Big Bay Creations
I live, create, explore and work on Madeline Island, located on magnificent Lake Superior.
My pieces are bold and beautiful, made to be worn every day, wherever you go doing whatever you do.
Work, play, biking, hiking, camping, boating, gardening, swimming, walking throughout your day!
Living on an island necessitates innovation and creativity, using available resources wisely.
Most of my jewelry is made from up-cycled, hand striped electrical wire that I collect from my husbands recycle garbage can.
A treasure chest of 10 - 18 gauge copper wire ready for the winding.
Sterling silver wire is shipped by the foot from across the Great Waters, which I then wind, coil and cut into links by hand.
My designs are inspired by the chain maile technique, a process originally created for protective armor by hand linking small metal rings together to form a pattern of flexible metal mesh. Chain mail was the earliest form of metal armor worn by soldiers during the Middle Ages. The word “chainmaille” is a combination of two English words: “chain” meaning a series of metal rings fitted into one another and “mail” from the French word “maille” which is derived from the Latin “macula” meaning “mesh”.