Tova Lona Jewelry
My style is rather eclectic which gives me the freedom to choose beads and findings that are unusual but pair well together ending up in a variety of styles.
I like to work mostly with silver and bronze metal clay. This gives me the opportunity to create my own clasps and embellishments. It also gives me the opportunity to utilize all the natural stones and materials found in nature around my home on Port Blakely, Bainbridge Island. This includes seaside pebbles, oyster shells and other seascape forms which I use to create my silver metal clay pieces and incorporate these natural found treasures into my designs. I form my own molds for some of the metal clay pieces such as my silver oyster shells and textures. I form some of my necklaces and bracelets fusing fine silver and incorporate metal clay clasps and various types of gems, freshwater pearls, and crystals.
I am also strongly influenced by Southwest materials and its color pallet. I blend the best of the Pacific Northwest with the Southwest. I utilize braiding and knotting cord and/or leather into some of my jewelry pieces. I love creating different types of designs that go well with the beads I select. This enables me to create a different range of styles in necklace and bracelets. I guess you could call my style "Northwest Meets Southwest!"
One of my other mediums is making European leather bracelets. I call them European because the findings and leather are originally from Europe. I first saw these bracelets when travelling in Spain. I purchase the findings and leather and design how I want them to look so there is some creativity in the process. These bracelets have been very popular and are versatile.