Owner and operator of Bella Rose Jewelry Designs, Heidi Vitchner, creates one-of-a-kind, handmade, and handcrafted designs for her clients. Using a variety of materials including: beads, metals, stones, leather and wire, no two items will ever be the same. There are different techniques utilized to create the items such as hand stamping, etching and distressing.
Vitcher’s jewelry making involves a long process from start to finish in creating the intricate one-of-a-kind designs.
“It can take hours to draw a design on a piece of sheet metal. I usually will do a large sheet at a time (6″ x 12″), then it can take up to two hours to etch it. From there, I have to cut the piece, do whatever finish I decide on, which includes: torch firing, painting with inks and patinas or simply polishing. Once all that is complete, I have to assemble the piece.”
Her designs can be found and purchased online at her website, made to order custom, or around the area at local trade, artisan and jewelry shows.
Vitchner is also a part of The Artisan Group, which is an esteemed collaboration between high-quality handcrafting artists and celebrities who love to show off their work. Through The Artisan Group, handcrafters can participate in celebrity gift lounges including the lounges that honor The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes and The Emmys.
“As a member of The Artisan Group, I had a pair of earrings worn on the television show ‘Jane the Virgin’, and I gifted one of my necklaces to 21 celebrity mothers for the annual “Mother’s Day Celebrity Gifting” event,” Vitchner says. “I have art shows coming up in the fall, which I will post on Facebook and my ‘Events’ page on my website.”
Her designs are very natural and bohemian inspired, with a high degree of design and quality. “The funny thing about inspiration is that it can come from a lot of different places and at odd times, usually when I’m not looking for it,” Vitchner says. “For me, I love nature: leaves, flowers, birds, so I get a lot of my etching ideas there.”
Vitchner says she loves that her passion for creating jewelry merged with her career aspiration of being in business for herself. “It gives me a sense of pride, accomplishment, like I’m making a contribution, like I have a purpose,” Vitchner says. “I find it relaxing and it makes me happy. The other day my 5 year old granddaughter asked me to teach her to do what I do; doesn’t get much better than that.”
Vitchner also donates a percentage of her proceeds to a local “no kill” shelter, which supports her passion for animal rights. To learn more, shop or request custom work, visit http://www.bellarosejewelrydesign.com, or call Vitchner at (513) 659-8251.