Kriss Hays' Profile

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Being a computer geek for a commercial real estate company doesn't allow for much creativity or freedom of expression, so I had to find an outlet that would. Once upon a trip to Maui, while visiting a tropical park called the Garden of Eden, my sister-in-law and I stumbled upon a man creating brightly colored seed bead jewelry. He told us about his interest in beading and made it sound fun and enjoyable. We both bought a bracelet and later in the day I remember wondering whether it would be difficult to make a similar bracelet. My interest grew to amazement when I visited my first bead shop in the nearby town of Paia. After returning home, I began to notice bead shops and jewelry making magazines. An acquaintance who was a beader gave me the components for my first necklace and ..well, I was hooked!

Although I like to explore what others have done, I feel that all of my designs…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 25
  • Joined September 11, 2009

Favorite materials

Sterling Silver wire, Swarovski Crystals, Copper, Czech Glass, Pearls, Unicorn beads, Opals

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iKandiesJewelry
IKANDIES Unique Custom Jewelry

About

Being a computer geek for a commercial real estate company doesn't allow for much creativity or freedom of expression, so I had to find an outlet that would. Once upon a trip to Maui, while visiting a tropical park called the Garden of Eden, my sister-in-law and I stumbled upon a man creating brightly colored seed bead jewelry. He told us about his interest in beading and made it sound fun and enjoyable. We both bought a bracelet and later in the day I remember wondering whether it would be difficult to make a similar bracelet. My interest grew to amazement when I visited my first bead shop in the nearby town of Paia. After returning home, I began to notice bead shops and jewelry making magazines. An acquaintance who was a beader gave me the components for my first necklace and ..well, I was hooked!

Although I like to explore what others have done, I feel that all of my designs reflect a little bit of me, especially my love of travel. My travels have taken me all over the United States, parts of Europe, Japan and Australia. I make it a practice to check out local bead shops as I search for the unusual and different bead or finding. In many of these shops I've found a variety of jewelry components such as Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, Czech glass, lampwork glass, borosilicate glass, sterling silver, copper, antique bronze, and gunmetal. By combining these components I've developed eclectic designs ranging from simple bead stringing to bead weaving, metal working and mixed media, resulting in both contemporary and traditional works of art.

My friends and family received my first "creations". Although they were basic designs, everyone was impressed with my new found skills, and my enthusiasm for beading rubbed off. Soon several family members joined me and iKandies Unique Custom Jewelry was born!

We love to be creative, learn new skills and keep up with the latest trends. To that end, we've been taking classes at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee for the past 5 years and have attended classes at Bead Fest in Philadelphia and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Our instructors have included well known jewelry artists such as Lisa Niven Kelly, Kim St. Jean, Steven James and Annie Mitchell. We have taken advantage of modern technology by enrolling in Beaducation's online classes and have utilized many You Tube tutorials to assist us in our creative processes.

Please visit our blog: www.ikandiesjewels.blogspot.com

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