Behind The Scenes - A view into my world of making metalwork jewellery
Behind the scenes
Hello! I'm Tracy Smith, the person behind Cinnamon Jewellery. I live and work in Eastbourne, a small seaside town on the south east coast in the UK. I'm lucky enough to live 2 minutes away from the beach and on the edge of the South Downs National Park.
I'm in charge of designing, making, photographing, marketing, packing and shipping the handmade jewellery you see on this website.
It started with my thing about earrings...
I began making jewellery to sell in 2004 after seeing handmade earrings online and wondering how hard it would be to try doing that myself. From creating basic earrings and bracelets using mass produced findings and beads I gradually started to use my own ideas for designs and learned various jewellery making techniques including wirework, cold connections, metal stamping and copper and sterling silver etching. Torch enamelling and soldering soon followed and after taking jewellery night classes I learned how to set stones using bezels and tube settings.
I'm very fond of texture and a lot of my silver and copper designs feature textured and patterned metal. This is achieved through etching the pattern onto the metal or by using a rolling mill to impress the design into the metal. Oxidizing the copper, bronze and sterling silver really highlights the textures and patterns and gives a lovely antique patina to the metal.