5 questions with Roxanne Brown

Learn more about this winner of the July Facet Design Challenge, BLING IT UP!
Night Shine
Here at Facet, we believe that a bit of sparkle can improve almost anything. Thus, we chose the theme BLING IT UP! for our July 2017 Design Challenge, and were blinded by the results!

The piece that received the most votes from our readers is the absolutely stunning 
NIGHT SHINE, created by Roxanne Brown of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. 

This READER'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER is a rhinestone bib necklace with a Silk Duppioni padded base, hand-stitched with individual rhinestones in silver-plated, prong-set cups. The rhinestones are randomly stitched with the exception of a few hidden patterns within. The back has a hook-and-eye with snap closure that has the rhinestones arranged to make it completely hidden. We caught up with Roxanne to learn more about her jewelry making. 
Roxanne Brown enamel

Vitreous glass enamel on etched copper has quickly become a new favorite of mine. I took two classes back-to-back last spring and summer, and then got lucky enough to get my hands on a brand-new kiln for a song. The options for etching are endless. 

Roxanne Brown resin

I have a line of resin jewelry that is just plain fun to make. I fill the pendant frames with a wide variety of images and then accent them with glitters and micro glass beads. I now have more glitter than one human being should have, but it’s just so much fun.

Roxanne Brown silver 2

Old silverware turned into jewelry. So many women have it stashed away and they don’t use it!  It’s nice to give it new life, so they can honor their mothers and grandmothers. There are usually a lot of tears shed over these pieces once delivered.

Roxanne Brown silver

Sterling silver jewelry with mixes of copper and brass, as well as handmade art glass/lampwork beads.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A JEWELRY DESIGNER?

I come from a family of very talented people in a variety of art forms. Jewelry for me was an extension of other things that I have worked in over the years. In the beginning, I was mostly self-taught through books and trial and error. Since having turned my focus fully to metalsmithing I have taken a variety of classes in the past 5 years to learn the basics as well as a variety of new techniques.

I started making jewelry when I discovered some gorgeous handmade art glass beads on Ebay. I bought the beads and then decided that I needed to do something with them. For a number of years, I worked in what is considered assembly work, but hated the description as I felt my work was far above the basic bead stringing.

It was suggested by a local artist that I should take up silver work. It was another two years before I decide to take the plunge but once I did I was hooked. It just took me a bit of time to make the full transition.

After a long-awaited honeymoon with my husband in 2013, (our 20th Anniversary!), we came to the realization that my working a full-time day job and then coming home and working another full-time job on my jewelry at night was something that had to change.

So that fall, my husband built me a studio in our garage and Roxanne Brown Jewellery became a full-time endeavor. From the first beads I put on stretch cord to today, I have been at this for roughly 14 years now but only four years as a full-time metalsmith.

Today I work under the business name of Roxanne Brown Jewellery. I have my own work studio and sell my work out of Victoria Jewellers and Dean Renwick Design Studio in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.


DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR STYLE OR DESIGN ESTHETIC?

I don’t really have a style per se. Everything is on the table when it’s time to work. I can do clean and classic right alongside whimsical. Right now, I make [these] four different styles of jewelry [shown RIGHT].

I really have not found that one thing that gets me going as I like to float around a lot. It really does depend on how I am feeling at the time I sit down at my bench.

Right now, I’m really enjoying the process of making sheets of etched sterling silver and copper. The pattern ideas are endless for etching and the final pieces of jewelry can be rather stunning.

 

 

Roxanne Brown studio
Roxanne Brown blue workbench cropped

TELL US MORE ABOUT THE STUDIO THAT YOUR HUSBAND BUILT! WHAT IS YOUR WORKSPACE LIKE?  

My husband helped to convert this space into a studio for me in 2013, and then in 2016, we did a bit of an overhaul on it to better suit my needs. He built the bench for me, while the other pieces have been rebuilt for their new purposes. I love the red stain in my studio.

This month we are in the middle of an expansion to my space. The expansion will allow me to put out the new equipment that I have acquired lately, as well as my stumps and anvils.

The expansion will also be able to accommodate a new blue bench for hourly, weekly or monthly rentals to other jewelers who want to work, but do not have a space of their own. The new blue room should be ready in about two weeks or so.


NAME TWO THINGS THAT YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IN YOUR STUDIO.


My laptop is always by my side as I am a fanatical TV watcher and I have managed to find some great websites that allow me to stream all my shows while I work. I’m mostly listening but every so often I have to stop to see what is going on. The other item would be the wireless headset that I wear to hear the shows. They block out all of the other studio noise and I can hear the shows clearly.


WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORK?

I seem to find inspiration in the silliest of places, wrapping paper, magazine images, even fabric for texturing with the rolling mill.

Roxanne Brown silver leaves
Roxanne Brown Night Shine detail
The details of NIGHT SHINE, Roxanne's winning piece from the Facet Design Challenge. 

My first really big piece of work was my I.AM.CANADIAN. necklace. I saw a beer coaster with a leaf on it that put an idea in my head for a necklace. I had already taken Jewellery I but needed to take a Jewellery II class before I could make it, as I had not learned to set cabochons yet! 

It’s all sterling silver, imprinted on both sides with desiccated skeletal leaves. Each leaf decreases in size as it goes from front to back. The leaves are set with garnet cabochons that also decrease in size and are placed randomly on each leaf. In the end, it took me over 70 hours to complete it. Every step of this necklace was a new process or technique to me when I made it.

My grandmother always said I was a bit crazy as I would never start a project at the beginners’ level. I always seem to go for the advanced versions! I am incredibly proud of this necklace.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON?

I recently received a licensing agreement with an organization here in Canada to make pieces with their logo on them. I will be getting started with those in the next month. I’m very excited to start this new project.

WHERE CAN PEOPLE SEE MORE OF YOUR WORK?

Facebook is the best place to find me right now. I post every morning showing the process of a new project starting on Monday and then finishing it up on Saturday.  One of these days I will get around to getting a website, Instagram and get back onto Etsy, but for now this is all I can handle and still have time to work in my studio.

Find Roxanne at facebook.com/RoxanneBrownJewellery!

WANT TO JOIN IN THE FUN? ENTER THE NEXT FACET DESIGN CHALLENGE!

Autumn shadows arrive and the crunch of dried leaves fills the air. A spooky house at the end of a deserted road is filled with secrets. Something wicked this way comes … are you frightened? Amulets can provide protection, and black cats, bats, snakes or spiders can be friend or foe. Evil eyes and hamesh hands: they can serve as comfort, or signify mischief. The moon, the stars, the pentagram, the skull, the jack-o-lantern: what inspires you in October?

Our Design Challenge A BUMP IN THE NIGHT will run from October 3 till the stroke of midnight on All Hallows' Eve (October 31)! Submit a photo of your work, the materials that you used, and a brief description of how your piece fits the theme. At the conclusion of the contest, the Facet editorial staff will vote, and our favorite pieces will be announced.

There will also be a Reader's Choice Award! Voting opens on Friday, October 20, and runs through midnight on Sunday, November 5. You may submit two (2) different pieces of jewelry for each monthly contest (one photo of each). Join in the fun and ENTER TODAY!
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