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Behind the scenes...

Cinnamon Jewellery work shed

This is where I work

Behind the scenes Cinnamon Jewellery

It started with my "thing" about earrings...

  Hello! I'm Tracy Smith, the person behind Cinnamon Jewellery. I live and work in Eastbourne, a small seaside town on the south east coast in the UK. I'm lucky enough to live 2 minutes away from the beach and on the edge of the South Downs National Park.
 I'm in charge of designing, making, photographing, marketing, packing and shipping the handmade jewellery and findings you see on this website.   

I began making jewellery to sell in 2004 after seeing handmade earrings online and wondering how hard it would be to try doing that myself. From creating basic earrings and bracelets using mass produced findings and beads I gradually started to use my own ideas for designs and learned various jewellery making techniques including wirework, cold connections, metal stamping and copper and sterling silver etching. Torch enamelling and soldering soon followed and after taking jewellery night classes I learned how to set stones using bezels and tube settings.

I create handmade sterling silver, pure copper and bronze metalwork jewellery and torch enamel pieces made with care and attention to detail. Earrings are my main focus but pendants and bangles do put in an appearance too. As well as harnessing the wonders of metal and fire to make my jewellery I also like to include other elements such as semi-precious beads and cabochons, lampwork glass beads and freshwater pearls.

I'm very fond of texture and a lot of my silver and copper designs feature textured and patterned metal. This is achieved through etching the pattern onto the metal or by using a rolling mill to impress the design into the metal. Oxidizing the copper, bronze and sterling silver really highlights the textures and patterns and gives a lovely antique patina to the metal.  

  If you love jewellery with a difference, a touch of colour, that's well made and quite unlike the jewellery you see on the high street, I hope you will enjoy having a look around my website. I love learning new techniques therefore my jewellery is constantly evolving as I incorporate new ideas into my designs. I'm not a fan of churning out the same designs all the time so you will find my pieces are varied and ever-changing.

Magazine Features

I was a featured designer in UK Bead magazine {now Bead & Jewellery} in October 2010 and have provided the magazine with several step-by-step wirework projects. These are the pieces featured in the Bead step-by-step projects......

I was also lucky enough to have my blog featured as Blog of the Month in the September 2013 issue of Beads and Beyond.

You can find my first torch enamel step-by-step project in issue 71 of Making Jewellery magazine from August 2014