Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Seed Beads
Color Outside the Lines
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2013
featuring Seed Beads
Grand Prize Employee's Choice Winner
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Garner, North Carolina
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Bright and unique color combinations inspire me.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I enjoy working with seed beads, Delicas® and fringe beads.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
My original inspiration for this necklace began with the bright colored marbles. The rest of the design sprang from this.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I started by selecting beads I would like to include in my design. Then, I simply "played" with design ideas until I found an idea that suited the beads. The necklace plan changed as I went along.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began making jewelry when I was about 5. What started as a childhood creation composed of plastic beads, grew into a passionate love for jewelry design.
Do you have an artistic background?
I come from a creative family. We all enjoy working with our hands to create, design, sew and construct all kinds of crafts.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
After seeing their ad in a beading magazine, I decided to check out the website. I have been a Fire Mountain Gems fan ever since!
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making is relaxing for me. It is a hobby and "escape" from my demanding college classes.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have joined Etsy, my store is named beadbay.etsy.com and I enjoy entering some of my pieces in contests.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I had the opportunity to volunteer as a teacher in an international setting to introduce beginner's beadweaving for a charity organization.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Keep beading. You never know where your bead skills can lead you.
View all of Lydia's designs in the Gallery of Designs.