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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 Necklace
Cast Brass Crystal Necklace
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$50.00 USD
Large Hand Necklace
Large Hand Necklace
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$60.00 USD
Eye Lighter Case
Eye Lighter Case
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$75.00 USD
Brass Geometric Prism Necklace
Brass Geometric Prism Necklace
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$70.00 USD
Black Onyx Trio Ring
Black Onyx Trio Ring
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$50.00 USD
Orbit Ring with Large Opal
Orbit Ring with Large Opal
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$80.00 USD
Eye Earrings with Black Onyx
Eye Earrings with Black Onyx
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$60.00 USD
Opal Thea Earrings // Opal Crystal Cluster Earrings
Opal Thea Earrings // Opal Crystal Cluster Earrings
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$60.00 USD
Palma Earrings // Hand Earrings, Hand Outline Earrings
Palma Earrings // Hand Earrings, Hand Outline Earrings
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$65.00 USD
Opal Thea Open Cuff Bracelet // Opal Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
Opal Thea Open Cuff Bracelet // Opal Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
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$70.00 USD
Opal Aria Ring // Opal Crystal Cluster Ring
Opal Aria Ring // Opal Crystal Cluster Ring
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$50.00 USD
Silver and Rainbow Moonstone Crystal Cluster Earrings
Silver and Rainbow Moonstone Crystal Cluster Earrings
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$70.00 USD
Vision Ring with Opal // Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye
Vision Ring with Opal // Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye
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$60.00 USD
Moonstone and Crystal Facet Ring
Moonstone and Crystal Facet Ring
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$50.00 USD
Cast Brass Herkimer Diamond Earrings
Cast Brass Herkimer Diamond Earrings
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$50.00 USD
Rainbow Earrings with Opal
Rainbow Earrings with Opal
theresekuempel
$80.00 USD
Black Onyx Thea Ring // Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Ring
Black Onyx Thea Ring // Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Ring
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$50.00 USD
Molten Quartz Crystal Brass Pouch Necklace
Molten Quartz Crystal Brass Pouch Necklace
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$150.00 USD
Cast Brass Large Arrowhead Necklace
Cast Brass Large Arrowhead Necklace
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$70.00 USD
Ripple Necklace with Opal
Ripple Necklace with Opal
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$80.00 USD
Hand Earrings // Palmistry Earrings, Hand Amulet Earrings
Hand Earrings // Palmistry Earrings, Hand Amulet Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Opal Vision Necklace // Evil Eye Necklace, All Seeing Eye Necklace
Opal Vision Necklace // Evil Eye Necklace, All Seeing Eye Necklace
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$60.00 USD
Tiny Brass Hand Necklace // Palmistry Necklace
Tiny Brass Hand Necklace // Palmistry Necklace
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$40.00 USD
Black Onyx Perception Earrings // Black Onyx Eye Earrings, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
Black Onyx Perception Earrings // Black Onyx Eye Earrings, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
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$50.00 USD
Cast Brass Amethyst Crystal Cluster Necklace
Cast Brass Amethyst Crystal Cluster Necklace
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$60.00 USD
Geometric Prism Earrings
Geometric Prism Earrings
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$60.00 USD
Opal Oracle Necklace // Eye Necklace, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
Opal Oracle Necklace // Eye Necklace, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
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$60.00 USD
Flower Earrings with Opal
Flower Earrings with Opal
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$60.00 USD
Flower Earrings with Black Onyx
Flower Earrings with Black Onyx
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$60.00 USD
Portal Earrings with Opal
Portal Earrings with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Mini Orbit Earrings with Opal
Mini Orbit Earrings with Opal
theresekuempel
$65.00 USD
Double Flower Open Cuff Bracelet with Opal
Double Flower Open Cuff Bracelet with Opal
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$80.00 USD
Space Ring
Space Ring
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$50.00 USD
Space Earrings
Space Earrings
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$60.00 USD
Flower Ring with Black Onyx
Flower Ring with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Rainbow Earrings with Black Onyx
Rainbow Earrings with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$80.00 USD
Mini Orbit Earrings with Black Onyx
Mini Orbit Earrings with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$65.00 USD
Flower Earrings
Flower Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Portal Earrings with Black Onyx
Portal Earrings with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Double Flower Open Cuff Bracelet
Double Flower Open Cuff Bracelet
theresekuempel
$80.00 USD
Flower Ring with Opal
Flower Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Nebula Earrings with Black Onyx
Nebula Earrings with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$120.00 USD
Flower Signet Earrings
Flower Signet Earrings
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$60.00 USD
Nebula Earrings with Opal
Nebula Earrings with Opal
theresekuempel
$140.00 USD
Portal Earrings
Portal Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Small Rainbow Necklace with Black Onyx
Small Rainbow Necklace with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Nebula Ring with Black Onyx
Nebula Ring with Black Onyx
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$90.00 USD
Nebula Lighter Case with Black Onyx
Nebula Lighter Case with Black Onyx
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$95.00 USD
Large Rainbow Statement Earrings with Black Onyx
Large Rainbow Statement Earrings with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$120.00 USD
Large Rainbow Statement Earrings with Opal
Large Rainbow Statement Earrings with Opal
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$160.00 USD
Portal Necklace with Opal
Portal Necklace with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Mini Orbit Necklace with Opal
Mini Orbit Necklace with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Bang Ring with Opal
Bang Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$65.00 USD
Portal Ring with Opal
Portal Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Flower Lighter Case
Flower Lighter Case
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Rainbow Lighter Case with Black Onyx
Rainbow Lighter Case with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$85.00 USD
Rainbow Lighter Case with Opal
Rainbow Lighter Case with Opal
theresekuempel
$85.00 USD
Orbit Cuff Bracelet with Black Onyx
Orbit Cuff Bracelet with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Orbit Cuff Bracelet with Opal
Orbit Cuff Bracelet with Opal
theresekuempel
$80.00 USD
Mini Orbit Necklace with Black Onyx
Mini Orbit Necklace with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD

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