Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Blond and A Torch

I am pleased to introduce Jen Nixon from Nome, Texas of A Blond And A Torch. She makes and sells mostly sterling silver jewelry--rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and now cuff links. She likes to keep things simple, but elegant. She says, "Sometimes less really is more."


What is your “real” life like?
My real life is crazy right now! On top of being a domestic goddess, I am trying to recover from hurricane Ike, raise my 12 year old son, and still find time to hang out with my husband. On top of that, I have two dogs outside, Layla and Lucy, and two inside cats, Ginger and Max.

What is your process?
I typically work with sterling silver, sometimes gold-fill and brass. I prefer using simple soldering techniques and, of course, I love to beat things into submission with my hammer.

What are your goals and vision for your business?
Well, when this started it was just a hobby to lower stress. Now I am selling online and in a few stores scattered around the U.S. I would like to see my online business grow in the short term, and my wholesale accounts grow in the future. However, I am terrified of success......LOL

How and where do you market your business?
Mainly I try to get myself out there online. I am on Trunkt:

www.trunkt.org/ablondandatorch
Flickr:
http://flickr.com/photos/jennixon/
And I have my blog:
http://ablondandatorch.blogspot.com/


What inspires you?
Nature inspires me--I love flowers and I have been working on a series of flower-like rings. I also love the shapes that I find all around me.

Who is your favorite musical artist?
Oh, such a tough question! I really don't have one. I get sick of songs so easily so what I like is always changing. I have to say that when I am the car I will catch myself speeding if Saving Abel comes on!

What are two of your favorite things from your shop?
This always changes too! Right now I love these Striation Rings:

Pictured below
They just catch so much attention when I wear them!

And of course my bangles:
Pictured above
Which I wear many of!

I am a fan of...
Sandra Eileen-Jewelry For Your Good Life:

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5168107
Funky Quail:

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5420568
Une Petite Etoile:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5085211
Passemeterie:
http://www.shoppassementerie.com/

Find me...
www.trunkt.org/ablondandatorch
http://flickr.com/photos/jennixon/
http://ablondandatorch.blogspot.com/
http://www.smashingdarling.com/item/hammered-band

6 comments:

Walk in the Woods said...

Great artist. Beautiful pieces!

BlueRockGourds said...

Beautiful jewels! Love the photos, love the rings, love it all!
Wendy

Une Petite Etoile said...

Her work is gorgeous! Nice article.

Elizabeth said...

Blond does great work! How nice of her to reference my shop in the article!

Sandra Eileen Jewelry said...

What a great feature ~ A Blond and a Torch really has blossomed this year - I look forward to her continued success and growth....

There are some great things happening in Texas!

CraftyCupcake said...

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

 

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