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I have been artistic all of my life. Taking time out to raise 2 kids for the last 16+ years.
I have dabbled in Painting, Drawing, crafts with the kids... etc until a friend of mine at work showed me what she was making ... JEWELRY.

She showed me how to wire wrap a simple bead and connect them to make a bracelet or a necklace. I was hooked.

I started checking things out online looking for more things to do with this wire stuff and taught myself how to wrap a cabochon. Which really was a tumbled stone I found in my daughters room. It was the first piece I wrapped and turned out to be beautiful. My daughter calls it her Dragon Stone.

I started to look for unusual things to wrap and found a shop in Charleston, SC that carries small flat Brazilian Agate stones and I decided to give…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 9
  • Joined October 10, 2008

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Sterling Silver, Small flat geodes, Glass Beads, fused glass

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About

I have been artistic all of my life. Taking time out to raise 2 kids for the last 16+ years.
I have dabbled in Painting, Drawing, crafts with the kids... etc until a friend of mine at work showed me what she was making ... JEWELRY.

She showed me how to wire wrap a simple bead and connect them to make a bracelet or a necklace. I was hooked.

I started checking things out online looking for more things to do with this wire stuff and taught myself how to wrap a cabochon. Which really was a tumbled stone I found in my daughters room. It was the first piece I wrapped and turned out to be beautiful. My daughter calls it her Dragon Stone.

I started to look for unusual things to wrap and found a shop in Charleston, SC that carries small flat Brazilian Agate stones and I decided to give that a try. I LOVED them. Each piece became a one of a kind.

I was not just wrapping stones during this time I was researching Chain Maille weaves. I found creating chain maille jewelry to be soothing yet creative too.

I tried numerous different weaves and have about half a dozen that I prefer.

Adventure in learning Lampworking

My husband and I like to ride our bicycles in different places in the US. We have traveled on our bikes from the beginning of Skyline Drive in Front Royal, VA to the end of the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC. We have traveled to many different places to mountain bike, NC, WV, MT and KY. Kentucky proved to be my introduction to Lampworking.

Our destination was Berea, KY. I decided that I wanted to know more about the area and did an internet search for things to do and see while we were there. Berea has an Artist community that rivals Asheville, NC. There is a downtown community of local artists/craftsmen that is wonderful to visit.

There was a glass studio, where I found some increduble glass pieces that I could wire wrap as pendants.

There was a weaver who explained everything about looms and the weaving process.

There was a gentleman who created colonial style cups from pewter discs and his wife created jewelry from pewter molds.

And then there was the lampworker who created glass beads using a glass rod and a small gas torch.

I could not get enough. I badgered my husband into going back to see her again and again. I watched and asked questions and watched some more. I asked her if she knew where I could look in Virginia for somewone like her that did lampworking. She gave me some names and phone numbers of lampworkers in my area. So when I got home I could call. Imagine my shock when I found that one of them was practically a neighbor. She lived one town past me, not 10 minutes away.
When I called she was happy to set up a weekend where we could get together and she would teach me the beginnings of lampworking.
Over the course of 2 days, Sat/Sun for 4 hours each day she sowned me how to create beads using glass and a small torch.
I'M HOOKED.

I still love to create chain maille and wrap stones, but the things I can create from glass are amazing. I get new ideas everyday.

My next goal is to purchase my own equipment to have my own little studio in my back yard where I can go to create to my hearts content.

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