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Verso Jewelry

Verso Jewelry

VERSO jewelry is made from metal forms cast in handmade paper. The metal is dipped into a pulp of water and finely beaten paper fibers from a plant called abaca. The fibers cling to the metal and shrink as they dry. A tight, translucent paper skin is built up on the form over successive dips. The concept is the same as making a sheet of handmade paper, but around a three-dimensional form, and by building up thin layers over the course of several days. After a translucent layer of paper has built up, the forms are hand-dyed, and finally heavily sealed to make them water resistant and durable.

The pieces are inspired by the sinuous lines of art nouveau and rococo design, and details found in nature, like seeds, petals, dewdrops, flowers, the curves of a river, ferns, the night sky, leaves, spider webs.....

Each piece of paper jewelry is handmade and therefore unique. Variations will occur from piece to piece.

Melanie Brauner is a metalsmith, bookbinder, and papermaker.  She holds a BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she studied books arts and metals.  

Her studio is in Shoreline, Washington

Asteroid Necklace- Verso
98.00
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Bridge Hoops Medium
50.00
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Bridge Hoops Small
45.00
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Dahlia Necklace
98.00
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Laurel Necklace-Verso
108.00
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Leaf Cascade-Verso
98.00
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VERSO jewelry is made from metal forms cast in handmade paper. The metal is dipped into a pulp of water and finely beaten paper fibers from a plant called abaca. The fibers cling to the metal and shrink as they dry. A tight, translucent paper skin is built up on the form over successive dips. The concept is the same as making a sheet of handmade paper, but around a three-dimensional form, and by building up thin layers over the course of several days. After a translucent layer of paper has built up, the forms are hand-dyed, and finally heavily sealed to make them water resistant and durable.

The pieces are inspired by the sinuous lines of art nouveau and rococo design, and details found in nature, like seeds, petals, dewdrops, flowers, the curves of a river, ferns, the night sky, leaves, spider webs.....

Each piece of paper jewelry is handmade and therefore unique. Variations will occur from piece to piece.

Melanie Brauner is a metalsmith, bookbinder, and papermaker.  She holds a BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she studied books arts and metals.  

Her studio is in Shoreline, Washington