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I am a retired stay-at-home mom. I started making jewelry in 1994. I have had two wonderfully creative people help me develop as a jewelry maker. I studied under the guidance of Lynne Merchant in San Diego for 6 six years. Lynne is a true master in silver wire jewelry. Her enthusiasm and encouragement help me discover my passion for creating jewelry. I discovered Sally Jean Alexander in 1999 through her website. I loved all of her soldered charms and whimsical & creative writings. Sally is truly the master in soldering. When she finally decided to teach, I signed up for her first class and was hooked on soldering…I have taken many classes since.
I sold my creations in San Diego for several years then with the emptying of my nest at home, with my youngest going off to college…I wanted to explore other artistic areas. I discovered photography, Photoshop and video making. I have experimented with these mediums in the…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 30
  • Joined November 28, 2007

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sterling silver wire, soldering, pearls, rhinstones, semi precious stones, vintage charms, rosaries, religious medals, German dolls, frozen charlottes

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I am a retired stay-at-home mom. I started making jewelry in 1994. I have had two wonderfully creative people help me develop as a jewelry maker. I studied under the guidance of Lynne Merchant in San Diego for 6 six years. Lynne is a true master in silver wire jewelry. Her enthusiasm and encouragement help me discover my passion for creating jewelry. I discovered Sally Jean Alexander in 1999 through her website. I loved all of her soldered charms and whimsical & creative writings. Sally is truly the master in soldering. When she finally decided to teach, I signed up for her first class and was hooked on soldering…I have taken many classes since.
I sold my creations in San Diego for several years then with the emptying of my nest at home, with my youngest going off to college…I wanted to explore other artistic areas. I discovered photography, Photoshop and video making. I have experimented with these mediums in the last couple of years but it was the lured of jewelry making that kept calling me.
The last two years, I have hunted for interesting treasured pieces…old pearls, antique rhinestones, vintage charms, precious religious pieces, old German dolls-little charlottes unearth from their hiding places in the ground. I have a vision of creating “inspired relics” from all of these pieces…mixing them with the new sterling silver wire and silver soldered pieces and starting a new line of jewelry.
I love traveling with my husband and seeing friends…exploring flea markets, vide greniers, antique fairs and thrift stores…any place that will hold old treasures.
Read more about my adventures at my blog: www.kaionegal.typepad.com

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