DeAnn Reinke

My Heart and Flowers
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Alexandria, Minnesota

Describe your artistic style.
It's a mixture of a little bit of everything.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
My family, things around me and things that I have experienced in life.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Glass, wood, gems, crystals and poly clay, and whatever I find that is interesting.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
My Heart and Flowers

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I just started making it, and it came together as I went, from making the poly clay round beads to the heart and flowers stamp I used to make the pendant.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I have always done some type of arts and crafts. I started seriously making jewelry in 2005, and it has just grown from there.

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, I have always been into the arts. I also do pencil drawings, painting, sewing and more; if I find something that interests me, I will try it at least once.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
I was looking on the internet for a good company to get my beading supplies from and came across Fire Mountain Gems and Beads and fell in love with your site.

What other hobbies do you have?
Spending time with my kids, outdoors fishing, camping and just enjoying nature to get some inspiration.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I am trying to turn my love for making jewelry into a full-time career to help support my family.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I sell my jewelry and other crafts at craft shows and festivals in our area; plus I have a website I also conduct in-home jewelry parties.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Just do it and have fun!