Shirley

Matteson

Welcome to the world of
fine silver, cloisonné, & vitreous enamel.

Butterflies

Silver Babies

Earrings

Belt Buckles

Meet the Artisit

cloisonné

(pronounced cloy-zon-ay, French for ”partition”)
Cloisonné is an ancient metalwork technique that makes use of small, precious metal filaments and colorful glass enamels to create brilliant artwork. The metal wires are bent into shapes to create small cells, (partitions) of designs, and many coats of finely ground glass enamel are fired into them until one unique piece of art is rendered.

Cloisonné is most commonly used in jewelry making, though illustrations of the craft can be found in many facets of the art world, including the production of hand-made dishes, vases, and abstract pottery.

Being involved in the world of art all my life many media have crossed my path, but cloisonné enameling has stayed with me for many years. I believe not only because of its beauty but its ability to stretch and grow into lots of different aspects of creativity.

The ability to take an idea put it into a sketch and mold it into a jewel to be worn, to me is amazing. I have done this many times, not just for my pleasure, but also giving birth to someone’s idea who trusted me to work with them.

The cloisonné process

sketch ideas

Every idea for a project
begins with a sketch.

resize sketch

The sketch is then resized
to fit the base.

bending wires

Outline the shapes
with the tiny wires.

prepare silver

Silver base is chosen
and texturized

fire flux

First layer is a clear flux
that is fired on the front
& a counter layer on the back.

choose colors

This is the time to choose
the colors for the piece.

transfer sketch

The outline of the sketch
is applied on top of the
already fired flux.

fuse wires

The wires are fused
to the prepared flux.

add color

Add color to the
wire outline.

add details

Add details to bring life
to the picture.

polish

Finally, after many firings
& lots of detail work,
polishing makes the
sparkle show through!

set jewel

The jewel is set in a bezel
on an engraved
sterling silver belt buckle.

Bolos

Texas Glory
Collection

Medallions

Cuff
Links

FAQs

Can you tell me more about your jewelry?

We offer fine silver custom jewelry creations for adoption. Browse through our unique designs on our Gallery page, or fill out the form on the Contact page to start designing a custom piece. Each piece is personally hand-crafted by jewelry artist Shirley Matteson.  Learn more about the artist on our About page. 

Are there pre-made pieces I can purchase?

Yes! We have a variety of pre-made jewelry displayed in our shop that is available for purchase.  Visit our Gallery to take a look.

Do you do custom jewelry?

YES! You can order custom jewelry through our website. Use the form on the contact page to get started, and the artist will be in touch to design your piece(s) with you from there.

What is cloisonné enamel?

Cloisonné is a metalwork technique that has been used for centuries that uses colorful glass enamels and small metal filaments to create artwork. The metal wires are bent into different shapes and designs. This technique is most commonly used for jewelry making, however, it can also be found in different illustrations in the art world.  See our page on cloisoinné for more information.

What are your hours?

Our hours are currently by appointment only. Email matteson.juice@gmail.com to make an appointment or use the form on our contact page.

Where are you located?

We are located in Frisco, Texas.

Where do you ship to?

We ship within the United States and currently do not ship custom jewelry internationally.

I have a question, how can I get in contact with SJM Designs?

Email: matteson.juice@gmail.com

You can get in touch with us by email or by completing the form on the contact page.  Feel free to ask any questions about custom jewelry and message us directly!