Debbie Benninger

Debbie Benninger

On Dragons Wings
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2015 featuring Metal
Category: Necklace - Wirework
Grand Prize Employee's Choice Winner

Debbie Benninger

Dragon in Formal Wear
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2020 featuring Metal
Category: Wirework and Chainmaille
President's Award

Debbie Benninger

Steampunk Klepto Octo
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2016 featuring Metal

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Markham, Ontario, Canada

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Let me start by saying I can't sketch, draw or finger paint....Anything... I'm inspired by many things, the shape of the gemstone I happen to pick up that day, nature, a dream I had the night before. I can't say it's one thing that inspires's a lot of factors I guess.

What medium do you work with mostly?
I'm a wire wrap jewelry artist. I work in only raw materials such as raw copper, Sterling silver, brass, bronze and gemstones. I love to accent with lampwork glass from an amazing friend of mine, Mary Ann Helmond, from MA Beads. She can hand me her latest creation and off I go.

Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
When I first got into jewelry, I thought I'd be into beading but I was web surfing one day when I came across this amazing medium and have been hooked ever since!

Where and How do you sell your jewelry?
I have my own website, etsy and all social medias. You can find me at jewelry and artisan shows too. I also do a lot of teaching.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
This is my On Dragons Wings piece

What inspired this design?
I was playing with a sword shape that grew into this amazing creature.

How did it come together?
I looked at him from the bottom and saw a dragon. I added eyes, ears and horns and was in love with him. No self-respecting dragon would be caught without wings so I made these amazing removeable wings.

View all of Debbie Benninger's designs in the Gallery of Designs.