by Marcia Dooly. (Summer Haven, Florida USA) This design (Dangerous Curves) was fun to make. My Irish husband noticed it immediately and said it reminded him of the many serpentine Boreens in Ireland. I've added a few beads for color and to individualize the design. My daughter has a shop and they're going to her.... they'll be winners I'm sure! Also, … [Read more...] about Marcia’s Dangerous Curves
Disabilities & Jewelry Making
by Debbie Reynolds. (Saratoga Springs, New York USA) I have been bead weaving for many years, recently I started taking some classes to try to diversify a bit, learning more every day but I have to admit that my passion has always been Amulet bags. I have made hundreds over the years and even when not popular, I can not tire of this particular item. I am disabled … [Read more...] about My Amulet Bag Passion
by Amber. I have no job due to being unable to work with the genetic disorder I have. I have plenty of jewelry made, but no car, no money left, and my boyfriend just lost his job yesterday. My genetic disorder (Ehlers-Danlos type 3) causes my bones to dislocate extremely easily so that rules out walking very far, though I do live closer to a big city, I have nowhere I … [Read more...] about How to Sell My Jewelry with Limited Resources and Mobility?
by Ellie Stitt. (Near Manchester - United Kingdom) I’ve suffered from significant health problems for most of my life but have always managed to work, volunteer or participate in my community. In July 2012 I had an allergic reaction to prescribed medication, and was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and a month later I was made redundant – my whole world fell apart. … [Read more...] about New Found Support
by Susan Baker. (Mount Ayr, Iowa USA) My name is Susan Baker. I am the owner of Susi's Workshop. I have had a long journey in this life. I was born disabled and creative. They found out that I have a Hypothalamic Hamartoma. Also later on I would learn that I have diabetes, PCOS,and FXS. So, being disabled means you have a lot of doctors appointments, school, and … [Read more...] about Reaching for the Stars While Growing Up Disabled
by Jenny Ashley. Admin, Physically Challenged Artists Support Group Last year Alicia from Jewelry Making Journal collaborated with me to start up a group on BigTent called The Physically Challenged Artist Support Group. It started out as a trial to see if there were other artists like myself out there who have disabilities and create art, whether it be jewelry, or other art … [Read more...] about One Year Gone ~ Still Going Strong
by Kat Cranston. (Orlando, Florida USA) I love to make jewelry using wire weaving and wrapping techniques, but I have never been able to relax my grip and still maintain control over multiple pieces of wire without warping them. I tried using low-stick painter's tape to hold wires parallel, but I still had to grip the bundle in my non-dominant hand and fingers. Just … [Read more...] about Losing My Grip: Ring Clamp to the Rescue!
by Joanne Stow Boyington. (Greene, Maine, USA) Having problems using my hands, wrists and arms, I needed a new way to add a "Special Pizzaz" to my Charm Bracelets, which my customers just adore. It was too painful to hold my arms up high over my "ChainSta" (chain holder tool), and close all those heavy jump rings I used to put the Charms and dangles on my … [Read more...] about “Charming” Wire Wrapped Bracelets!
by Paula Hisel. (Nicholasville, Kentucky USA) I have been in the jewelry design business for 6 years, and about 8 months ago I was blessed with the opportunity to start teaching jewelry design classes. The majority of my classes are held in senior centers and nursing homes. Because of the various physical limitations of my senior students, I have learned to alter my … [Read more...] about Helpful Hint for Senior Beaders
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Video Episode 23 by Rena Klingenberg. Do you ever have trouble picking up or gripping jewelry tools or components? Here's a nifty, cheap solution that's especially cool if you have carpal tunnel, arthritis, or just find it difficult to grip things: Transcript of This Video: Sometimes when we're making jewelry, we have to pick up … [Read more...] about Get a Grip: An Easy Way to Grasp Things (Video)
by Catherine Tumason. (Invermere, B.C. Canada) I've been designing and building jewelry for about 10 years and I've been dreaming of making it into a business. But, just when I think I can start going 100%, something happens. Over three years ago I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer while living in California. At the same time, I fell in love with a Canadian. I've been back … [Read more...] about Not Being in One Place for a Long Period of Time
by Ricki Ayer. (Ayer Baubles) Several months ago I fractured my arm and was depressed because it interfered with my jewelry making - and most everything else. You encouraged me to look ahead to when I could get back to making my jewelry and to use it as incentive and rehab. So while I was in the sling and later going through therapy and getting the use of my arm back, I … [Read more...] about Jewelry Business with a Broken Arm