ABOUT KING'S TWISTED DESIGNS

Artist Bio – Sandra B King

 

Sandra King is no stranger to design, having been creating scrapbooks and photographs for over 30 years.  Her artistic interests began in Photography while taking a summer course at UNCG and hanging out all day in the darkroom.  Over the years she has displayed her photographs at Weatherspoon Art Gallery at UNCG, Caswell County Civic Center and varied locations in Alamance County.   Her photos have been published in the North Carolina League of Municipalities calendar as well as the O’Henry Magazine.  Many of her photographs are featured on the City of Graham website and Facebook page.  This interest in Photography also led her to meet her husband Mike King while shopping at Camera Corner.

While attending scrapbooking events she was introduced to mixed media as well as jewelry making.  In the spring of 2016 she re-discovered the beauty that is around us that is often overlooked in the rocks and gemstones created within the earth itself.  She began to work with these stones in a rock tumbler and wrapping them to wear herself as jewelry.   This continued and her techniques improved and expanded.  On a fall trip to Tucson Arizona that year, she was checking out the rock shops in the area for more things to tumble, she met a fellow artist, lapidary and silversmith who works the stones into beautiful shapes and thus began this journey into the world of creating wearable artistic jewelry.  

Each piece begins with a beautiful quality gemstone that has been cut, shaped and polished by a Lapidary Artist to bring out the unique beauty and detail contained within.   Once these small works of art come to my table they are matched up with my available fine metal wire. Guided by the attributes of the stones themselves the wire is twisted and bent with hand tools to make each unique piece.  Often the wrapping styles are similar but always meant to compliment and bring out the attributes of the stone.

   

Exhibits of her jewelry have been included in the 2017 Jill Troutman Spring Fling. 2017 & 2018 Greensboro Gem & Mineral Show at the Farmers Market, 2017 Carousel Festival, the 2017 - 2018 Winter Wonderland Craft Sale in Mebane and at the 2017- 2018 Alamance Arts Christmas Holiday Shop.  Sandra has also exhibited at pop up stores at Alamance Crossing and Holly Hill Mall.  this summer her work was awarded both 1st and 3rd place at the Alamance County Senior Games.  Her jewelry is currently on display for sale at the Alamance Arts Gift Shop.

Sandra is always happy to do custom orders from her inventory of stones, or you can supply her with that special stone you found!  All custom orders require a 50% non-refundable deposit.  Pierced earring wires can be changed out to clip earrings in most cases.