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Jun 23, 2014

by Therese Kuempel

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My name is Therese, and I’m a metalsmith and sculptor based in Chicago. My business is called Therese Kuempel Jewelry.

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I studied sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and found my way to metalsmithing a year into my studies. I first learned traditional metalsmithing, sheet metal fabrication, and basic soldering. Then I was introduced to the lost wax casting process, which I have been absolutely infatuated with since.

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The lost wax casting process works by creating prototypes in wax and making a mold. The next step is putting the mold in the kiln and burning out the wax. Once this process is complete, I melt down my metal of choice (usually brass or bronze) and cast my designs. My favorite signature design involves taking molds of quartz crystals and casting them in brass. I’m extremely passionate about this process – it allows me to experiment with metal in ways I never thought possible.

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The natural world has always been a source of inspiration for me. My jewelry is influenced by a juxtaposition of organic formations and geometric shapes. Working with metal has become the perfect catalyst for capturing these temporal organic moments. There’s something about casting crystals in brass and bronze that feels monumental; when I do so, I feel like I’m paying homage to a fleeting natural moment and object and venerating it for an eternity.

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I graduated from school in December, and since then my jewelry line has become my full-time job. I do retail, wholesale, and craft fairs throughout Chicago, but Etsy has brought my dream of being a full-time artist to fruition. Etsy provided me with an engaged, international audience. I’m currently working on a new line of designs which I will release in July 2014. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for updates and inspiration!

Photographs by Therese Kuempel and Danielle Sepanik.

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Cast Brass Crystal Cluster Ring
Cast Brass Crystal Cluster Ring
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$60.00 USD
Burst Ring with Black Onyx
Burst Ring with Black Onyx
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$60.00 USD
Burst Necklace with Black Onyx
Burst Necklace with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Giver Lighter Case with Opal // Hand Lighter Case, Evil Eye Lighter Case, Palmistry Lighter Case
Giver Lighter Case with Opal // Hand Lighter Case, Evil Eye Lighter Case, Palmistry Lighter Case
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Giver Necklace // Hand Necklace, Palmistry Necklace, Hand Amulet
Giver Necklace // Hand Necklace, Palmistry Necklace, Hand Amulet
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Bang Lighter Case with Black Onyx
Bang Lighter Case with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Vision Ring with Black Onyx
Vision Ring with Black Onyx
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$60.00 USD
Sterling Silver and Opal Statement Ring
Sterling Silver and Opal Statement Ring
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$95.00 USD
Opal Perception Earrings // Opal Eye Earrings, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
Opal Perception Earrings // Opal Eye Earrings, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Palma Lighter Case // Palmistry Lighter Case, Smoking Accessories
Palma Lighter Case // Palmistry Lighter Case, Smoking Accessories
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Onyx Stacking Cuff
Onyx Stacking Cuff
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$45.00 USD
Opal Thea Necklace // Opal Crystal Cluster Necklace
Opal Thea Necklace // Opal Crystal Cluster Necklace
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Brass and Rainbow Moonstone Comet Necklace
Brass and Rainbow Moonstone Comet Necklace
theresekuempel
$65.00 USD
Black Onyx and Crystal Facet Open Ring
Black Onyx and Crystal Facet Open Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Hand Eye Necklace with Black Onyx
Hand Eye Necklace with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$90.00 USD
Vision Necklace with Onyx // Evil Eye Necklace, All Seeing Eye Necklace
Vision Necklace with Onyx // Evil Eye Necklace, All Seeing Eye Necklace
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Hand Eye Earrings with Opal
Hand Eye Earrings with Opal
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$100.00 USD
Opal Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
Opal Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
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$70.00 USD
Eye Ring with Opal
Eye Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Cast Brass Herkimer Diamond Earrings
Cast Brass Herkimer Diamond Earrings
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Hand Ring // Hand Amulet, Open Hand Ring, Palm Ring
Hand Ring // Hand Amulet, Open Hand Ring, Palm Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Opal Vision Cuff
Opal Vision Cuff
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$70.00 USD
Onyx Oracle Cuff // Eye Bracelet, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
Onyx Oracle Cuff // Eye Bracelet, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
theresekuempel
$65.00 USD
Black Onyx Perception Ring // Black Onyx Eye Ring, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
Black Onyx Perception Ring // Black Onyx Eye Ring, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Earrings
Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Brass and Rainbow Moonstone Simple Stacking Cuff Bracelet
Brass and Rainbow Moonstone Simple Stacking Cuff Bracelet
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$45.00 USD
Small Burst Necklace with Opal
Small Burst Necklace with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Vision Lighter Case Necklace for Mini Bic Lighters // Evil Eye Lighter Case, Smoking Accessory
Vision Lighter Case Necklace for Mini Bic Lighters // Evil Eye Lighter Case, Smoking Accessory
theresekuempel
$85.00 USD
Opal Trio Ring
Opal Trio Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Large Burst Statement Earrings with Opal
Large Burst Statement Earrings with Opal
theresekuempel
$100.00 USD
Small Crystal Cluster Arc Necklace
Small Crystal Cluster Arc Necklace
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Face Necklace
Face Necklace
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Hand Eye Earrings with Black Onyx
Hand Eye Earrings with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$100.00 USD
Hand Eye Necklace with Opal
Hand Eye Necklace with Opal
theresekuempel
$90.00 USD
Crystal Cluster Arc Necklace
Crystal Cluster Arc Necklace
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$95.00 USD
Eye Lighter Case with Opal
Eye Lighter Case with Opal
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Giver Necklace with Black Onyx // Hand Necklace, Palmistry Necklace, Hand Amulet
Giver Necklace with Black Onyx // Hand Necklace, Palmistry Necklace, Hand Amulet
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Opal Perception Ring // Opal Eye Ring, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
Opal Perception Ring // Opal Eye Ring, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Vision Cuff with Black Onyx // Eye Cuff Bracelet, Evil Eye Cuff Bracelet
Vision Cuff with Black Onyx // Eye Cuff Bracelet, Evil Eye Cuff Bracelet
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Eye Lighter Case with Black Onyx
Eye Lighter Case with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Vision Lighter Case with Opal // Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye, Brass Lighter Case
Vision Lighter Case with Opal // Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye, Brass Lighter Case
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Drip Ring with Opal
Drip Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Splatter Earrings with Opal
Splatter Earrings with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Oracle Lighter Case with Opal
Oracle Lighter Case with Opal
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Small Cast Brass Arrowhead Necklace
Small Cast Brass Arrowhead Necklace
theresekuempel
$40.00 USD
Brass and Rainbow Moonstone Aperture Ring
Brass and Rainbow Moonstone Aperture Ring
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Eye Cuff Bracelet with Opal
Eye Cuff Bracelet with Opal
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Opal Stacking Cuff
Opal Stacking Cuff
theresekuempel
$45.00 USD
Delirium Ring with Opal
Delirium Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$55.00 USD
Tiny Molten Brass Crystal Ball Ring
Tiny Molten Brass Crystal Ball Ring
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$75.00 USD
Molten Brass Crystal Ball Necklace
Molten Brass Crystal Ball Necklace
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$75.00 USD
Small Hand Necklace
Small Hand Necklace
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Orbit Ring with Large Black Onyx
Orbit Ring with Large Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Ripple Ring
Ripple Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Black Onyx Aria Ring // Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Ring
Black Onyx Aria Ring // Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Black Onyx Thea Open Cuff Bracelet // Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
Black Onyx Thea Open Cuff Bracelet // Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Vision Earrings with Black Onyx // Evil Eye Earrings, Eye Earrings, All Seeing Eye Earrings
Vision Earrings with Black Onyx // Evil Eye Earrings, Eye Earrings, All Seeing Eye Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Delirium Earrings with Opal // Opal Earrings
Delirium Earrings with Opal // Opal Earrings
theresekuempel
$65.00 USD
Vertigo Earrings with Black Onyx // Onyx Earrings
Vertigo Earrings with Black Onyx // Onyx Earrings
theresekuempel
$65.00 USD
Gem Lighter Case
Gem Lighter Case
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD

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