Upon Wings Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Finalist
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? Pennsylvania
Describe your artistic style. Filigree, whimsical open pieces.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? Nature, people, art.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Sterling silver, semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Upon Wings
What inspired this design? The original design was an angel but once I started, it turned into a butterfly.
How did it come together? I initially planned it, but it transformed as I got going.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I started when I was eight with beading and picked up different styles as I went. I taught myself how to solder in 2007.
Who introduced you to beading? My mom.
Do you have an artistic background? I have a lot of crafting family members, but not formal teaching.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Searching around on the internet.
What other hobbies do you have? I'm a massage therapist. I enjoy role playing, camping and general silliness.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? I'm trying to make it a full-time career. It's exhausting having a full-time job and doing this at night and on weekends, but I love it.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I have a website on etsy, facebook and ads in yellowbook. I attend Renaissance fairs, gaming fairs and other types of fairs.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Never give up, it takes time and patience but the reward at the end is priceless.