Kerstin Kallin

Kerstin Kallin

Design Idea D43D Tiara

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2013 featuring Metal

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Stockholm, Sweden

What medium do you work with mostly?
The biggest source of inspiration is nature and plants, and the jewelry often has soft curves rather than strict lines.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
She excels in wirework, but she works in many different techniques as well, from silversmithing to stitched jewelry with seed beads. The materials are often sterling silver, freshwater pearls and glass beads of high quality. There is always an interest to learn more about new techniques and expand the knowledge of the familiar ones.

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

What inspired this design?
A contest at the big bead meeting Facett, Stockholm called Valborg, a Swedish holiday celebrating the arrival of spring where we light big bonfires.

How did it come together?
The theme was given, so the challenge was to make the colors of the flames to blend into another. It took longer than expected, and in order to make the deadline Kerstin was up all night to finish it!

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
The first crown she made was for her own wedding in 2007, and she was immediately hooked. Since then, she has started to make other kinds of jewelry as well.