Sally Parker

Sally Parker

Copper Drops
2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Jewelry-Making Contest

Sally Parker

Enchanted Princess
2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Jewelry-Making Contest

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Davis, CA

Describe your artistic style.
Anything and everything.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Design ideas are everywhere; trees, animals, mythology, tradition, from Pokémon critters to tough-guy tattoos.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Polymer clay, Czech pressed leaves in fiery colors, copper and silver wire and carnelian. Fire Mountain Gem's electroformed silver lips.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Copper Drops and Enchanted Princess

What inspired this design?
Copper Drops was inspired by internet images of wire work. The Enchanted Princess can be found in mythology and the real world.

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I have made many small creatures and making a frog princess with lipstick and nail polish seemed logical. I saw wire-bending on the internet.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
Long ago I collected beads and stones. A year ago, I ordered 15 items from Fire Mountain Gems and started stringing beads.

Who introduced you to beading?
Books and Google images.

Do you have an artistic background?
My mother was an art teacher and I illustrated a community newspaper that I also edited.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
A long time ago I talked to a craftswoman, who introduced me to Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.

What other hobbies do you have?
Metal casting, illustration, writing.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I sell jewelry at the Davis Farmers Market two days a week as a fundraiser for Rural Rap, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting farmland.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
Davis Farmers Market, and the Fire Mountain Gems contest.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Look everywhere for ideas. Gardens, art museums, traditional designs, mythological creatures, Google images and nature. Have fun!

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