Silverfish Designs

handmade in grand rapids, mi

It all started with a few clay beads ... 


After attending art school in the 1980s I have made a living for 25 years in the dental field. Creativity can only be suppressed so long and began creeping out demanding my attention again. 8 years ago I began making jewelry, mainly using the magical medium of metal clay, while sitting under my silver leafed stuffed salmon on the wall of my studio. Thus began Silverfish Designs
— Julie Billups


The Artist

Julie Billups is the artist behind Silverfish Designs. In addition to designing beautiful, handmade jewelry, Julie is an oral surgeon and a mom of three. Her favorite things include her messy studio, her loud family, and cold red wine. Julie lives and works in Grand Rapids, MI, with her husband, Tom, and their pups, Charlie Grace and George. 

Silverfish Designs

Silverfish Designs began out of Julie's need for her hands to be busy at all times. Whether she's wrist-deep in wisdom teeth or metal clay, she's rarely idle.

With a love of all things creative, Julie found a way to marry her passion for the arts with the skills she used every day as an oral surgeon. Pretty soon, Silverfish came swimming into view!

Grand Rapids, MI

Silverfish Designs are handmade with love in Grand Rapids, MI. Her close proximity to Kendall College means Julie can take metal-smithing and jewelry classes to her heart's content!

With the UICA and the GRAM just minutes from her studio, Silverfish is never short on inspiration!