What inspired this design? I wanted to play with color and see if I could make designs with jumprings like it is done with seed beads.
How did it come together? I planned out the rose on a grid. It looked a little different than I imagined because of the overlapping nature of the wire, but I liked how the colors blended together. Knitting the pieces together to make a three-dimensional purse was hard and I had to try several methods before I found one that worked.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I went to a medieval history interest meeting with my husband and the ''chain mail guy'' happened to be there. He taught us to make bracelets and I was hooked.
Who introduced you to beading? My friend Barb--I was practicing the big chain mail bracelets and she asked if I could ''do it in tiny'' and brought out some 5mm jumprings. I made her a bracelet and she showed me the Fire Mountain Gems catalog and I got my own supplies.
Do you have an artistic background? My family is artistic--my mother painted and two cousins are professional artists.
What other hobbies do you have? I like writing fiction, horseback riding and bird watching.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? I like making pretty things. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and makes me happy.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? Right now I do it for fun--I've only sold a few pieces to friends. I think about trying to sell more in the future.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Make pieces that give you joy, don't try to figure out what someone else would like. If it comes from your heart, it will shine through.