LAKELAND, Fla. - An elementary school teacher is using her love for science -- and her dog -- to create beautiful pieces inspired by Florida's natural beauty.
Kortlyn Daugherty is the artist and owner behind Rogue’s Relics Jewelry in Lakeland, Florida.
Kortlyn uses copper to create wire-wrapped jewelry and she also coats objects in copper using a process called electroforming.
"I use a conductive paint and electricity to grow copper on organic materials," she explained.
Kortlyn coats leaves and little dead critters like frogs, butterflies, and lizards.
"Oddities is what I really pride myself in," she said.
Kortlyn says when she started making jewelry, she noticed people really enjoyed the preservation of these materials.
"It fit a lot of people’s aesthetic," she said.