How It All Began

About Silver Paw Pet Tags Made in Maine USA Ruby and Jet – Silver Paw’s Inspiration

Living life in the Maine woods and mountains has taught me a lot.  Adorning my dogs with various handmade charms and creations, I thought I knew all there was to know about metals. When I found   what I thought were durable charms mangled by our Maine woods adventures, I got to thinking.

In 2008, the economy tanked. Gold and silver skyrocketed. After 18 years of making jewelry for the likes of QVC and the League of NH Craftsmen, I felt the need to reinvent myself. The wheels got turning.

I could not find any durable tags made in the USA. I got to work making prototypes of tags and searching for ways to manufacture them. Not easy. Companies here in the US strongly encouraged me to find a Chinese company to do the work affordably.

I refused to take “no” for an answer. In 2010, I stumbled on a local foundry willing to cast my designs reasonably. They called me their “canary in a coal mine” because they’d never done a project like mine and wouldn’t ever again if it didn’t work out.

So it went. In 2010 I cashed in 11 lbs of silver scrap at $40 an ounce and by the seat of my pants, purchased my first engraving machine. Without any idea of how to work it, I signed up for a show to sell my first tags. I spent most of that show on the floor behind my booth trying to figure out how to work the machine while customers wondered where I had disappeared to. My husband still shakes his head.

Since then there have been many more moments of hysteria and uncertainty but there has always been a light at the end of the tunnel. Following my dream to make the finest looking, most durable pet id tags out there still drives me forward and I feel fortunate to be doing it in Maine!

About Silver Paw Pet Tags Made in Maine USA

My Online Jewelry Store

I work in my studio/barn in Brownfield, ME where I still make jewelry “in the middle of nowhere”. Most of my work is dog and horse inspired, although sometimes it’s neither. I’m obsessive about quality, craftsmanship, and materials as well as customer service. My passion for dogs, horses, and snowflakes is evident and unmistakable.

My jewelry can be purchased online at www.etsy.com/shop/flakeyfarmgirl

About Silver Paw Pet Tags Made in Maine USA

About Silver Paw Pet Tags Made in Maine USA