© by Charlene Anderson; all rights reserved. Why do I love beads and making jewelry so much? Let me tell you: 1. I can have earrings to match every item in my closet without breaking the bank. 2. If I get tired of a piece of jewelry I can take it apart and remake it. 3. I love getting compliments on the jewelry I make and wear. 4. I get to buy … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons I Love Beading and Jewelry Making
Your Jewelry Stories
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by Carin. (Boscastle, Cornwall, U.K.) Little did I know 12 years ago that I would end up in sunny Cornwall in the south west of England trying to make a living as a jewellery maker! I had just finished my Masters degree in Animal Science and was looking for work in the genetics and breeding area. I was looking high and low but Sweden, being a small country, didn't … [Read more...] about A Swede in Cornwall!
by Shannon Culmo. (Sacramento, CA, USA) My husband, Kevin, and I started KKPW Designs a few years ago out of my desire to create one of a kind jewelry for anyone who enjoyed it and for anyone who wanted to share in my vision. When I look at jewelry that once was my grandma's I always think of a time when quality, not quantity, worked. With uniqueness in mind, I … [Read more...] about KKPW Designs – Local Boutiques Make Us Happen
by Darcey Lyn McCallum. (Vancouver Island, BC Canada) My name is Darcey Lyn McCallum and I stared making jewellery in March of 2008. I was a huge crafter as a child and then 'put it all away', and the creative urge with it until this year, when coincidentally, I was turning 40. Maybe it was the passage of time that spurred on that old feeling of needing creativity in … [Read more...] about Just Getting Started
by Maria Hansford. (The Treasure Chest) As I was born in Italy, on the beautiful Riviera, I always liked vibrant colors. As a child I spent hours coloring and whenever I received as a gift a box of colored pencils I was in heaven! Another passion of mine was - and still is - reading: I simply love books. Whenever I come across a book fair or a bookstore I like … [Read more...] about Jewelry Color Inspiration from an Unlikely Source
Examples from the 1500's through 1800's text © by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. I absolutely love historical jewelry and clothes. And I had the opportunity to see some stunning examples of the jewelry and fashions worn during the past thousand years or so, in various original paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. I had only planned to … [Read more...] about Historical Jewelry
by Diana Redlin. (California) This necklace was my first custom piece. My best friend commissioned it and we collaborated on it in very general ways. These ways were; how long it was going to be, what colors and what shape the components would be. Then I began. My own ideas were for the design on each triangle, how many there would be and how big they would be. … [Read more...] about Cynthia’s Custom Necklace: The successful struggle
by Jen's Back Yard. (Murrieta, CA) My new “Moss Collection” was inspired from the Hummingbird who builds her nest, made of moss, in our backyard every February. Recently, her two tiny twin babies emerged from their pale blue shells and entered our world. Over the past couple of weeks I have been creating jewelry, made of moss, while watching the babies being … [Read more...] about Inspired by a Bird, Out Hatched a Moss Collection
by Susan L. Goldstein. (Chestnut Hill, Ma.) In June of 2009 my mother Maureen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Knowing how grave her diagnosis was, I wanted to do something to honor and support her during her short fight. I started making bracelets that were given to her caregivers, family members and friends. These women also wanted to honor and support her. … [Read more...] about A Bracelet Tribute to My Mother
by Ingrid Anciaux. (Sydney, Australia) The idea to create jewels came to me some years ago. My project started 4 years ago when I still lived in Paris and I performed in Burlesque. Although short, this moment of my life gave me lots of desires and projects. I had more pleasure working on the costume's creation than performing on stage. I wished to create unique … [Read more...] about Pretty Harbor Hand Crafted Jewels Made with Love
by Angela Jones. (Ginger and Snap) Even though I went to college to be a nurse, I always wanted my own business. I had several false starts that I compare to dieting: selling cosmetics, cookware, skincare, color analysis. I always thought I'd found the solution to my own business desires like the many diet programs I've been through. But I always ended up back at … [Read more...] about How a Jewelry Business is Like Peeling an Onion