When it comes to handmade rings, I’m actually shocked I haven’t had more makers featured. But just like with most makers I feature, I’m really particular with the brands I align with and the creators I admire. That’s the case with Effect Of Sublime and her creations. They are very different from other jewelry makers I see online and I often find myself lusting over sizes that are just too big or too small for me.
But I finally caught one of her designs I love and came in my size! Plus, it’s silver, which I tend to not gravitate towards, so I found it shocking that a maker could make me want something I don’t typically go for. But that’s the magic of this shop and all her magnificent creations.
Let’s get to know the mastermind behind Effect of Sublime.
With so many independent jewelry makers around now, what do you believe sets you apart?
I think it is what sets anyone apart, it is so important to be yourself and allow yourself to reflect through your art. I love this question because especially with social media influence and with Instagram being an image based platform, it is easy to draw inspiration from others, but what I find so important is to allow the ideas to flow from within you and to draw inspiration from what makes you, you.
As someone who is constantly creating new pieces, how do you draw inspiration for your new collections?
Really, I just am a sucker for color combos haha. I sit at my desk and match colors and when I see some nice tones that come together, they just become a piece of art. The beauty about working with natural stones and materials from the earth is that it is almost more difficult to make two identical pieces than it is to make unique pieces. I am also very inspired by stone shapes and I work with a lot of leaves and I get shapes custom cut. When it comes to collections, this my sound silly, but I get name inspirations from tv shows / movies I am currently watching.
Speaking of collections, how often do you keep pieces you create and what is your personal Effect Of Sublime collection currently at?
This may sound bad, but I have never kept a single thing I have made. It is so funny because I will buy electroformed work from other artists and silver smithed work but I never make myself anything. I think when I get my batch of Moonstone Leaves in I will make myself a dainty ring though. xD
How did you stumble upon making jewelry altogether and how has it changed your life?
I honestly always loved jewelry. My great grandmother was a avid collector of jewelry and when she passed away, I was left with a few very funky crystal necklaces. She was such a character and loved rainbows and unique necklaces and rings and I fell in love with jewelry because of her. I decided to make jewelry when I was 18 and too broke to buy it.
Prior to making jewelry, what did you think or want to do as a career?
I had zero idea what I wanted to do career wise. I think a part of me still always wants to be a writer. I never saw myself working for anyone else. I am very inspired by authors like Neil Gaiman (Coraline) and George Orwell.
Your pieces are very unique in the way you focus on making them vintage, how long does one piece tend to take to create?
Typically, since I have been doing this for so long, one piece used to take me hours but now I can assemble maybe 25-30 pieces in two days, and then I plate ten at a time (12 hr plate). Typically it takes me a week to make 25-30 pieces depending on if they are pendants or rings! I’ve gotten super-fast.
What does your process in creating usually look like? Are you a podcast person, a music person? Do you binge watch a show?
My creative process involves watching The Office or New Girl reruns for the millionth time, pumpkin spiced candles, cherry chocolate coffee / beer and a window view. It isn’t bad at all. Sometimes I listen to my high school emo bands or the Phantom Of The Opera soundtrack.
What are some of your favorite stones to work with and what do you find sells the best?
Auras, Auras, Auras, haha. I actually tried moving away from them and using some fine gemstones but everyone wants auras. I’m okay with that. And opals all day.
In general, what are your top 3 stones for healing and why?
Top three are Amethyst, Citrine and Golden Rutile. I really love the orange / purple hues and I find them to be very calming stones.
How do you process when an item you created wasn't executed properly?
If an item isn’t executed properly I typically scrap. Unfortunately, copper electroforming is a super sturdy bond, so if something does not come out quite right, it is hard to fix. Sometimes I will discount though because there is something incredibly poetic about imperfection.
Besides creating magical pieces, what do you find yourself wanting to do with your spare time?
In my spare time I love reading books, writing, and playing video games. That is pretty much what I do on the regular. I also love going out and chatting with people in coffee shops / pubs.
Tell us one thing we wouldn't know or guess about you through your socials.
I guess I am incredibly shy. I never really show my face on social media but I am probably way too shy to be a Leo. I am working on building my confidence though and posting more about my life, but I am very private. You also would not know based off my girly feed that I am a huge tomboy.
Looking back 10 years, did you see yourself creating jewelry? What was your dream?
I do not think I ever thought I would create jewelry, no. I did not think I was very artistic to be honest. I am good with Photoshop but not with a paint brush. That is what is so amazing about this medium though, you don’t really have to be super artistic to make art with electroforming. It is such a beautiful form of expression.
What has been the best advice or quote you have ever received?
I came up with the name Effect of Sublime by a quote via Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old."
I also was very inspired in my Philosophy of Art class when we studied this term, and I hold it close every day.
What is one thing you would like to tell any makers, future makers, or artists of any kind?
The secret to being a successful small business, especially in art, isn’t having the best photos, being the most popular on Instagram or any of that. It is all about the art, consistency, and connecting with your audience and establishing real, genuine friendships with other makers. Get out there, be humble, be you, and craft your heart away because anyone can live this dream. Wishing you all abundant success. :)
The shop is constantly being updated, so if you are in the market for a new piece, I highly recommend following the shop on IG.
I am constantly amazed with the new pieces being created and look forward to supporting such a unique maker.
What’s your favorite piece in the shop?