Tropicalkaren

The Villages, Florida · 147 Sales

Tropicalkaren

The Villages, Florida 147 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Karen D'Andrea

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Karen D'Andrea

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About

Your story in one sentence.

After retirement, I looked for a new hobby, something that would allow me to create. I took a few silversmithing classes and liked them but with the price of silver rising, decided that the hobby was too expensive.

I started beading, first by stringing beads and then bead weaving, teaching myself by using books. I loved working with beads but found myself drawn to the tiny seed beads because of their colors, textures and the vast potential they had for original design. My first necklace, The Jungle, was written up in the fashion page of a Swedish newspaper, and I was hooked. You can see this necklace under the "Sold" section of my store.

My original design, the "Melting" necklace, won a silver medal in the Fire Mountain Gems contest and has been printed on the back cover of three beading magazines. The tutorial for you to make this fun necklace is in my shop.

My latest project is designing peyote and loom patterns. I love designing these original little pieces of art and using as many colors as possible.

My goal is to continue to grow, create and try techniques that have not previously been done.

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  • Karen D'Andrea

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