Beth Beck's Profile

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I learned art and design in college, but it was jewelry making that held my interest. I could never get the jewelry making classes I wanted. They were always full and I was always left wondering how I could make jewelry like the pieces I saw in the classrooms. So much time went by before I could truly apply myself to what I wanted to do. Finally, at the age of thirty, I began to research how to make silver jewelry by hand (despite the fact that I hated to read). Each time my husband went to the bookstore, I visited the craft section to see what new jewelry book I could buy. On a limited budget, I slowly began to buy the tools needed until I was up and running. In 2003, I began to sale my jewelry at craft shows. They were a success. One of the things I always took pride in, and still do today, is that I do not use molds. Each piece is individually hand made using metalsmith techniques by annealing, bending, and/or soldering silver…

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  • Joined October 14, 2011

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Argentium silver, sterling silver, copper, cabochon jewelry, red lace agate, turquoise, jasper, black onyx, denim lapis, pearl, rose quartz, and more

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About

I learned art and design in college, but it was jewelry making that held my interest. I could never get the jewelry making classes I wanted. They were always full and I was always left wondering how I could make jewelry like the pieces I saw in the classrooms. So much time went by before I could truly apply myself to what I wanted to do. Finally, at the age of thirty, I began to research how to make silver jewelry by hand (despite the fact that I hated to read). Each time my husband went to the bookstore, I visited the craft section to see what new jewelry book I could buy. On a limited budget, I slowly began to buy the tools needed until I was up and running. In 2003, I began to sale my jewelry at craft shows. They were a success. One of the things I always took pride in, and still do today, is that I do not use molds. Each piece is individually hand made using metalsmith techniques by annealing, bending, and/or soldering silver. Sometimes I will make pieces using cold connections (no soldering). Each beaded necklace is also handmade with care. I use natural gemstones with little or no treatment (unlike most founds in stores today), but on rare occasion, I will make an exception when I see a truly unique stone. If I use dyed materials, I will let you know. I also like to create with copper and none of the metals I used are supposed to contain nickel or cadmium. I also love to make necklace clasps and other findings for jewelry makers. I sometimes go for the unique when creating copper and silver clasps. Each jewelry piece or finding is special because of the time it took to make them.

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