Lisa Erbacher began making beaded jewelry at an early age. Then about four years ago, she began working with metal and stones− materials that have become hallmarks of the jewelry line she launched in September.
Lisa Erbacher Jewelry offers earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Prices typically range from $5 to $250; special orders can be more expensive, depending on materials.
“Sterling silver was the first metal I started working with,” said Erbacher. “Since the cost of sterling silver and gold is currently so high, I still feature them here and there, but mostly on demand.”
Erbacher mostly uses brass and copper, but also likes to throw salvaged and antique objects into the mix.
“I love pairing something that has been left behind, giving it new life and offering it with something feminine,” she said.
Along those lines, Erbacher has also started making oversized envelope clutches and jewelry pouches from salvaged leather and suede.
Though Erbacher has no formal design training (she majored in psychology and minored in art therapy at The Ohio State University), she worked as a buyer in the fashion industry for about 12 years. Former employers include Gap, Vans, and Wet Seal.
Erbacher likes to visit shops and look online to see what’s trending, then uses what she’s seen to create an inspiration board or fill a sketch book.
“From then on it’s all about converting the image onto the metal, followed by fabrication, torching, filing, sanding and polishing the piece, and then adding the finishing touches,” she said.
At the moment, the Lisa Erbacher Jewelry line is available at several stores in Southern California, Salt Lake City, and Columbus.
“Bungalow Home has several of my pieces in the Short North location, and I do some custom work for Belles & Beaux Children’s Boutique in New Albany,” Erbacher said. ”
She also has a studio at 400 W. Rich St. in Franklinton that frequently draws shoppers.
Though the Lisa Erbacher Jewelry line is just months old, Erbacher isn’t new to the accessories game, having started a jewelry business four years ago called Rubyblu.
“I still use the name Rubyblu for certain art shows and to maintainy my Etsy shop,” she said. “I have a lot of history with that name. Eventually, I will combine the two businesses −Rubyblu and Lisa Erbacher− but I don’t want to lose my followers and any momentum that I have gained over the years with Rubyblu.”
To learn more about Lisa Erbacher Jewelry, or to make a purchase, visit LisaErbacher.com.