Tamera Root

Water Dragon Necklace
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Pocatello, Idaho

Describe your artistic style.
I make big delicate projects with earrings, bracelets, lighter cases and necklaces.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Ideas that come from the variety of supplies from Fire Mountain Gems. Each item gives me new ideas.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Big delicate items such as dragon, eagle, knife handles, earrings and necklaces.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Water Dragon Necklace

What inspired this design?
Supplies inspired a challenge that would take me from basic beginner to advanced professional in two and a half weeks time.

How did it come together?
Being a beginner, I had to use a pattern. It went together really easy and took two and a half weeks consistently beading on it.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I made my first purchase from Fire Mountain Gems in November 1999 and used the items to learn to bead and I'm still learning a lot. I am advanced.

Who introduced you to beading?
Owner of the former Stones Circle Bead Shop in La Grande, Oregon.

Do you have an artistic background?
I am multi-talented in many crafts but, mostly beadwork.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
Former owner of Stone Circles in La Grande, Oregon ordered me a Fire Mountain Gems catalog.

What other hobbies do you have?
Crocheting, beading, glass etching and soap designs.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I spend every possible moment beading, and have made many items. It is a part-time career and is calming and relaxing to me.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
People see my portfolio I made up and order things to be made, and they pay upon delivery.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Haven't had time to.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
The best and most reasonable place I found with the best quality of choice is Fire Mountain Gems I won't get my supplies from anywhere else.