Jess Italia Lincoln

My Bio

Inspired by and interested in all forms of art, Jess has dabbled in it all. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree guided her to follow a creative path in both advertising & design. As the Director of Education for Vintaj Natural Brass Co. she teaches and shares many tips and techniques through online videos, the Vintaj Jewelry Technique book and creative workshops. Visit her Daily Dialogue on the Vintaj blog for archives of inspiration and see more of her jewelry and mixed media projects at in the Idea Gallery. Jess has had some of her jewelry published in the following books & magazines; Stringing, Handcrafted Jewelry, Creative Jewelry, Easy Wire, Bead Unique, Simply Beads, Bead Trends, Australian Beading, Easy Beaded Jewelry, Organic Beaded Jewelry, 101 Earrings, and more! In fall of 2010, Cloth Paper Scissors, Jewelry Affaire & Haute Handbags will be added to this list of publications!

Contact info:
For up-to-the-minute design ideas and tips follow Jess on Twitter: jessvintaj

          For daily inspiration check out the Vintaj blog & Facebook Page!





  • Jul 21, 2010
  • *****Vintaj 2 Day Comprehensive Workshop*****
    • We're so excited to share these techniques with you and fun tips along the way! We hope you can make it, we’re looking forward to another awesome workshop!

      Register Today!
      CLICK HERE to download and print the registration form.

      • Pre-paid registration required.

      • Limited space available on a first-paid, first-served basis.

      • No refunds will be given for class cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice.

      Vintaj Earth
      Second Floor Studio
      214 N. Main St.
      Galena, IL 61036
      (see below for links to visitor lodging and dining information)

      Workshop Schedule:
      Day 1: Creating Altered Pendants

      9am – 12:30pm
      Altered techniques
      Letter Imprinting
      Cuttlebug & Texture Hammers
      Alcohol Inks

      12:30 – 1:30pm
      Lunch provided

      1:30 – 5:00pm
      Photo transfers with bezels 
      *bring family photographs and laser copies

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      Day 2: Filigree & Wire Wrapping

      9am – 12:30pm
      Filigree Wrapping
      Figural Wrapping

      12:30 – 1:30pm
      Lunch provided

      1:30 – 3:30pm
      Wire Techniques
      Wire Wrapping
      Eye Pins
      Jump Rings

      3:30 – 5:00pm
      Complete a necklace using the pendants and techniques learned in workshop – bead kit supplied.

      Tools will be available on a shared basis, please bring your own if you are able.
      steel block
      rubber block/sand bag
      1lb or 2lb brass hammer
      texturing hammers
      chasing or riveting hammer
      metal letter punch sets
      metal 2-hole punch/hole punch pliers
      rubber stamps
      bail making pliers
      round nose/rosary pliers
      chain nose pliers
      wire cutters

      *Things to do in Galena this weekend ~
      Friday, Oct 1 – 6pm
      1st Friday
      at Galena Elks Club
      An informal art exhibit featuring different local artists.
      Click Here
      for more events held on this day.

      Saturday, Oct 2 – til 11pm
      Galena Oktoberfest

      Annual German celebration featuring live music, kids games, wiener dog races, lots of food and beverage and much more. Click Here for more events held on this day.

      • If you have travel, lodging or dining related questions, please contact Visit Galena welcome center at (815) 776-9200, or go to
      DeSoto House Hotel is on Main St. and walking distance from Vintaj Earth.

    • Tue, Apr 20 2010
    • Vintaj Technique Workshop
      Create your own altered journal necklace and learn the following techniques:

      Letter Imprinting
      Inking and Distressing

      Conveniently timed to directly follow the 2010 Bead & Button show in Milwaukee. Extend you stay an extra day and drive over to Galena to create with Jess and the Vintaj crew!

      Vintaj Earth
      Second Floor Studio
      214 N. Main St.
      Galena, IL 61036

      Workshop fee is $90.00

      Materials are included
      Tools are available on a shared basis
      Please bring your own if you have them available

      Pre-paid registration is required
      Limited space is available on
      a first-come, first-serve basis.

      Session starts 11am–1pm
      Lunch Break from 1pm–2pm
      Session resumes from 2pm–4pm

      Class participants will also receive these extra perks:
      • FREE Vintaj Jewelry Technique book
      • 50% off coupon for Vintaj Earth
      • 25% off qualified wholesale Vintaj Natural Brass Co.
      orders placed at the workshop
      • 30% off coupon for Galena Beads
      • Light Snacks & Beverages

      Visit the blog for more details and how to register.