Kelly Martino

My Fair Lady
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Woodland, California

Describe your artistic style.
My designs are generally very simple. I like to try different things and use different elements, but they are basically geared toward the woman with simple tastes that loves color and sparkle!

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
My love for jewelry inspires me. I know my designs aren't as intricate as some other artists, but it keeps my imagination working and is a very relaxing way to spend my extra time.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Natural stone and crystal.

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

What inspired this design?
It looked like the logo I used to use for my business.

How did it come together?
I rarely plan it out ahead of time. I usually lay out the focal piece and then start to pull out other beads to see what looks best. Then I begin to piece it together.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I have always had the creative bug in me and have always been busy with one hobby or another. One day, about 6 years ago, I was looking at some fairly high priced jewelry in a store and I said to myself, ''Self! You can make that!'' That's what started it all. Soon I was on the never ending path of supply purchases and the rest is history!

Who introduced you to beading?
Me, myself and I.

Do you have an artistic background?
My siblings are both very artistic. I have dabbled in hobbies like photography, sewing, miniatures, etc...

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
From an ad in a beading magazine.

What other hobbies do you have?

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
No. I used to but found I didn't have the time to get involved. I work full-time at a high school when I'm not beading and making jewelry.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It is what I do every day after I get off of work. It puts me in a whole new place that helps me relax and forget about the busy day I've just had. I have sold quite a few of my pieces to co-workers and I love it when I see them wearing it. It brings me pride. I do have a fully functioning store on my website ( so it is a business for me. When I retire in 3 years I intend to put a lot more time into the marketing aspect of it so that my website is more successful.

If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have a separate page on Facebook that I update frequently. I send out e-mails to my contacts re: discounts, etc. I have a booth at local craft fairs around the holidays and have done quite well with that. When I sell locally I price my items to the local market so they are really quite affordable. As I mentioned earlier, I do have a website.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have donated my jewelry to a few different local charities for raffles that they have had.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Get your feet wet! No one is going to be great at this from the beginning, it just takes practice and patience! But mainly, have fun with it.