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JSmaz

Location

Oklahoma City, OK, United States

Quick Blurb

My name is Jeni Smathers, and I am a bead addict. Welcome to my obsession!

Interests

Beading, wirework, chainmaille, travel, reading, Beading Daily, collecting lampwork & specialty beads

Skills and Techniques

I enjoy loomwork as well as many off loom stitches. Peyote stitch and right angle weave are the two I use most often, but I do use others depending on the project and my mood. I do a small amount of wirework and chainmaille, and many strung designs. I'm always learning new techniques, and have more design ideas than I'll ever have time to make. I also do a bit of sewing, quilting and cross stitch from time to time.

Find me online @:

http://www.facebook.com/jenismaz http://www.twitter.com/jenismaz

Get to Know

I have been obsessed with beading for over 14 years. I enjoy the freedom and endless possibilities to create that beads offer me. I largely make one of a kind or limited run pieces, mainly because I have too many ideas to do more than one, and who wants to wear the same thing everyone else has anyway? I love work with people to make a special piece that they will cherish. I also love to give new life to broken and outdated jewelry. After a friend brought me several pieces to remake for her, I realized how much jewelry I had in my own jewelry box that was collecting dust and have begun to remake some of it. I have also raided the jewelry boxes of other friends and family members. If you have a special piece that needs some TLC, perhaps I'm just the person to help you with it. I have a "before & after" section in my web gallery if you'd like to see some examples. In my non-beading life (if it's possible to separate) I am wife to a wonderful husband of 17 years who is an absolute dear to put up with my beads creeping into every part of the house. We have a 4 year old son who keeps us on our toes. We have just recently moved back to the US after spending 6 years stationed in Belgium & Italy. It's been a wonderful opportunity to explore Europe and meet a host of new friends. My full time job is in banking.

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    My 'humble' beginnings as a bead artist. A friend taught me basic loomwork, and I promptly designed this jacket back piece for my husband. Made entirely on a $10 craft store bead loom with a pattern drawn on tiny graph paper, it took me about 6 months and the invention of a few new curse words to complete.

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    Fast forward a couple of years, and I have finally mastered peyote stitch and discovered the magic of Delica seed beads. This is my tribute to Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas". Zero the ghost dog is the flap, flying over the graveyard. Jack Skellington is on the back of the purse, and hubby found me a set of character charms to use in the fringe. The strap inclcudes the first lines in the opening song of the movie.

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    This is my very first contest entry. I won an honorable mention in the first Caravan Beads Miyuki Delica Challenge in 2007. I was intrigued by the color palette, since brown wasn't a color I used much up till then.

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    Supporting friend & fellow bead artist Scarlett Lanson of Beadwork magazine, I entered this piece in her first Use the Muse contest and won 3rd place. Check out www.thebeadersmuse.com to see all the fantastic entries from rounds 1 & 2!