Nicole Crabb

Something Old, Something New...
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Kankakee, Illinois

Describe your artistic style.
Classic with a traditional twist.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Crystal and Czech glass.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Something Old, Something New...

What inspired this design?
This was my sister's wedding gift from me.

How did it come together?
She wanted a soleless sandal since she was getting married on the beach in St. Martens. I created the design based on the length of the top of her foot from there I took 4 strands of Tigerwire and used 6mm potato pearls and crystals from my great grandmother's wedding necklace and created her shoe.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began beading in 2006 as an experiment to see if I could replicate some jewelry I had seen in a catalog. From then on it became an addiction.

Who introduced you to beading?
Joann craft stores. The assortment of beads just had my imagination going.

Do you have an artistic background?
I quilt and sew when I'm not making jewelry.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
An online search engine for bead companies led me to Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®.

What other hobbies do you have?
Obviously, jewelry-making, sewing, quilting, crocheting and nature.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Right now it's an as needed therapy for me. I suffer from depression and when I start feeling blue I break out the beads and turn my emotions into something creative.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Let your imagination run wild. Nothing in jewelry is ugly. My greatest inspiration is nature. There are never clashing colors in nature.