Ileana Bonilla's Profile

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ABOUT ME
Hello, my name is Ileana. I've been making jewelry for about 15 years now, and truly love it. It came about in a very unexpected way. My friend asked me if I'd take some beads off her hands. I'd never made jewelry before, but I suppose with my mom being a dressmaker, maybe the creative spirit was in me. Now making jewelry is a part of me, and I know I'll be doing it my whole life. My friends will tell you, I even love just looking at beads, and have drawings of designs fluttering about in my work space, bedroom, purse...anywhere, really.

MY CREATIVE OUTLOOK
I love it when things are simple. But complications make life interesting! Variety really is the spice of life, and I also feel this way about my jewelry-making. Sometimes I love wearing a simple necklace--just a bit of sparkle that adds a little something. And sometimes…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 11
  • Joined January 29, 2007

Favorite materials

Glass, Pearls, Gemstones, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, Paper, Sterling Silver, 14K Gold Fill

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About

ABOUT ME
Hello, my name is Ileana. I've been making jewelry for about 15 years now, and truly love it. It came about in a very unexpected way. My friend asked me if I'd take some beads off her hands. I'd never made jewelry before, but I suppose with my mom being a dressmaker, maybe the creative spirit was in me. Now making jewelry is a part of me, and I know I'll be doing it my whole life. My friends will tell you, I even love just looking at beads, and have drawings of designs fluttering about in my work space, bedroom, purse...anywhere, really.

MY CREATIVE OUTLOOK
I love it when things are simple. But complications make life interesting! Variety really is the spice of life, and I also feel this way about my jewelry-making. Sometimes I love wearing a simple necklace--just a bit of sparkle that adds a little something. And sometimes I'll wear earrings you can't ignore. Everyone has days when all you feel like wearing is a t-shirt and jeans. But if you're like me, other days you just want to wear that red, lacy dress! I love trying new things and expanding my point of view, and you'll see that in the diverse types of materials, metals, and techniques I use. My goal is to create a piece that will speak to me, and make me (and you) smile.

MY MATERIALS
I think I might be part moth. I'm very drawn to bright, shiny things! My favorite material is definitely pearls (as you can see, I'm sure...I only use real ones, by the way!). I love using natural materials. I think it's partly because I love history, and so I look at things with a historic eye. I like the idea that the gemstones, or pearls that I use have taken time to form, and have a story behind them. That's not to say I don't like other materials. Glass is very shiny too, so I definitely have my fill of that. I use both precious metals as well as non-precious and plated metals. And since I love beads so much, you'll see that I've also used them in other items you can use everyday, like bookmarks, keychains and charms.

CUSTOM WORK/CHANGES
If you'd like something in a different color, slightly different style, different ear wires, etc., just click on "Contact Ileana" and let me know! Or if you have an idea of a piece you'd like me to make for you, send me a message by click on "Request Custom Item" and I can make a custom order for you.

NOW, THE BEST PART
The shopping part.
Grab a cup of coffee. Take a look around. You've got time, I'm open 24/7. See if you'd like just a little bit of sparkle, that chunky, eye-catching necklace, or even better, both!

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