Karen Schmidt

Karen Schmidt

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Crystal


Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Cincinnati, Ohio

Describe your artistic style.
Anything that sparkles or has blue, pink or purple.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Mostly just putting colors together and seeing different shapes.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Past, Present and Future Bracelet

What inspired this design?
Wanting to make something meaningful for my oldest daughter.

How did it come together?
I had the pictures and bead frames and it just sort of came together.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I thought I could make a necklace I liked and could not find to buy, that was February of this year.

Who introduced you to beading?
Just went looking for stuff to make a necklace.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?

What other hobbies do you have?
I rescue beagles, like to read and do things with my daughters and grandkids.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
No, but I have met people who like to bead and we have met to bead together.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Hobby, I can't wait to make something--always looking for new ideas. It really calms me to work on something.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I'm not currently selling, but hope to start going to craft shows next year.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I want to make jewelry to sell at adoption programs for dogs.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Just try and if It doesn't work, try again and again.

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