Michelle Beecher is the designer behind MetalGurlz jewelry design. Everything about making jewelry including the designing, sketching, planning, sawing, sanding, soldering, filing, sanding again, hand finishing, setting the cabochons or stringing beads makes her heart flutter. As a part-time silversmith, her passion and heart are in the precious few hours of personal time she gets per day to create wearable art.
Michelle makes jewelry out of her need to create and what better way to express your style, flair, personality and individuality than with a piece of art to wear in your ear, around your neck, encircling your wrist or ankle. Every part of her jewelry is handmade and handcrafted. Michelle's design inspirations mostly come from the materials she uses and her need to keep it simple. Sterling silver is so versatile: Bright and shiny, or matte with texture, patina or antiqued, even a natural tarnish on silver brings out a rainbow of colors that is hard to replicate. Copper symbolizes earthy warmth with a depth of possibilities: Etched, hammered, polished to a bright finish or with enumerable patina options the potentials are endless. Lastly, there are the semi-precious gems, most notably cabochons and beads. The cool and velvety feel of gems in your hand and knowing that these were created over thousands, even millions of years are magic. She has purchased cabochons and have held onto it for years until I find the perfect vehicle for their setting. Michelle uses sterling silver, fine silver, copper and on occasion 18K gold. Semi-precious gems are used extensively. Metalgurlzz never uses glass, plastic or plated material. The jewelry she creates is the jewelry that she wears. Her two favorite techniques are marriage of metals and copper inlay. The juxtaposition of the cool silver next to warm copper intrigues and she uses it often, especially in the neck pieces. Copper inlay involves embedding pieces of copper wire into drilled silver and soldering. These techniques are labor intensive but the reward of using these two in designs is worth it. Ultimately, Michelle wants collectors of her work to feel just as good wearing metalgurlzz as she did while creating each piece. Michelle hopes you find a piece of jewelry from her uniquely handcrafted jewelry line that speaks to you knowing that just as with you, there is no other.