I am Michele Bonutti, otherwise known as Mikki of JDM. I have always been an artist at heart trying various ways to express myself through sketching and painting in my teens and moving into creating jewelry after I retired. Designing and creating one of a kind jewelry pieces has become a passion for me, particularly since taking up silversmithing and lapidary work in 2015. As a first step, I cut and polish a cabochon from rough slabs that I source through gem and mineral shows or through reputable online companies. My next step is to sketch a design incorporating one of my cabochons as the inspiration and focal point of my piece and from there I begin the process of bringing my design to life using sterling silver as my base and accenting with a variety of metals including fine silver, gold-filled and copper. Each of my pieces is then hallmarked with my signature stamp and 925 silver metal content.
As a life-long student, I continually seek out new skills or techniques that I can incorporate into my designs through my home studio in Harrowsmith, Ontario. I also enjoy the opportunity of sharing skills I have learned by teaching beginner silversmithing and chainmaille courses and assisting others with their lapidary work through my membership in the Kingston Lapidary & Mineral Club. I show and sell my designs at local artisan and juried shows and I also customize designs for clients who have a desire for a piece that is unique to them.
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