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
Disabilities & Jewelry Making
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
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
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!