About Me

I began Naturally Nickel Free because I wanted to serve customers like myself, who have a nickel allergy, and who also enjoy wearing unique jewelry.

I consider myself to be a wire artist who also uses beads.  You could say that the beads were what drew me in, but now that I'm involved in the process of making the jewelry, I find that it's the wire that really makes the jewelry come alive. The bead sets the color, but the wire sets the style. I am fascinated by very elemental things about my jewelry - how a line becomes a shape, and makes something new and original. An origami artist gives new shape to a plane, and a wire artist gives new shape to a line. I find there is much in common between all artists, everywhere.

My discovery of wire art was almost an accident. It was the result of research I began doing after many years of having a nickel allergy, combined with the discovery (at just the right moment) that wire wrapping is a whole lot of fun. I had long been frustrated with incomplete answers I would get about my skin irritation. It was becoming more difficult to ignore my rash or avoid all things that are metal. Learning that my irritation to jewelry was an allergy, that my allergy was caused by nickel, and that nickel is entirely avoidable, was a process that took me years.

As I began to discover how common the allergy really is, I was certain I could shorten the learning curve for a lot of people out there, and also provide jewelry that they (that's you) could actually wear.  If you have a nickel allergy, or any skin irritation caused by metal, I hope you will take a little time and read some of the resources I've compiled. Besides this site, my blog may have information you would be interested in.

I treasure my home life, and love the way it interweaves with my work. My husband owns a home business fixing computers.  People who know us know him as a musician, as he gets some business playing rock n’ roll classics as well as his own original music. My daughter, now in high school, is interested in science, math, and Doctor Who, and keeps us on our toes. Our three cats, Sophie, Roxy, and Jasper keep our 3-ring circus running. My "other" job is as a substitute teacher, which I enjoy (most days).  It also keeps me more available for my daughter's growing years than most other jobs would, and makes it more possible for me to create jewelry and keep learning.

I try to bring a spirit of playful centeredness to my workspace. I take pleasure in creating something new that will go out my door and become a part of your world. Creating keeps life new.  I love meeting and connecting with my customers, and always enjoy what I do.

Yours in Peace,


Donna Jo Wallace, owner/artisan • Des Moines, Iowa 

515-808-2535 • naturallynickelfree@gmail.com



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