Margaret Donnelly’s Artisan Jewelry

Enjoy this gallery of Margaret Donnelly’s Artisan Jewelry. Click on any picture to see a larger version and page through the designs.

Mended/Unbroken Heart Series

This series of pendants spent a year on my bench. I had the heart-shaped tray. I cut a custom heart out of up-cycled printed circuit board to fit and then cut it in half with a zig-zag. But after that, they just sat until one day, I colored a copper heart with colored pencil. It quickly came together with some hammered copper and rivets. Thus, the Mended Hearts / Unbroken Hearts series was born.

Custom Illustrated Pet Pendants – Colored Pencil on Copper

These hand-illustrated pet portraits began as a keepsake that I made to honor my beloved Dachshund, Jasmine. I wanted to try a new technique of colored pencil illustration on specially prepared pieces of raw copper, and Jasmine was the perfect subject. Soon, people were asking me to create keepsakes of their own pets. The image is mounted on my signature up-cycled circuit board and strung on a coated wire choker with a magnetic clasp.

Hand-Illustrated Pendants – Colored Pencil on Copper

I expanded my line of hand-illustrated pendants to reflect the awesome wildlife in my back yard and beyond. The images are mounted on my signature up-cycled circuit board and strung on a coated wire choker with a magnetic clasp.

Circuit Board Series

The incorporation of up-cycled printed circuit board into jewelry started in Silicon Valley, where I grew up. I was browsing through a re-use store when I spotted a barrel of circuit board shapes. The owners of the store cut them into squares, rectangles, circles and triangles. I bought a couple of pounds of them and quickly began using them in my jewelry. At the time, I was a marketing professional at a tech start-up. It was the perfect blend of my art and my profession. Since then, you’ll often see up-cycled circuit boards used in my ‘signature’ jewelry.

Charm Pendants

These little pendants measure 1″ square and use sculpted epoxy clay, rhinestones, metal and other embellishments to create little wearable art. The “porcelain look” pieces use colored resin to resemble small shards of fired porcelain, with dimensional texture peeking up from the glaze. The rhinestone florals are cool, modern pieces with a bit of bling. The original collage printed pendants are under glass domes to enhance and preserve the imagery.

Polymer Clay & Other Media

I love working in a variety of media. Polymer clay was my first foray into jewelry and art-to-carry. I also have dabbled in sweet little embroidered pendant / pins. Enjoy!