About my jewelry

Gift packaging
ZS is short for "zerospace", the online handle I've used for years, and while many of my friends call me "Z", my first name is Amanda. I started out learning how to make necklaces with tiny glass seed beads when I was a little girl. I moved on to other kinds of beads and other types of jewelry-making, and often just enjoyed sifting through supply catalogs, dreaming of what I could make with each item.

But, for as much as I loved jewelry & creating things, I also loved math, science, and computers -- and so by the time I reached high school, jewelry was mostly a forgotten hobby. All through high school and college, computers were my hobby -- I'm also a web developer and designer today, and often work on both jewelry design projects and web projects simultaneously.

After a long stint of neglecting my love for jewelry, instead focusing on applying my creativity to computer designs (e.g. I would "modify" a computer case much like some people work on cars or motorcycles), I finally got back to making jewelry in late 2006, but this time, I had a new focus. Beads took a back seat or perhaps a co-starring role alongside my new found love: chainmaille. A short while later, I took a class on fusing glass and began adding that to the mix. And after lots of prodding from friends and family, I went from being registered on Etsy (since 2008) to finally opening my shop sometime in 2010.

I now work in many mediums -- metal clay, polymer clay (any kind of clay, really -- I also throw pottery), chainmaille, beading, traditional pearl knotting, glass fusing, metalworking, etc. My desk is a myriad of supplies and tools, that I'm constantly re-organizing to make space for new tools. In a nutshell: I love creating wearable or useable art!



I have been fortunate to be a finalist and winner in a few contests. I have also, as a result, been featured in a major US jewelry & beading supplier's catalogs and magazine ads. A few of those features are here for your enjoyment:

 Magazine ad, back page. This was used in a few UK jewelry magazine advertisements.
 Catalog page -- featuring my 3rd place wedding category winner from 2011.
 Catalog page -- featuring my 2nd place wedding category winner from 2012.

 Catalog page -- featuring my finalist in the 2014 Fire Mountain Metal contest.

Catalog page -- continuation of the page above (2014 contest finalist). This page shows the matching earrings to the necklace and the set being modeled.