Melissa Schmidt's Profile

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I am a self-taught jewelry artist who first got started a few years ago as I discovered a new and inspiring outlet for my own creativity using beads. I have always admired handmade sterling silver jewelry, especially pieces that included natural materials and gemstones. This interest seemed to pair well with my love of nature, color, stones, creatures, and flora of all kinds. Since then, I have explored wire-wrapping, resin, and altered art work, and especially love creating pieces with found "treasures" and imagery. I seem to have an ever increasing treasury of beads, glass and pottery scraps, rocks, shells, fossils, pressed flowers, and ephemera, to work with. My son is quickly becoming my cohort in “collecting” crime (now, if only we could find a use for his stick collection).
A long-time lover of photography, I have just now begun sharing some of my own images through various photo gifts and stationary. It has become a…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 8
  • Joined May 27, 2008

Favorite materials

Gemstones, sterling silver, artglass of all kinds, pewter, Czech glass, paua shell, symbols and shapes inspired by nature, found treasures, altered art, resin

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About

I am a self-taught jewelry artist who first got started a few years ago as I discovered a new and inspiring outlet for my own creativity using beads. I have always admired handmade sterling silver jewelry, especially pieces that included natural materials and gemstones. This interest seemed to pair well with my love of nature, color, stones, creatures, and flora of all kinds. Since then, I have explored wire-wrapping, resin, and altered art work, and especially love creating pieces with found "treasures" and imagery. I seem to have an ever increasing treasury of beads, glass and pottery scraps, rocks, shells, fossils, pressed flowers, and ephemera, to work with. My son is quickly becoming my cohort in “collecting” crime (now, if only we could find a use for his stick collection).
A long-time lover of photography, I have just now begun sharing some of my own images through various photo gifts and stationary. It has become a rewarding way to share the natural world I am privileged to find myself often immersed in.
There is constant inspiration to be found in my surroundings, and in those (animal, plant, mineral, alike) who inhabit them with me. Along with the beautiful scenery and plentiful wildlife, I live here with my wonderful family: a husband, a son, a cat, a big dog, and a recently adopted six-toed kitten, and am truly blessed to have extended family near who have only helped to further cultivate my love of the Flint Hills.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by---be sure to convo me with questions, ideas, or requests for custom pieces!

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