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I enjoy designing and making beaded and wire-worked jewelry plus glass creations. This creative outlet (addiction?) keeps me sane and balanced along with the demands of motherhood and my career as a scientist and educator (did I mention it keeps me from eating too much chocolate?). I am a serious introvert, so spending time in my glass and bead studio (sounds better than a couple of rooms in the basement) recharges me.

I started making simple jewelry as a child but didn't make any for years while I was in college and starting a career. I came back to making jewelry because I wanted all my pieces to match my outfits and each other, but couldn't find what I wanted in stores. That is when I found out I needed such a creative release and that I loved beading.

I only started selling jewelry locally ten or so years ago and have many repeat…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 26
  • Joined January 18, 2012

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glass, beads, wire, copper, silver, gold, gemstones, pearls, rocks, shell, fabric, yarn, chocolate

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About

I enjoy designing and making beaded and wire-worked jewelry plus glass creations. This creative outlet (addiction?) keeps me sane and balanced along with the demands of motherhood and my career as a scientist and educator (did I mention it keeps me from eating too much chocolate?). I am a serious introvert, so spending time in my glass and bead studio (sounds better than a couple of rooms in the basement) recharges me.

I started making simple jewelry as a child but didn't make any for years while I was in college and starting a career. I came back to making jewelry because I wanted all my pieces to match my outfits and each other, but couldn't find what I wanted in stores. That is when I found out I needed such a creative release and that I loved beading.

I only started selling jewelry locally ten or so years ago and have many repeat buyers (thank you!). I love the look and feel of different kinds of beads and cabs and I get pleasure from learning new techniques to incorporate those little treasures (oh, and collecting them). Inspiration comes from many venues, such as nature, art, science, and the materials themselves. I never lack for ideas, just time!

I find dichroic glass to be incredibly cool and wanted to have custom dichroic glass pendants to use in my jewelry. So, I bought a kiln and learned how to fuse glass 5-6 years ago. Now I have a whole room of glass (I collect it, too) and the equipment and supplies (and after much practice the knowledge) to make unique, high quality pieces. Glass is a complicated and challenging medium that is great fun to play with (and sometimes very frustrating). I get excited every time I open the kiln to see just what has been made of those small pieces of glass that I put in. I am now starting to make lampworked glass beads as well; these will start appearing in my jewelry when I have the time and skills to make them meet my high standards.

You can find my glass pieces to use to make your own jewelry (or have me make you a custom jewelry piece) in my Etsy glass shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/ClassyGlassShop

You can also find my dichroic cabs in two Maine bead stores (Beads on the Kennebec and The Beadin Path) and in exquisite wire-wrapped creations by Mig Lemire (Etsy shop chermigyll).

If it matters to you, all items in my shop are made in a smoke-free, pet-free environment.

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