Ad Astra Arts ("To the Stars")
Mary McQueen Alford, Artist
Ad Astra Arts offers unique handmade jewelry, handsome working pocket and locket watches, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, floral hairclips/brooches, hatpins and stickpins, perfume lockets, wine & stein charms, and more.
Genres include African/Traditional, science-fiction and steampunk, jazz and modern, elegance, "celestial" (astronomy & aviation), some pieces also suitable for young persons. Many creations work in several genres.
My work has been featured at International Women's Air & Space Museum (Cleveland), International Women in Jazz (New York), Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, Sister's Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center (Harlem), Cancer Connection (Northampton), Brass Ring Academy & Cabaret (Connecticut), and science fiction cons throughout the Northeast. Please use the links below to support these fine organizations and venues!
Materials: I select components and materials from all over the world:
handcarved and handpainted sustainable woods such as littleleaf and bayong;
African and Thai handmade terracottas; specialty glass such as Swarovski crystal, silver-infused, mouthblown, handmade, Pandora, Millefiori, Preciosa druks, double-layered Miyuki, and faceted aurora-borealis; natural cowries, semiprecious gemstones, cloisonné, enamel, and porcelain. My sources include Czech Republic, India, Mali, Kenya, Japan, France, Italy, China, Thailand, Scandinavia, and U.S.
Metals include .925 sterling, zinc-freeTibetan 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.
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