6 Paper Jewelry Artists You Need to Meet

If you've been a follower of this blog for any length of time, you already know that paper jewelry is one of my favorite topics. It's exhilarating to come across pieces made in new ways! Read on to meet six paper jewelry artisans whose work caught my eye, and come back in the near future as I'll be introducing more. [edit: here is that post]

blue ball made of paper on gold necklace chain

Zofnat Ozeri is a textile designer in Ramat Gan, Israel who creates hand painted paper jewelry that stopped me in my tracks when I first came across her work on Instagram. She describes these necklaces as small paper pieces that are braided together and hardened with a special technique.

off white braided paper statement necklace

See a variety of choices in Etsy shop, ZOFNAT [edit: shop is closed].

hand painted sunset forest scene pendant

Joy of Moon Joy Creations in upstate New York is a full-time teacher who spends evenings and weekends hand painting one-of-a-kind designs that celebrate nature and spirituality. A fan of watercolors, it's no surprise Joy's work appeals to me... I was like a kid in a candy shop trying to decide which of her pieces to share with you.

hand painted beach scene in circular necklace pendant

Joy takes the time to also paint the back of each resin-protected piece so it is nearly as special as the front. See more of her mini-paintings as shared on Instagram (@moonjoycreations) and in Etsy shop Moon Joy Creations.

 colorful, hand painted paper bead necklace

I'm willing to guess you've never seen paper beads like these! I sure hadn't, but am now addicted to looking at the Instagram feed of Laura Honse where she frequently posts bright bursts of color interspersed with landscape images photographed near her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The blue and white beads that resemble Chinese pottery were made from strips cut from end covers of old Nancy Drew mystery books.

blue and white graphic print paper beads with hand painted striped beads on necklace 

Having been raised in Brazil, Laura explains that her art is influenced by indigenous tribes and vivid jungle colors. She has lived in a number of countries and studied in the U.S. at Rhode Island School of Design where she graduated with a BFA in painting and photography... these beads bring the concentrations together in an eye-catching way. Laura's Etsy shop is Laura Honse DESIGN.

four pairs of floral paper earrings, each a different geometric shape

Francesca of Paperini and Frasi Home & Accessories on Instagram and Etsy shop Paperini is a graphic designer in Biella, Italy with a passion for creating paper jewelry. She and her sister-in-law Silvia work together using pretty papers and wallpapers combined with a variety of shapes to create stylish earrings. With romantic floral fabrics so popular in the fashion world this spring, the pretties above would be the perfect complement.

blue and white watercolor design paper earrings with gold circular findings

I'm also admiring the watercolor look of this sea mood pair. They are lightweight and water resistant, as are all of Paperini's earrings.

pair of square cork and green paper cufflinks

Emily Banks of Paper Rose Crafts in London relies on recycled and upcycled materials to create jewelry and cards. Here she's combined paper and wine cork with protective varnish and sterling silver findings to make elegant cufflinks and earrings. Even her packaging is thoughtfully eco-friendly.

pair of pastel paper and tan cork circular earrings with silver hooks

Emily "loves seeing a little pile of rubbish turn into something gorgeous to wear." She is on Instagram as @paper.rose.crafts and will indeed ship to the U.S. despite what her shop feed is showing at the moment, so contact her directly via the contact link on Etsy if you wish to inquire about making a purchase.

paper bead cuff bracelet in muted shades with button closure

And lastly for now, Erica Darlin of Etsy shop Deep Blue Notion in Columbus, Ohio delights in creating jewelry that reflects her love of the environment. She rolls magazine pages to make paper bead necklaces, earrings, and bracelets in nature-inspired color combinations.

colorful paper bead cuff bracelet

Her cuff bracelets with a button closure are handsome! See Erica's latest designs on Instagram and in the shop.

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