I honestly get my inspiration from the supplies I have. I don’t usually go into the store with an idea in mind. I pick things off the shelves, beads and wire and combine them in my head. I have a hard time shopping for ‘needed’ supplies, so instead, I have a pile of supplies that I pick through and combine to make what comes out as the finished product!
1. I don't eat vegetables.
2. I love schizophrenics, they are the most honest people you will ever meet!
3. I work for a prescription benefits manager.
4. I'm addicted to reality tv.
What got you started crafting?
I actually started crafting because I wanted to see if I could do it. The challenge of it really. We haven't had the shop up and running for very long, but I am in love with the craft. I started with a small idea of making beaded bracelets, and from there I experimented with wire and the rest ... well, its history. I fell in love and now, I find myself making at least 1 piece a day.
What is your source of inspiration?
I honestly get my inspiration from the supplies I have. I don't usually go into the store with an idea in mind. I pick things off the shelves, beads and wire and combine them in my head. I have a hard time shopping for 'needed' supplies, so instead, I have a pile of supplies that I pick through and combine to make what comes out as the finished product!
What have you made recently?
The most recent thing I have made is the Fire Agate Wire Wrapped Necklace. I basically found the right wire gauge to fit three pieces through the middle. I swirled the ends to make a beaded link. From there I added beaded links of metallic black coin and round beads to give it a little more sparkle.
I spent a good deal of time on this and I have every confidence that I made a great product. I love the colors of the agate and the way the swirls add a personal affect to it. I am actually in love with this piece. The silver and red, mixed with metallic black just pops when you put it on.
I wasn't sure about making a necklace with coin beads, because these in particular are a little larger than I am used to working with. BUT, the finished product is gorgeous and I am glad that I decided to make it.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
We sell on Etsy. As a collaboration. For the most part, I am the organizer and the wire wrapper and Kim is the chain mailer and she's had a few things to deal with lately in her personal life. So if you see us on the forums or in conversations, its likely me, Rachael.
We also organize jewelry parties and sell in person to those who are interested in coming. We showcase our jewelry and its a lot of fun. There's always good friends, good conversation, and lots of great snacks!
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I love doing handmade things, mostly because I have found something I am passionate about. Something that I love doing. I work with my hands and I have never really done that before. I was never really an 'artist', I can't draw to save my life, I don't really have any talents in dancing or music, but when I put a spool of wire and some beads in front of me, I really feel accomplished!
I love seeing the jewelry on other people and I especially love wearing the designs myself!
As far as buying handmade, I buy handmade because I want to support other artists like myself. Everyone has such an imagination and its such a joy to wear something you know was created with a little piece of the creator.