Q: What makes Amee Runs with Scissors jewelry special?
A: While Soutache Jewelry is relatively new in the world of Fine Art/Craft, there are already many artists working in the medium, each with his/her own vision, style and technique.
Amee Runs with Scissors pieces are made from a wide variety of materials. Soutache, beads, thread & findings come from all over the world and many of my supplies are either antique, vintage or remaindered items. Some components are repurposed from old pieces of jewelry too damaged to be repaired. Look for "story elements" such as the buttons collected by my grandmother or the 17th century trade beads I purchased at an antique shop in Venice.
Another unique feature of my work is the way in which it is finished; it is common practice for Soutache Jewelry Artists to glue a leather or Ultrasuede backing onto their work. This is a fine way to finish the work but I feel that it detracts from the life-span of the item. While I also back my work with Ultra-Suede (I use a washable fabric glue), the edges are then completely finished with edge-beading. This bead-embroidery technique is time-consuming since each bead is hand-stitched one-at-a-time with two stitches. The end-result, however, is superior strength and durability.
Due to the wide variety of materials used, my dragon's hoarde of supplies is constantly changing. In the event that a professional repair is required, every effort will be made to duplicate the original components. If, however, elements were antique, vintage or otherwise unique, the artist may substitute an aesthetically acceptable replacement.
Q: How do I care for my Soutache Jewelry?
A: While my work is extremely sturdy, it is essentially a textile, and should not be handled the same way as all-metal or metal-and-gem stone jewelry. To preserve the life and beauty of your newly acquired Art Work, please observe the following recommendations: