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Susan Dyer

Susan Dyer’s jewelry pops with color. And that’s part of the design. “I spend a lot of time considering scale, wearability, color, function and versatility,” she says. Many of her pieces can be worn to show bright polymer clay patterns, or reversed to showcase the pattern in the silver backing. “Other pieces have multiple components that can be rearranged,” she continues, which allows the wearer multiple looks.

The Whitefish Bay, Wis.-based designer is fascinated by the jewelry process. She hand-fabricates each work individually, using traditional techniques, starting with silver sheet, strip or wire. Dyer will create a box form first, soldering pieces together to create geometric designs, and then fill in each box with polymer clay through drilling, stamping and carving techniques.

Her overarching goal? To have the piece look better on the wearer than it does in the box. “When this happens, I know I have been successful,” she says.

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Claire Patterson Blome

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Claire Patterson Blome is the associate editor of NICHE and AmericanStyle magazines. She is also the founder of the NICHE Blog, which launched September 2010 to bridge the gap between print issues and offer more frequent editorial to our audience of retailers and gallery owners. When she’s not editing and writing, Claire can be found at her home sewing machine, in the kitchen prepping farmers’ market vegetables or on her bike exploring new and familiar neighborhoods in Baltimore City with her husband Justin.

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