Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Pearls, Organic Beads or Kato Polyclay™
Bronze Medal Prize Winner
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
It differs, depending on my mood! Some days it is very natural, others very "blingy!"
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Nature, other designers, fashion, patterns from paper and stationary products (I love paper!).
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I love anything Swarovski, especially the faceted rondelles. I also enjoy natural stones. It is always fun to work with large, acrylic stones also.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Blissful Bling. A bracelet and earrings set.
What inspired this design?
I made a very similar design for my sister-in-law, who was married recently. Seeing her in her gorgeous gown…wow! It blew me away! Lovely Lyndsay!
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
It happened very naturally. I laid out the pearls and found crystals that I thought matched. Everything fell into place easily (for once!).
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
One year ago, on a road trip from North Dakota to South Carolina, I purchased a bead kit and put it together in the car. I haven't stopped since!
Who introduced you to beading?
My "girlyfriend," Pam.
Do you have an artistic background?
I have always loved to be creative, but I wouldn't necessarily call myself artistic.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
From an ad on Google.
What other hobbies do you have?
I recently started a blog and discovered I really love to write. I also like to read, when I have the time. I enjoy baking. Playing with my kids or taking them to the movies with my husband is a great way to spend an afternoon, also!
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Initially, I thought jewelry-making would be a way to make money, but it has turned into much, much more. It is a way for me to express myself. It is also a way for me to release my emotions in a creative way. Jewelry-making has improved my self esteem, also. People show deep appreciation for my pieces when they purchase them or receive them as gifts and that means the world to me!
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have a blog, www.mamaneeds2bead.blogspot.com, where I sell some jewelry. I don't make much money, not much traffic! I'd love to make more of an income through jewelry-making, but I recently came to the realization that the pleasure I get from making others and myself happy with my creations is a pretty good payment!
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Not yet. If I were able to contribute to something in a small way, I would… and ideas?
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Find someone who knows how to do what you are trying to do…learn from them. Try not to waste a lot of time on mistakes that don't have to be made (though mistakes will be made… be sure to learn from those, too!). Don't be too critical of yourself, and if you find you are feeling tired of doing one thing, move on to something else. Don't let yourself "burn-out" on one technique or style. Give it a break and come back to it later. Otherwise, you may just give it up forever and regret it later. Be open to suggestions, but don't change your style because someone doesn't "approve." Mostly, just follow your spirit, it won't lead you astray! Good luck and best wishes!!