Karen discovered her interest in jewelry and metalsmithing in 2009 when she took a jewelry class in high school. Thoroughly hooked on making and interested in expanding upon the basics of metalsmithing that she acquired from this class, she continued to study metalsmithing and jewelry design in college and received a BFA from Ball State University. Karen then continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and received her MFA in the spring of 2018 before joining the Cool Tools team.
In this video, Karen creates fun tassel earrings using Natural Undyed Tooling Leather and Cyprus Copper Clay. She first creates the copper accents by texturing and cutting the clay. After the pieces are sanded and fired, she uses them as a guide for cutting the leather. Once the shape of the leather is cut, she adds color by dying her piece with Tim Holtz® Adirondack® Alcohol Ink. She then cuts the tassels, and assembles the earrings' components. Click here for all Tim Holtz® Adirondack® Alcohol Inks.