||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
I really love the single-strand necklaces. I like to look at other designs then make up my own.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
It's a passion of mine. I've always wanted to create something that people loved. And creating jewelry that women adore is something I really love to do. I have had customers tell me that they love my creations and always request something else.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Seed beads are a favorite. They're easy to put on and with any other beads. I prefer the glass beads, and glass pendants.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
I was looking through a jewelry catalog and the different designs I was seeing was nothing like what I created. It just came to me while I was looking.
How did it come together?
I think once I had the design in my head I started laying it out on the table, and as it came together I noticed how beautiful it was looking.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I've been creating jewelry since I was a teenager. But I never really had the passion for it until about 2 years ago. I had gotten into a business where I sold jewelry from catalogs. I was never the person to wear them though. And when I got out of that business I decided I wanted to try on my own. Create and design my own. And people love them.
Who introduced you to beading?
No one. I went to a store one day and saw a children's jewelry making kit. Bought it and tried it. Found out I was pretty good at it. And continued the process.
Do you have an artistic background?
I would like to think so. I look at designs and think about how I could create something of my own. But I change it up and make the design mine.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Online. I was looking up something about beads, don't quite remember. Found you guys and loved the beads you sold.
What other hobbies do you have?
Making baby and toddler headbands. I am also getting into putting ribbons onto little girls dresses to make them look longer and cuter. I just started out making Tutu's as well.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
I just got into my first beading group. Simply Beads. I haven't gotten my first kit yet.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making is more of a passion. I get lost in the work I do. When I'm sitting down making something I'm lost to the world. I lose time. It doesn't really affect me in any way. I do have a 3-year old and a 7-year old and they're starting out as well. I make the designs and put the clasps on, and my girls put the beads on the wire. They love it. It's not my career as of yet. I am still working on getting enough jewelry made and making the money to be able to open up my own store one day.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
It's not an income. I feel I don't make enough money for it to become an income. I am selling my jewelry on an awesome site. The website is through Yardsellr.com. I do attend craft fairs but not to sell. I like to see the designs and prices. I always enter contests but never really thought of sending out mailings.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
No I do not. As far as I know there are none in my city.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Just create what you think you would wear. And sometimes when you go out in public look for people who wear jewelry and notice what they wear. Gives you an idea what different types of people would love to wear.