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I simply can't help but create.

As a jewelry maker and a jewelry lover, I have always been fascinated by glass beads. A few years ago I took a bead making class and fell in love with the torch! Within 6 months I had purchased a kiln and upgraded my torch. Then I started playing with fused glass.

I later realized that the Precious Metal Clay (PMC) I had been working with for several years was better controlled when I fired it in the kiln, and that it worked beautifully with my glass pendants and cabochons, so they got intermingled also.

I have been an artisan and craftsperson all of my life…my wonderful parents always encouraged my art, but didn't know anything about how to make money at it, so they directed me into professions that they knew would help support me…

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  • Joined September 21, 2009

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glass, wire, pmc fine silver, shell, pearls, copper, brass, sterling silver, semi precious gemstones

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About

I simply can't help but create.

As a jewelry maker and a jewelry lover, I have always been fascinated by glass beads. A few years ago I took a bead making class and fell in love with the torch! Within 6 months I had purchased a kiln and upgraded my torch. Then I started playing with fused glass.

I later realized that the Precious Metal Clay (PMC) I had been working with for several years was better controlled when I fired it in the kiln, and that it worked beautifully with my glass pendants and cabochons, so they got intermingled also.

I have been an artisan and craftsperson all of my life…my wonderful parents always encouraged my art, but didn't know anything about how to make money at it, so they directed me into professions that they knew would help support me.

Somewhere after the grandson was born I married the man I had been looking for all of my life, and we moved up to the Northern California Redwoods. This a beautiful place where the redwoods meet the ocean, and is a constant source of inspiration and peace.

I have always loved jewelry and have dabbled in it since the late 1960's when "hippy beads" were all the rage.

My dad was a lapidary in his later years, and taught me a little about fabricating sterling silver settings. He also created a scrimshaw set-up for me (scribed ivory, ivory nut or bone). I loved it, but had to give it up because all the years of typing (in the jobs that supported me and my daughter) caused some minor carpal tunnel problems with numbness. That's also the reason I don't hand quilt any more.

Then, several years ago I started playing with Precious Metal Clay - and began creating beautiful silver jewelry for myself and my friends.

OK, I loved making jewelry, but wanted to have access to the colors and designs that *I* wanted. So, a couple of years ago I started thinking seriously about glass beadmaking and began to look for classes in my area.

Luckily, I found a lampworking teacher and learned about hot glass! I set up a small studio alongside the fabric dying area, and have been playing ever since.

Over the past few years I have focused more on fused glass - mostly because we need to upgrade the ventilation in my studio to accommodate the propane/oxygen mix that my torch uses.

I also enjoy wire-wrapping my pieces, and find that most of my customers prefer very simple wraps.

I currently work for myself, providing internet, business and career coaching; hand-dying fabrics and making beautiful jewelry.

Please note: it is impossible to portray the colors with 100% accuracy due to the differences in monitors and the lighting when the digital pictures were taken.

Glass is particularly difficult to show since it is difficult to light without reflection. Dichroic glass has the particular qualities of transmitting one color and reflecting a different color. All of this makes photographic accuracy almost impossible.

All items are from a smokefree and petfree studio overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the far Northern California Redwood Coast.

See my textile and painted items at http://magicaldesign.etsy.com

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