I am Lauren Erbele, I started Copper Relic in November of 2020 as a quarantine hobby that quickly turned into a creative passion.
I sell jewelry and home goods that are plated with copper through electrochemistry. All of my products are organic material; crystals, insects, bones, flowers, nothing is off the table. While suspended in a specific chemical solution each piece takes on a one of a kind look that can’t be duplicated. Copper growths called dendrites form and they come out as unique as they went in, however this time it will be eternalized forever in a thick coat of copper!
My goal is to get people out of their comfort zone. Decorating our bodies in forms of art such as jewelry can be unique, eccentric, and a playful experience. Being connected to nature is an innate part of the human experience, we don’t have to lose that as we grow older.
I hope to attend as many local markets and pop up shops as possible this summer and fall. I would love to have Copper Relic be more present and active in my beautiful hometown. My goals for Copper Relic long term would be to have a shop somewhere in town where I could expand and share my creative vision with locals and those visiting.
I really enjoy making each piece mindfully. This is why many pieces take a week or more to finalize. When I start the journey this way the product develops it’s own story throughout the experience. One time I planned an elaborate amethyst necklace, however after trial and error it seemed it wanted to shine on its own. So I let go and allowed it to Be. When pieces unfold like this it is a gentle lesson how to approach life. This hobby has taught me patience, understanding, and resilience.
I am in the works of developing a Copper Relic website, this has been a learning curve for me! However I hope to have enough inventory and knowledge to get it to fruition by Winter. So be on the lookout for Copperrelic.com!
The main way to find Copper Relic is on Instagram. I will be present at the CDA Flea Market July 25th from 10am-2pm at The Roosevelt Inn and hopefully a few more before the summer is over. I am so grateful for such a supporting and loving community. Thank you for reading and learning about Copper Relic and I hope to see you soon!