I love browsing through all sorts of gems and figuring out unique and different ways to incorporate them into a new piece.
1. All donations from my etsy shop for the next few months are being donated to a missions project in Indonesia
2. Self taught jewelry artist
3. Have lived in Oklahoma, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Michigan, and now...Charleston, SC...all within 7 years!
4. Mother to a handsome, baby boy - 10 months old
5. I am a fairly shy person, not good at expressing myself in words...so I work with my hands!
What got you started crafting?
My husband's career has moved us around the states often, so it was difficult for me to keep finding jobs at each move. I had the idea of starting a small jewelry business online, which I started tinkering with a few years ago. We also had plans to have a baby soon, so at our next move, rather than applying in the medical field, I started up my Etsy shop and shortly after that, we had a baby! When I opened my shop, I didn't even know how to make an ear wire! :) It's come a long ways since then.
What is your source of inspiration?
Well, again, I'm not so great at expressing myself in words...so I use my hands to make unique things! I love browsing through all sorts of gems and figuring out unique and different ways to incorporate them into a new piece. I love taking a single strand of wire and designing a new ring by twisting and forming it into shape. It's very rewarding to look at a new piece I've created, and know there is not another out there like it. I love learning new techniques along the way. I'm still learning a lot, as I've only been making jewelry for a few years.
And I also have to add that CollectionRED was born right after my father passed away in an unexpected accident. The RED in CollectionRED stands for 'rustic, eccentric, dynamic'....but personally, it is actually my dad's initials. When naming my shop, I had him in mind. I think of him constantly and miss him greatly.
What have you made recently?
I've recently designed three exclusive rings in my shop - made out of copper. Copper is a new material that I just started working with it and I love how it looks. The ring I like best is one pictured in one of the attachments I uploaded...the copper cross ring. I normally wire wrap all my rings around semi-precious stones or glass, but this time, I wanted to make a design using a single strand of copper wire. I had no idea really, what I wanted it to look like. I just began the base of the ring and it evolved as I moved and wrapped the wire. The other unique thing about this ring is that it is sanded by hand to achieve the flat surface which is very beautiful. This sanding by hand is a very tedious and time consuming process, but it really makes the ring unique. Then the ring is oxidized and polished to the rosy, copper shine. I'm proud of it...and original design.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell online in my Etsy shop, as well as at a local salon in the Charleston area.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
When you purchase handmade, you get quality. Lots of time and thought goes into each piece...and blisters on my hands. I really put a lot into my pieces. That makes gifts more meaningful and thoughtful. Also it supports small businesses...and handmade is just really cool. :) You can find the neatest things from handmade sellers.