Vicki Woods

Copper Crystal
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Palm Desert, California

Describe your artistic style.
I am a free-form artist and I love to go with the flow of the beads and wire. When I add something to my designs, I stop and look and see if it looks good to me.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I love the colors, textures, shapes of beads. It sounds strange, but I let them talk to me and if it feels right, I do it.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I love working with wire. I have done numerous pieces with free form wire weaving. It fulfills my strong design capabilities.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Copper Crystal

What inspired this design?
I loved the color of the wire and the feel of it from Fire Mountain Gems.

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
It defined itself when I started working.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I only began making jewelry about 8 months ago.

Who introduced you to beading?
I live in Sun City Palm Desert, California where I joined an ongoing Jewelry Club. At first, I thought, there is no way I want to do that, it is too expensive. But then I found Fire Mountain Gems.

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, I have 40 years working as an artist. I have been a graphic artist, an illustrator, an art-director, a sculptor, a painter and now a jewelry designer. Designing with shapes and colors has always been my strong point. I have won many awards for my logo designs and my first painting award was in the fourth grade.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
Our Jewelry Club orders thousands of dollars from Fire Mountain Gems.

What other hobbies do you have?
I do ceramics, I love making free-form ceramic pendants. I also paint.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
Yes, the Sun City Palm Desert Jewelry Club.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I make jewelry pretty much full time. I have a bi-polar disorder and I find it keeps me from being depressed.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I do sell my Jewelry. We have two arts and crafts shows during the course of a year at Sun City. I have won twice at the local bead shop, Monica's Beads, bead challenge. First time I won third place, second time I won second place.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Take a lot of classes and join a lot of clubs. Enter as many contests as possible.You just never know what will happen.

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