Seller Spotlight: The Singing Beader

Hi, my name is Connie Morilak!

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I caught on to jewelry making very quickly and it became as addicting as singing and making vocal recordings.

I named my handmade jewelry business “The Singing Beader” because I have two passions, one is singing and the other is making jewelry.  I started singing karaoke in 1996 and jewelry making in 2009 after my husband’s cousin visited us in April with her gigantic beading tote.  She was so excited to show me her new hobby!  She wanted to share her joy by teaching me how to make my own beaded necklace.  I caught on to jewelry making very quickly and it became as addicting as singing and making vocal recordings.  By June, I was selling online.

Connie sitting on her working desk.

Connie sitting on her working desk.

I am a self­-represented artisan, which means no one else works for me.  I have an administrative assistant background, so using the computer, working with ArtFire’s website, and keeping my own business records, came fairly easy to me.  Photographing my jewelry is the most challenging but I have improved a lot since 2009.  Over the years, I have often been asked if I sing when I’m making jewelry.  The answer is no because I like it very quiet when I’m working.  That way, I can fully concentrate and enjoy what I’m creating.  If you would like to hear me sing, my ArtFire bio lists the singing websites I participate on.

Over the years, I have often been asked if I sing when I’m making jewelry.

When I started making jewelry, I knew very little about gemstones.  Sure, I had heard of some gemstones like turquoise and amethyst, but didn’t know what other gemstones like amazonite or sodalite were.  I was inspired by the colors and textures of the gemstones as well as their meanings.  It seems that the gemstones I’m attracted to the most have meanings that coincide with my personality.  I will often write the meaning in the description of the item I’m selling.

Chunky Olive Green Unakite and Red Jasper Gemstone Necklace by The Singing Beader

After making mostly beaded jewelry the first two years of selling, I decided to construct music themed jewelry.  I have no idea why it took me so long to decide to do this.  With the name, “The Singing Beader,” it only made sense.  I finally had “tuned” into my niche.  I started by offering microphone charm earrings and necklaces, and continued to make more jewelry and accessories with the mic charms.  The microphone pieces are popular with karaoke enthusiasts.  I also construct other musical instrument charm jewelry in both sterling silver and gold plating.  The sterling silver bass drum necklace sells well.  It is also my most pinned item on Pinterest.

Brass Drum Sterling Silver Necklace by The Singing Beader

One of the most exciting things that happened to me as a handmade jewelry seller is being contacted by an author.  The author asked if they could use the photo of my sterling silver cello necklace for the cover of a book they were publishing.  I was thrilled!  Not only did I get a complimentary copy of the book with a written acknowledgment, but “The Singing Beader” was also mentioned in the story.  The book, “A Second Chance..At First Love,” by Ms Emeline Piaget, is for sale on Amazon.com.

                          

I have to tell you about the desk in the photo.  I use it to hold all my jewelry findings and beads.  The desk has been in my family for as long as I can remember.  I have seen it in black & white photos and in the old silent home movies, as far back as 1950.  The wood finish is very worn and the double drawer is stuck closed, but the desk has its original glass top.  It is so convenient to work at the desk and find what I need quickly.  On top of the desk is an old wood toolbox that my dad made.  I use it to hang my jewelry making tools at the top handle and store larger items inside.  My dad was also very good at working with his hands; he was a wood pattern maker.  He passed away long before my singing and beading endeavors, but I think he would have been fascinated with both.

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The desk has been in my family for as long as I can remember.

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On top of the desk is an old wood toolbox that my dad made.  I use it to hang my jewelry making tools at the top handle and store larger items inside.

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I also sell some of my handmade jewelry at a local hair salon where I get my hair cut.  Looking back through the years, I’ve sold quite a lot there, mostly earrings.  I recommend that if you sell handmade jewelry, you check your local hair salons, especially if you are a regular client.  Ask if you can display a few items.  They just might say yes!

Antiqued Brass Violin Earrings

Antiqued Brass Violin Earrings

Disclaimer: Seller Spotlights are hand selected by the ArtFire Staff and contacted personally.  We ask sellers to tell us a bit more about themselves and their business through their own eyes.

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