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I have lived in the Kansas City, MO area most of my life, although I have traveled all over the US and parts of Canada and Mexico. My creative instinct was inherited from my mother. I have always loved art, crafting and jewelry so it was a dream of mine to be able to make jewelry, especially sterling silver jewelry.

I starting beading on a loom when I was about 15 and made beaded jewelry for myself and occasionally for my friends and family.

About 30 years ago a friend took me to a bead shop he thought I would like. The owner was a wonderful lady who became a cherished friend and mentor as she started teaching me basic techniques with wire. She gave me my first pair of jewelry pliers, which were rosary pliers, and I was immediately addicted to working with wire. I started selling my beaded jewelry and…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 17
  • Joined December 18, 2007

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SterlingSilver, Argentium, gemstones, glass, shell, crystal, ceramic, antiques, vintage and found objects

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I have lived in the Kansas City, MO area most of my life, although I have traveled all over the US and parts of Canada and Mexico. My creative instinct was inherited from my mother. I have always loved art, crafting and jewelry so it was a dream of mine to be able to make jewelry, especially sterling silver jewelry.

I starting beading on a loom when I was about 15 and made beaded jewelry for myself and occasionally for my friends and family.

About 30 years ago a friend took me to a bead shop he thought I would like. The owner was a wonderful lady who became a cherished friend and mentor as she started teaching me basic techniques with wire. She gave me my first pair of jewelry pliers, which were rosary pliers, and I was immediately addicted to working with wire. I started selling my beaded jewelry and wire jewelry and continued to learn from magazines, other wire artists, trial and error and lots of practice. I thought about designing and making jewelry all the time. I couldn't seem to shut my brain off.

My decision to give up my 9 to 5 career was a leap of faith that I have never regretted. Being self-employed was a lot of work but it meant that I could be home when my children came home from school and I could be more involved in everything they did. I became a partner in an artist's coop store and then started my own store, Altered Karma, in Kansas City, MO. Being a single mother had already taught me how to take what I had and turn it into what I needed. I made my own store displays and mannequins, dressed my own window and found second hand fixtures. I filled it with my jewelry, clothing imported from India and Guatemala and the work of other area artists.

I learned silversmithing from native American artist, Terry Whetstone, and he taught me all I needed to know to start making soldered silver jewelry.

Since then, I have continued to make wire wrapped and wire sculpted jewelry, which was my first love, using gemstones, beads made from many materials and found objects. I also continue to make soldered sterling silver jewelry striving to always learn from my mistakes and let my successes inspire and motivate me. I love nature so most of my work is either inspired by nature, includes natural elements or bears some likeness to nature. I also love music, history, literature, fantasy, architecture and fashion and the inspiration and direction they provide. I love collecting objects from the past and incorporating them into my art.

Over the years I have participated in the Kansas City Women In Business Convention as a featured speaker, taught wire jewelry making classes and my jewelry has been featured in various magazines, including The Star Magazine and The Creative Home Arts Magazine. My work and my store have been featured in The Kansas City Star newspaper several times over the years.

My jewelry has been sold in various retail stores and galleries, but my current focus is devoted to my Etsy shop, SilverTrove, which allows me to communicate directly with my customers. That one-on-one communication allows me to create personalized jewelry that we will both be proud of.

I hope you enjoy visiting SilverTrove and love what you find here. Come in, sit down, have a cup of tea and look around. Don't be surprised if you catch a glimpse of some magical creature or hear the flutter of tiny fairy wings. Can I help you fill up your own SilverTrove? Let your imagination be your guide! ;b

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