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About Forged Flare®

Gift-giving is a true art form.

We’re here to help you perfect it.

We’re Jen and Chris, the husband-and-wife artist team behind Forged Flare®. We make one-of-a-kind handcrafted ornaments for people who believe that great gift-giving is a true art form. We’ve been a team for more than 20 years, from collaborating on class projects back in our college days to turning our car into a dragon. Now, we’re putting a fresh spark into our relationship (literally!) with our newest adventure: Forged Flare®.

Portrait of Chris and Jen
Original Mother's Angels<sup>®</sup> ornament

It all started with a birthday gift.

Chris knew he wanted to give his mom something special and truly one of a kind for her upcoming birthday. Something handmade, from the heart, that really said, “Mom, you mean the world to me.”

We’d bought our very first laser cutter during the early COVID-19 days and we were itching to try it out. Chris’s mom adores angels — in fact, she has a whole collection of them. So Chris designed an angel with a beautiful stained glass–style calla lily at its center. We used our new laser cutter to bring it to life. (Full disclosure: I stood over Chris with a fire extinguisher in hand the first time he tested out the laser cutter. Ya know, juuust in case it blew up or something.)

The final product gave us goosebumps. We knew Chris’s mom would like it, but we never could have imagined just how happy it would make her.

Cue the choir of angels … that moment of immense gratitude and joy sparked the idea for Forged Flare® and inspired our first and most popular product line: Mother’s Angels®.

Each Mother’s Angels® ornament has a unique significance, as does every other keepsake we design. They’re meant to commemorate a meaningful moment, memory, or milestone, whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or showing some love to our healthcare workers.

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Our process

Our process is structured, scientific, and empirical. Just kidding — it’s actually the opposite.

Usually, we’re swimming in our pool or driving around when an idea for a design hits one of us. Then we bounce the idea off the other, build on it, and decide who does what.

While our creative process is pretty relaxed, our commitment to delivering you the most high-quality quality is anything but. We most definitely channel our inner perfectionist when it comes to just about everything that represents the Forged Flare® brand, from sourcing the best materials for our handmade products to going above and beyond making them.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, receiving a perfectly packaged creation from Forged Flare® is a true experience.

Our materials

We are obsessed with quality, both in the materials we use and the way our product is presented. That’s why we tested out A LOT of frogs before finding our royal lineup of premium, artist-approved materials, from sapele plywood to top-of-the-line acrylics for that dances-in-the-sunlight stained glass look and feel.

Photos of Chris and Jen over the years

💖 Our story 💖

We’ve been joined at the hip for a long time. Allllll the way back to our days in college. It was touch and go at first, what with Jen judging Chris for being late to class and Chris secretly judging Jen for baking him cherry-flavored cupcakes on Valentine’s Day. (Chris HATES cherry-flavored anything.) But we eventually realized we were meant to be and have been there for each other ever since.

Photo of Chris

Chris

Chris is a full-time animator (he’s worked on a whole gamut of styles from fluffy and friendly animated feature films to gory demon-slaying video games). You’ve seen his work on films and video games. He even has his own page on IMDB!

Jen working in the studio

Jen

Jen previously worked with some of the world’s biggest brands as a web and graphic designer. She ventured out on her own a couple years ago and founded Forged Flare®. She has never looked back.

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