by Sue Corke. I used to make wirework jewellery but had a stroke and lost my left hand. Is there any way to do wire work with one hand? I’ve tried a helping hand thing but am struggling with that. Any help would be really appreciated. Many thanks. Sue Corke … [Read more...] about Help – How to Make Wire Jewelry with One Hand?
Disabilities & Jewelry Making
by Viktoria Cohen. (Clifton,NJ, United States) I designed this long (37") statement necklace with matte silver Hematite,gold Pyrite and 14k gold filled beads. I wanted to keep all gemstones and beads very small (2-3mm) to create a modern, feminine look. The necklace also features an artisan made gold plated bronze pendant and a tiny heart charm Originally, I'm … [Read more...] about Delicate Gemstone Necklace
by Pamela Dudrow. (In my dining room, kitchen, bedroom...! Woodsboro, MD) I've been making jewelry for over 15 years. Up until that time I had been very active; riding horses professionally and participating in triathlons. I was also a critical care nurse taking care of bariatric patients after their surgery in the PACU or Recovery Room. These patients are … [Read more...] about How I Fell in Love with Fold Forming!
by Andrea. (Kalamazoo, Mi) Hi all, Thanks for all the advice, insight, stories, highs and woes. Hearing from and about all of you really makes me feel less alone. That probably set off some alarm bells and pangs of recognition from some of you, so I will share that I have debilitating anxiety, depression, and chronic illness. I am also a recovering alcoholic, … [Read more...] about How to Go from Mish-Mash Making, to More Cohesive Jewelry?
by Blanche Nonken. (Fallon, NV) My younger daughter is autistic. She's 20 years old, and last week was her high school graduation. She has been living in a special needs group home since age 19, and I have been working to recover my own balance since she was placed. Decades of keeping her safe and getting her the most appropriate education and therapies I could … [Read more...] about Healing in Creation – A Special Graduation Necklace
by Susan Cowles. (Palisade, Co.) Does anyone have the problem with their fingertips cracking? I go thru a lot of band aids, hand cream and pain. Any ideas?? Thanks! Susan Cowles … [Read more...] about Any Solutions for Fingertips that Keep Cracking?
by Rena Klingenberg. Nancy Mac sent in this question: What is Memory Wire? My sister is visually impaired and also has fine motor problems now after a stroke. She has difficulty now holding the string to make bracelets. Does anyone know of a “string holder” or any type of assistive device she could use? She makes beautiful bracelets but needs a steady … [Read more...] about Memory Wire Jewelry Making for Visually Impaired Artist with Fine Motor Difficulty
by Missy Rogers. (Ionia, Michigan) I started making jewelry after a long continuous battle with mental illness that ultimately prevented me from working outside the home. I found joy in playing with beads and new color combinations. Recently, I have discovered the beauty of glass pearls and the elegance they lend to simple bracelets and earrings. I am … [Read more...] about Delicate Faux Pearl Jewelry
by Glenda Snailham. (England) This is my first time posting my jewellery. l have just started making jewellery. I'm 64, retired lady and I have trouble with my hands and used to do cross stitch but can't hold the needle for long so began a new craft. l love being able to make things I found this site and it's helped me no end with ideas so thank you and hope this … [Read more...] about Glenda’s Jewellery
by Andrea. (Michigan) I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts about something that makes me feel a bit heartsick. First, some background so you can see why I am concerned I may be misperceiving things: I have chronic medical conditions (physical and depression / anxiety) that have kept me from my career as a social worker, and have also largely deterred my jewelry … [Read more...] about Am I Paranoid or Blacklisted from Shows?
by Pam. (West Australia) As soon as I can master setting this in a golden wire woven bezel it will be ready! Not simple with hands that are half numb and hurt, but I WILL do it! This is a beach found shellchip, freshwater pearls, a howlite starfish, and beach sand in resin. It will become a brooch with the pin added into the resin on the back that gives it … [Read more...] about Work in progress
by Mardi. (North Texas, USA) I am female. Barely 30 years old. I live with my parents in North Texas, USA. I'm unable to work a "real job" since late-July 2011 after Bi-Polar / Social Anxiety / ADHD diagnosis. I'm currently on government disability. I have 9+ yrs of jewelry "experience" though the first 7-ish were for personal wear or gifts. My mental illnesses tend … [Read more...] about Discouraged, Overwhelmed, but NOT Giving Up