My Bio

I paint, sew, knead, glue, cut , wrap and rivet. I LOVE working for Vintaj Natural Brass Co.! You can see some of my work in the Idea Gallery at


  • Dec 7, 2010
  • Vintaj & ICE Resin Giveaway Extravaganza!!

    Jump over to the Vintaj Natural Brass Facebook page!/VintajNaturalBrass and join us for our 12 Days of Giveaways!!

    Each day there is a new challenge and a new winner! Our blog has the details!

    Hope to see you there!


  • Jul 20, 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.

  • 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.
  • Mar 16, 2010
  • Last minute Invitation!

    Please join us in Galena, IL this weekend for our first workshop with Jess! Here are the details...


    Hope you can make it!