Sherry Luke

The Royal Bangle
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Coulterville, California

Describe your artistic style.
Wire sculpture, wrap, framing.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I use sterling silver (925), gold-fill wire, faceted gems, crystals, bone, glass, and more.

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

What inspired this design?
A picture in Dale Cougar Armstrong's book Wire Work. It took me a while to figure it out because there's no directions for this one.

How did it come together?
As I worked with it, it just came together. I thought about it for a long time and finally it just came to me like someone flipped the light on.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I've always loved jewelry, as most women do, and started with just a little beading. I saw some wire jewelry and just knew that's what I wanted to do. I loved the way it was made.

Who introduced you to beading?
My sister's boyfriend.

Do you have an artistic background?
I've always loved to draw, and took a few art classes in school but no real artist background.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
My sister's boyfriend.

What other hobbies do you have?
Gardening, hiking, pebble picking, lapidary, reading, and roller blading.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
I now belong to Self Representing Artists of Jewelry Design.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Right now it's a part-time career. When I get stressed the best thing for me is making jewelry. It doesn't get any better than that. I just wish there was more time I could give to it.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I tweet new creations, have a website (, a Facebook page, and just started a MySpace. I plan on starting in Etsy soon too. Craft fairs are always a blast and I love talking to the people. I usually sell most of my creations to friends, family and anyone who's interested in my work.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Keep on creating! Tell people what you do, don't keep it a secret and take criticism positively!