Get to Know
My name is Sandi, also known as Yukiko and I am a bead addict! I started out by stringing love beads and macramÃ?Æ'Ã,Â© in the days of love, peace and Haight Ashbury. I have tried my hand at sculpting, painting and other crafts and have finally discovered what has become my passion, Jewelry. At the end of June 2009, one of my co-workers needed a special piece to match an outfit she made, so I offered to make something for her. She loved the necklace and earrings I made! Another lady wanted one for her daughter and the word got out that I was making jewelry that people actually wanted to wear and buy, I was hooked! I learned wire techniques fairly quickly, and then moved on to polymer clay, which allowed me to create my own sculpted beads. My husband challenged me to incorporate wire techniques with poly clay and I love the results. I have now included steampunk art to my repertoire. I love using clock gears and items I find to create something new and different. Who knows what will come next. Imagination is limitless! Creating miniature pieces of wearable art makes me happy. I feel like I have found what I am supposed to do in life and I love it.
The focal on this piece is a very old Kuchi Pendant. I combined it with copal, Nepalese Honey Amber beads, Baltic amber and blue sea coral. The Metal is Tibetan silver alloy.
I call this piece "Fireside", the warm colors remind me of the time of year when families and friends have alwys gathered around the fire to share thoughts and dreams. It is made od ancient and antique beads, and polymer clay beads (somehave North Carolina red dirt as a pigment) I made. From ancient to modern days we still gather fireside.
The pendant is an old piece of black jade, i combined it with raw citrine nuggets, that I wire wrapped, and wire beads and a matching chain that I made out of black annealed steal wire.
I love bone and gemstone faces. This face is carved out of bovine bone and set in sterling silver with peridot and blue quartz. I made a braded neclace of fresh water pearls ad Czech Fire polished crystal beads.