Noctua Designs LLC
Artist Name: Julia Benson-Slaughter
Previous Participation: 2022, several years before COVID
I create eclectic yet classic jewelry primarily from glass and metals, also using recycled/upcycled/found objects, semiprecious stones, & Fair Trade components to expand the possibilities available. I use a flameworking technique (melting & shaping glass with a torch) to create glass beads & pendants from clear and colored borosilicate glass, where what you see in the raw material is not necessarily what you get as the end result. A pendant will begin as a single colored rod, and end as a rainbow of colors! Chainmaille pieces are stainless steel and bronze for practical, affordable pieces, anodized niobium and titanium for those looking for color in their metal, or silver for the client who wants a little more luxury. My style often has a strong steampunk/gothic influence, which also makes it popular with cosplayers. In addition, I have two specific collections with benefit two causes: the Pink Collection to benefit breast cancer research, and the Pride Collection to benefit the LGBTQ+ community.