Debra Joiner

Debra Joiner

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Crystal


Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Sandusky, Ohio

Describe your artistic style.
Any design that I think someone would love.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I make a lot of awareness bracelets, they all have a story. It's amazing how these bracelets have touched someone's heart.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I like working with crystals, glass beads and some metals.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Awareness Bracelet

What inspired this design?
My cousin, Sarah, has breast cancer, I made bracelets for her to help raise money to help pay for what she needed for her family.

How did it come together?
I wanted to make a bold breast cancer bracelet for Sarah. I did a couple of designs and this was the final product.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I took a beading class in our area, to make a mommy bracelet for my daughter.

Who introduced you to beading?
My sister, she dragged me to this class to make a bracelet, she hated it, I love it!

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
A friend told me about Fire Mountain Gems' website.

What other hobbies do you have?
Right now, no other hobbies, but I am trying to raise awareness for my grandson's disease, LCH.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
This is my hobby right now. This is playing a big role in my life. I am making jewelry to help raise funds to help pay for my grandson's medical bills.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have entered craft shows, plus I have some of my jewelry at a local jewelry store.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I am making jewelry to support all cancers and awareness's. At the present time, I am raising awareness for my grandson's disease.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Just do what you love, and make it from your heart.