Lizard Hoops Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Finalist
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? Shelton, Washington
Describe your artistic style. Simple and elegant.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? I am inspired by nature, family and friends.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? I enjoy working with precious metal wire and I would like to try working with precious metal clay.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Lizard Hoops
What inspired this design? My daughter asked me to make her a pair of lizard earrings, preferably hoops. We found a picture of a lizard basking in the sun with its tail above its head, making an almost perfect circle with its body and tail. This picture was my inspiration for the lizard hoop earrings.
How did it come together? I drew an outline of the lizard with some changes to make wirework possible and used this as pattern when doing the wirework.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I started making small wire art projects about 8 years ago. I branched into jewelry-making three years later when my daughter asked me to help with her wire wraps. I soon went from simple wire wraps to wire jewelry design.
Who introduced you to beading? My daughter introduced me to beading when she was in her early teens.
Do you have an artistic background? I have a background in watercolor painting, wire art, knitting, and doily crochet (including design).
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? I initially discovered Fire Mountain Gems and Beads in a magazine advertisement. It has continued to be one of my primary sources of jewelry-making supplies.
What other hobbies do you have? I enjoy watercolor painting, wirework, knitting, crochet, and reading.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? I find making wire designs relaxing. I enjoy making jewelry for family and friends. I generally keep a specific person or occasion in mind while designing my jewelry creations. Jewelry-making is currently a hobby, but I hope to make it a part-time career.
If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I have made some contracted jewelry pieces for friends.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Buy the best tools and supplies you can afford. Tool quality does make a difference.