Backyard Silversmiths

Backyard Silversmiths Backyard Silversmiths® creates really cool, bold & unique jewelry for those who like the style of handcrafted artisan silver jewelry. Hand-hammered silver cuffs, rings, necklaces, bracelets & earrings! Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10-4. Online always!
Backyard Silversmiths® is a jewelry design line created by Andrew and Teisha Vandekop. Originating from their 10' x 20' backyard in Dallas, the company now has a retail location on Interstate 35 in Central Texas where visitors can meet the artist and see how jewelry is made via traditional silversmithing techniques. Learn more about their handcrafted, artisan silver jewelry at BackyardSilversmiths.com!
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My name is Andrew Vandekop and I’m the silversmith behind Backyard Silversmiths®. I'm a first generation American (my dad is from Holland and my mom is from England), and I design and create rustic, hand-forged jewelry out of pure .999 Fine Silver in my backyard workshop. I learned the art of silversmithing from my grandfather who was a silversmith in England. I spent two summers there when I was a teenager, watching him use hammers and fire to create beautiful silver goblets, sculptures and jewelry which serves as inspiration for my designs today. Some of my work is based on traditional pieces my grandfather would make such as large, heavy cuffs and rings. But my most recent handcrafted designs include one-of-a-kind pendants inspired by pirate treasure, as well as pendants with independently moving parts, showcasing unique motion. Together with my wife Teisha, we launched Backyard Silversmiths in 2016 and offer our unique handcrafted artisan silver jewelry online and at regional festivals and art fairs. We just opened the Backyard Silversmiths Workshop and Jewelry Shop on I-35 in Abbott, Texas and would love for you to stop by and visit! We have an observation area where you can watch all aspects of silversmithing! Prior to launching Backyard Silversmiths, I worked for more than 25 years in corporate. I graduated with degrees in robotics engineering and finance and own 2 patents utilizing my robotics design expertise. But it's silversmithing that I enjoy the most and I now own a design patent on our most popular piece, The Spur Bracelet®. I'm proud to be sharing my designs with all of you! We're very proud of our handcrafted silver jewelry and we thank you for visiting our page! And if you're ever driving along I-35 in Texas, stop by and visit :). We're located 70 miles south of Dallas at EXIT 356. Andrew and Teisha Vandekop Abbott, Texas

Backyard Silversmiths® creates rustic, silver jewelry for those who like handcrafted, artisan style. Each piece is designed and handmade by Texas silversmith Andrew Vandekop. Visitors to the Backyard Silversmiths Workshop & Jewelry Shop can watch Andrew create jewelry using traditional silversmithing methods including a fiery furnace, blowtorches, giant hammers and anvils. Located on I-35 in central Texas - EXIT 356!

Many of you know our son and daughter are the ones who model the jewelry on our website. This one recently graduated fro...
07/05/2020

Many of you know our son and daughter are the ones who model the jewelry on our website. This one recently graduated from law school and is now proudly serving the State of Texas as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Tarrant County. I’ve been arguing with Ross since he was 6 years old. And he’s won virtually every argument since he turned 8. He will represent the state well. Congratulations, son! #BackyardSilversmiths

#ThrowbackThursday to one of my very first art festivals sharing one of my very first designs - the Spur Bracelet! I jus...
07/02/2020

#ThrowbackThursday to one of my very first art festivals sharing one of my very first designs - the Spur Bracelet! I just made some more and they're available in the shop now 😀NEW HOURS: Thursday - Friday - Saturday, 10-4. Online Always. #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #SpurBracelet http://bit.ly/2lVux2g

Love hoop earrings? These are unique, diamond-shaped hoops handmade of pure silver 😍. They’re nice and light - very comf...
06/27/2020

Love hoop earrings? These are unique, diamond-shaped hoops handmade of pure silver 😍. They’re nice and light - very comfortable to wear! #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #Earrings https://bit.ly/2ZcZvY9

06/25/2020
Medieval Cross Necklace by Backyard Silversmiths Jewelry

For those medieval fans out there! This piece measures about 1" x 1" and features the sharp edges of a medieval-style cross. I create this with pure .999 fine silver and like all of our pieces, the front is hand-hammered to show off the beauty of the silver. #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #medievalstyle https://bit.ly/2ZdEjB6

It’s the job I love the most ❤️. Happy Fathers Day to me and all the other dads out there! #BackyardSilversmiths #Father...
06/20/2020

It’s the job I love the most ❤️. Happy Fathers Day to me and all the other dads out there! #BackyardSilversmiths #FathersDay

06/15/2020

Simple, everyday rings! I make these of pure .999 silver, and can make them any size you need 😄. #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #Rings https://bit.ly/2YuDtQh

How cute! We were taking photos in our backyard when Tori noticed our neighbor’s new baby calf 😍! #BackyardSilversmiths ...
06/11/2020

How cute! We were taking photos in our backyard when Tori noticed our neighbor’s new baby calf 😍! #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #cows

Each of our pieces is handmade by me of pure .999 fine silver. Thanks so much for checking them out! #BackyardSilversmit...
05/23/2020

Each of our pieces is handmade by me of pure .999 fine silver. Thanks so much for checking them out! #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #ShopSmall #SupportSmallBusiness

Maybe you’ve thought about wearing rings but have trouble finding your size? We can create any of our pure 999 fine silv...
05/15/2020

Maybe you’ve thought about wearing rings but have trouble finding your size? We can create any of our pure 999 fine silver ring designs in any size! We also offer Free Shipping in the USA 🤗. #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #SupportSmallBusiness http://bit.ly/3atpeiW

Mother’s Day is here and we’re open till 5:00! Give her jewelry that is lovingly handmade right here in #CentralTexas 🥰....
05/09/2020

Mother’s Day is here and we’re open till 5:00! Give her jewelry that is lovingly handmade right here in #CentralTexas 🥰. #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #MothersDay

Hey friends! After seven weeks of being closed, our shop & workshop re-opens to the public tomorrow! We can’t thank you ...
05/06/2020

Hey friends! After seven weeks of being closed, our shop & workshop re-opens to the public tomorrow! We can’t thank you guys enough for all of your sweet notes of encouragement, tuning in for our virtual silversmithing live broadcasts and most of all, your online orders - thank you so much. 😊❤️

We are open Thursday - Sunday, 10-5. You can shop in store, online or you can call ahead to see if we have a particular item in stock and we can bring it out to your car!

With gratitude, Andrew and Teisha Vandekop #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry

On Friday, we found out our son Ross passed the Texas Bar Exam to become a lawyer!! Within a matter of days, we were wat...
04/30/2020

On Friday, we found out our son Ross passed the Texas Bar Exam to become a lawyer!! Within a matter of days, we were watching him take the oath via Zoom meeting administered by Justice Brett Busby of the Supreme Court of Texas! We couldn't be prouder of our son and thank you to all of the Texas judges who are using technology and taking some of their personal time to make this milestone special for our new lawyers! #TexasLaw #BackyardSilversmiths

04/19/2020
How to Figure Out the Value of Your Silver Items with Backyard Silversmiths Jewelry

Hey guys! In tonight's episode, Andrew covers tips and tools to figure out if silver items you own are valuable. He also explains the different grades of silver. This will be our last episode of our "lockdown series," because beginning next week, Texas is allowing retailers to offer "Retail to Go!" Watch the episode for more details! #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #ShopSmall

Everything cancelled? Mother’s Day & Father’s Day sure isn’t! 😂 We have NEW designs to share and would love to create so...
04/17/2020

Everything cancelled? Mother’s Day & Father’s Day sure isn’t! 😂 We have NEW designs to share and would love to create something for your special someone 😍! Use code STAYSAFE20 now through April 30 for 20% off your total order and #freeshipping in the USA! #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry https://bit.ly/2jMx2HS

04/09/2020
Virtual Silversmithing from Backyard Silversmiths Jewelry

Hey guys! Our next exciting live episode (LOL 😂) of “Virtual Silversmithing” will be on Sunday at 7:00 pm CT. Until then, enjoy this :28 second highlights reel. We acknowledge its no ‘hype’ video 🤣)! #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #staysafeeveryone

04/09/2020
Rocker Chic | Coin Jewelry | - Pieces of Eight Inspired by Backyard Silversmiths Jewelry

NEW! If you like unique coin jewelry, take a look at our take on the “Pieces of Eight” currency! Learn about the history of these coins on our website and you’ll find out how a popular cheer came to be 😄.

Each is unique so the one you order is the one you receive. We’ll be adding additional square and ‘shield’ shapes over the next few days 😊. #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry https://bit.ly/2jMx2HS

04/04/2020

Learn how Andrew creates our bold silver rings in our latest #StayatHome Virtual Silversmithing broadcast! Check our videos for all episodes 😄. Next one is tonight at 7:00 CT! 🔥🔨#backyardsilversmiths #jewelry #quarantineactivities #shopsmall

We’re going live again at 7:00 CT TONIGHT (!) to show you how we create our Axe Blade Necklace! If you’re searching for ...
04/02/2020

We’re going live again at 7:00 CT TONIGHT (!) to show you how we create our Axe Blade Necklace! If you’re searching for more high quality entertainment as a #quarantineactivity 😂 Andrew will do his best! #backyardsilversmiths #jewelry #stayathome

03/28/2020
Virtual Silversmithing! “From Fire to Fashion” with Backyard Silversmiths Jewelry - Chain Link Bracelets

If you're searching for something new and educational for your kids to watch, please share our latest #StayatHome Virtual Silversmithing episode! Tonight, Andrew shares how he creates his Chain Link Bracelet. We're going live every day our shop would have been open until we receive the "all clear." Thanks for watching and y'all continue to be safe out there! #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #BingeThis #TogetheratHome #SocialDistancing #ShopSmall

Our newest pendant is quite dramatic! This long cross measures 2" wide and is more than 3.5" long 😲. Take 20% off this a...
03/28/2020

Our newest pendant is quite dramatic! This long cross measures 2" wide and is more than 3.5" long 😲. Take 20% off this and your entire order now through 3/31.Use code STAYATHOME20. And we always offer #freeshipping in the USA! https://bit.ly/33QJc54 #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #CrossNecklace

03/27/2020
Virtual Silversmithing! “From Fire to Fashion” with Backyard Silversmiths Jewelry - Triple Strand Cuff

We’re back 😂!! In our 6th #StayatHome Virtual Silversmithing episode, Andrew shares how he creates his Triple Strand Cuff. If you know someone who likes artisan jewelry and wants to watch how it’s made, let them know about our series! We’re going live every day our shop would have been open until the #lockdown is o-vah 🤣! #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #BingeThis #TogetheratHome #SocialDistancing #ShopSmall

03/26/2020
Virtual Silversmithing! “From Fire to Fashion” with Backyard Silversmiths Jewelry - Infinity Style Necklace

#StayatHome We're continuing to bring you LIVE silversmithing demonstrations on all the days our shop would have normally been open (Thursday - Sunday)! In Episode 5 of our Virtual Silversmithing broadcasts, we show you how we create our Infinity-Style necklace. Thanks so much for watching and sharing, guys! We really appreciate all of your support! #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #BingeThis #TogetheratHome #SocialDistancing #ShopSmall

03/25/2020
New Designs from Backyard Silversmiths Jewelry

Our doors may be closed but we’re still creating cool silver jewelry and we have some NEW designs to share 🤗! Take 20% your entire order with Free Shipping in the USA! Use code STAYATHOME20 now through 3/31/20 on our website BackyardSilversmiths.com

Each piece is handmade by Andrew and he is going live showing you how we create some of our pieces Thursdays - Sundays, 7:00 pm CDT right here on Facebook. Check it out!

Thank y’all for your support! #BackyardSilversmiths #Jewelry #StayatHome #ShopSmall

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391 IH 35
Abbott, TX
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Hi! I'm Andrew Vandekop, the Backyard Silversmith! All of the jewelry you see here on our page is made by me and I use .999 pure fine silver. I'm a first generation American (my dad is from Holland and my mom is from England), and I design and create rustic, hand-forged jewelry out of pure .999 Fine Silver in my backyard workshop. I learned the art of silversmithing from my grandfather who was a silversmith in England. I spent two summers there when I was a teenager, watching him use hammers and fire to create beautiful silver goblets, sculptures and jewelry which serves as inspiration for my designs today.

Together with my wife Teisha and our kids Ross and Tori, we launched Backyard Silversmiths in 2016 in our 10' x 20' backyard in Dallas. We first offered our unique, handcrafted artisan silver jewelry on the website Etsy and at high school holiday bazaars. We then transitioned to sharing our jewelry at art fairs and festivals. Ross and Tori were involved from the start helping me work through designs and approach. Today, they're the models you see on our website :).

After Tori graduated high school and went off to college, we decided to open a place where people could visit and see how the jewelry is made. We opened the Backyard Silversmiths Jewelry Shop and Workshop on I-35 in Abbott, Texas and would love for you to stop by and visit! We have an observation area where you can watch all aspects of silversmithing! (NOTE: In light of current events, our shop is closed but you can still support us online and visit virtually through our Facebook Lives!)

Prior to launching Backyard Silversmiths, I worked for more than 25 years in corporate. I graduated with degrees in robotics engineering and finance and own 3 patents utilizing my robotics design expertise. But it's silversmithing that I enjoy the most and I now own a design patent on our most popular piece, The Spur Bracelet®. Thank you for visiting our page. I'm so happy to be sharing my designs with all of you :).

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