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Jul 13, 2012

by Palomaria

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My name is Melina, and I make handmade jewelry with cold porcelain clay for my shop Palomaria. I live in Vancouver with my husband and two small boys. Although my husband and I are from Argentina, we’ve been living in Canada for the past nine years.

My business is unique because all my pieces are made from scratch. I make every medallion, charm and even the beads with my own hands.

When I create, I use my own cold porcelain recipe, which I make at home. With it, I shape and model all my pieces using molds and letterpress plates to create texture. The pieces dry, and then I sand them, paint them with acrylics, and protect them with water-based varnish. I assemble the pieces myself, too.

Like many creative types, I experience a driving force from time to time that makes me work, experiment, play and discover something new. It’s powerful. I’ve learned to recognize and appreciate these waves of inspiration and follow them wherever they take me.

In 2009, I experienced one of these big waves. I was a bit burnt out from taking care of my toddler and baby, and the Vancouver winter afternoons were so dark and boring. I started playing in my kitchen, putting together the clay I used for doll making (another creative outlet of mine) and the letterpress plates from my job (at the time, I was a designer, paper maker and printer running a small stationery business). The jewelry I’m making these days is a result of that wave of inspiration, although the look of my work has changed and evolved over the past two years.

My favorite handmade items are the sweet baby blankets my mother knitted and crocheted for my kids when they were babies. I used them during their early babyhood and they are so precious to me. When my kids got older, I asked my mom if she could take apart all the blankets and combine them to make one big blanket for me. Since she’s the coolest person ever, she agreed and patiently unraveled all eight of them to make a big, patchwork-style bedspread. I treasure it since it carries the energy of my boys as new babies. And I love the result since it’s unplanned and made with what we had, as in the old days!

Thanks to Etsy, I had the chance to transform my passion into a way of earning an income. I really appreciate this community of creative talent that amazes me every day. In practical terms, I appreciate the help and the easy platform Etsy gives me to offer my work to the world. Despite the many tasks that I must accomplish to run my shop, I’m very grateful to have support with the challenging aspects of the business, like getting exposure, web analysis, and having sales organized on a clear, user-friendly, ever-improving platform.

This creative adventure has brought a lot of happiness, playfulness and fresh energy to my life. Even though I’ve always worked for myself in a creative field, I feel I’m playing more than working now more than ever!

All photos by Palomaria.

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Tiny Letters Necklace for Mom, Petite Necklace, Small Letter charms on High quality Gold plated necklace, Mother Gift, Christmas for mom
Tiny Letters Necklace for Mom, Petite Necklace, Small Letter charms on High quality Gold plated necklace, Mother Gift, Christmas for mom
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Initials Arrow Boho Necklace, Clay handmade beads, personalized hippie letter jewelry, Christmas Gift for women, hippie chic, boho chic
Initials Arrow Boho Necklace, Clay handmade beads, personalized hippie letter jewelry, Christmas Gift for women, hippie chic, boho chic
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Astro Charm Necklace, Zodiac Sign, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
Astro Charm Necklace, Zodiac Sign, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
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Stamped Reversible Bar Necklace, Christmas 2017, Name stamped Colorful Vertical Bar on  Gold chain, Dainty Women's Jewelry, 2 in 1 Necklace
Stamped Reversible Bar Necklace, Christmas 2017, Name stamped Colorful Vertical Bar on Gold chain, Dainty Women's Jewelry, 2 in 1 Necklace
Palomaria
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Astrological Necklace, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Zodiac Necklace
Astrological Necklace, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Zodiac Necklace
Palomaria
$33.00 USD
Silver Moon and Zodiac Necklace, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Sign
Silver Moon and Zodiac Necklace, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Sign
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Pet memorial - Personalized Pet Jewelry - Dog Paw Necklace - Dog Name
Pet memorial - Personalized Pet Jewelry - Dog Paw Necklace - Dog Name
Palomaria
$32.00 USD
Mother's Day 2018, Mama Bar Necklace, Mom, Mommy, Grandma, Grammy, Grandmother, Nana, Nonna, Nonnie,Abuela, Oma, YiaYia, Aunt, Gigi, Maw Maw
Mother's Day 2018, Mama Bar Necklace, Mom, Mommy, Grandma, Grammy, Grandmother, Nana, Nonna, Nonnie,Abuela, Oma, YiaYia, Aunt, Gigi, Maw Maw
Palomaria
$36.00 USD
Letter necklace - Sea Green and Gold
Letter necklace - Sea Green and Gold
Palomaria
$30.00 USD
Honey Bee Necklace - Personalized with your initial
Honey Bee Necklace - Personalized with your initial
Palomaria
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Forest Animals Charms Bracelet, Custom nana and mama Bracelet, Personalized for Mom, fox, owl, hedgehog, tree, leaves, and letter, Woodland
Forest Animals Charms Bracelet, Custom nana and mama Bracelet, Personalized for Mom, fox, owl, hedgehog, tree, leaves, and letter, Woodland
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$60.00 USD
Turquoise and Gold Post Earrings, Sea Green Roses, Feminine delicate, Bridesmaids Earrings
Turquoise and Gold Post Earrings, Sea Green Roses, Feminine delicate, Bridesmaids Earrings
Palomaria
$15.00 USD
Big Letter Cameo - Aqua and Gold Vintage Medallion - Custom Letter Necklace
Big Letter Cameo - Aqua and Gold Vintage Medallion - Custom Letter Necklace
Palomaria
$38.00 USD
Blue Tree and Letter charms Necklace, Initial necklace for Mom, Layered, Color Monogram, 3 letters necklace, Tree of Life, Family Tree
Blue Tree and Letter charms Necklace, Initial necklace for Mom, Layered, Color Monogram, 3 letters necklace, Tree of Life, Family Tree
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Red Roses Bridesmaid Jewelry, Necklace set of 7, Wedding Party Gifts, Bridesmaids and Flower girls, Deep Red and Gold, Letter Necklace
Red Roses Bridesmaid Jewelry, Necklace set of 7, Wedding Party Gifts, Bridesmaids and Flower girls, Deep Red and Gold, Letter Necklace
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Add full name medallion
Add full name medallion
Palomaria
$10.00 USD
Mom Charms Bracelet with Kids initials, Hearts, Flowers, Nest, Butterflies and Angel Wings in Green and Peach
Mom Charms Bracelet with Kids initials, Hearts, Flowers, Nest, Butterflies and Angel Wings in Green and Peach
Palomaria
$66.00 USD
Grandmother Bracelet, Grandma, Nana, Grammy, Granny, Nanny, Yia Yia, Bubbie, oma Bracelet, Mother's Day Gift, Women's personalized Jewelry
Grandmother Bracelet, Grandma, Nana, Grammy, Granny, Nanny, Yia Yia, Bubbie, oma Bracelet, Mother's Day Gift, Women's personalized Jewelry
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$34.00 USD
Cream Flower Post Earrings - Delicate Stud Earrings - Bridesmaids Earrings - Indie Bride Jewelry
Cream Flower Post Earrings - Delicate Stud Earrings - Bridesmaids Earrings - Indie Bride Jewelry
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$15.00 USD
Turquoise and Gold Round Earrings
Turquoise and Gold Round Earrings
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$30.00 USD
Custom Initial Necklace with Bird and Rose
Custom Initial Necklace with Bird and Rose
Palomaria
$35.00 USD
Purple Post Earrings - Purple and Gold Stud Earrings - Bridesmaids Earrings - Cabbage Roses
Purple Post Earrings - Purple and Gold Stud Earrings - Bridesmaids Earrings - Cabbage Roses
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Deep Blue Initial Necklace - Vintage Chic Letter Necklace - Bridesmaids gifts
Deep Blue Initial Necklace - Vintage Chic Letter Necklace - Bridesmaids gifts
Palomaria
$30.00 USD
Bird and Letter Necklace - Personalized Gift for Bridesmaid- Monogram Necklace - Mint and Coral Bridesmaid Gift
Bird and Letter Necklace - Personalized Gift for Bridesmaid- Monogram Necklace - Mint and Coral Bridesmaid Gift
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$36.00 USD
Boho Leather Inspired Cuff Bracelet, Purple tones Bracelet, Shades of Wine Color, Clay Bracelet, Bohemian Wanderlust Chic Wear, Ethnic Gift
Boho Leather Inspired Cuff Bracelet, Purple tones Bracelet, Shades of Wine Color, Clay Bracelet, Bohemian Wanderlust Chic Wear, Ethnic Gift
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I Do Necklace - Whimsical Bridal Jewelry
I Do Necklace - Whimsical Bridal Jewelry
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$30.00 USD
Mother's Day - Name Necklace - Personalized Jewelry BH
Mother's Day - Name Necklace - Personalized Jewelry BH
Palomaria
$34.00 USD
Deer Necklace - Woodlands - Forest - Shabby Chic Deer
Deer Necklace - Woodlands - Forest - Shabby Chic Deer
Palomaria
$34.00 USD
Little Aqua Bird Necklace - Romantic Bird and Beads
Little Aqua Bird Necklace - Romantic Bird and Beads
Palomaria
$33.00 USD
Initial Necklace  Dutch Decor Style Letter Necklace Personalized Jewelry Shabby Chic Lock Initial Jewelry Custom Necklace Mommy Gift Flower
Initial Necklace Dutch Decor Style Letter Necklace Personalized Jewelry Shabby Chic Lock Initial Jewelry Custom Necklace Mommy Gift Flower
Palomaria
$32.00 USD
Small Letter Necklace in Vintage Gray and Gold - Soft and Dreamy
Small Letter Necklace in Vintage Gray and Gold - Soft and Dreamy
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Maw Maw Necklace - Multiple names personalized necklace - My grandchildren - Name Bird Necklace - Romantic Bird and Rose
Maw Maw Necklace - Multiple names personalized necklace - My grandchildren - Name Bird Necklace - Romantic Bird and Rose
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Butterfly Necklace - Personalized Jewelry - Monogram Necklace - Personalized with your initial
Butterfly Necklace - Personalized Jewelry - Monogram Necklace - Personalized with your initial
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Heart Necklace, personalized name necklace, Mother's Jewelry, mommy gift, purple and plum
Heart Necklace, personalized name necklace, Mother's Jewelry, mommy gift, purple and plum
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Fiesta Necklace - Name necklace on little tiles - Greens
Fiesta Necklace - Name necklace on little tiles - Greens
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Christian Mom and Wife, Family Charms Jewelry, I love Jesus, Personalized mom bracelet, Cross Charm, boy girl charm, Mother's Day Gift
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Kids names necklace - Children names necklace- Personalizaed Jewelry - Mommy Necklace - Grandma Necklace
Kids names necklace - Children names necklace- Personalizaed Jewelry - Mommy Necklace - Grandma Necklace
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Womens Name stamped Cuff Bracelet, Mothers Day Gift, Personalized Romantic Jewelry, for mom, from dad, nana, auntie, mommy bracelet, Cement
Womens Name stamped Cuff Bracelet, Mothers Day Gift, Personalized Romantic Jewelry, for mom, from dad, nana, auntie, mommy bracelet, Cement
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Mama Bracelet, Mom of 5, Multiple Initial Charms Bracelet, Couple and Kids Bracelet, Gift for mom, delicate, porcelain, gold, grandmother
Mama Bracelet, Mom of 5, Multiple Initial Charms Bracelet, Couple and Kids Bracelet, Gift for mom, delicate, porcelain, gold, grandmother
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Owl Couple and Kid initial Necklace, Owl Family Necklace
Owl Couple and Kid initial Necklace, Owl Family Necklace
Palomaria
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Bar Necklace for Mama, Modern mama gift, Mom and children necklace, layering jewelry for mama, Mother's day unique gift, kids initials
Bar Necklace for Mama, Modern mama gift, Mom and children necklace, layering jewelry for mama, Mother's day unique gift, kids initials
Palomaria
$36.00 USD
Blue Leather Inspired Cuff Bracelet, Clay Jewelry, Blue bracelet duo, Santa Fe, Boho Bridesmaids Gifts
Blue Leather Inspired Cuff Bracelet, Clay Jewelry, Blue bracelet duo, Santa Fe, Boho Bridesmaids Gifts
Palomaria
$39.00 USD
Leather Copper Inspired Clay Cuff Bracelet Duo, Fall Womens Fashion, Textured Imprinted Mixed Media Jewelry, Women of 40, coordinated
Leather Copper Inspired Clay Cuff Bracelet Duo, Fall Womens Fashion, Textured Imprinted Mixed Media Jewelry, Women of 40, coordinated
Palomaria
$39.00 USD
Couple's and Kids initial necklace, Multiple initial charms, Art jewelry, Artisan Crafted and Personalized
Couple's and Kids initial necklace, Multiple initial charms, Art jewelry, Artisan Crafted and Personalized
Palomaria
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Inspirational jewelry - Your personal Mantra Necklace - Statement Necklace
Inspirational jewelry - Your personal Mantra Necklace - Statement Necklace
Palomaria
$33.00 USD
Daisy Earrings - Daisy Post Earrings -  Handmade clay flower earrings
Daisy Earrings - Daisy Post Earrings - Handmade clay flower earrings
Palomaria
$15.00 USD
Letter necklace - Cottage Chic - Romantic Monogram Medallion - Bridesmaids
Letter necklace - Cottage Chic - Romantic Monogram Medallion - Bridesmaids
Palomaria
$32.00 USD
Baroque Trapeze Dangling Earrings - Rustic and Romantic - Turquoise Textured Earrings
Baroque Trapeze Dangling Earrings - Rustic and Romantic - Turquoise Textured Earrings
Palomaria
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Jane Austen -  Romantic Rose Triptych - Shabby Chic Rose Necklace
Jane Austen - Romantic Rose Triptych - Shabby Chic Rose Necklace
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Letter and Heart Necklace - Pick your COLOR - Rainbow - Christmas gift
Letter and Heart Necklace - Pick your COLOR - Rainbow - Christmas gift
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Sisters Bracelets Trio, Flower girl gift, Name bracelet, Sisters Jewelry, Best Friend Gifts, Junior Bridesmaids, 4,5,6,7,8,9 year old gift
Sisters Bracelets Trio, Flower girl gift, Name bracelet, Sisters Jewelry, Best Friend Gifts, Junior Bridesmaids, 4,5,6,7,8,9 year old gift
Palomaria
$33.00 USD
Custom Letter Bird and Flower Necklace in purple
Custom Letter Bird and Flower Necklace in purple
Palomaria
$35.00 USD
Letter Necklace - Victorian Garden - Soft sage green and Gold with Nude Pink Rose
Letter Necklace - Victorian Garden - Soft sage green and Gold with Nude Pink Rose
Palomaria
$30.00 USD
Purple Name necklace, Stamped Name on Necklace,  Personalized jewelry, Girl Name, Lady Necklace, Sister Gift
Purple Name necklace, Stamped Name on Necklace, Personalized jewelry, Girl Name, Lady Necklace, Sister Gift
Palomaria
$33.00 USD
Loved Nana Necklace imprinted on the back with personalized message and grandkids initials, Vintage style jewelry for grandmother. Nana gift
Loved Nana Necklace imprinted on the back with personalized message and grandkids initials, Vintage style jewelry for grandmother. Nana gift
Palomaria
$39.00 USD
Valentine's Gift - Couple and kids initials necklace - Dainty Letter necklace - Personalized letter jewelry
Valentine's Gift - Couple and kids initials necklace - Dainty Letter necklace - Personalized letter jewelry
Palomaria
$36.00 USD
Dog Paw Necklace - Cat Paw Necklace - Personalized pet jewelry - Memorial Pet Jewelry
Dog Paw Necklace - Cat Paw Necklace - Personalized pet jewelry - Memorial Pet Jewelry
Palomaria
$35.00 USD
Cool Christmas Gift for mom, Mommy Keychain, mommy Gift, Christmas gift for mama, personalized keyring, mom jewelry, kids initials jewelry
Cool Christmas Gift for mom, Mommy Keychain, mommy Gift, Christmas gift for mama, personalized keyring, mom jewelry, kids initials jewelry
Palomaria
$34.00 USD
Survivor Necklace, Pink Ribbon Jewelry, Breast Cancer, Recovery Anniversary Gift, Faith Hope Love
Survivor Necklace, Pink Ribbon Jewelry, Breast Cancer, Recovery Anniversary Gift, Faith Hope Love
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Faith Hope Love, Pink Ribbon, Dainty Necklace, Breast Cancer jewelry, Meaningful Gift for Friend, Get well, Find the Cure
Faith Hope Love, Pink Ribbon, Dainty Necklace, Breast Cancer jewelry, Meaningful Gift for Friend, Get well, Find the Cure
Palomaria
$36.00 USD

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