Jewelry by Ar-Kays Creations

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Etsy is one of those places that is full of wonderful, very talented people who make unique and interesting items and today I wanted to share the work of Rhonda Kubli, owner of Ar Kays Creations. Rhonda is a jewelry maker and the owner of Nikki, whose portrait I painted. Since I happen to own several jewelry pieces that Rhonda has made, with the one above being my absolute favorite one, I asked Rhonda if she would share how she got started as a jewelry maker. This is what she said...

Rhonda's Studio

Rhonda's Studio

Being a native of the historical Boston area in Massachusetts and growing up in with the wonderful changing seasons was my inspiration to follow my creative impulses.  I fell in love with all the beauty in nature’s earth tones.

I explored my creative talents further by attending several large art schools and then began doing commissioned work for portraits in pencil and charcoal, and around that time I also was working on book illustrations for a history book.  But I always held a true love for animals, so when I started sketching animals my drawings landed me a position working for a jewelry company, where I was taught many of the jewelry making processes I now use in my designs.

Ar Kays Creations

Ar Kays Creations

After marriage, my husband and I relocated to Oklahoma to open a small accounting firm. In the first several years I found it difficult to balance both my artistic endeavors and managing an accounting firm, so my art was put on hold until a few years ago.   I was searching online for art and handcrafted items and my search brought me to Etsy.com and it was in love at first site. 

This was once again was another beginning for me.  I found I couldn’t work fast enough to get all my new ideas created.  I began by making Kumihimo Jewelry and then adding my wire wrapped pendants.  I wanted something more,  I loved bright colors and also the warm colors of nature and wanted to find other ways to bring out their true beauty.  It was at this time I started creating my bohemian and tribal beaded bracelets. 

Bohemian Cat Bracelet

Bohemian Cat Bracelet

My Cat bracelet has become my signature bracelet and that has brought me to making several more designs.  I have found my true creative love in jewelry designing and that of my animals, so whenever I can, I incorporate animals into many of my creations.  Look in my shop and you will find Owls, Foxes, Snakes, Dogs, and Kitties, these are and will ever be my true inspiration…

My Cat bracelet has become my signature bracelet and that has brought me to making several more designs.  I have found my true creative love in jewelry designing and that of my animals, so whenever I can, I incorporate animals into many of my creations.  Look in my shop and you will find Owls, Foxes, Snakes, Dogs, and Kitties, these are and will ever be my true inspiration…

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Thank you Rhonda for giving us a glimpse into your workspace and sharing how you started as a jewelry maker. It is always wonderful to see creative individuals find their true calling.

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