Shirley

Matteson

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

Belt Buckles

Horse Pendants

Pendants

Earrings

What is 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.

outline wires

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

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.

shape wires

Very thin delicate cloisonné wires are shaped to outline the picture.

set wires

Wires are carefully placed and
then fired to set onto the base.

add colors

Colors are added
layer by layer.

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!

prep silver

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set jewel

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

Butterfly
Pendants

Texas Glory Collection

Medallion Pendants

Custom
Pendants

FAQs

How can I order custom jewelry and what is the process?
You can order custom jewelry through our website. Go to the home page and click “design your own piece.” You will find a form to specify how you would like to customize your custom jewelry, such as what colors you want, what type of material, and design, and what date you need the project completed.
What are your hours?

Our hours are currently by appointment only. Call 214-606-2562 to schedule an appointment, or you can email matteson.juice@gmail.com to make an appointment.

Where are you located?
We are located in Frisco, Texas. We ship within the United States and currently do not ship custom jewelry internationally. When you give us a call, you’ll be connected directly to our friendly staff, so you can expect immediate assistance with your inquiry. So, don’t wait – call now!
Are there pre-made pieces I can purchase?
Yes! We have a variety of pre-made jewelry displayed on our website that is available for purchase.
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. When you give us a call, you’ll be connected directly to our friendly staff, so you can expect immediate assistance with your inquiry regarding custom jewelry requests. So, don’t wait – call now!
Can you tell me more about SJM Designs?
We offer fine silver custom jewelry creations for adoption. Browse through our unique designs of Men’s and Women’s custom jewelry. Each hand-crafted by Shirley Matteson, an exciting jewelry creator. Select your inspiration, or contact us for a custom jewelry piece of your inspiration.
I have a question, how can I get in contact with SJM Designs?

Phone: 214-606-2562

Email: matteson.juice@gmail.com

You can get in touch with us by phone, email, or contact form. The quickest method to get in touch is by phone. Feel free to ask any questions about custom jewelry and message us directly! When you give our custom jewelry company a call, you’ll be connected directly to our friendly staff, so you can expect immediate assistance with your inquiry regarding any custom jewelry requests. So, don’t wait – call now!

Is my information protected on this website?
Our custom jewelry company website is 100% secure and we only ask for your contact information, such as phone number and email, so that we can contact you about your order or if you have any questions. We do NOT sell your information to any third parties. This information is secure and you can use either MasterCard, American Express, PayPal, etc to purchase custom jewelry. We do not require any other additional information such as social security numbers. At check-out, we require credit card information for payment processing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. When you give our custom jewelry company a call, you’ll be connected directly to our friendly staff, so you can expect immediate assistance with your inquiry. So, don’t wait – call now!

Shirley Matteson

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