Ad Astra Arts ("To the Stars")
Mary McQueen Alford, Artist
Ad Astra Arts offers unique handmade jewelry, wine & stein charms, and more.
My work has been featured at International Women's Air & Space Museum, International Women in Jazz, Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, Sister's Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center, Brass Ring Academy & Cabaret, and science fiction cons throughout the Northeast. Please use the links below to support these fine organizations and venues!
Materials: I use select components and materials from all over the world, including handcarved and handpainted sustainable woods such as littleleaf and bayong; specialty glass such as Swarovski crystal, silver-infused, mouthblown, handmade, Pandora, Millefiori, Preciosa druks, double-layered Miyuki, faceted aurora-borealis; cowries, semiprecious gemstones, cloisonné, enamel, clays, and porcelain. My sources include Czech Republic, India, Mali, Kenya, Japan, France, Italy, China, Scandinavia, and U.S.
Metals include .925 sterling, Tibetan silver, pure and alloy copper, gold- and silver-plated brass, and surgical steel. Colors include silver, gold, copper, bronze, and black.
Pierced or Clip-On: My earring findings are usually leverback-style, for ease and security; I recommend pierced-look clips for holes that are damaged or simply too low. Let me know if you prefer fishhooks or clips instead of leverbacks.
All items include a gift bag.
Custom Requests: Feel free to request specific colors, styles, motifs, components, special-occasion.
Parties! Jewelry and theme parties are fun! I can help you "design" your event.
Academy and Cabaret
Hi, folks -- PLEASE DO NOT ORDER ANY ITEMS FROM THE SITE.
THIS IS TEMPORARY.
I apologize for the inconvenience.
I am not accepting online purchases.
I'm redesigning, making repairs, adding items.
Please reach me via or . Please tell me about items you're seeking. I can send you photos of the current designs or custom-design for you.
Thanks for your patience!