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Nancy Hardy

About Nancy Hardy

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Artist

Nancy started out 20 years ago (or so) as a self-taught jewelry artisan. She just made fun jewelry for herself and friends. Most of all the jewelry is made with a sterling silver or copper wire. Nancy, the creator, collects a lot of items from nature to enhance the eclectic look. You will find wood, stone, rust, bark, bone, antlers, shells and even a feather from time to time among her wearable art. One might find remnants of silverware somewhere in her collection. It is like a “treasure hunt” when one goes shopping in her bag of jewels as one never knows what one will find next. Recently copper became her new love. Just this past summer she picked up a piece of copper pipe laying in the road that had been run over a few times. The copper pipe had great texture from the wear and tear of the road, so she took it home right away and hammered and shaped it into a cuff bracelet which is one of her personal favorite items. Thereafter, she started making similar bracelets for sale. Now, copper pipes have become her “go to” item of choice as the heaver copper bracelets are the pipes that have been hammered flat with lighter bracelets being made from roof copper some of which were once flashing on a 65-year-old house with old patina still intact. There is always a “find” story from Nancy’s pieces.  Nancy is experimenting now with encaustics & using beeswax as an art form just as the Egyptians used thousands of years ago, as beeswax was also known to be used as a preservative. Some of the art that she uses are photographs taken by her that have been transferred to the wax then treated further sometimes adding flowers and other nature finds. Nancy has this passion to make something interesting out of pretty much anything and while some might find it a tad boorish, to her it gives her a spark that keeps her loving life.