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Wow, where should I begin! I'm Joanne for those that don't know. Well, I was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I have always been into art. My first love was colored pencils and my second would have to be poetry. I am a self taught artist. My main focus at this time is Jewelry Design. I also draw, paint, write poetry, sew and well the list could go on!

I've been an artist my whole life. I guess you could say it's in my blood. My mother has pictures framed that I did in the 8th and 9th grades! I made my first piece of jewelry when I was about 7 years old or so. I would say that I've been making and selling jewelry for well over 10 years. PurpleLily Designs is my attempt to…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 17
  • Joined June 14, 2007

Favorite materials

glass, semiprecious stones, and wire

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About

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Wow, where should I begin! I'm Joanne for those that don't know. Well, I was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I have always been into art. My first love was colored pencils and my second would have to be poetry. I am a self taught artist. My main focus at this time is Jewelry Design. I also draw, paint, write poetry, sew and well the list could go on!

I've been an artist my whole life. I guess you could say it's in my blood. My mother has pictures framed that I did in the 8th and 9th grades! I made my first piece of jewelry when I was about 7 years old or so. I would say that I've been making and selling jewelry for well over 10 years. PurpleLily Designs is my attempt to professionally show that this work is true "craftsmanship" not just "crafts or costume".

Now not to take all the "lime light". I do have a partner in crime (not literally, of course, lol) Angel is my co-designer and just happens to be the love of my life! He was born in New Jersey and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is a baby to the world of jewelry with only 2 or so years of experience under his belt. But don't let the 2 years fool you, he is a great teacher and all his students walk away with a finished product that they are proud of. PurpleLily Designs is lucky to have him.

Though I hate to admit it (it goes to his head, hehehe) He is a Master wire sculptor in my book. Some of his beginning work has gotten us into Art Jewelry Magazine and Step by Step Wire Magazine. We do our best work together and these pieces really show it. And to think all I did was tell him that I didn't believe he couldn't do it. Well, he showed me!! His third project was a ring and was sold for about $80 and the customer raves about the ring every time we see her!



About Lampworking:



In the early 15th century, artisans used a method of melting glass over an oil lamp to form beads, today, artisans use gas torches rather than oil lamps for the flame but the basic methods have stayed the same. Narrow rods of glass are softened at temperatures of up to 1700 degrees and wrapped around a mandrel, a thin length of stainless steel. The space occupied by the mandrel becomes the hole through the bead. Heat, gravity and a variety of tools are used to shape the bead which is then carefully decorated. Glass shrinks as it cools. The best way to cool beads is in a kiln, where temperatures can be closely regulated. This process is called annealing. "Soaking" the beads to make sure that all glass within them is the same temperature, then slowly stepping down the heat to bring them to room temperature. All glass beads offered for sale should be kiln annealed. Be sure the beads you use are kiln annealed, if you’re not sure, ask.





About Polymer Clay:



In Germany, in the late 1930s, an enterprising woman named Fifi Rehbinder developed and marketed a clay product, which she called Fifi Mosaik, to use for doll heads. In 1964 she sold the formula to Eberhard Faber who developed it into the Fimo we know today. In those early days the clay was used for dolls, modelling and miniatures for doll houses. Since then, several versions of this clay have been engineered by various companies.

Polymer Clay is a modeling material, easy to handle and available in several colors, that consists of PVC and plasticizer. It is easy to create and work pieces in 3D. You do not have the restrictions as with ordinary clay. It can be hardened in a kitchen oven, max. 130 degrees C or 265 degrees F (approx. 30 minutes). It can also be hardened several times, allowing you to add things. Polymer clay is for all ages and so much fun to work with!





About the Wire:

Wire Jewelry has been around for centuries. It's amazing to see a piece of jewelry hold up the test of time with nothing but tension and wrapping. There is no solder used in traditional wire wrapping.

There are many size gauges of wire. Most of the work we do is out of 26g to 10g. The wire comes in many shapes as well. We focus on half round, round and square. Our jewelry is done with Copper, 14K yellow, white and rose Gold-filled, Sterling Silver and Solid Gold.

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