Elizabeth Schechter's Profile

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I've always had a preoccupation with jewelry. Ever since I was very small, the contents of my mother's jewelry box fascinated me. I loved looking at the stones and beads and the different metals, so I suppose that it surprised no one when I began to make my own jewelry. I started small, with earrings – quirky little things made from beads and feathers. And no one was more surprised than I was when people started asking to buy them! So, I started making more jewelry and selling it - first at local science-fiction convention art shows, and then in the dealers rooms of those same conventions.

Everything really came together for me when I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate for a class at a local jewelry supply shop. The class that I attended was on wire-work jewelry, and that was when everything fell into place; I was hooked. I started playing with wire, experiments to see what I could do…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 10
  • Joined August 12, 2007

About

I've always had a preoccupation with jewelry. Ever since I was very small, the contents of my mother's jewelry box fascinated me. I loved looking at the stones and beads and the different metals, so I suppose that it surprised no one when I began to make my own jewelry. I started small, with earrings – quirky little things made from beads and feathers. And no one was more surprised than I was when people started asking to buy them! So, I started making more jewelry and selling it - first at local science-fiction convention art shows, and then in the dealers rooms of those same conventions.

Everything really came together for me when I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate for a class at a local jewelry supply shop. The class that I attended was on wire-work jewelry, and that was when everything fell into place; I was hooked. I started playing with wire, experiments to see what I could do with it. Then, after a chance comment from a customer, I started researching jewelry forms and the history of jewelry, and incorporating that research into my work. In 2000, I started more formal bench training, taking classes for a Jewelry Design Certificate at the Jewelry Center at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

It was at MICA that I took my first class in Jewelry rendering, with the incomparable Shana Kroiz. That one class led, in a roundabout way, to my work with Mystic Station Designs. When I took my portfolio to a convention to show someone, one of the owners of MSD asked to see it, and offered me a deal on the spot. Now, in addition to actually making jewelry, I also design fantastic jewelry, armor and magical objects for use in role playing game supplements.

Much of my work is unique, because I mostly work in the “what will happen if I do this?” school of thought. Some of these experiments actually work; most do not. I am actually my own worst critic; I will not offer something for sale that I am not completely satisfied with. And as a long time jewelry lover bordering on jewelry snob, I have very high standards.

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