Flatwearable Artisan Jewelry was created in early 2013. We incorporated in October 2013 and are now known as Flatwearable Artisan Jewelry Inc.
Please meet our team below. We look forward to working with you!
Suzanne is President of Flatwearable Artisan Jewelry Inc.
She has been a hairstylist for 29 years, and has owned her own salon for past 18 years. She currently works part timein her salon. She also runs a store on Amazon.
She has always had a creative side, along with an entrepreneurs spirit.
A dear friend was telling her about spoon bracelets and once she saw what they were, she knew she had to make some. Her intention was to only make some for personal use and some for friends and family. She found the bending of the flatware to be quite difficult, especially since she deals with arthritis. She researched long hours to try and find a solution and an easier way. She showed her father, John, a picture of a tool she found on the internet and asked if he would make her one. He did, but it didn't work at all on stainless steel (her first attempts at making bracelets) and it performed very poorly on silver plate.
When John came up with the winning design, she was hooked! Suzanne was bending every spoon and fork she could get her hands on. Before long she had transformed part of her office into a jewelry studio. Her jewelry designs have been very popular and the birth of a new business began.
Being an entrepreneur, Suzanne could see the potential in John's spoon bender. They talked about selling a few online to see what would happen. Much to the amazement and delight of both John and Suzanne, the bender was a HUGE hit! They have sold all over the US and several other countries.
Suzanne is 47 and lives in Buffalo, NY with her boyfriend Rick and their 2 cats, Ludwig (Tubby) and Bun E Rabbit. She is the mother of 2 grown children.
John is the inventor of the Flatwearable Spoon Bracelet & Ring Bender. He is also Vice President of Flatwearable Artisan Jewerly Inc.
John is an electronics engineer by trade and worked for GE until he retired. He became an avid woodworker in his retired years. He was known for his hand crafted woodworking safety tools which were sold online. Health issues over the past number of years had taken away much of his energy and desire to create.
When his daughter, Suzanne enlisted his help with the difficult task of bending flatware for making bracelets, John took on the task with enthusiasm. He worked on a current idea, but the product came up short on several levels. Never discouraged, he continued to work on it. He showed it to Suzanne one day and her thoughts were that this odd looking jig would never work. John demonstrated it for her and she was amazed beyond words! It not only worked, it was PERFECT!
Perfect is a relative term for John. He believes there is always room for improvement. During the time he's been making the bender, it's gone though some design changes and tweeks. John continues to learn new things about the bender on a regular basis. He's also developed more efficient ways of building it.
Each bender has 72 pieces and requires many tools to produce. John is meticulous in his construction and builds an amazing, sturdy and well thought out product.
John is 83 and lives with his loving wife, Marilyn in the Southern Tier region of NYS. He is the father of 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Flatwearable Artisan Jewelry Inc.
12 Michael Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224
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Our NEW retail store and studio are NOW OPEN! We are located at 12 Michael Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224. In the Pappas plaza. Studio instruction is by appointment only.