Irina Wilson

Irina Wilson

Bead Caps Bracelet

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' 2010 Jewelry-Making Contest Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Category

Gold Medal Prize Winner

Category: Bracelet

Irina Wilson


Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Crystal

Grand Prize Gold Medal Winner

Category: Necklace

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Salida, California

Describe your artistic style.
I enjoy many different styles of jewelry-making, but mostly embroidery with seed beads, stones and crystal. I also use in my work sterling silver, gold-filled materials, freshwater pearls and Czech Beads.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I wouldn't tell anything can inspire me for jewelry-making. Ideas for my designs come into my mind all the time by themselves. Sometimes it looks like jewelry makes itself and just uses me for making it.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Bead Caps Bracelet

What inspired this design?
Design for the bead caps bracelet I am submitting I made by chance. Choosing bead caps for another piece, I took two different types and put them together. Then I thought they look pretty together and can be a bracelet.

Share Your Background

Do you have an artistic background?
Everybody in my family enjoys needlework as a hobby. I was 4 when I first starting knitting. All my life I enjoy making something with my hands--knitting, crochet, fabric burning, jewelry-making. I am a fashion designer by occupation.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
When I saw the first beaded jewelry about one year ago, I thought, I can try to make it for fun. I discovered Fire Mountain Gems and Beads writing with people in a forum on the internet.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I have my jewelry in a display case at a store in a mall by my name. But I still consider jewelry-making a hobby. I just make jewelry the way I like to.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
If it is your dream or passion to make beaded jewelry--follow your dream!

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