Holly Melton

Holly Bennett

Flower Cuff
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010
Jewelry-Making Contest
featuring Gemstones

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Lake Elsinore, California

Describe your artistic style.
I like bold, chunky, pretty, girly and vintage jewelry. I like to make each piece different and one of a kind. I love to use a wide variety of beads, metals, chains and pendants to make my jewelry.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Color, beads, shine. I get so excited when I walk into a bead/jewelry store. Like a kid in a candy shop! If I had the time and money I would shop half the day and make jewelry the other half ;)

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Metals, gemstones, crystals and glass.

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

What inspired this design?
My new interest in vintage style jewelry. I wanted to make something a bit bold and girly, but with a vintage look.

How did it come together?
There was no plan, it came together piece by piece and it only took one time for it to come together so beautifully, which never happens. I usually redo and change things around to make it the way I like, this cuff worked out great!

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started making jewelry four years ago while I was pregnant with my daughter. I was feeling ''crafty'' so I went to Michaels craft store and saw a jewelry-making kit and bought it. Have not stopped beading since that day.

Who introduced you to beading?
I introduced myself to beading. Saw beads at Michaels and got myself a starter kit.

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, I used to make candles for several years. I also like to make and paint picture frames and love photography.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
I found Fire Mountain Gems and Beads online, then ordered the free catalog and have been in love ever since.

What other hobbies do you have?
Photography, playing with my daughter, family time and shopping.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
No, I would if I had time but with a 2 year old and two jobs, it's really hard.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry making is my part-time career. Making jewelry relaxes me and gets my mind working. Once I get an image of something I want to make, I can't relax until it's done. It's a huge feeling of satisfaction and happiness.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
Yes, I sell my jewelry on my website: www.MakaylaAnnDesigns.Etsy.com, in a salon that displays my jewelry and I have jewelry parties and all of my family and friends purchase it.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
No, but what a great idea. I would love to do something like that.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
My advice is to keep trying and never give up. It takes time, practice and patience to make that perfect piece of jewelry. I've been making jewelry for several years... self-taught and I am still learning new things all the time. Do what you love!

View all of Holly's designs in the Gallery of Designs.