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Three generations of artisans crafting beaded and wire wrapped jewelry.

Individually handcrafted pieces, each presentation showcasing a unique combination of wire, gemstones, and a variety of beads, vintage hardware and found objects from around the world.

Inspiration drawn from the natural beauty surrounding us every day.

We are The FamiLee Jewels.

Three Generations
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Ella is the matriarch of our group. She brings more than 50 years of artistic experience to the art of jewelry making. Ella travels frequently and brings home beads and construction ideas from around the United States. Her favorite stone is turquoise; you will see it showcased in many of her creations…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 29
  • Joined February 11, 2007

Favorite materials

agate, amber, found objects, brass, copper, sea glass, jasper, pearls, quartz, silver, hardwoods, hardware, recycled hardware

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About

Three generations of artisans crafting beaded and wire wrapped jewelry.

Individually handcrafted pieces, each presentation showcasing a unique combination of wire, gemstones, and a variety of beads, vintage hardware and found objects from around the world.

Inspiration drawn from the natural beauty surrounding us every day.

We are The FamiLee Jewels.

Three Generations
side-by-side-by-side

Ella is the matriarch of our group. She brings more than 50 years of artistic experience to the art of jewelry making. Ella travels frequently and brings home beads and construction ideas from around the United States. Her favorite stone is turquoise; you will see it showcased in many of her creations.

Bonnie, Fred, and Nancy represent the sandwich generation.
Bonnie is a painter and decorative artist. She has discovered a new outlet for her talent in the art of wire sculpture, and an excuse for one of her favorite pastimes bargain shopping at antique stores, salvage yards and garage sales. Combining wire, gemstones, found and recycled objects with antique and vintage hardware Bonnie sculpts a setting and then fashions a necklace to complete the picture.
Bonnies favorite teachers and those whose work inspires her are Preston Reuther, Connie Fox, Sharilyn Miller, and Dylon White.

Fred is a talented woodworker. While recuperating from a serious illness, he discovered that he enjoyed making smaller pieces on his wood lathe. Fred's pens, wine bottle stoppers, corkscrews, and coffee scoops are crafted from a variety of hardwoods. Two of his
pieces received Blue Ribbon recognition at the 2006 Saratoga County Fair, and one of those ranked as Best in Show.

At just twenty-nine, Becky is the energetic GenNEXTer. She uses beads and gemstones to create original pieces, but has also found a niche in recreating classic jewelry pieces from photographs and descriptive sketches. Many younger people gravitate to Becky's work -- particularly those pieces designed around chunkier stones and dramatic pendants.

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