kristi smith's Profile

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once upon a time, there was a young girl who found great pleasure in all things expressive and creative. she enjoyed drawing and painting and sewing. then one day she accidentally discovered beading and realized she had found something she could really love. she made jewelry for everyone she knew. as chance would have it, in high school she ended up taking a year long silver-smithing class at the local community college. she immediately entered into a life long love affair with the shapes and forms and magnitude and POSSIBILITY of this amazing new medium. she had found her passion! she vowed to make a living making jewelry.

as things happen, she was persuaded to take the more conventional road and went to college to become a teacher. the necessary equipment to get started silver-smithing was just too costly so the dream remained elusive. she continued to appease her passion by making beaded…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 10
  • Joined May 2, 2008

Favorite materials

SILVER, stone, artisan glass

About

once upon a time, there was a young girl who found great pleasure in all things expressive and creative. she enjoyed drawing and painting and sewing. then one day she accidentally discovered beading and realized she had found something she could really love. she made jewelry for everyone she knew. as chance would have it, in high school she ended up taking a year long silver-smithing class at the local community college. she immediately entered into a life long love affair with the shapes and forms and magnitude and POSSIBILITY of this amazing new medium. she had found her passion! she vowed to make a living making jewelry.

as things happen, she was persuaded to take the more conventional road and went to college to become a teacher. the necessary equipment to get started silver-smithing was just too costly so the dream remained elusive. she continued to appease her passion by making beaded jewelry, but always, in her heart, she longed for the silver.

she got married to a wonderful man and moved to a small town to begin her teaching career. she continued to love beading and made a little money on the side selling her work. after 4 years of teaching, she had a baby. she realized her career priorities had changed and she wanted nothing more than to be at home with her. she decided to get serious about making her dream come true.

after a lot of deliberate intention, it all came together. an extremely generous man gave her most of the tools she needed and wouldn’t accept payment. a dear friend loaned her a torch. a neighbor who just happened to be a former silver-smithing instructor offered to give her lessons in exchange for a set of custom bridesmaids’ jewelry. and so it began…

now she stays at home with her 3 children and you, dear etsy member, are helping her to realize her dream!

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