Greta Gene Mims Vodanovich

Crystal Fall's
2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Slidell, Louisiana

Describe your artistic style.
I like to do a variety of different styles.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Anything and everything around me.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Crystal beads, pearls, sterling silver and seed beads

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Crystal Fall's

What inspired this design?
I already made one out of rose quartz cubes and seed beads. Why not crystal cubes and pearls?

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I've always liked pyramids, so I thought it would look great upside-down. I always love the embroidered look, and you can't go wrong with black and white.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
In 2004. I was just getting started when Hurricane Katrina hit us in 2005, destroying the inside of my home. I lost everything. I had to start all over again.

Who introduced you to beading?
Books. I love to learn.

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, I am a hairdresser. I do hair replacement (go to to see what I do).

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?

What other hobbies do you have?
Gardening, sewing and sports

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It was a hobby, but it has become a full-time job. So you can say I have two full-time jobs.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I made a book to show my work. They pick out what they like, or ask me to make it for them. I have also done two weddings.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
I think every idea is very important. I like to start it on string. If it looks great, then I go to wire so I do not waste my materials.

Greta's piece, Crystal Fall's, was selected as a finalist in the 2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads beading contest. Zoom in for an up-close view in the Gallery of Designs.