Several years ago a group of friends was sitting around sharing a bottle of wine (to this day we still call ourselves "The Vino Vixens") and admiring the beaded jewelry that our friend Sue makes. We asked her if she would show us how to make simple beaded necklaces and here it is six years later and I am in my 2nd career as a jewelry maker.
I don’t have a lengthy bio that says I studied art or jewelry making in college. Far from it. I took a few classes, started getting together with other friends that love making jewelry, bought some instructional videos and books, and started buying the tools. I love working out in my studio (aka garage), turning on all the tools, heating up the pickle pot (cleaning solution), cutting the small pieces, and then just digging in. My husband will ask me at the end of the day “Did you have a good day?” And usually my answer is “I used every tool in my studio today – it was a perfect day!”
I continue to learn new techniques through videos, classes, practice, mistakes and asking the pros a lot of questions. I have a saying now hanging in my studio that says "PERFECTION IS NOT WELCOME HERE!" It takes the stress off thinking that every piece that comes out of the studio has to be absolutely perfect - it doesn't. The piece has to make me proud, happy to have made it, and knowing that someone else out there will enjoy it just as much as I do.
I absolutely love (LOVE!) to work with metal – copper, sterling silver and brass mainly. The way the metal changes in front of your eyes when torched is so fun to watch. I start out with sheets of the metal and cut it down from a 12” x 6” sheet to a more manageable size – usually 2” x 4”. I never know what the end product will be when I start – it’s more fun that way.
I think of myself as just a crafty Ohio gal transplanted out to beautiful Napa Valley and living the dream. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy making it!
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