Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010
featuring Metal Clay, Metal Beads,
Wirework and Chain
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Filigree, whimsical open pieces.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Nature, people, art.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Sterling silver, semi-precious stones and crystals.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
The original design was an angel but once I started, it turned into a butterfly.
How did it come together?
I initially planned it, but it transformed as I got going.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started when I was eight with beading and picked up different styles as I went. I taught myself how to solder in 2007.
Who introduced you to beading?
Do you have an artistic background?
I have a lot of crafting family members, but not formal teaching.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Searching around on the internet.
What other hobbies do you have?
I'm a massage therapist. I enjoy role playing, camping and general silliness.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I'm trying to make it a full-time career. It's exhausting having a full-time job and doing this at night and on weekends, but I love it.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have a website on etsy, facebook and ads in yellowbook. I attend Renaissance fairs, gaming fairs and other types of fairs.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Never give up, it takes time and patience but the reward at the end is priceless.
View all of Amber's designs in the Gallery of Designs.