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Contemporary Jewelry Design ❤ Vintage Inspired

Beading, jewelry, necklace  |  October 26th 2011  |  0 Comment

 dare to be unique

Random Facts About You?
My favorite place to vacation is Maui
Favorite tea? Earl Grey – what can I say, I’m English 🙂
My parents are my role models
I like the simple things in life

What got you started crafting?
I have always been creative. From the age of 15 I made all my own clothes and became really good at it – I was the envy of all my friends – I had new outfits all the time. 🙂 But my jewelry making started as I was walking home from shopping one Saturday afternoon and there was a bead show going on so being curious I stopped by. I bought myself some pearls, tools and a “How To” book and I’ve been hooked ever since.

What is your source of inspiration?
My source of inspiration can be many things – colors, the beach, a painting, flowers, nature, a piece of jewelry I see that I like but I can do something different with it – it’s just the idea – I NEVER copy other people’s work. Also, I very rarely sit down and design a piece – I just let colors, stones, beads and shapes inspire me and I just go with it – although sometimes what I envision doesn’t always turn out the way I thought it would. That’s just how the cookie crumbles! (as my dad would say).

What have you made recently?
The second photo above is one of my latest pieces. I purchased the silver/brass/turquoise/pearl pendant from a recent gem show so it was the starting piece to creating the necklace. I decided I wanted the completed piece to appeal to as many women as possible – what woman doesn’t love pearls – I think they bring sophistication to a piece. Then I added a sterling silver bead and turquoise stone to either side of the pendant so as to incorporate the center turquoise stone on the pendant. Then I added a 2″ extender so as to give the wearer the option of length.

Where do you sell your crafts presently?
My website; my Etsy store; family and friends

Why are handmade crafts important to you?
It is the result of skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing. One-of-a kind pieces. Custom pieces. Environmentally friendly. Uniqueness.

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