Ruby and Jet – Silver Paw’s Inspiration
Living life in the Maine woods and mountains has taught me a lot. Adorning my dogs with various handmade charms and creations, I thought I knew all there was to know about metals. When I found what I thought were durable charms mangled by our Maine woods adventures, I got to thinking.
In 2008, the economy tanked. Gold and silver skyrocketed. After 18 years of making jewelry for the likes of QVC and the League of NH Craftsmen, I felt the need to reinvent myself. The wheels got turning.
I could not find any durable tags made in the USA. I got to work making prototypes of tags and searching for ways to manufacture them. Not easy. Companies here in the US strongly encouraged me to find a Chinese company to do the work affordably.
I refused to take “no” for an answer. In 2010, I stumbled on a local foundry willing to cast my designs reasonably. They called me their “canary in a coal mine” because they’d never done a project like mine and wouldn’t ever again if it didn’t work out.
So it went. In 2010 I cashed in 11 lbs of silver scrap at $40 an ounce and by the seat of my pants, purchased my first engraving machine. Without any idea of how to work it, I signed up for a show to sell my first tags. I spent most of that show on the floor behind my booth trying to figure out how to work the machine while customers wondered where I had disappeared to. My husband still shakes his head.
Since then there have been many more moments of hysteria and uncertainty but there has always been a light at the end of the tunnel. Following my dream to make the finest looking, most durable pet id tags out there still drives me forward and I feel fortunate to be doing it in Maine!
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