Willow Park, TX. USA
Julie Hiltbrunner went to college to earn a degree in English Literature but left with the added bonus of a minor in Fine Art. Continued art education at a university didn't impress her much so she abandoned tradition schooling and found independent instructors to further her art. Without a proper education in jewelry making but a strong desire to also make jewelry, Julie sought out instructors for soldering and then stone setting.
Most of what she has learned has been at the bench itself with lots of trial and error. Having the nature to be a show off in the gym has aided her in building her strength which has been quite helpful when turning the crank on her manual rolling mill and swinging a hammer.
Like birds the attraction to all things shiny and colorful has been her major motivation. Unlike roadrunners though, Julie loves her anvil.
Materials: Sterling Silver, Rhodolite Garnet, Citrine, Peridot, Topaz, Amethyst, Iolite
Dimensions: 4.5" x 2.5"
A rainbow of gemstone cabochons bezel set on a sterling silver cuff. Finish was hammered and brushed.
Photo credit: Julie Hiltbrunner