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?
Disabilities & Jewelry Making
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
by Consuelo Alburg. (United States) I love pearls, warm weather, trees, and plants, not necessarily in that order. In the spring is when all the jewelry I or my daughter create come out of our jewelry box. When I saw these components of matte silver spirals, I knew before I paid for them how I was going to use them in my next piece. I knew long ago I loved jewelry … [Read more...] about Pastels in Pearls
by Gloria. (Ohio USA ) The first requirement for this necklace was it had to be easy on and off, so it had to be clasp-free. Then it needed to be a soft texture around the neck and in soft creamy, dreamy colors. Add to that, a look of old and new in one complete look. The wearer has dexterity issues and enjoys an eclectic jewelry wardrobe. With all of those … [Read more...] about Custom Designed for Eclectic Tastes & Physical Challenges
by Sheila Meador. (Atlanta, Georgia USA) I have reconnected with a blind friend from my childhood, and we are going on a beach adventure to Tybee Island in June. I want to plan interesting, interactive things we can do together to fill the time. I don't want either of us to get sunburned from staying at the beach too long. I am thinking of shell crafts as well as … [Read more...] about Need Suggestions: Jewelry for the Blind