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Silversmith Class

Silversmith Class

You’ve gotten to know our head silversmith, Nyoman. But do you know anything about silversmithing?   ...neither did Erika, so she took a silver jewelry-making class while she was in Bali! And she quickly realized that handcrafting silver jewelry is a long process. Her class was three hours long, and she was able to make two very simple rings in that time. Want to learn more? Read on for photos and a Cliffnotes version of process... STEP ONE: SAWING & FILING  To start, you must use a hand saw to create the shape of your piece from a sheet of silver....

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3 Reasons we Fell in Love with Bali on our Very First Visit

3 Reasons we Fell in Love with Bali on our Very First Visit

Sandpiper Imports founder Erika Poulos knew she wanted her jewelry collection to connect consumers to the world around them - and to the artisans who made each piece. The first time she flew to Bali in search of silver artisans, she knew she’d found just the place to handcraft her line. Erika quickly fell in love with the community where her jewelry is produced and has been so inspired by Balinese culture.If you’ve never visited Bali before, we’d like to share our favorite elements of the island’s culture with you. Read on for 3 reasons we fell in love with...

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Let's Talk About Chicago Fair Trade

Let's Talk About Chicago Fair Trade

You already know Sandpiper Imports is a member of Chicago Fair Trade (it’s right there on our homepage!). What you might not know is that our founder, Erika, has had a huge impact on the organization’s growth -- and the CFT community has also played a role in Sandpiper’s success! First, a bit of background: Chicago Fair Trade is a coalition of fair trade supporters (businesses, schools, congregations, non-profits, and individuals) in the Chicago area. The CFT community has grown immensely in the past 10 years -- the Chicagoland area has the largest concentration of fair trade businesses in the...

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Meet the Maker: Nyoman, our silversmith in Bali

Meet the Maker: Nyoman, our silversmith in Bali

On a buying trip to Bali, Sandpiper Imports founder Erika Poulos sat down with the owner of our silver workshop in Bali, Nyoman, to talk about his life, how he learned the art of silversmithing, and what sets his business apart. We hope you’ll enjoy this peek into how our jewelry is produced! Nyoman grew up in Bali, sharing a small home made from bamboo with his father, a truck driver, his mother, who made money by reselling assorted products to neighbors, and his older brother Made. At age 6, he began working in a silver workshop in order to...

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