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I started creating artistic jewelry as a business in 1991 (or something like that!). Before that, I actually designed and made some beautiful copper and bronze jewelry in metal shop class in the 10th grade, but I wasn’t thinking about becoming a jewelry artist at that time. (I really wish I could show those jewelry pieces, but they were lost a long time ago…)

My taste has changed since that time. To be able to suspend really smooth rocks in wire from leather cord necklaces is really fascinating. Hmmm, I haven’t done that in a really long time. No matter! I’m always evolving, so it could happen again!

In my constant evolution, I also love to create lots of originals with no duplicates. It keeps my mind sharp and I never get bored.

I like to sometimes make my jewelry look more complica…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 19
  • Joined January 24, 2007

Favorite materials

rocks, wood, leather, glass, semiprecious stones, pearls, wire, shells, metal chain, metal beads, geode slices, tumbled stones

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About

I started creating artistic jewelry as a business in 1991 (or something like that!). Before that, I actually designed and made some beautiful copper and bronze jewelry in metal shop class in the 10th grade, but I wasn’t thinking about becoming a jewelry artist at that time. (I really wish I could show those jewelry pieces, but they were lost a long time ago…)

My taste has changed since that time. To be able to suspend really smooth rocks in wire from leather cord necklaces is really fascinating. Hmmm, I haven’t done that in a really long time. No matter! I’m always evolving, so it could happen again!

In my constant evolution, I also love to create lots of originals with no duplicates. It keeps my mind sharp and I never get bored.

I like to sometimes make my jewelry look more complicated to make than it really is (I have a fascination with puzzles and problem-solving). But I really like to keep things simple, so I start with eye-catching beads and then use wire, cord, and spacer/support beads as accessories.

I decided to design and make jewelry after many years of sewing for other people. Designing and making clothes takes SO much longer than designing and making jewelry! I will probably get back into sewing again one day, but I think I will always enjoy creating jewelry more than I enjoy sewing.

I’m glad that I found Etsy.com because I get to display my jewelry alongside some other very cool artists with great stuff. It’s inspiring and very energizing!

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