Nina M. Beall

Nina M. Beall

Queen Josephine Necklace
2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
New Port Richey, Florida

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Contests, matching stones, pearls, other stones to make necklaces, to enhance my China painting portraits

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
China paint, porcelain, real pearls, amber

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Queen Josephine Necklace

What inspired this design?
The painted portrait has the queen wearing pearls. The necklace just grew on its own.

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
Once the necklace was started it just grew on its own, until I felt it was finished.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started making necklaces once I painted small pictures. I entered necklaces in state fairs.

Who introduced you to beading?
Always had an interest in beading. I used to bead crochet items, such as shawls and dolls.

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, went to the Art Institute in Chicago on a scholarship as a young girl.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
Through beading magazines

What other hobbies do you have?
Sculpting, China-painting, doll-making, needle work, painting and crochet

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It's a very enjoyable hobby.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I enter the Florida State Fair each year in the China Paint and Necklace categories. Have a Best of Show and many First places.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
On rare occasion I have donated items to charity.

Nina's design, Queen Josephine Necklace, was a finalist in the 2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest