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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 Lapis Diamond Ring
Dollybird Lapis Diamond Ring
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$325.00 USD
Ocean Mist Bolo Tie Necklace Adjustable Collector's Statement Gem Slide
Ocean Mist Bolo Tie Necklace Adjustable Collector's Statement Gem Slide
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$450.00 USD
Paraiba Tourmaline Pink And Blue Multi Color Ring
Paraiba Tourmaline Pink And Blue Multi Color Ring
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$325.00 USD
Purple Pink Moss Agate Statement Ring
Purple Pink Moss Agate Statement Ring
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$265.00 USD
Crazy Love Gem Studs
Crazy Love Gem Studs
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$190.00 USD
Chevron Crescent Moon Necklace Chlorite Quartz Amulet
Chevron Crescent Moon Necklace Chlorite Quartz Amulet
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$290.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Ring
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$325.00 USD
Hidden Sun Pendant Agua Nueva Layering Necklace
Hidden Sun Pendant Agua Nueva Layering Necklace
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$290.00 USD
Opal Moon Necklace Raw Peach Fire Opal
Opal Moon Necklace Raw Peach Fire Opal
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$290.00 USD
Turquoise Dagger Studs
Turquoise Dagger Studs
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$190.00 USD
Green Garden Ring Rare Opalized Wood and Crystallized Copper
Green Garden Ring Rare Opalized Wood and Crystallized Copper
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$325.00 USD
Raw Green Tourmaline Heart Studs
Raw Green Tourmaline Heart Studs
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$165.00 USD
Moon Flower Ring White Plume Collector's Agate
Moon Flower Ring White Plume Collector's Agate
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$525.00 USD
Maritime Ring Statement Megalodon Shark Tooth Sz 9
Maritime Ring Statement Megalodon Shark Tooth Sz 9
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$385.00 USD
Camp Ring
Camp Ring
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$250.00 USD
Rose Gold Crystal Point Necklace Inclusion Collector Lodalite Quartz
Rose Gold Crystal Point Necklace Inclusion Collector Lodalite Quartz
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$290.00 USD
Inner Flame Necklace Petrified Wood Statement
Inner Flame Necklace Petrified Wood Statement
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$455.00 USD
Beach Combers Ring Fossil Crinoid Sterling Ring Rare Fossil Shell Valentine's Gift
Beach Combers Ring Fossil Crinoid Sterling Ring Rare Fossil Shell Valentine's Gift
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$255.00 USD
Turquoise Healers Ring Carico Lake American Turquoise Sterling Rare All Natural Color Statement Size
Turquoise Healers Ring Carico Lake American Turquoise Sterling Rare All Natural Color Statement Size
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$425.00 USD
Pool Ring Nevada Blue Mine Natural Turquoise
Pool Ring Nevada Blue Mine Natural Turquoise
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$190.00 USD
Rhodochrosite Bullseye Gem Studs Rare
Rhodochrosite Bullseye Gem Studs Rare
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$190.00 USD
Dollybird Bubblegum Ring Pink Opal
Dollybird Bubblegum Ring Pink Opal
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$185.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Fire Opal Statement Ring Bright Orange Glow
Dollybird Raw Fire Opal Statement Ring Bright Orange Glow
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$385.00 USD
Summer Dunes Crystallized Seashell Statement Studs
Summer Dunes Crystallized Seashell Statement Studs
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$350.00 USD
In Deep Ring Sonoran Dendritic Rhyolite Heart
In Deep Ring Sonoran Dendritic Rhyolite Heart
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$290.00 USD
Green BlueTurquoise and Rock Crystal Statement Ring
Green BlueTurquoise and Rock Crystal Statement Ring
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$485.00 USD
Dune Ring Collector's Lodalite Crystal Quartz
Dune Ring Collector's Lodalite Crystal Quartz
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$525.00 USD
Sunshine Sea Shell Studs Yellow Mother of Pearl Pointed Studs
Sunshine Sea Shell Studs Yellow Mother of Pearl Pointed Studs
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$190.00 USD
Grounded Ring Raw Hematite Crystal Shimmer
Grounded Ring Raw Hematite Crystal Shimmer
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$190.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Fire Opal Talon Pendant Mother's Day Gift
Dollybird Raw Fire Opal Talon Pendant Mother's Day Gift
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$385.00 USD
Rocky Dinosaur Bone Pendant
Rocky Dinosaur Bone Pendant
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$365.00 USD
The Copper Stone Ring
The Copper Stone Ring
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$95.00 USD
Raspberry Ring Raw Pink Tourmaline
Raspberry Ring Raw Pink Tourmaline
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$425.00 USD
Dollybird Denimn Star Statement Ring Blue Lapis And Pyrite
Dollybird Denimn Star Statement Ring Blue Lapis And Pyrite
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$285.00 USD
Summer Blossom Ring Collector Plume Agate
Summer Blossom Ring Collector Plume Agate
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$290.00 USD
Maritime Pendant Shark Tooth Layering Talisman Necklace
Maritime Pendant Shark Tooth Layering Talisman Necklace
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$275.00 USD
Pools Of Light Ring Bright Blue Raw Rainbow Fire Opal
Pools Of Light Ring Bright Blue Raw Rainbow Fire Opal
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$325.00 USD
Clear Moment Ring Statement Turquoise Chrysocolla Ring
Clear Moment Ring Statement Turquoise Chrysocolla Ring
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$325.00 USD
Head In The Clouds Ring Rare White Plume Agate and Onyx Doublet
Head In The Clouds Ring Rare White Plume Agate and Onyx Doublet
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$385.00 USD
Emerald Tears Striped Studs Blue Azurite and Malachite Gem Earrings
Emerald Tears Striped Studs Blue Azurite and Malachite Gem Earrings
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$145.00 USD
Seafoam Green Variscite Button Stud Statement Earrings
Seafoam Green Variscite Button Stud Statement Earrings
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$190.00 USD
Raw Pink Pyramid Fire Opal Ring
Raw Pink Pyramid Fire Opal Ring
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$450.00 USD
Sunny Tangerine Ring Montana Agate
Sunny Tangerine Ring Montana Agate
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$225.00 USD
Blue Cube Transparent Fluorite Necklace
Blue Cube Transparent Fluorite Necklace
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$425.00 USD
Sunny Day Ring Drusy Ocean Jasper
Sunny Day Ring Drusy Ocean Jasper
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$190.00 USD
Garden Keeper's Necklace Double Terminated Moss Agate Layering Necklace
Garden Keeper's Necklace Double Terminated Moss Agate Layering Necklace
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$425.00 USD
Moth Ring Agua Nueva Nodular Agate Statement Ring
Moth Ring Agua Nueva Nodular Agate Statement Ring
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$290.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Fire Opal Ring
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$450.00 USD
Starlight Pendant
Starlight Pendant
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$325.00 USD
Cats Eye Nephrite Jade Statement Ring
Cats Eye Nephrite Jade Statement Ring
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$325.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Fire Opal Statement Ring Lavender Orange Glow
Dollybird Raw Fire Opal Statement Ring Lavender Orange Glow
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$425.00 USD
Open Sky Pendant Rare Blue Hemimorphite Statement Gem Mother's Day Gift Layering Necklace
Open Sky Pendant Rare Blue Hemimorphite Statement Gem Mother's Day Gift Layering Necklace
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$385.00 USD
Blanketed Stars Ring Pyrite Cubes Trapped in Quartz Rare Collector Faceted Quartz
Blanketed Stars Ring Pyrite Cubes Trapped in Quartz Rare Collector Faceted Quartz
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$385.00 USD
Illuminating Lights Ring Rare Pink Ammolite
Illuminating Lights Ring Rare Pink Ammolite
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$285.00 USD
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Teal Fire Opal Ring
Dollybird Raw Rainbow Teal Fire Opal Ring
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$190.00 USD
Included Chlorite In Quartz Cocktail Ring Collector Faceted Green Quartz
Included Chlorite In Quartz Cocktail Ring Collector Faceted Green Quartz
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$285.00 USD
Moondrop Moonstone Necklace Mother's Day Gift
Moondrop Moonstone Necklace Mother's Day Gift
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$150.00 USD
Raw Black Fire Opal Center Glow Layering Necklace
Raw Black Fire Opal Center Glow Layering Necklace
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$190.00 USD
Vision Ring Statement Jasper
Vision Ring Statement Jasper
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$290.00 USD
Green Fields Shield White Webbed Variscite Summer Pendant
Green Fields Shield White Webbed Variscite Summer Pendant
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$285.00 USD

2 Featured Comments

  • TexturesofLife

    Lori McDonald from CharmHouse said 6 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 6 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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