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February 24, 2014


antique purse

Sarah Cavender discovered the beauty and versatility of wire screening at the Philadelphia College of Art. Then, after graduation, the sculpture major started Sarah Cavender Metalworks.

Based in Oxford, AL, the small company specializes in wire mesh jewelry, belts and handbags that are easy to wear – and as striking as any work of art.  

Wire screening offers limitless design possibilities, said Cavender. After she plates and oxidizes it, Cavender then cuts, folds and shapes it (like paper) into a variety of unique designs, including her popular floral jewelry (examples pictured below).

She also has used industrial knitted wires for her belts and bags, which have a more contemporary feel.

Cavender’s designs include finely knit necklaces ($40 to $325), bracelets ($36 to $250) and earrings ($45 to $125). Also belts ($75 to $350) and handbags ($180 to $550).

In the Atlanta area, find designs at Beth Ann, 47 Irby Ave. NW ( and Bee, 26 E. Andrews Drive (

Also purchase online at

22188 $68 gold with yellow, olive green and green


23134 4 gold with orange, passion, orchid and aqua

19123 $76

21307 gold with tangerine, HI-RES

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