Describe your artistic style. Natural gemstone jewelry.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? The newest jewelry styles and trends like wire wrap jewelry.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Natural gemstones, antique silver beads, silver chains for my necklaces, Swarovski crystals. Wire wrapping supplies.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Vintage Oriental Blue and White Necklace
What inspired this design? I love oriental jewelry.
How did it come together? I planned it out and it all came together as great design.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? Since 2009--3yrs I've been designing my gemstone jewelry.
Who introduced you to beading? Nobody, I purchased a bracelet, the design inspired me to start designing my own jewelry.
Do you have an artistic background? Yes, I believe the good Lord gave my talents in with my jewelry designs. I believe everyone has a talent.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Looking for black spinel gemstones.
What other hobbies do you have? Horseback riding, fishing, flower and gardening.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups? Esty.com and artfire.com where I sell my gemstone jewelry product line.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? I love designing my jewelry. It is very exciting, rewarding, I design my jewelry full-time!
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? YES, I have 2 websites I sell at and promote sales, no I haven't yet attended any craft markets yet I have thought of the idea ... my future plan is selling my product line in an antique mall shop locally in Elkhart, Indiana. To get some exposure. And more sales.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? My advice is to pursue your dreams and talents as a jewelry artists and don't give up!