My home is in Cheyenne, Wyoming where I am very close to the "Purple Majesties". This is where my heart sings and finds peace and beauty.
As long as I can remember, I've had a passion to create art in several mediums. I've worked with wire and beading since early 70's.
Dancing has always been a joy for me and it's amazing for me to see how often I complete a piece that just looks fun, unique, happy and dancing.
Often I'll start playing with the wire or begin designing with a piece of metal and I'm amazed at the beauty that takes shape that I didn't realize was in the making - those are fun pieces that really make me feel successful and excited about what I create. They are each part of my heart and soul. They all reflect the peace, love, fun and the dance.
You will enjoy owning jewelry that no one else has and any of the pieces will make great gifts. Some of them may be similar in their design but because each piece is hand forged, no 2 are identical. I hope you enjoy these pieces as much as I find joy in the creation of them.
Wyoming Business Council Wyoming First Profile of the Month - June 2011
Sandy K. Designs
Located in Cheyenne, Sandy K. Designs is owned by Jewelry Artist Sandy Bordson, who specializes in custom-designed, hand-fabricated jewelry. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind creation. She has worked with wire and beading since the early 1970s and has studied under internationally renowned artist and metalsmith, Julie Jerman-Melka. Sandy's designs are inspired by her passion for dance and capture the fun and uniqueness of graceful movement.
Sandy aspires to use her business to encourage other women entrepreneurs. She is also a proud sponsor of Grace For 2 Brothers, a non-profit foundation outreach center for suicide prevention and survivors of suicide. To see more designs from her beautiful collection visit Sandy K. Designs.
8/8/2010 - Wyoming Tribune Eagle
Jeweler finds her passion creating expressive art
By Michelle Dynes
CHEYENNE - A set of bright blue eyes peeks out from under a tan-colored cowboy hat.
Sandy Bordson tidies the jewelry displays at her booth, straightening necklaces and untwisting strands of dangly earrings. Her hands pause on a pair with tiny turquoise beads, silver birds and miniature clouds printed with the words "Live your Dream." "I should be wearing those," she says as she straightens the rack to catch the eye of visitors during Cheyenne Frontier Days. A customer asks if the clusters of sterling, copper and turquoise are part of Bordson's profession. She flashes an electric smile. "I work at my real job," Bordson said. "This is my joy."
The artist behind Sandy K. Designs has had a need to create for as long as she can remember. But a community college metals class encouraged her to put down the Christmas stockings and floppy hats to make jewelry instead.
As a human resources manager at a bank, she often hears people say that it's too late. They'd claim that they are too old to switch careers or go back to school. Bordson disagrees.
"I'm 62, and I just started hammering five years ago," she said. "You can do this. Don't put a limit on yourself."
Part of the inspiration came from the economic downturn. Bordson saw a news segment that encouraged laid-off workers to find what they enjoy and capitalize on it.
"I'll never forget that moment," she added. "I wondered if that was possible with my jewelry."
For years, Bordson had been twisting and looping metal for fun, not profit. She discovered something new every time she enrolled in the metals class at Laramie County Community College. And her work evolved as she learned how to set stones, cut metal designs and sculpt the pieces together.
"It's part of who I am," she said. "I want to make it. I want to design."
Some of her pieces start with a sketch, while others evolve as Bordson plays with the materials. A copper necklace with a jeweled center started as a hair pin. Another necklace began as 6 feet of sterling silver before it was wrapped into a series of corkscrews.
"I love things that dance and play," she said. "Almost everything I do has to move."
But soon Bordson found that she had more jewelry than she knew what to do with. Two years ago, she held her first home martini party to showcase her wearable artwork. Then she built the website cheyennejewelry.com.
She co-hosted a booth during Cheyenne's Celtic Musical Arts Festival, as well as CFD. She will be the featured artist from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Artful Hand Gallery and Studio before hosting another booth for the Wyoming State Museum crafts show and sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Bordson has a great eye for color and design, said Nancy McCalla, a fellow jewelry maker who met Bordson in class. The two women worked the booths together, and she saw Bordon's ability to interact with customers and share her love of metalwork.
"She's such a genuine person, and it comes across in the work she does," McCalla said. "It's sort of like giving a little piece of yourself away. You see the quality of the work, and it reflects the quality of the person."
LCCC metals instructor and artist for Flying Anvil Designs Julie Jerman-Melka said it's exciting to see Bordson's evolution from simple designs to more complex and sophisticated techniques. She's also an enthusiastic student and a great addition to the class, Jerman-Melka said.
"She's a very expressive person with her jewelry," she added. "She never gets frustrated to the point of saying, 'I can't do this.' Everything's possible." Bordson said she thinks people are drawn to her pieces because everything has its own personality. They're also one-of-a-kind.
"If I create it again, it won't even look the same," she added. "It's impossible for me." Bordson often wears her own creations, and when someone compliments her jewelry, it isn't unusual for her to say, "Thank you. It's a piece I made."