Red Lion, PA, United States
Mom of 2 girls, avid bead collector and jewelry designer of unique wearable works of art.
Gardening, bowling, crafting, making jewelry, my children, karaoke and online gaming.
Skills and Techniques
I have 12 years worth of Customer Service experience which I have incorporated into my business. I am constantly trying out new designs to fit anyone's budget. I am very interested in doing custom pieces.
Get to Know
My fascination with beads and baubles started in January of 2010. Since then, I have been on a bead buying craze!
While my main focus is creating one-of-a-kind pieces, I also have a passion for creating Awareness jewelry to honor my oldest daughter. She has Down syndrome and Autism. I make Awareness earrings and bracelets to celebrate both Down syndrome and Autism.
Other causes I make Awareness jewelry for is Breast cancer and Military/Troop support. $5.00 of each pair of earrings sold will be given to my local Special Olympics chapter.
Not too long ago, I ventured into my basement and thought that I could turn a small part of it into my jewelry studio. As you can see from the pictures below, I have plenty of space for creativity (and more beads of course!). I love spending time in my studio, even if it's just to re-organize my beads and not really design or create anything new. It really is one of my favorite places in the house.
When I start to design a piece of jewelry, first I think about what color or colors I would like to work with. Then I start selecting the beads, stones and findings in those colors. Slowly, I look through and see what jumps out at me. There is no time limit on how long it takes me to go through this process, but typically it's usually about one or two hours. If I don't get that certain "feel" for a bead, I won't use it.
By the time I am ready to start putting things together, I have the colors narrowed down to just a few and then the creativity begins. Depending on what I'm in the mood to make, I will either start with a focal piece and work out from there or I will start with the smallest pieces.
Typically if I am making a pair of earrings, I keep the beads small. I am learning how to wire wrap, although I don't think it's really my forte`. But don't be surprised if you see something in my collection with wire wrapping.
Recently I learned how to make Dichroic glass. It was fascinating and fun! I got to make about 12 dichroic glass beads. I haven't yet figured out how I want to incorporate them into a design, but you'll know when I do!
Thanks for reading my bio :) I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!