Meet Annie of Tarnished & True on Etsy

And today you meet the cool and talented Annie, the artist behind Tarnished and True.

A little about your self
am Annie Smith, the artist behind Tarnished & True, my handmade jewelry shop.  I also mother two kids, wrangle puppies, garden, and love a good outdoor adventure.

What is your Craft story?
I came into metal smithing in college where I was required to take two semesters of a three dimensional art-like pottery, sculpture, or metals.  Metals was the only class that worked with my busy schedule, and thank goodness, because I was in love the first time I cut a line in a piece of copper!  I always thought I was a painter but now I know that working in metal is my true passion.  It just feels right.

How did you come to be on Etsy, do you sell anywhere else or would you like to?
My family moved to Portland for my husband’s work.  Having left my old routine behind, I found I had an opportunity to put my focus on something new, something I was really inspired by, and so I started designing and working in metal.  I first listed on Etsy in April 2011, just a month after our move.  I had no idea what I was doing, and hardly any inventory.  My philosophy at the time was to enjoy the work, and if my jewelry inspired someone to buy it, well, that would be a bonus.  I had no idea that I would be considering metal smithing my day job!  Etsy keeps me more than busy enough, I don’t feel like I have time to sell anywhere else.  However, I do look forward to participating in a market or craft fair someday.

What inspires you?
The challenge of my work definitely inspires me.  Metal is a very unforgiving medium to work in, you have to get it just right or you’ve melted it with the torch, or are stuck tediously filing away a mistake.  I guess I chase the finished piece-that wonderful feeling of elation when I’m looking at all my hard work sitting beautifully and tangibly before me.

 What makes your work special and different from others
Craftsmanship, and love.  No matter what piece of jewelry I am working on, I take a lot of pride in what I’m creating-especially knowing it is for someone to cherish, in many cases, every day.

*Thanks so much Annie! Please see more of her work in her Etsy Shop!


  1. Thanks for having me Jane!! I have so enjoyed our connection!

    I hope you are having the most wonderful day today. <3



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