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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 Amethyst Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
Cast Brass Amethyst Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
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$60.00 USD
Cast Brass Arrowhead Ring
Cast Brass Arrowhead Ring
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$40.00 USD
Moonstone and Crystal Facet Ring
Moonstone and Crystal Facet Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 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 Aria Ring // Opal Crystal Cluster Ring
Opal Aria Ring // Opal Crystal Cluster Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Opal Crystal Cluster Earrings
Opal Crystal Cluster Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Earrings
Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Cast Brass Crystal Cluster Ring
Cast Brass Crystal Cluster Ring
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Turquoise Statement Ring
Turquoise Statement Ring
theresekuempel
$95.00 USD
Double Opal Trio Open Ring
Double Opal Trio Open Ring
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Brass and Opal Lighter Case // Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye
Brass and Opal Lighter Case // Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye
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$75.00 USD
Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Triangle Pyramid Necklace
Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Triangle Pyramid Necklace
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$80.00 USD
Opal Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
Opal Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Opal Oracle Necklace // Eye Necklace, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
Opal Oracle Necklace // Eye Necklace, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Hand Ring // Hand Amulet, Open Hand Ring, Palm Ring
Hand Ring // Hand Amulet, Open Hand Ring, Palm Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Giver Necklace with Opal // Hand Necklace, Palmistry Necklace, Hand Amulet
Giver Necklace with Opal // Hand Necklace, Palmistry Necklace, Hand Amulet
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Opal Vision Cuff
Opal Vision Cuff
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Opal Trio Stacking Cuff Bracelet
Opal Trio Stacking Cuff Bracelet
theresekuempel
$45.00 USD
Tiny Brass Hand Necklace // Palmistry Necklace
Tiny Brass Hand Necklace // Palmistry Necklace
theresekuempel
$40.00 USD
Brass and Rainbow Moonstone Simple Stacking Cuff Bracelet
Brass and Rainbow Moonstone Simple Stacking Cuff Bracelet
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$45.00 USD
Opal Vision Earrings // Opal Evil Eye Earrings, All Seeing Eye Earrings
Opal Vision Earrings // Opal Evil Eye Earrings, All Seeing Eye Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Palma Lighter Case // Palmistry Lighter Case, Smoking Accessories
Palma Lighter Case // Palmistry Lighter Case, Smoking Accessories
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Palma Earrings // Hand Earrings, Hand Outline Earrings
Palma Earrings // Hand Earrings, Hand Outline Earrings
theresekuempel
$65.00 USD
Palma Ring // Hand Ring, Palmistry Ring, Hand Amulet
Palma Ring // Hand Ring, Palmistry Ring, Hand Amulet
theresekuempel
$50.00 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
Cast Brass Amethyst Crystal Point Necklace
Cast Brass Amethyst Crystal Point Necklace
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Molten Brass Crystal Ball Necklace
Molten Brass Crystal Ball Necklace
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Small Crystal Cluster Arc Necklace
Small Crystal Cluster Arc Necklace
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Crystal Cluster Arc Necklace
Crystal Cluster Arc Necklace
theresekuempel
$95.00 USD
Turquoise Crystal Cluster Necklace
Turquoise Crystal Cluster Necklace
theresekuempel
$80.00 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
Evil Eye Lighter Case Necklace // All Seeing Eye, Lighter Case Necklace, Smoking Accessory
Evil Eye Lighter Case Necklace // All Seeing Eye, Lighter Case Necklace, Smoking Accessory
theresekuempel
$85.00 USD
Opal Thea Necklace // Opal Crystal Cluster Necklace
Opal Thea Necklace // Opal Crystal Cluster Necklace
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Opal Trio Ring
Opal Trio Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Onyx Stacking Cuff
Onyx Stacking Cuff
theresekuempel
$45.00 USD
Quartz Crystal Cage Necklace - Chevron Style
Quartz Crystal Cage Necklace - Chevron Style
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$150.00 USD
Silver and Rainbow Moonstone Crystal Cluster Earrings
Silver and Rainbow Moonstone Crystal Cluster Earrings
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Faceted Brass Ring
Faceted Brass Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Quartz Crystal Cage Cuff Bracelet
Quartz Crystal Cage Cuff Bracelet
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$75.00 USD
Cast Brass Diamond Prism Necklace
Cast Brass Diamond Prism Necklace
theresekuempel
$80.00 USD
Brass Octahedron Prism Necklace
Brass Octahedron Prism Necklace
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Palma Necklace // Hand Necklace, Palm Necklace, Open Hand Necklace, Hand Amulet
Palma Necklace // Hand Necklace, Palm Necklace, Open Hand Necklace, Hand Amulet
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Small Cast Brass Arrowhead Necklace
Small Cast Brass Arrowhead Necklace
theresekuempel
$40.00 USD
Black Spinel Double Trio Open Ring
Black Spinel Double Trio Open Ring
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Opal Stacking Cuff
Opal Stacking Cuff
theresekuempel
$45.00 USD
Opal Thea Open Cuff Bracelet // Opal Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
Opal Thea Open Cuff Bracelet // Opal Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Delirium Ring with Opal
Delirium Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$55.00 USD
Cast Brass Amethyst Crystal Cluster Ring
Cast Brass Amethyst Crystal Cluster Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Vision Ring with Opal // Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye
Vision Ring with Opal // Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Cast Brass Crystal Necklace
Cast Brass Crystal Necklace
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Vision Ring with Black Onyx
Vision Ring with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$60.00 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
Onyx Trio Stacking Cuff Bracelet
Onyx Trio Stacking Cuff Bracelet
theresekuempel
$45.00 USD
Tiny Molten Brass Crystal Ball Ring
Tiny Molten Brass Crystal Ball Ring
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Vertigo Necklace with Opal
Vertigo Necklace with Opal
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Delirium Earrings with Opal // Opal Earrings
Delirium Earrings with Opal // Opal Earrings
theresekuempel
$65.00 USD
Turquoise Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
Turquoise Crystal Cluster Cuff Bracelet
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Molten Brass Bangles
Molten Brass Bangles
theresekuempel
$120.00 USD
Opal Thea Earrings // Opal Crystal Cluster Earrings
Opal Thea Earrings // Opal Crystal Cluster Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Vertigo Earrings with Opal
Vertigo Earrings with Opal
theresekuempel
$65.00 USD

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