Honoring a hometown resource through jewelry making

Published: Jul. 10, 2019 at 9:40 PM AKDT
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Inspired by the resources found in her hometown, an Anchorage jewelry maker is beautifying part of a salmon that would normally be tossed out.

Kelsey Conley runs Alaska Scales and Tales Studio. Her love for what started as a hobby wrangled her into starting a business.

She spends hours every week working, drying and preparing salmon skin to eventually fit into a piece of jewelry. UV resin is placed on top and the salmon skin is turned into a necklace, a pair of earrings or a ring.

Her hometown of Bristol Bay is known for their salmon, and that’s where her inspiration was first hooked.

“Growing up there you’re taught that salmon is really important and it as such a precious resource but meanwhile I also saw a lot of skin thrown away,” she said.

So Conley decided to not let all of those parts go to waste. and after years of trial and error, she has her own business.

“I think it’s important to remember where things come from,” she said.

Her craft is known to stink up the house a bit, according to her roommate and cousin Jessie Goodin.

“I woke up one morning and there was definitely an odor,” she laughed.

So usually Conley takes her business ventures downstairs and out of the way.

To see more of Conley’s work, check out her



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