Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Swarovski crystal
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? Vancouver, Washington
What inspires you as a designer-artist? I am mostly inspired by nature. I try to incorporate what I see in nature to my jewelry designs. I have returned to my "hippie" roots and am doing steampunk and altered art jewelry. I am enjoying "recycling".
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Gemstones, vintage glass, Swarovski crystals, watch and clock parts.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Pele Necklace
What inspired this design? Volcanoes
How did it come together? I'm a nut for volcanoes. I bought some lava rock and orange foil-lined bugle beads on sale. They ended up on my table together and it looked like lava flowing. I added crystals on one side, the lava flow on the other.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I started arts and crafts very young. I have been making jewelry throughout most of my life.
Who introduced you to beading? A friend
Do you have an artistic background? I am also a guitarist/singer/songwriter and do floral arrangements, mosaics, stained glass windows and sewing.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Internet search for products.
What other hobbies do you have? Rock hounding, guitars, music and hiking.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? It was a part-time hobby that is now a full-time jewelry biz. It's also my "happy place." I enjoy creating jewelry designs!
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I sell mostly off of Facebook, my Etsy store, eBay and/or trunk shows.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? NEVER let anyone tell you that you can't or won't make it as an artist/jewelry designer.