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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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Dollybird Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Ring Raw Opal
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Ring Raw Opal
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$385.00 USD
Raw Amethyst Crystal Slide Necklace Adjustable
Raw Amethyst Crystal Slide Necklace Adjustable
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$375.00 USD
Sunny Ocean Ring Drusy Ocean Jasper
Sunny Ocean Ring Drusy Ocean Jasper
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$250.00 USD
Violet Glow Ring Fire Opal and Amethyst
Violet Glow Ring Fire Opal and Amethyst
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$550.00 USD
Cumulus Cloud Ring Rare Plume Agate and Onyx
Cumulus Cloud Ring Rare Plume Agate and Onyx
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$350.00 USD
Dollybird Pink Opal Kite Ring
Dollybird Pink Opal Kite Ring
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$225.00 USD
Chlorite In Quartz Ring Faceted Included Crystal Quartz Collector Green Quartz
Chlorite In Quartz Ring Faceted Included Crystal Quartz Collector Green Quartz
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$285.00 USD
Jasper Aura Studs
Jasper Aura Studs
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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 Peach Fire Opal Ring Raw Opal Sz 6
Dollybird Peach Fire Opal Ring Raw Opal Sz 6
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$185.00 USD
Raw Fire Orange Rainbow Opal Statement Ring
Raw Fire Orange Rainbow Opal Statement Ring
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$325.00 USD
Blue Hue Ring American Morenci Turquoise
Blue Hue Ring American Morenci Turquoise
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$185.00 USD
Gold Rush Ring Cubed Pyrite Trapped in Quartz Rare Cubed Inclusions
Gold Rush Ring Cubed Pyrite Trapped in Quartz Rare Cubed Inclusions
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$450.00 USD
Rhodochrosite Pink Bullseye Studs Valentine's Gift
Rhodochrosite Pink Bullseye Studs Valentine's Gift
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$185.00 USD
Bright White Inclusion Quartz Crystal Ring
Bright White Inclusion Quartz Crystal Ring
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$225.00 USD
Red Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Pendant
Red Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Pendant
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$275.00 USD
Wild Garden Ring Chrysocolla Mineral Ring
Wild Garden Ring Chrysocolla Mineral Ring
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$285.00 USD
Whispering Tree Ring Fossil Fern Wood Sz 6
Whispering Tree Ring Fossil Fern Wood Sz 6
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$185.00 USD
The Copper Stone Ring
The Copper Stone Ring
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$95.00 USD
Moonwalker Collar
Moonwalker Collar
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$750.00 USD
Dollybird Ultra Violet Raw Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Ultra Violet Raw Fire Opal Ring
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$375.00 USD
Maritime Ring
Maritime Ring
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$350.00 USD
Dollybird Pink Waves Ocean Jasper Ring
Dollybird Pink Waves Ocean Jasper Ring
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$245.00 USD
Dollybird Lavender Mist Raw Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Lavender Mist Raw Fire Opal Ring
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$250.00 USD
Awakening Ring Rare Brookite Included Quartz With Interior Growth
Awakening Ring Rare Brookite Included Quartz With Interior Growth
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$325.00 USD
Pink and Pyrite Included Studs Rhodonite
Pink and Pyrite Included Studs Rhodonite
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$150.00 USD
Fallen from the Sky Asymetrical Studs- Russian Meteorite
Fallen from the Sky Asymetrical Studs- Russian Meteorite
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$85.00 USD
Spring Blossom Ring White Plume Agate
Spring Blossom Ring White Plume Agate
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$325.00 USD
Hidden Gem Statement Ring Collector Crystallized Drusy Sz 9
Hidden Gem Statement Ring Collector Crystallized Drusy Sz 9
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$425.00 USD
Raw Fire Opal Pendant
Raw Fire Opal Pendant
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$250.00 USD
Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Marquis Statement Pendant
Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Marquis Statement Pendant
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$385.00 USD
Dollybird Lucky Eye Ring Turquoise and Agate
Dollybird Lucky Eye Ring Turquoise and Agate
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$485.00 USD
Drusy Chrysocolla Cavern Necklace
Drusy Chrysocolla Cavern Necklace
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$185.00 USD
Sunny Retreat Ring
Sunny Retreat Ring
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$225.00 USD
Variscite Sword Stud Statement Earrings
Variscite Sword Stud Statement Earrings
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$275.00 USD
Red Glow Ring
Red Glow Ring
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$450.00 USD
Dollybird Sunlight Ring Raw Fire Opal
Dollybird Sunlight Ring Raw Fire Opal
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$175.00 USD
Pink Sublunary Moon Ring Royal Imperial Jasper Statement Ring
Pink Sublunary Moon Ring Royal Imperial Jasper Statement Ring
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$275.00 USD
Color Striped Studs Blue Azurite and Malachite Gem Earrings
Color Striped Studs Blue Azurite and Malachite Gem Earrings
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$125.00 USD
Coral Sands Ring
Coral Sands Ring
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$185.00 USD
Spring Thaw Ring Collector Brecciated Agate
Spring Thaw Ring Collector Brecciated Agate
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$325.00 USD
Blue Moon Crescent Ring
Blue Moon Crescent Ring
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$165.00 USD
Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Heart Necklace Freeform
Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Heart Necklace Freeform
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$225.00 USD
Dollybird Jasper Orb Ring
Dollybird Jasper Orb Ring
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$325.00 USD
Lavender Moon Phase Necklace Royal  Imperial Collector Jasper
Lavender Moon Phase Necklace Royal Imperial Collector Jasper
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$425.00 USD
Crystal Center Bangle White Herkimer Diamond Bracelet
Crystal Center Bangle White Herkimer Diamond Bracelet
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$175.00 USD
Dollybird Carnival Ring Royal Imperial Jasper
Dollybird Carnival Ring Royal Imperial Jasper
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$525.00 USD
Palomino Necklace Petrified Wood
Palomino Necklace Petrified Wood
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$385.00 USD
Crystal Mountaintop Amulet
Crystal Mountaintop Amulet
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$285.00 USD
Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Station Necklace
Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Station Necklace
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$250.00 USD
Dollybird Emerald Sky Ring
Dollybird Emerald Sky Ring
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$185.00 USD
Maritime Pendant
Maritime Pendant
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$225.00 USD
Red Velvet Alurgite Ring Rare Valentine
Red Velvet Alurgite Ring Rare Valentine
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$285.00 USD
Valentine's Necklace Red Striped Moroccan Seam Agate
Valentine's Necklace Red Striped Moroccan Seam Agate
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$325.00 USD
Paraiba Pink Tourmaline Ring
Paraiba Pink Tourmaline Ring
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$385.00 USD
Pink Manifest Ring Rare Crystal Inclusions
Pink Manifest Ring Rare Crystal Inclusions
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$450.00 USD
Purple Passion Crystal Center Pendant Rare Collector Agate Ultra Violet
Purple Passion Crystal Center Pendant Rare Collector Agate Ultra Violet
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$250.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Ring
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$250.00 USD
December Pendant Morenci Turquoise
December Pendant Morenci Turquoise
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$175.00 USD
Dollybird Turquoise Ruin Ring
Dollybird Turquoise Ruin Ring
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$275.00 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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