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My name is Melissa Woods; I started creating my own jewelry at the age of thirteen. My mother bought me a bead loom kit from an art museum’s gift shop to keep me occupied. I always loved creative kits; they kept my attention for hours. I became a pro at bead looms it gave me a lot of beading experience, I got so good I didn’t need to see a pattern I would make up my own as I went on. It gave me a lot of patience, opened creative boundaries and I went above and beyond just the kit. When I was sixteen I had gotten another jewelry kit, this one was very different, and it was a wire working kit. Up until this point I had used really thin wire on the bead loom but never thought of it as the source of designing. It had copper wire of different gauges and colors, a book and pliers. The book was a good basic start I did the patterns which were boring to me so again I went above and beyond trying everything I could think of outside of…

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  • Born on November 30
  • Joined November 24, 2008

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My name is Melissa Woods; I started creating my own jewelry at the age of thirteen. My mother bought me a bead loom kit from an art museum’s gift shop to keep me occupied. I always loved creative kits; they kept my attention for hours. I became a pro at bead looms it gave me a lot of beading experience, I got so good I didn’t need to see a pattern I would make up my own as I went on. It gave me a lot of patience, opened creative boundaries and I went above and beyond just the kit. When I was sixteen I had gotten another jewelry kit, this one was very different, and it was a wire working kit. Up until this point I had used really thin wire on the bead loom but never thought of it as the source of designing. It had copper wire of different gauges and colors, a book and pliers. The book was a good basic start I did the patterns which were boring to me so again I went above and beyond trying everything I could think of outside of the books and I have never strayed from wire since.
My first craft fair was at the age of seventeen in the year 2001. I built my business under the name Funky Jewelry Design by Melissa Hampton, and have expanded into Fine art Fairs and Festivals. Now in one year I participate in as many as 30-40 fine art and craft fairs a year in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and even traveling as far as Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Very soon I will be traveling south with all of the snow birds. I try to focus on fine art and handmade craft fairs because of higher appreciation for handmade arts! I also offer jewelry parties in the convenience of your home for family and friends, and the host gets a special deal on jewelry, feel free to contact me about more info on jewelry parties. I can even send a box of jewelry to you and you can host your own party. I have over the years done special orders for weddings, proms, and costume jewelry for characters in local plays and performances.
I graduated from Bowling Green State University May 9th 2009 with a Fine Art degree in 3-dimentional studies learning metal fabrication, ceramics, glass, casting and forging techniques. I am a very versatile artist but I always come back to my wire, it is fun, funky and very handy at times. This hobby turned into business allows me to create on a daily basis, allowing me to pay bills and create whatever inspires me. I plan on attending graduate school when I feel more knowledge will broaden my spectrum to create. Until then I will create whatever strikes me, and continue building my business being open to any and all suggestion for special orders and creative outlets. I have changed my business name to WIREWOODZ, because I have had a lot of changes these past few years with getting married and graduating from college and producing a website that it felt like time for a change. My business has gone from hobby to a means of a living by creating for the sake of art; I couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

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