Chic styles made of steelWith all the welding, steel cutting and metal grinding, Tara Argall and Karman Rheault’s business kind of sounds like what you’d get if a bunch of burly guys decided to create a line of jewelry in their shop around back.
By: J. Shane Mercer, INFORUM
With all the welding, steel cutting and metal grinding, Tara Argall and Karman Rheault’s business kind of sounds like what you’d get if a bunch of burly guys decided to create a line of jewelry in their shop around back.
The difference is that those guys probably wouldn’t name their line Sibelle-Chic, and Argall and Rheault create items people actually like.
Central to their necklaces are steel pendants coated in protective lacquer after being cut from sheets of steel with a plasma cutter.
“It is so much fun,” said Rheault, of Moorhead.
The steel can be treated to alter the color and look of the jewelry, and some of their necklaces incorporate gemstones.
Argall and Rheault, who are also artists, sign the pendants and consider each one a piece of art. They cost from less than $20 to more than $200.
Sibelle-Chic also offers earrings. And Argall, a Fargo resident, said the pair have ideas for expanding the line to bracelets and beyond.
The two were friends before they were business partners, and it took some persistence on Rheault’s part before Argall would come on board.
“Sometimes when you work together, you can wreck a friendship, and I just really didn’t want to do that,” Argall said.
Argall eventually took the bait. The two artists had been interested in working with metal as a medium, and they began creating various works incorporating steel. But they found that what they were making “just didn’t resonate with us,” said Argall, who is also a mental health counselor.
At one point, Argall came to Rheault with some metal scraps, and she recalls Argall saying, “Look at these. We’ve got to make something out of these.” And they started turning scraps into jewelry.
About a year ago, they went to the Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia to sell some of their nonjewelry items. They wore some of their bling, and jewelry vendors at the market liked what they saw.
“We thought, ‘Wow, this is really cool. I think we’re on to something,’ ” Argall said.
That was about a year ago, and Argall said the jewelry line is already in the black. The goal is to get Sibelle-Chic into markets larger than Fargo and see how it does.
“I really didn’t think I’d love to make jewelry as much as I love to make this,” Rheault said.
Not only has the collaboration not hurt their friendship, Argall says, “It’s enhanced it.”
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How to get it
- Sibelle-Chic jewelry is available at C Lizzy’s, 410 Broadway in Fargo.
- Check out www.sibellechic.etsy.com for more information.
- Jewelry from the collection will also be available at “That Spring Art Thing” March 13 and 14 at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Shane Mercer at (701) 451-5734