From the my earliest concept I had of my shop, I knew I would serve customers like myself, who have a nickel allergy, and who also enjoy wearing unique jewelry.

I consider myself to be a wire artist who also uses beads.  You could say that the beads were what drew me in, but now that I'm involved in the process of making the jewelry, I find that it's the wire that really makes the jewelry come alive. The bead sets the color, but the wire sets the style. I am fascinated by very elemental things about my jewelry - how a line becomes a shape, and makes something new and original. An origami artist gives new shape to a plane, and a wire artist gives new shape to a line. I find there is much in common between all artists, everywhere.

My discovery of wire art was almost an accident. It was the result of research I began doing after many years of having a nickel allergy, combined with the discovery (at just the right moment) that wire wrapping is a whole lot of fun. I had long been frustrated with incomplete answers I would get about my skin irritation. It was becoming more difficult to ignore my rash or avoid all things that are metal. Learning that my irritation to jewelry was an allergy, and that my allergy was caused by nickel, and that nickel is entirely avoidable, was a process that took me years.

As I began to discover how common the allergy really is, I was certain I could shorten the learning curve for a lot of people out there, and also provide jewelry that they (that's you) could actually wear.  If you have a nickel allergy, or any skin irritation caused by metal, I hope you will take a little time and read some of the resources I've compiled. My main site and my blog both have information you may be interested in.

I treasure my home life, and love the way it interweaves with my work. My husband owns a local computer business and enjoys some local attention as a musician (CW Smith). My daughter, in middle school, is marvelously creative, and is growing into a fabulous young woman. Our three adorable cats entertain us, and keep us in our place. In my daily work, I substitute teach, which is a lifestyle choice which keeps me available for my daughter's growing years.

I try to bring a spirit of playful centeredness to my workspace. I take pleasure in creating something new that will go out my doors and become a part of your world. Creating keeps life new.  I love meeting and connecting with my customers, and always enjoy what I do.

Yours in Peace,

Donna Jo Wallace

2620 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50316
ph: 515-808-2535



Photo Corner 

outside view of the shop
2620 E. 9th St., Des Moines, Iowa

Valley Junction Art Market, Fall 2015
all packed for the show...

my terrific kid
in my happy place - vacation to
the Rocky Mountains, 2011

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Roxy, after a long day

showing off my new
jewelry tumbler, 2012
studio assistant and diva in residence, Sophie
My shop corner, spiffed up for Christmas

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