My business gets its name from the silver fox, a smart, cunning creature with a gorgeous fun. It’s elusive and cute to boot!
1. I have two beagles. They help me make jewelry by reminding me to take a break every few minutes to scratch them behind the ears. Enjoy the little things.
2. I taught myself almost everything I know about making jewelry. If there's a will there's a way!
3. I get most of my inspiration from my mother's garden, which is OVERFLOWING with gorgeous flowers!
4. Coffee is creativity fuel. I act strange and get nothing done without it!
What got you started crafting?
I've always been a crafter, even when I was a wee little Ashley. My mom was always artistic and she always encouraged me to continue making things no matter what. If it wasn't painting or drawing, I was reupholstering something, clipping magazines, or crocheting.
What is your source of inspiration?
Nature! Mother nature is by far the best inspiration. There are colors, textures, sights, sounds, and smells everywhere. Also, my mother is a great source of inspiration. Her sense of style is pretty timeless, and sometimes she'll come up with a pretty neat idea for something. It's pretty nice to be able to take ideas from other people and make them into something tangible. Inspiration is everywhere!
What have you made recently?
For as long as I've been making jewelry I've been trying to figure out how to take gemstone briolettes and make them into flowers. Some of the looked like petals to begin with, but everytime I would make try it would come out a little wonky or uneven. I gave it up for a little while, figuring that maybe it just wasn't for me or I just wasn't ready for it. Then a few weeks ago I decided I was gonna learn it if it was the last thing I ever did. I experimented, slept on it, pondered, wasted 50 miles of wire, and finally figured it out!
Now I'm making a good little collection of them, and am more pleased than ever that I didn't give up on it. Great things happen if you're persistant, are willing to waste some materials on practicing, or if you're just stubborn!
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I am constantly making things! Most of my items are available through Etsy, plus I do custom orders that don't usually make it on the net. There are a few brick and mortar places that may sell my items in the near future too! (Fingers crossed!) I have a decent inventory of stuff also waiting to be photographed and posted.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Why do I buy handmade? Millions of reasons! Handmade items tend to be made out of pure love. The care that goes into them is evident. Plus I get to know the interesting people who made the item and the story behind it. There's is nothing more fulfilling than that, other than the feeling of making something, of course!
Why do I make jewelry instead of buying it? Simple. I was pretty tired of buying cheap jewelry that looked boring and fell apart after one use. I was also tired of walking into a jewelry store and getting to pick between 3 types of stones, 2 types of metal, and a selection of limited designs. It's not fun. I wanted something different, something unique, made of things no one's ever heard of. And if it's supposed to be sentimental, then I wanted it to feel personal from start to finish!