225.00 USD
Red Glow Ring
Red Glow Ring
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$450.00 USD
Evergreen Wanderlust Necklace Royal Imperial Collector's Jasper
Evergreen Wanderlust Necklace Royal Imperial Collector's Jasper
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$925.00 USD
Raw Blue Fire Opal Station Necklace
Raw Blue Fire Opal Station Necklace
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$185.00 USD
Rhodochrosite Candy Studs
Rhodochrosite Candy Studs
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$145.00 USD
Red Velvet Alurgite Ring Rare
Red Velvet Alurgite Ring Rare
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$285.00 USD
Ice Storm Ring Rare Crystal Manifest Inclusion Sz 6
Ice Storm Ring Rare Crystal Manifest Inclusion Sz 6
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$175.00 USD
Dollybird Rainbow Fire Opal Ring Raw Opal
Dollybird Rainbow Fire Opal Ring Raw Opal
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$275.00 USD
The Copper Stone Ring
The Copper Stone Ring
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$95.00 USD
Crystal Center Bangle White Herkimer Diamond Bracelet
Crystal Center Bangle White Herkimer Diamond Bracelet
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$175.00 USD
Marble Patterned Statement Pendant Bracciated Willow Creek Jasper
Marble Patterned Statement Pendant Bracciated Willow Creek Jasper
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$425.00 USD
Opal Swirl Ring Raw Rainbow Opal
Opal Swirl Ring Raw Rainbow Opal
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$185.00 USD
Candy Cane Necklace Red Striped Moroccan Seam Agate
Candy Cane Necklace Red Striped Moroccan Seam Agate
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$325.00 USD
Snowfall Ring Bright White Inclusion Quartz Crystal Ring
Snowfall Ring Bright White Inclusion Quartz Crystal Ring
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$250.00 USD
Dollybird Lavender Mist Raw Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Lavender Mist Raw Fire Opal Ring
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$250.00 USD
Folklore Ring Free Form Fire Opal and Green Chrysoberyl
Folklore Ring Free Form Fire Opal and Green Chrysoberyl
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$525.00 USD
Burgundy Polka Dot Jasper Ring
Burgundy Polka Dot Jasper Ring
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$325.00 USD
SOLD Petrified Forest Ring
SOLD Petrified Forest Ring
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$200.00 USD
Blue Moon Crescent Ring
Blue Moon Crescent Ring
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$165.00 USD
Metallic Moon Necklace Silver Hypersthene Gem
Metallic Moon Necklace Silver Hypersthene Gem
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$245.00 USD
Angel Hair Necklace Faceted Collector Inclusion Quartz
Angel Hair Necklace Faceted Collector Inclusion Quartz
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$150.00 USD
Variscite Button Stud Statement Earrings
Variscite Button Stud Statement Earrings
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$185.00 USD
Maritime Pendant
Maritime Pendant
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$225.00 USD
December Ring American Turquoise Shiny Golden Pyrite Inclusions
December Ring American Turquoise Shiny Golden Pyrite Inclusions
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$185.00 USD
Dollybird's Moon Sailor Modernist Necklace
Dollybird's Moon Sailor Modernist Necklace
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$750.00 USD
Big Hearted Ring
Big Hearted Ring
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$250.00 USD
Peppermint Snow Ring Red Lace Agate
Peppermint Snow Ring Red Lace Agate
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$245.00 USD
Jade Pine Needle Necklace
Jade Pine Needle Necklace
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$275.00 USD
Australian Opal Studs
Australian Opal Studs
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$185.00 USD
Dollybird Polka Dot Ornament Jasper Studs
Dollybird Polka Dot Ornament Jasper Studs
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$185.00 USD
Dollybird Crystal Creature Ring
Dollybird Crystal Creature Ring
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$485.00 USD
Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Station Necklace
Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Station Necklace
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$250.00 USD
Plum Fairy Pendant
Plum Fairy Pendant
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$245.00 USD
Misteltoe Stud Statement Earrings
Misteltoe Stud Statement Earrings
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$275.00 USD
Drusy Chrysocolla Cavern Necklace
Drusy Chrysocolla Cavern Necklace
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$185.00 USD
Crystal Mountaintop Amulet
Crystal Mountaintop Amulet
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$385.00 USD
Hidden Gem Ring Garnet
Hidden Gem Ring Garnet
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$385.00 USD
Paraiba Pink Tourmaline Ring
Paraiba Pink Tourmaline Ring
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$385.00 USD
Dollybird Cave Dweller's  Ring Plume Agate and Preserved Stalactites
Dollybird Cave Dweller's Ring Plume Agate and Preserved Stalactites
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$325.00 USD
Golden Harvest Jasper Studs
Golden Harvest Jasper Studs
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$175.00 USD
Raw Orange Rainbow Fire Opal Ring
Raw Orange Rainbow Fire Opal Ring
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$250.00 USD
Holiday Sparkle Lamé Stone Pendant Rainbow Hematite
Holiday Sparkle Lamé Stone Pendant Rainbow Hematite
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$150.00 USD
Pumpkin Spice Ring Hematite Inclusion Quartz Crystal Ring
Pumpkin Spice Ring Hematite Inclusion Quartz Crystal Ring
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$350.00 USD
Ride Ring Statement Picture Jasper SZ 9
Ride Ring Statement Picture Jasper SZ 9
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$425.00 USD
Dollybird Turquoise Ruin Ring
Dollybird Turquoise Ruin Ring
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$275.00 USD
Glimmer Pendant
Glimmer Pendant
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$250.00 USD
Harvest Plume Ring White Plume Agate
Harvest Plume Ring White Plume Agate
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$185.00 USD
Dollybird Lady Bug Ring Collector Polka Dot Jasper and Brazilian Quartz
Dollybird Lady Bug Ring Collector Polka Dot Jasper and Brazilian Quartz
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$525.00 USD
White Webbed Variscite Pendant
White Webbed Variscite Pendant
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$285.00 USD
Burgundy Mist Necklace Inclusion Collector Lodalite Quartz
Burgundy Mist Necklace Inclusion Collector Lodalite Quartz
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$325.00 USD
Dollybird Preserved Spider Web Ring 2 inch
Dollybird Preserved Spider Web Ring 2 inch
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$385.00 USD
Pyrite Included Rhodonite Studs Minimal and Organic in Shape
Pyrite Included Rhodonite Studs Minimal and Organic in Shape
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$150.00 USD
Dollybird Campfire Statement Ring
Dollybird Campfire Statement Ring
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$250.00 USD
Red Glow Statement Pendant Red Ribbon Collector Obsidian Rare
Red Glow Statement Pendant Red Ribbon Collector Obsidian Rare
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$385.00 USD
Luster Ring Gray Moonstone
Luster Ring Gray Moonstone
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$225.00 USD
Dollybird Pink Waves Ocean Jasper Ring
Dollybird Pink Waves Ocean Jasper Ring
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$275.00 USD
Witches Shadow Ring Black Scenic Agate
Witches Shadow Ring Black Scenic Agate
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$325.00 USD
Dollybird Jasper Orb Ring
Dollybird Jasper Orb Ring
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$325.00 USD
Color Striped Studs Blue Azurite and Malachite Gem Earrings
Color Striped Studs Blue Azurite and Malachite Gem Earrings
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$145.00 USD

2 Featured Comments

  • TexturesofLife

    Lori McDonald from CharmHouse said 4 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 4 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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