Copper Curiosities is a murderino maker who creates the loveliest, creepiest, copper jewelry pieces your spooky little heart can handle. We spoke with Emily Gomez, the artist behind these fun little insect pieces about her inspiration to start her shop and her love of true crime. Check out the special discount code at the end of the article to buy your very own copper statement piece!
MMN: What inspired you to start your jewelry business?
Emily: In October 2018, I went to an oddities expo. There was a vendor selling copper electroformed jewelry, and I was immediately fascinated. I spent more money than I really should have on a piece, then spent the whole ride home looking up electroforming and trying to figure out if it was something I could do myself.
Over the next few months, I spent countless hours (seriously, probably 5 hours a day before and after work) in my dark, dank, dirty basement reading articles, watching videos, ordering supplies, building a setup, and experimenting. The setup was a stretch for my budget and the learning curve felt steep and so frustrating at times, but I loved every minute of it. I was officially hooked.
It didn’t take me too long to figure out that this new hobby was the perfect way to marry this creative outlet with my interest in bugs & nature. Finally, a reason to order dead bugs on the internet!! Once I started copper-coating bugs, the rest is really history. I’ve been at it for just about 2 years now, and I’ve built myself a proper jeweler’s bench upstairs (no more gross basement!). I’m also just beginning to get into working with silver, with the eventual goal of casting some of my designs.
MMN: What got you interested in true crime? Was there a murder in your hometown? A story that has always haunted you?
Emily: Honestly, it was podcasts! There was a point in my life where I was doing a lot of driving, and that’s when I discovered the world of true crime stories. The one that got it all started was the Serial season about Adnan Syed. It was so well done and so engaging, to this day I occasionally Google him to find the latest updates on his case.
MMN: What’s a murder, disappearance, or crime story that keeps you up at night?
Emily: The disappearance of Kristal Reisinger from Crestone, CO, as covered in the Up And Vanished podcast. I didn’t know her personally but we had some mutual friends.
MMN: What true crime podcasts are you listening to right now? If podcasts aren’t your thing, we would also love to hear about a spooky book you’re reading or your favorite murder-related tv show!
Emily: Lately I’ve been listening to Someone Knows Something – I just started Season 3.
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