I love discovering new artists via Vimeo. I have quite the collection of videos over there from makers and I regularly search there for new artists to feature. You can imagine then how happy I was to discover Sydney Hernandez and her earthy and copperific collection of handmade jewelry, known as WorthWild. I’m a sucker for copper myself and have noticed that my personal collection has been growing of the past few months. If you’re a copper fan like I am, then you’ll love what Sydney creates.
The earrings are a perfect place to start your journey in the Worthwild shop. You get an instant understanding of Sydney’s flexibility by exploring each of the different styles available. My favorites have to be the Copper Vein and the Right Triangle earrings. The idea is so ingenious that I can’t believe I’ve never seen it done before. And the price point is beyond affordable. The Folded Copper and Brass studs are pretty rad too. Take a peak at the video below and then explore and support this shop for yourself.
[faktory_blockquote title=”About The Maker” subtitle=”Sydney Hernandez – WorthWild Jewelry” size=”normal”]This line of accessories is a wearable way to accept the two poles of contemporary life: the natural, and the forged. Instead of seeing this dichotomy clash, I found a harmony. By taking naturally occurring materials and making them into unnatural shapes, I came to a balance of the two.
Wood and copper, to me, are both pure and simply beautiful. It is my goal to make pieces that reflect that. The copper, I buy as etching plates and cut into geometric shapes; the wood I mostly forage for. Almost all the wood I use was grown and felled in the historic Woodlands Cemetery. Types include white pine, horsechestnut, walnut, and elm. I use a frame saw and a metal file to shape the copper pieces, and hand saws for the wood. No two shapes are identical.
All the wood is sealed with acrylic coating, but the copper is left untreated so it will develop patinas ranging from greenish to violet to blackish. These can be removed, if desired, with vinegar or lemon juice. For sensitive ears, the copper earrings should not be worn for extended amounts of time (my ears get itchy after a whole day), but I also use sterling silver posts.[/faktory_blockquote]
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