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Cynthia Eion

For the Love of Pets
Meet the Designer-Artist


Where do you live?
Chicago, Illinois

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
My inspiration began with medical alert jewelry; it is so hard to find a nice piece of jewelry that also doubles as an alert for your particular medical condition. I have dilated cardiomyopathy, never heard of it until I was informed I had it! During my recuperation period I began playing with jewelry and making different styles from wire. I learned to crochet wire, created many necklaces, bracelets and body jewelry.

Lately I have been creating memorials honoring favorite pets. I have partnered with a friend who works with animal shelters and with each necklace or bracelet sold a donation goes to the shelter to help animals in need.

I would love to be able to do this for a cardiomyopathy group, unfortunately none exist in US. If I find one I will do the same with them if at all possible.

What medium do you work with mostly?
Silver-plated chains, links for chain maille and beads, I especially love lampwork beads. I also work with epoxy/resin for photos in bezel cups. I wish to be able to work more with gemstones, sterling silver and stainless steel. Gold is just a dream at this time.

Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
It makes many people who love and have lost a pet feel so very special to have a memento/keepsake of their pet. I have many interests and many styles I work with; when it strikes me I make it.

Where and How do you sell your jewelry?
cynfelxpressions@etsy.com

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
For the Love of Pets

What inspired this design?
The loss of a beloved pet in August 2013, Queen was 9 when she was diagnosed with cancer. It took her away in two weeks’ time.

How did it come together?
I defined it as I was working on it. Each piece I make comes together as I construct it; no two pieces are the same.

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