Mary Ann Darnell

Viking Blue w/ Agate
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Dayton, Ohio

Describe your artistic style.
I love all styles. Old meets new.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Color, tools, shapes, metals, threads, just about everything. Everything is inspiration.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Wire and beads, metals and strings and anything I think may look good in a piece.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Viking Blue w/ Agate

What inspired this design?
Color combination and stones.

How did it come together?
It defined itself once I began working.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began making jewelry about a year ago. I love to make things and I love hand crafted items. I like letting my imagination go crazy. Craft shows make me want to create my own beautiful pieces.

Who introduced you to beading?
I began this journey on my own. The more things I create the happier I am. It is the freedom to be able to express yourself.

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes and it is all self taught. I also paint animal in oil and pastels and graphite.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
In a beading magazine.

What other hobbies do you have?
I love drawing and painting, micro-macramé, designing and hand crafting jewelry. I enjoy sitting around a fire with my husband and our 6 dogs. I also enjoy riding my old 1960 Harley Davidson Panhead.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry plays a large role in my life. I am making jewelry everyday. I spend tons of hours designing and hand crafting. I have a few pieces in a gallery. I am in love with making jewelry. It is not a career, but would be nice if it was. I also have a website for my pet-portraits. It is

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have some pieces in a gallery. I have entered in a contest. I have never been to a craft fair. A website is being developed now.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
If you see something that really gets your attention and you want to make it. Then just pick up your tools and do it. It is very rewarding to make something with your hands that your mind has imagined!!