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DonnaBee
03-15-2004, 04:36 PM
Thank you again for welcoming us in this forum, should we each do an intro and tell a bit about ourselves and how we are involved in the Jewelry/Wearable Arts?

Have you had classes? Self taught? Hobbyist or professional? How many years?

I promise I will post mine when I get back, I have to go do the school pick-up thing. :rolleyes:

See ya in a bit! :D

Shirley C.
03-15-2004, 04:56 PM
since i've been such a thread hog, i guess i should introduce myself. BLUSH!

in 1996, while employed in the corporate world as a software developer, one of my co-workers sent out an email to a bunch of the "girls" asking if anyone would be interested in learning how to make earrings with beads. i signed up. little did i know it would become an addiction, my passion, and eventually the way i'm now trying to make a living. that was the only "class" i've taken in jewelry-making. no wait - i've done a couple of chain making workshops with my buddy tom colson, a wonderful teacher here in the SF bay area.

i started making my own glass beads in january of 2000, but i still love making jewelry. i've had several people ask me if i teach jewelry making, so i'm in the process of developing a couple of workshops.

TurtleBay Jewelry
03-15-2004, 05:15 PM
Well, I guess since I instigated all this, I should be next in line. :p

Never having taken any jewelry classes at all, I actually am a graphic designer. I decided over the past summer to try my hand with some of the materials you get at your local craft store, made a few bracelets and necklaces, and before I knew it, I had enough interest in buying pieces that I decided to jump into a few craft fairs. However, I grew sleepy with the monotony of stringing beads, and I wear strictly silver, so I decided to see if I could expand in that direction. I stumbled onto wire working and have been addicted ever since.

I have a website that is almost in it's final stages but gets plenty of attention nonetheless, so I think it's a good sign. Then, if all that wasn't enough, I found WC! and then the glass arts forum, and I've been in a sad state ever since then. When I realized some of those gorgeous beads were being eBay'd, my wallet has been empty continuously ever since. :D

Sooooooooooo..that's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

~Danielle

Virginia L.
03-15-2004, 05:27 PM
Hello, I am Virginia L. I have designed and made Artistic Jewelry for 36 years...Gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, preciouse stones, etc. etc...I will post my "Princess of the Wind" I love to post her - she took more hours than you can immagine or I could calculate, and then when I figure out how to do it without starting all over, I will post my heart tutorial...So glad to feel like I have somewhere to post this...I am going to start the "Lady of the Dew" sometime soon, I will post on that as I go along...Welcome everyone to our new home...Lets participate the living daylights out of it, so they expand the thread - God Bless - Virginia L.

DonnaBee
03-15-2004, 05:44 PM
Back from school, I will yak about myself a little now.

Currently, I am interested in "found object" jewelry. I have lurked and read here in Mixed Media, especially the wonderful Altered Books thread that artbabe21 started.

I love to read Somerset magazine, and the Lapidary Journal. I am always trying to think of ways to bring unusual objects together to make wearable art jewelry. Including digital art and collage.

I don't have a big portfolio or anything yet, I have only been exploring this a few years, on my own, self taught. I try and learn all the jewelry techniques I can teach myself through magazines or the internet. (Wire wrapping, lampwork)

I make small lampwork beads, and I have made a couple hundred hundred "illusion" type necklaces, that have a single small lampwork focal and with coordinating mixed beads on beading wire. I sold these on ebay and locally. It's still just a hobby to me and I am information gathering.

I am working on sterling bangles now, and trying to think of ways to be very unique, because that is fun to me. I think it is challenging to be both very unique and at the same time make a piece that is appealing to at least one other person to the point that they would spend money on it, and that "works".

I am sort of free associating here... I also love vintage costume jewelry and draw inspiration from it. I have been involved with beading a few years, I am a stay home mom.

I don't think I could ever do shows, I researched what's involved, and it sounds overwhelming. I think maybe one day I could perhaps run a website and sell locally, perhaps one or two "open houses" per year, out of my home.

I would love to get formal education in jewelry design and construction, but I have a feeling I'm not going to choose that.

sue ellen
03-15-2004, 07:10 PM
I will jump in here too.

I have been designing and making jewelry since 1987. I never set out to make jewelry and sell it but I was right out of college embarking on the lifestyle of the starving painter and I wanted a way to support myself that would have an immediate pay off. I majored in Painting in college but had taken a lot of ceramics classes too so deiced to develop my own line of ceramic based jewelry. I started by making beads with colored clay bodies and then moved on to treating the surface of the clay objects with raku glaze techniques. I also carved and cast found objects in clay to make the faces, that became the focus of my line. I marketed my Jewelry in small speciality boutiques and then found my way into resale galleries.

I make all the clay piece by hand which include beads and sculpted , molded pieces. I add to that silver, glass and what ever else i think works..lol

I have also been designing and making handbags since about 1990. I always include my handmade beads and sculptural pieces into my final designs.

I am currently teaching Art( and various other subjects..lol) in a BD/ED high school and doing my jewelry/handbag designing on the side. I have recently collaborated with a painter friend of mine and we are creating a line of jewelry together. I have included a pic of our new work so you can take a look.

DrPam
03-15-2004, 07:33 PM
Hi, I'm Pam. :) I am fairly new to the art jewelry world. I found jewelry craft through lampwork (gotta make something with all those beads!!), but so far I think my jewelry design inspiration is exceeding my lampwork inspiration. Right now, my jewelry skills are limited to stringing, wire-work, and peyote/seed-bead-weaving, but a friend just came back from a jewelry fabrication class and she is going to show me some simple soldering that I hope will help me expand my repertoire. I am curious about wax casting and other metal-working, so I hope to see tutorials cropping up!

I look forward to chit-chatting here with other adornment artists...

-Pam
http://www.pamarama.com

mistymade
03-15-2004, 08:38 PM
Howdy, my name is Misty I have been working with metals for a little over 2 years. I took my first metalsmithing class in January 2002 and I've been obsessed with it ever since.

I am currently attending a jewelry technology program. Next semester I will be taking my first level bench exam so I will be an entry level bench jeweler. I'm really not too interested in the title, but our jewelry club pays for the test so I may as well go for it.

In the jewelry technology program I have learned how to pour ingots, roll out ring stock, size and reshank rings, set stones (cab set, flat set, flush set, channel set, and prong set) carve wax models, cast, and make molds. In the metalsmithing classes that I took, I learned how to saw, solder, hammer, polish, and set cabs. The metalsmithing class was more artistic and design oriented where the jewelry tech program is way more technical.

I mostly work with silver, but I have worked a lot with brass and copper. I have dabbled some with gold, but it is soooo darn expensive these days. My favorite part of the whole process is carving. I LOVE to carve. I love to hammer and shape the metal as well. And casting....ohhhhhh I LOVE to cast! At this time I spend most of my time making rings and pendants. I would like to eventually work more on sculptural things.


Please forgive me for going on and on and on...:D...I'm just so excited to have another home away from home!:D

I also want to say...

Virginia, I absolutley LOVE "Princess of the Wind"! She is gorgeous!!! I can't wait to see the next one! And please show us the work in progress!!!

Donna, I would love to see you pursue an education in jewelry design and fabrication! You would be a wonderful jeweler, all of your work is beautiful!

Sue Ellen, your necklaces are gorgeous! I love wire wrapping, but I can never motivate myself to do it.

JavaGirlBT
03-15-2004, 10:09 PM
I'm Ellen. I live in NH. I came to lampworking through beading, I guess. I particularly like bead crochet and I was quite prolific at it for a while. Now all I want to do is melt glass, but I do occasionally string a crochet piece. I can do regular stringing, loomwork and other stitches but I prefer bead crochet because it works up so fast! I can do a bracelet in a couple hours. I'm an instant gratification kind of gal, I guess. Here are some pictures of some pieces I have done.

DonnaBee
03-15-2004, 10:32 PM
Donna, I would love to see you pursue an education in jewelry design and fabrication! You would be a wonderful jeweler, all of your work is beautiful!

I was so not fishing for such comments, but that just made me so happy that you would say this to me, Misty! Perhaps I am more interested in it than I want to dare to believe... :eek: Well, if I do at some point, then it's your fault. :D Seriously though, thanks. That meant a lot.

earthenwood
03-16-2004, 10:18 AM
Hello there!
My name is Melanie and I make Porcelain beads, jewelry with my beads, and decorative stoneware tile. I am a full time artist, along with my husband, who is a freelance sci-fi fantasy illustrator. The main aspect of my business is the making and selling of porcelain beads through bead shows, art fairs, catalog, and website. I sell wholesale and retail. I make jewelry with my beads for a few galleries and a couple of art fairs thoughout the year. Usually my jewelry designs are fairly simple and production like, showcasing my porcelain beads as simply as possible. I do some more elaborate jewelry designs to show at the bead shows, as examples of how my beads can be used.

I hope to see some of the ceramic bead and jewelry makers here in this forum! There are a number of us, and I am finding new ones everyday! (Hello, Sue Ellen...nice to meet you!) Perhaps we can do a ceramic jewelry show & tell!

Thank you everyone for the kind welcome!

Virginia L.
03-16-2004, 11:23 AM
Hello there!
My name is Melanie and I make Porcelain beads, jewelry with my beads, and decorative stoneware tile. I am a full time artist, along with my husband, who is a freelance sci-fi fantasy illustrator. The main aspect of my business is the making and selling of porcelain beads through bead shows, art fairs, catalog, and website. I sell wholesale and retail. I make jewelry with my beads for a few galleries and a couple of art fairs thoughout the year. Usually my jewelry designs are fairly simple and production like, showcasing my porcelain beads as simply as possible. I do some more elaborate jewelry designs to show at the bead shows, as examples of how my beads can be used.

I hope to see some of the ceramic bead and jewelry makers here in this forum! There are a number of us, and I am finding new ones everyday! (Hello, Sue Ellen...nice to meet you!) Perhaps we can do a ceramic jewelry show & tell!

Thank you everyone for the kind welcome!

LOVE the faces, your work is very beautiful...Faces is my favorite thing to do..I am gonna try to do faces in glass eventually, but I have gotten some clay to do beads and faces and flowers is what interests me - thanks for sharing, I am going to go check out your web pages - God Bless - Virginia L.

DesertDreamer
03-16-2004, 12:44 PM
My turn for a smile & wave, I guess! My name is Karen Kreider and I'm from the 'burbs of Phoenix. I'm currently madly in love with hot glass, but I've been making jewelry (now using my own beads) since I was in high school. I'm also a recovering (sometimes) fiberholic. In the past many years I've done weaving (anything from fine silk scarves to colonial-style coverlets), knitting, and I still do some handspinning and dyeing. My dream is to create some pieces using handspun/dyed silk yarns with my beads for sculptural-type necklaces. My big concern is durability, though, since body oils affect silks. Any thoughts/ideas/possible collaborations welcome!

Oh! I'm also juuuust getting into silversmithing. I can do some basic cold work, my soldering is pathetic (yeah, I know, practice practice practice) but I'm having fun!

McDuck
03-16-2004, 01:01 PM
Hello Everyone! I am sooo happy we have been incorporated into Mixed Media/Alternative Marterials/Other Media!! :clap: It is great to have a home. Donna, Shirley, Danielle, Misty, Virginia, Sue Ellen, Ellen, Melanie and Karen!! you are all so very talented and I am honored to be here with you. I hope we can all grow within our art even further. The below is from my website...I am at work and had to cut and paste fast here!

My name is Mary Poineal of McDuck Creations. All of my jewelry is hand crafted and in most cases one of a kind pieces designed with a special person in mind, although there are pieces I can reproduce exactly if the need arises. I have created jewelry for over 8 years. I use Sterling Silver, 14kt Gold, 14ktgf, Copper, silk, lampwork, ceramic, porcelin beads created by myself and once in a while another artist, authentic gemstones, minerals, pearls and other fine materials which are all hand picked for their beauty. I silversmith and will be adding my silver design as time allows.

I look forward to meeting more designers and growing! These are a few of the items I have made, not including any of my silversmithing! Misty you are so talented and I cant wait until one day when I learn to cast too! Might have to make a trip to Tulsa!! I would love to collaborate with others too.
Mary...errrr...McDuck

ringslingin
03-16-2004, 01:59 PM
Where do I begin? I suppose I'll start with how I got bit by the jewelry bug. A few years ago, I broke an earring that was a special gift to me. I knew if I took it to a jewelry repair place, it would have been expensive, so I decided to figure out how to fix it myself. During my search on the internet, I found scads of folks making their own jewelry with what SEEMED to be inexpensive tools and supplies. HA! Off to Wal-Mart I went for supplies...

That sure didn't last long. Now I've spent oodles of money on supplies and tools for jewelry making, I'd rather wire wrap/maille than sleep or eat... I often forget to pay myself when I sell one of my pieces because I want new wire/rings/beads/pliers. It's a serious addiction. But I LOVE it.

I've gone from beading to wire wrapping, back to beading and back to wire wrapping again. I briefly tried Wire Sculpture, and now I'm concentrating mostly in chain maille. I'm getting ready to incorporate a lot of my chain maille with some of the fantastic glass art beads I've seen on this forum.

More about Me...

I'm married with children, living in Southern Cali. We're a military family, so we move around a LOT. I've lived in Virginia, Georgia, and Cali, so far. Not wanting to leave Cali any time soon, although I used to be a bonafied east coaster. That's about it!

Thanks for having us jewelry folks here!!!!

Denise

TurtleBay Jewelry
03-16-2004, 02:13 PM
You're supposed to PAY yourself?!?!

/smacks forehead

Geez!

:p

~Danielle

ringslingin
03-16-2004, 03:15 PM
You're supposed to PAY yourself?!?!
~Danielle

That's the dirty rumor!!!

lissadivamama
03-17-2004, 12:46 AM
Hi all! I'm Melissa Meman - I've been designing/making jewelry off and on for about 12 years...right now my interests are gemstones and wire, but I love all styles! I'm so happy to have this forum to use now - I always felt a bit awkward posting non-glass related designs on the glass board, although the glassies were always nice about it!

I am pretty much self-taught, but have learned alot through this site and other forums, tutorials, and a few publications.

I am also an opera/classical singer and live in Rockville, Maryland (DC suburbs) with my 2.5 year old son Benjamin and my jazz musician/teacher hubby Jesse. I also work as an admin asst at an engineering firm, but aspire to be a full-time artist when my son is a bit older and we are a little better off financially!

lunamoonshadow
03-17-2004, 05:39 PM
Hmmm.....it's so hard to do introductions! Almost as hard as writing an "artist statement" (which I also have to do this week)
Lets see: I'm lynda, borrow my screen name lunamoonshadow from my scottish fold cat, and I make jewelry. Primarily strung, a bit of wire, the occasional peyote/fancy stitched piece.
I buy lampwork beads. Someday I'll get to take that elusive class, & budget out that expensive kiln set up, but for now, particularly since I lost my job 10 days ago, I'm just a "buyer" of beads & not a "maker" of beads.
I sell my jewelry @ craft fairs, artisan festivals, and do a couple "county fairs" where I re-sell ready-made toys & stuff on one side of the booth & have my jewelry on the other side of the booth....so I've got my state re-sellers license....and all the lovely tax-filings that go with it! (Yay, fun, more stupid tax paperwork!)
My business name is Silly Mouse Designs, courtesy of my Uncle, who called me "mouse" from around 6 months of age till today...(yeah, I'm 38 & still called "mouse")
I'm single, owned by 4 cats (two of whom are scottish folds--Tales is my "tinyhead" at present) and live in a very small basement apartment with no closets & a lot of boxes piled everywhere waiting to be unpacked!
Today I'll be posting a piece I made with one of Allison Turner's lampwork lentils in the "show & tell" thread!
That's all I can think of to "tell" about me right now!
--Lyn

Kallistos
03-18-2004, 09:37 AM
Let me see.

I'm Charlotte, I've not been making jewellery long but I have recently been making chain mail style jewellery (mainly byzantine). So far the interest in selling has only been through family, but I'm hoping to expand!

I look forward to joining in loads and loads of chats here!

Charlie. :music:

TheBlueBetween
03-18-2004, 12:53 PM
Well, I've been posting pictures so I should say hi here too, hu? I've been seriously making jewelry for about a year now, but just recently got my online store together to make it easier for friends to pick out what they wanted... I also started making lampwork beads in October and now it's March and I'm really happy with the way the majority turn out - rather than the couple specials in a pile of wonkies, it's starting to go the other way around (Yay!). I also dabble in mosaics, photography, writing (not that you could tell from this rushed, mis-spelled mess), and I'm thinking about a little quilt thingy.... I'm always thinking about something LOL!

I do have a little artist bio on my website:
http://www.bluebetween.com/designer.htm

and a web journal if you REALLY want to get to know me ;)
http://www.bluebetween.com/news.htm

Well gotta run and do my real job - MOM - we have soccer class today :)

somk
03-18-2004, 08:46 PM
hello all great people :) !
I'll introduce my self as well. I'm Sophie Klesen though I usually go by the nickname SoMK. I'm a former programmer turned artsy :p I've always loved jewelry, sculpture, illustration but programming paid the rent. I decided a few years ago to give it a go seriously and do it full time. So, I guess I qualify in the "struggling artist" category as well *sigh*
As much as jewelry is concerned, I'm a hog for recycled ivory, silver, white gold, yellow gold and opals.
I started with replicas of existing ancient jewelry, mainly for re-enactment societies and recently for Imax Movie Viking. I'm now getting braver *a tad* and begin to show my own creations... but I'm really just a beginner. Patient and stubborn but a beginner :p
I'm SO happy to see so many talented people, this community is a real booster ! Thank you all and let's share stuff !

A 6th century bracelet, 2 6th century fibulae (bronze and low temperature enamel) worn as a chatelaine (one on each shoulder) and one of Odin's bird as a brooch (bronze and garnets)

snootyvixen
03-18-2004, 09:46 PM
Hi - I'm Vikki, and I make jewelry!

Doesn't that sound like so many other twelve step programmes I'm in? Like ...

Hi - I'm Vikki, and I can't stop buying beads

Hi - I'm Vikki, and I melt glass

Hi - I'm Vikki, and I can't stop decoupaging everything

Hi - I'm Vikki, and I can't stop wire wrapping things

etc, etc, etc!!!

I'm a recent transplant to the midwest from the UK via Australia (lived half my life in England and half in Australia- I don't want to move continents again!)

I'm the typical "always been crafty" person, but never really settled down enough anywhere to establish roots and settle into any particular craft. I didn't really get "into" jewelry until I moved to the States. My MIL has an awesome collection of beads that she's amassed and jewelry that she's made, and an intense love of thrift shopping that I just couldn't help getting swept up in it!

I've been lampworking for about a year and a half and don't ever see myself giving that up. It seems only fitting that I carry out my pyromancy in MIL's basement!

Funnily enough, when designing and making jewelry, I mainly work in semiprecious stones and silver. I've only recently started incorporating lampwork into my designs. You can see some of my work on
my website (http://www.snootyvixen.com) , but most of it is in a local consignment boutique.

I have more pages scattered around the internet, but since I lost all my bookmarks, I can't find them!!!!

Thanks for finding us a home!
Vikki

starlightdesigns
03-18-2004, 11:19 PM
Oooh! It's my turn! :)

It is so cool to be here amongst all these like-minded people! I can already tell this is gonna be awesome. How inspiring!!!! Everyone's work is just breathtakingly beautiful! I am so delighted to be here...

I'll *try* to keep this brief! (But, I'll probably fail miserably... I can really get longwinded...sigh!)

I'm Debby Gwaltney, married mother of three girls living in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Been a graphic designer all my life, and have dabbled in all sorts of artistic media. In May, 1989, I finally discovered my true passion is making beaded jewelry. I've never taken any sort of beading class but I've read a lot of Bead & Button and Lapidary Journal... (You can't help but to learn stuff with them). I recently started making glass beads, which I love just as much as beading. Making beads opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. Now I can make beads to match the project rather than matching the projects to the beads I buy.

Anyway, I've got some of my favorite works to show ya, a nice variety... Hope ya'll like 'em. There's a barrette, an amulet bag, two necklaces, and I even included a simple pair of earrings, since I've done WAY more earrings than anything else...

(Is there a better place to post these images??? A show and tell???)

TurtleBay Jewelry
03-18-2004, 11:27 PM
(Is there a better place to post these images??? A show and tell???)

Deb~

Welcome! Beautiful work, and to answer your question, like the Glassies, we have a daily Show and Tell thread. Feel free to post finished pieces, older stuff or what's in pieces on your workbench. I gain much inspiration from all I see here daily.

Glad to have you!

~Danielle :p

Beads-Me!
03-19-2004, 04:39 PM
My turn! I'm Nancy Puffer and I've been playing with beads for three years now. It started innocently enough with a memory wire bracelet a friend bought at the farmer's market and spiraled out of control soon after! I've been doing home parties where I teach basic stringing as well as community ed classes. I now teach in 7 different community's and am loving it! About two years ago I discovered lampwork beads and that began the other half of my addiction. I took a very bare bone first lampworking class and have been making beads pretty consistently for the last 16 months...

In January I went to St. Louis to take a lampwork class with Dustin Tabor at Sorella Beads and while there was shown some wonderful new ideas (for me) in jewelry making that has opened up new avenues that I'm totally excited about! I also had the good fortune to go back down to Sorella's a couple of weeks ago to take Stephanie Sersich's Spiny Knot bracelet class. WOW! Now I'm torn between making wonderful jewelry and making beautiful beads!! ARGH - what a dilemna... Would someone please figure out a way of adding a few more hours into the day???

Okay - I'm almost finished... for now..... :evil: I live in Grand Rapids, MI and am married to a wonderful man who is completely supportive of my journey. We have 2 children - Jordan is 16 and Brenna just turned 10 last week. We also have the sweetest dog in the whole world named Maxine. Up until 3 years ago I was an at home mom - which I still am - the only difference is I know work almost full time on the torch, teaching and making jewelry!! :D

I'm so excited about this new addition and hope things slow down enough for me to be a contributing member here!! I can't wait to see all the wonderful art you people create!!

TurtleBay Jewelry
03-19-2004, 04:46 PM
Less talking Missy, and more telling me about the Spring Retreat!

/giggles and ducks for cover

Yay! Glad to have you here too Nancy! It's looking like it's going to be a fun bunch with lots of creative ideas. I'm really excited this has come along too.

/tap dances some more... :music:

~Danielle

Edit: Bah, I didn't see pretty pics til I already posted! I HAVE to have that last bracelet!! OMG, it's gorgeous Nan! /drool drool drool drool!

Beads-Me!
03-19-2004, 05:07 PM
I will get some more info together over the weekend - honest! You wouldn't be interested in doing a workshop on wireworking by any chance would you?!?!?! :D Puh-lease?!? And thanks - I'm really pleased with that bracelet!

TurtleBay Jewelry
03-19-2004, 05:13 PM
Omg, omg, omg, OF COURSE I wanna do a workshop!! Do lampworkers use silly purple colored glasses?!? YES! I'm so honored that you'd ask me!

/wiggles in her seat like a little kid.

Oh my gosh, I'm so excited, I can't even stand myself.

/faints

THUMP!

~Danielle

!ngridh
03-19-2004, 05:57 PM
Well I hope we drag some fiber artists in here. I know that Kimberly Affleck weaves...and I am pretty sure that AlexM does yarns...I began thinking I was going to quilt...because I was working on some interesting designs with hand marbled fabric.

I left that when I went to polymer clay...did someone say anything about paying yourself...Well for 4 years I supported myself...all expenses...by polymer clay. FULLY self supporting...I can tell you that I know what it means to be a starving artist and it is always easier to do when you know you have a profession to fall back on.

I had my own gallery (Made in Juneau)...I sold wholesale throughout alaska...and shows and my gallery. Masks with poems...necklaces that were generally not symetrical...combining yarns and fibers with the clay pieces...

I would have loved to move into metals but it was at the time I just got gallery space so I had to concentrate everything into getting that space ready...and...I couldn't afford it...So fabric...wearable items ...lets see this describes it
since 1992
Artwear Jewelry from Artistic to biZarre

but lately it hasn't been a lot of jewelry but I am heading back into design soon... I really miss the artistic component working glass beads... I want to work with wire and creat images...to go with my beads...

you need to put a cap on the number of words I can use...

backroombeads
03-19-2004, 06:36 PM
First I would like to say thanks for welcoming us here. My name is Pat Pocius and I live in a small mountain town in colorado called Fairplay- also the REAL South Park. I ahve been a potter professionally for twenty five years and got involved with jewelry in clay about fifteen years ago. Three years ago I began lampworking and would give up pottery in a heartbeat if I didn't know that it would turn into a "chore" like the pottery did- the difference between production and being able to be creative. I have a retail shop where I'm selling my pottery, beads, jewelry, rocks, antiques and odd stuff in general. I also host two bead-jewelry shows each year. One is in Fairplay August 14-15 this year and the other is in Marshalltown IA Oct 22 & 23 this fall. My website for more info on those events is www.backroombeads.com And now Earthenwood has gotten me motivated to try more clay pieces for jewelry which has me making more pottery than I really want to so I can get the jewelry pieces fired. I guess I need a little kiln.... Nice to meet all of you here and thanks again for having us. Pat

beclectic
03-19-2004, 08:35 PM
My first foray into jewelry making was in the '70s. I lived in Santa Clara, CA and I decided that it would be fun to take a lapidary course. The course was Lapidary and Fabricated Jewelry and was offered at a Senior Center in San Jose. I wasn't a senior but they would allow younger people to take the class if it wasn't full. The first time I tried to sign up it was full but the second time I got in. I learned to lap cabs and solder silver. We went rock hounding and I made some jewelry. The family started to grow and I didn't have time, space or money for making jewelry. We moved to KY and my equipment got shuffled around and my supplies got old and useless. :rolleyes:

No jewelry making for a long time - 30 years. :(

My brother-in-law and sister own National Art and Hobby in N.O., LA and my other sister worked for them. She became the bead buyer. When I visited she had all these wonderful necklaces and earrings that she had made. I wanted to make some too. For my birthday I got to pick out some supplies and so I picked out some beads and other things and came home with my treasures. I started making jewelry and I've been at it ever since. One of the things I especially wanted to make was glasses leashes because being far sighted my close up vision was getting worse and worse as I got older and I kept losing my glasses. I bought a few leashes but most of them were so ho-hum. I've made necklaces, bracelets, leashes and earrings. Bead & Button has great instructions and I've picked up information here and there.

I also love lampwork beads and want to start making them on a regular basis. I've been reading the Glass Forums for some time and I enjoy them very much. I can't wait to try out Translucent Yellow. I took a class from Bonnie Blincoe and I love my first beads, I haven't annealed them yet but I will and then I'm going to make a 'My First Beads' bracelet. I'm saving up and buying studio equipment as I can, of course my jewelry making bead buying cuts into my funds too so it is taking me a while to get it all together but eventually I'll get there.

I mostly work in silver but the Gold and Brown leash was done as a commission and coordinates with a fancy pair of reading glasses. The large bicone and the 2 round lampwork beads were purchased on eBay from flamework-studio (M Sardo - Almond, NY) and the blue and green leash and necklace main beads were purchased on eBay from RAZ of razberibeads.

I'm posting pictures for the first time and I hope this works. I also created an avatar tonight and I really think it came out well. Let me know what you think.

I'm so excited about this Wearable Art Forum I can hardly stand it. :clap:

Barbara

bjcohan
03-19-2004, 08:38 PM
Hi, everybody! Guess it's my turn. (Funny, I don't think I ever did an intro over in the glass forum where I usually hang out...)

I'm Barb Cohan and I make jewelry. And glass beads. And ice creams and sorbets and desserts for the restaurant I run with my husband, the chef. And trouble for bad people (I'm a federal prosecutor by day). And coffee. I don't sleep much. :rolleyes:

I always wanted to be a jeweler above all else. My dad was -- for more than 55 years until he retired -- a manufacturing fine jeweler on Philadelphia's Jewelers' Row. I worked for him when I was a little kid and begged him to let me into the business. He said no, that it was no job for a girl. Odd, because he let me ride horses, climb trees, play baseball and football... :rolleyes: So, I dual-majored in art and academics in high school, and got my undergrad degree in Medieval French Lit and Italian. It was, after all, the 60's, and education wasn't expected to be income-producing, just enriching. While I was in college, I took classes at night in direct metal sculpture and asked dad again. Still no.

So, several careers and several years later, I went to law school and have been prosecuting criminals ever since. I spend my days with drug dealers, gun runners and spies - a very feminine occupation. :evil:

Well, five years ago, my dad -- who had retired but still kept his hand in the jewelry business -- had a stroke. He was partially paralyzed and his speech was very impaired. I was able to communicate with him and began running his errands on Jeweler's Row (a block from my office) just as I had when I was a kid. The bug hit me again and I began making jewelry.

At first, I just made stuff for myself and for friends and family. I bought lampwork and fused glass on eBay and then directly from artists I had met through eBay. Then, when my husband opened his restaurant and customers started wanting to buy my stuff... well, it just grew. Now, at 53, I make the beads, too, and love it even more than jewelrymaking. In addition to the restaurant (people make reservations "party of 4, 7 o'clock, bring the jewelry"), I've started selling at house parties and through my picturetrail site, and some galleries have expressed an interest. Lapidary Journal has even invited me to write an article (it's finished - I still have to do the photos). My dad, now 82, is busting his buttons with pride, and he has given me many of his tools. When I asked why he never let me do this when I was a kid, he finally admitted "I wanted more for you." Sheesh....

I am really looking forward to the day when I can retire from the day job and do beads and jewelry full time. I'm learning PhotoShop and Dreamweaver and will soon launch my jewelry website to replace my temporary Picturetrail one. I am an incurable WC! addict.

That was long, but it's my story and I'm sticking to it.

No photos for now -- I'm still at work but will post some of my new stuff when I get home.

Barb:cat:

beclectic
03-19-2004, 08:51 PM
<snip>
~Danielle

Edit: Bah, I didn't see pretty pics til I already posted! I HAVE to have that last bracelet!! OMG, it's gorgeous Nan! /drool drool drool drool!


OK you take the last bracelet and I'll take the first one. That is absolutly fascinating, I can't stop looking at it. :D

I have been so impressed with the georgeous work everyone is doing. Looking at this thread has been like going to an Art Show.

~>Barbara<~ (trying out different fonts)

bjcohan
03-19-2004, 09:13 PM
OMG, Sophie, your work is stunning!!! I can't WAIT to see more!

Barb:cat:

hello all great people :) !
I'll introduce my self as well. I'm Sophie Klesen though I usually go by the nickname SoMK. I'm a former programmer turned artsy :p I've always loved jewelry, sculpture, illustration but programming paid the rent. I decided a few years ago to give it a go seriously and do it full time. So, I guess I qualify in the "struggling artist" category as well *sigh*
As much as jewelry is concerned, I'm a hog for recycled ivory, silver, white gold, yellow gold and opals.
I started with replicas of existing ancient jewelry, mainly for re-enactment societies and recently for Imax Movie Viking. I'm now getting braver *a tad* and begin to show my own creations... but I'm really just a beginner. Patient and stubborn but a beginner :p
I'm SO happy to see so many talented people, this community is a real booster ! Thank you all and let's share stuff !

A 6th century bracelet, 2 6th century fibulae (bronze and low temperature enamel) worn as a chatelaine (one on each shoulder) and one of Odin's bird as a brooch (bronze and garnets)

TurtleBay Jewelry
03-19-2004, 09:19 PM
Hmmm....ok...so:

To the first Barb that posted above, I -totally- admire your persistence and steadfast forward movement to achieve your jewlery goals. If everyone focused that much energy on doing what they love, could you imagine what a happier world we'd live in? I've made it my personal mission in life to teach my son to go after whatever his heart tells him he should do, no matter what it is. I think it's important to follow the path you were meant to follow with the talents and gifts you were given.

Even if it makes me a penniless pauper in the meantime. LOL. So Bravo to you, Barbara!

For the second Barb, once again, I admire -your- pursuit and domination of fields that aren't necessarily all that welcoming of the female persuasion. Especially in law enforcement. My mom is an EMT, my husband is Active Duty Coast Guard, and I was Pre-Law at one point for a long stretch, and I can attest to it being a male dominated world in those areas. Kudos to you too! And I'm so happy to hear that your Dad is now tickled pink with your jewelry savy. What a full circle he has come.

:clap:

Welcome to our new roost, Ladies!

~Danielle

Patricia'sglass
03-19-2004, 09:28 PM
Hi. It's Pattym from the glass gallery. I am so excited about a wearable art forum. I just love beads!!! All kinds - crystals, semi-precious, czec glass, lampwork, pearls, leather, wire, it all goes together so well. I want to expand into wire work in my jewelry. I primarily make jewelry and glass beads but do try to branch out into some fabric art. I used to make my daughters clothing when she was still in school and do needlework but it seems there is too little time to do all the things you want to. I do have a friend who does hand dyeing of fabrics and I asked her to join in. I haven't talked to her yet since I told her about this forum . anyway, here is some stuff I have made, the blue bracelet is the most recent.

Nolly
03-19-2004, 09:42 PM
I'm honored to follow in Barb's typographical footprints ...

I've been along the same paths as many of you -- always crafty, painting mostly, and most recently a fairly serious decorative painter. Then my brother-in-law gave me a bracelet that I had nothing to go with. Having an addictive personality, I became seriously involved with QVC but I got so frustrated with their narrow sizist attitude. I'm a big woman, but I feel just as entitled to a beautiful, contemporary necklace in sterling silver long enough that it doesn't choke me as any size 12! So, you know how it goes ... first AC Moore, then eBay, then the internet ... and then I found the modern American lampwork bead movement.

Seriously stung, I found a class, learned the basics and was sent home to "make 100 beads." I was looking for help buying a kiln when a nice woman on the ISGB board told me about WC. The rest, as they say, is history. I've had a wonderful time using my lampwork with silver & gold-filled accents, combining them with semi-precious stones, or whatever comes into my hands.

My only problem is that I want to run in 15 different directions--beadweaving, metalsmithing, PMC, and always, more lampworking. I want whatever Barb and Alex are taking ... pure adrenalin or coffee that holds up a spoon?

I'm looking forward to expanding my horizons, although I should be hoping for a defining moment ... hey, why not think big and wish for both?

Nolly

Nolly
03-19-2004, 09:44 PM
Hi, Patty and Danielle, I took so long writing that you snuck in on me!

Nolly

TurtleBay Jewelry
03-19-2004, 09:48 PM
Hi, Patty and Danielle, I took so long writing that you snuck in on me!

Nolly

Bah, no worries Noll! I'm like a bad penny..I just keep turning up. /wink

:evil:

~Danielle

eyeskatermum
03-19-2004, 11:55 PM
Hi! My name is Debi and I'm sooo excited to have this forum.

I started sewing when I was 7. My grandmother was a designer in New York and my grandfather was a cutter in the design house. When I used to go visit them they would sit me down at one of the industrial machines and make me help sew. My grandmother would make custom beaded gowns and I would bead right next to her. I've made everything you can imagine including gowns, bridal and period clothing. But I wanted to do more so I went into wearable fiber art and costuming. Most of my work is hand beaded and custom designs including handbags, shawls, jackets, etc.

But I wanted to do more so I began bead weaving. Not loom work, but weaving. Cuff bracelets, necklaces, watches, etc. Then I began weaving into the fabric to make unusual clothing sculpture. I added crochet and knited designs that I made and weaved into them to create fabric jewelry.

But I wanted to do more so I began making beaded jewelry. You name it I made it. But I kept seeing the beads I wanted in my head and felt frustrated that I could not buy them. So I wanted to do more and learned to make lampwork beads. So I learned and I am.

But then I wanted to do even more so now I'm making fiber art lampshades and pillows using my sewing, beadweaving and lampwork and I'm finally happy with what I can do.

I'm in several galleries and sell by word of mouth. I make custom beaded clothing for figure skaters and gymnasts. Now people are discovering my lamp lampwork and are ordering.

I'm having a blast. It's been 40 years since my first lessons with my grandparents with no signs of stopping. Now my daughter is sewing and beading.......

starlightdesigns
03-20-2004, 12:35 AM
My turn! I'm Nancy Puffer and I've been playing with beads for three years now. It started innocently enough with a memory wire bracelet a friend bought at the farmer's market and spiraled out of control soon after! I've been doing home parties where I teach basic stringing as well as community ed classes. I now teach in 7 different community's and am loving it! About two years ago I discovered lampwork beads and that began the other half of my addiction. I took a very bare bone first lampworking class and have been making beads pretty consistently for the last 16 months...

In January I went to St. Louis to take a lampwork class with Dustin Tabor at Sorella Beads and while there was shown some wonderful new ideas (for me) in jewelry making that has opened up new avenues that I'm totally excited about! I also had the good fortune to go back down to Sorella's a couple of weeks ago to take Stephanie Sersich's Spiny Knot bracelet class. WOW! Now I'm torn between making wonderful jewelry and making beautiful beads!! ARGH - what a dilemna... Would someone please figure out a way of adding a few more hours into the day???

Okay - I'm almost finished... for now..... :evil: I live in Grand Rapids, MI and am married to a wonderful man who is completely supportive of my journey. We have 2 children - Jordan is 16 and Brenna just turned 10 last week. We also have the sweetest dog in the whole world named Maxine. Up until 3 years ago I was an at home mom - which I still am - the only difference is I know work almost full time on the torch, teaching and making jewelry!! :D

I'm so excited about this new addition and hope things slow down enough for me to be a contributing member here!! I can't wait to see all the wonderful art you people create!!

Oooh, Nancy, I just LOVE your work --- GORGEOUS!!! And, now I am a VERY lucky girl as I am the happy recipient of one of your creations! (The St. Patty's bracelet)! :D

DebF
03-20-2004, 01:06 AM
Hi, I'm Deb and I live in the SF Bay Area. I remember taking some classes at the Bead Shop in Palo Alto when I was a kid, but didn't really do anything with it. I have an Art degree with a graphic design emphasis from San Jose State and have spent the past 14 years in high-tech, mostly working for Adobe (hence the art). After 9 years there, I left my high-pressure job and did some consulting in the dot-com boom years.

After my son was born in 2001, I saw a neighbor's very cool bracelet and asked where she got it. I saw what that artist was doing and started haunting the bead shops, and then eBay. That's where I met lampwork beads for the first time ever. I started designing my own jewelry as a way to get the creative aspect back into my life. I liked the beads so much, I thought "I should learn how to make these" and so I did and how cool it is to melt glass into little works of art. I love making the beads more than the jewelry now, even though I still consider myself a beginner.

Now I've got a website, some good word-of-mouth going, and am doing some local art/wine festivals and parties. It's so much fun, I am having a ball!

Here's an example of some of my beads in my jewelry:

http://www.fantm.com/designs/images/royaltyII.jpg

and these are Mary Guay's beads, my design:

http://www.fantm.com/designs/images/wildthingsII.jpg

thanks for reading!
Deb

Moth
03-20-2004, 01:14 AM
Hi guys! I recognize almost everybody here! :clap: :D

I am Mary Lockwood, mother, wife and beadaholic. I will put beads on anything that will sit still long enough for it.

I started out doing some research into Celtic Artwork when I found a website called Aon Celtic Art and Illumination that showcased the work of artist Cari Buziak. Fell in love with her gilded stones actually, and started delving deeper into her website. There, I found an amulet bag called, "Celtic Fire" which was a glorious creation in copper, reds and other warm colored seed beads arranged in a knotwork pattern. I had never seen an amulet bag before, but I knew I had to have it. Well, there was no way I was being able to afford $150.00 at that time, so I decided if I wanted something like that I would have to make it myself. SO, that is where it began, my addiction to beads.

I worked mainly seed beads for over a year, making amulet bags and developing my own Celtic knotwork patterns for bracelets and purse straps. Then bigger beads caught my eye. Then lampwork beads caught my eye. Whatever was my most recent find was what I was most passionate about. All these beads led naturally to an interest in wire work, which I really enjoy playing around with.

Now, I mainly make jewelry for my family and friends. I give a LOT away. I sold jewelry for a little over two years on the internet through my site and eBay, but I found myself taking custom orders that I didn't enjoy and it took the fun out of it for me. I would rather LOVE making it, and LOVE giving it away.

I also have a handbag site called Hemlock Bags where we show how my partner designs and sews original and creative handbags and I do all the adornments. That is fun because it is always something different and it is a challenge trying to merge the vision and ideas of two completely different minds.

Well, that's my story! :D And here is a picture of one of my latest pieces:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Mar-2004/24464-pearlflowerfullk.JPG

Nice to finally have a place to post things that it actually feels like it 'belongs'. Thank you to WC, and all the members who lobbied to have a forum established just for people like us!

~~Mary

Alan Cross
03-20-2004, 02:12 AM
I am very new to this I make the beads and my wife does the silver work...started at the end of Jan .....can't seem to get away from the flame lol.....if you want to see some of my work click the links in my sig file...I need to change them to some of my newer ones.....sigh one of these days...
Alan :)

Moonbeads
03-20-2004, 02:13 AM
Hello!
Currently I make glass beads......all the time, but for years I did seed bead work, and I always make earrings for myself. Now that I make my own beads, I have been making some bracelets with them along with sterling silver and swarovski crystals. I have also dabbled in fiber and beads, I have a necklace that I was working on and put aside (quite awhile ago) and I'd like to finish it. I love the look of beads and different types of yarns. I look at Lapidary Journal alot too, I 'think' about doing some ogf the projects, but, I don't have any of the equipment ot tools, so it will probably always be a 'wish I could do it' type thing. I don't think that making jewelry will ever be my passion, as it is most of you here, but I wanted to be in this too!

pixieled
03-20-2004, 07:48 AM
Hello!
I'm not so new to jewelry making as I am to trying to sell it. It's hard to let go!

Actually, I started as a painter (still am), using beading as a hobby a few years ago. I created mainly lacework necklaces and earrings out of tiny glass seed beads. I always seemed to go back to beading until I wanted to work with jewelry more than anything. My real leap into full-time jewelry making came after working with polymer clay sculptures. I created a series of 3" or less dragons that sold quickly. I wondered if I could make jewelry from the clay, creating beads with inclusions such as chamomile and rose petals.

To make a long story short... My passion turns out to be in jewelry making, especially wire jewelry and soldering metal. I love to work with sterling silver! I didn't start out intending on making jewelry for anyone other than myself and family, but they have been great advertisers, making sales for me all over the place. I just got 10 more orders last night. I haven't decided whether or not to put up a webpage yet.

I hope to take a class on glass beadmaking later this Spring. I love seeing what all of you come up with.

Trace

somk
03-20-2004, 10:56 AM
aaaah saturday mornings :) been able to visit each and every gallery and WOW ! So many splendid things !!

Debbie (starlight designs) : What an awesome job with this Ocean Jasper cab !

TurtleBay Jewelry
03-20-2004, 11:07 AM
Anyone around that can sticky this for us at the top of the forum so new members to the forum can make intro's?

Thanks!

~Danielle

mjcall
03-20-2004, 09:07 PM
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mike Callihan, I am retired and living in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Being an engineer by training I have always had a left brain, right brain conflict. I always have used my artistic endeavors as an escape from the day to day job of working in industry. I once had a pottery instructor tell me over a glass of liquid libation that he thought that I must live in a strange world. He said “My artist friends don’t quite trust me and my industrial friends don’t quite understand me.” That was probably truer than I ever cared to admit. :rolleyes:

My interest have always been varied and far flung. At one point in my life I worried about how fickle I was when it came to my hobbies. I would immerse myself in something gain a modicum of competence and move on. Then I decided it was just who I am and enjoyed the new challenges.

Currently I am coming back to jewelry making after a 20 year hiatus. Fortunately I hung onto all these years my faceting machine, centrifugal casting machine, torches, kiln as well as most of my hand tools. I in fact moved them coast to coast a couple of times. In the mean time I have taken up lampworking. As I find time from my new full time job of building our retirement home I am slowly setting up my jewelry studio. I am lucky as my DW let me build a 2300 sq. ft. shop/studio prior to starting the house. While most of it is devoted to metal and woodworking I am finding a corner or two for jewelry. :)

I believe I am going to enjoy this forum a lot and look forward to participating.

Also allow me to introduce my Avatar, his name is Casper and he is Harlequin Great Dane. Casper and his smaller buddy JC (JC is of questionable linage) are my constant companions. Without them I would spend a lot of time talking to myself. :o

Thank you to all of you who’s efforts are responsible for getting this forum launched. :clap: :clap: :clap:

M_

Patch
03-21-2004, 09:04 AM
Hello,

I began participating at the glass forum about two weeks ago, at the same time I began making my own beads. Previously, I've been working with other's beads but it wasn't easy to get the exact color I needed to match the fabrics I used. Mainly, as weareable, I do accessories like beaded scarves, fabric, crocheted and knitted beaded purses. When I do jewelry, it's for me to wear. In my everyday life, I am designing all kind of patterns for a craft magazine (patchwork-beaded knitting-sewing) and sell my crafts in local boutiques. Twice my beadwork patterns were published in Beadwork magazine. Will try to find scans to posts later today.
Take care
Patch - Denise

SylviaSkea
03-21-2004, 12:02 PM
Hi all,

It’s so wonderful to have a forum for wearable art and I personally thank Scott and those who’s efforts made this possible.

For many years, I worked in the world of industrial electronics. Little did I know that putting tiny components into small printed circuit boards would be good practice for making jewelry components years later.

I’ve been blessed with two wonderful daughters, Valorie and Sabrina and over the years, I’ve enjoyed photography, making stained glass pieces, fused dichroic glass jewelry, beading, and now jewelry pieces that incorporate Val’s beads into bracelets and necklaces.

After living in Las Vegas for almost 30 years, my jazz musician husband and I retired two years ago and moved to green, wet and gloriously beautiful, Vermont. It is truly heaven on earth for us. After years of working on one end of the dining room table, I finally have a litlle room with a big window that overlooks the woods and I told Dan that the next time I move, I want to be unconscious....

Looking forward to hanging out with all of you...

Sylvia

Shirley C.
03-21-2004, 01:00 PM
...After living in Las Vegas for almost 30 years, my jazz musician husband and I retired two years ago and moved to green, wet and gloriously beautiful, Vermont. It is truly heaven on earth for us. ...
Sylvia
wow, from vegas to vermont - what a big change! hubby and i had thought about moving to vermont about 20 years ago, but we figured we wouldn't be able to stand the culture shock after having lived in the san francisco area for so long. however, we do love vermont - we're both transplanted new englanders, and vermont is truly a beautiful place. (we spent our honeymoon there!)

can't wait to see your work out here, sylvia - i love it!

SylviaSkea
03-21-2004, 01:50 PM
Yes, Shirley, it is a bit of a cultural shock but one that we have embraced fully. Instead of the ballet or a star studded show, we go the annual "Intergalactic Croquet Tournament" in March where we are always guaranteed to have at least a foot of snow on the course. Instead of Fourth of July fireworks over the Strip, we drive to Moscow, VT and watch the "Moscow All Ladies Lawn Chair Drill Team" and the "Moscow All Men's Marching Radio Band" (who carry radios all tuned to WDEV playing music by John Phillips Souza). It's a different kind of fun and I know, it's not for everyone. If we want to visit the big city, we drive north to Montreal or take the train to New York City or Boston... I have to agree with you about San Francisco. It is one of the most beautiful cities anywhere.

Sylvia

Patch
03-21-2004, 02:01 PM
Next time you decide to head to Montréal, let me know...I am very near and perhaps we can meet.

Patch

Yes, Shirley, it is a bit of a cultural shock but one that we have embraced fully. Instead of the ballet or a star studded show, we go the annual "Intergalactic Croquet Tournament" in March where we are always guaranteed to have at least a foot of snow on the course. Instead of Fourth of July fireworks over the Strip, we drive to Moscow, VT and watch the "Moscow All Ladies Lawn Chair Drill Team" and the "Moscow All Men's Marching Radio Band" (who carry radios all tuned to WDEV playing music by John Phillips Souza). It's a different kind of fun and I know, it's not for everyone. If we want to visit the big city, we drive north to Montreal or take the train to New York City or Boston... I have to agree with you about San Francisco. It is one of the most beautiful cities anywhere.

Sylvia

manda j
03-21-2004, 06:37 PM
Hi all! Hope it isn't too late to post this- I seem to be late for everything these days!

My name is Amanda Jeffrey. I am lucky enough to be retired (I had my own ice cream and chocolate store) and to spend half the year in the Phoenix, AZ area (Scottsdale) (yes- the winter) and half on the southern coast of Maine (yes- the summer). When I am in AZ I normally volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden and while in Maine, I volunteer twice a month at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Mass.

I had been a quilter for many years while living in New Hampshire and Maine but now seem to be consumed by beads of all shapes and sizes and types. I am in the process of setting up a lampwork studio with a friend at the Heartwood Art School in Kennebunk, Maine. I am a member of the New Hampshire Bead Society and enjoy bead crochet, peyote, loom work and designing my own patterns.

I broke my leg about 6 weeks ago and have been doing a lot of bead crochet bracelets which I'll show in this post. I am scheduled to teach at the Glendale AZ Bead Museum in 2005.

My husband of 35 years (wow!!!) and I have 2 grown children, a son living in Burlington, VT and a daughter living in Boston, MA but who will probably be moving to Boulder CO soon. We have a geriatric apricot mini poodle and a pure while cat. When my leg isn't broken we enjoy traveling in our Trailmanor camper, kayaking on lakes and estuaries (not white water) and hiking.

My avatar is a cactus in my front yard that is blooming right now.

Here are my chunky spring bead crochet bracelets and a lariet with African
trade beads.

I have learned soooo much from WETCANVAS and am so glad it is here! :clap:

starlightdesigns
03-21-2004, 10:10 PM
Debbie (starlight designs) : What an awesome job with this Ocean Jasper cab !

THANK YOU! That happens to be my all-time favorite piece. Made it especially as a gift for my mother, who loves it dearly. A special gift for a very special lady...

I just made another one kinda like it, but I still like the first one better. The strap on this one is too short, I think... When I fix it, I'll post an image of it here. Probably this week sometime...

Virginia L.
03-21-2004, 10:17 PM
Those are really beautiful...I truly understand how long it takes to make extensive bead pieces....this is one of mine....not addorment OR Jewelry, but I don't know WHERE, it belongs - God Bless - Virginia L.

somk
03-21-2004, 10:19 PM
Better late than never..
Patch> yes, you probably saw me 2 years ago at BlueBonnet :) I'll be back this year too ! Should we schedule a WetCanvas meeting up there ? lol

starlightdesigns
03-21-2004, 10:41 PM
Those are really beautiful...I truly understand how long it takes to make extensive bead pieces....this is one of mine....not addorment OR Jewelry, but I don't know WHERE, it belongs - God Bless - Virginia L.

I don't know either, but it's GORGEOUS!!! Wow! :D

Patch
03-21-2004, 10:57 PM
Better late than never..
Patch> yes, you probably saw me 2 years ago at BlueBonnet :) I'll be back this year too ! Should we schedule a WetCanvas meeting up there ? lol

Just saw the advertisement for it in the latest Oriflamme. I might be there...will let you know if I go and will sure introduce myself properly :)

Patch

Kerensamere
03-22-2004, 10:09 PM
Hello fellow Wearable Artists!
My name is Jen, I live outside of Harrisburg,PA. Grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland though. Thought I could give up the Chesapeake Bay for the mountains here. Unfortuately I didn't realize just how addicted I was to the beach. Now much of the work I create is inspired by the beach and the water.

I work with stained glass, using the copper foil or Tiffany technique. I specialize in jewelry and mobiles. I found out about WC from a lampwork bead making neighbor so I originally focused all of my attention on the Glass forum. But I am delighted to find a wearable/jewelry forum that includes more than just lampwork beads! I love glass beads, don't get me wrong, but it's nice to see and talk about other stuff too! :)

This is my second year in business as a jewelry artist. I was blessed with a wonderful DH who, when our daughter was born, encouraged me to follow my life long dream of owning my own business and doing something creative. So my primary job is "mommy" my secondary job is "artist" and it's only been in the last two years that I've felt confident enough in my work to take that second title. I teach 1 or 2 classes at a local visual arts school, Writting & Communications (I was an English/Communications major with an Art minor in college) and Intro to Computing (DH's is an IT guy -- guess I picked it up through osmossis from sleeping next to him for 10+ years!). I've got a professional background in Marketing and Advertising and my folks have been small business owners so I'm approaching this as a business not just a hobby or addiction gone awry :D

The rest of my background is pretty diverse: used to marble textiles and sell scarves out of my dorm room to pay for pizza and text books, self taught paper sculptor (even taught a few classes at the art association), used to cave a lot before my daughter was born (yep that would be like "spelunking"), used to windsurf, been hanggliding, used to back pack, like to canoe and sail, would love to do some open/flat water kayacking someday, used to work as an improvisational actor & fortune teller at a local Renaissance Faire (that's how I met my DH), had a Ren Wedding 'cause my DH's hobbies include designing and making formal Elizabethan Renassaince clothing, I used to fence (my DH was once ranked nationally for this sport). This list could go on for a long time. The interesting part of it is that I use the term "used to a lot. Hmmm, that would be the influence that glass, jewelry making and my lovely daughter have had on me. No complaints here, I'm still having lots of fun!

Here's a pic of two of my "signature" pieces. Now it's time to stop typing and "go to my studio and make stuff!!" Looking forward to seeing everyones work!

-Jen

jennakate
03-24-2004, 10:33 AM
my name is jen as well.... there seem to be quite a few of us wetcanvasers with that name. i am from alberta, and i started doing jewellery a couple of years ago and it has just taken off flying with me trailing behind! now, i eat, sleep and dream beads and jewellery. i am trying to get into the Alberta College of Art and Design to get into the jewellery and metals program. I took up lampworking last summer, and while i still need a lot of practice, i an\m improving very much. I just want to create more, make more! i have a piece at an amateur art show at the local library, and i am looking to buy a kiln so i can actually anneal some of my lampwork and sell some of it, maybe. I have been selling some of my jewellery to locals... made a little "catalouge" and left it in a high traffic area where I work.... anyway, enough yapping about me, really, I am not THAT stuck on myself, but it is an introduction!
jenna kate

Aragorn
03-24-2004, 09:07 PM
Hello everyone. My name is Rachel and I live in Alabama. I'm not really Aragorn. I am so happy to find people who are as crazy about beads and jewelry as I am. My journey with beads started over a year ago on a trip to Steamboat Springs, CO. I bought a necklace from a shop there and after a hard day of snowboarding, I found myself just staring off in space and studying the necklace. I decided that perhaps I could make something similar for myself. I took the necklace to a local craft store when I got home and asked the lady what supplies she thought I would need to make something similar. That is the extent of my formal training on making jewelry. Since then, I've spent a lot of time and a lot of money on beads and supplies and books. I am sure you all understand. I have never taken an art class or had a hobby other than sports really. This is such a fun thing for me to do and it is nice to be able to make gifts for people in a hurry if I need to. Basically, I love it. I tend to stick more to the traditional stringing. I've never attempted anything very exotic with wire or seed beeds but I plan to attempt some things soon.

Recently, I took a class on lampworking from a teacher named Shawn (member here at WC) here in Alabama. I loved this class and can't wait to get started practicing. The class was so much fun and Shawn's excitement and passion for beads really got me interested in making them myself. She sent me to this website and forum. I don't really consider myself to be an artist but I try I suppose. I am still a beginner and have so much to learn. I've had success at selling my stuff to people and recently started listing things on eBay. Sometimes eBay does well and sometimes (like now) it is dreadfully slow. But, I sell things so that I can buy more. My other hobbies include painting ceramics (I know nothing about painting), snowboarding and reading. I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I don't have an avatar yet and I don't know how to link to my auctions. but here's a link to my ebay store for some examples of my jewelry. Thanks for all the great information on this site and I look forward to learning more about all of you.

www.stores.ebay.com/misslucystreats

Charlee
03-25-2004, 02:18 PM
What a great forum! Thanks for starting it. :clap: :clap:

I'm Charlee - you may have seen my posts over in the glass forums. I've been playing in jewelry much of my life. My mom still wears a scarf ring I made when I was about 8. Remember the Tumble Stones kits in the Sears wishbook? ;) I've taken a couple of classes in fabrication and have some bench experience. I've taken a class in lampworking and cannot WAIT to get set up to do that at home. It's been a while, but I have also worked in stained glass, both copper foil & leaded pieces. I worked for a studio in Memphis for a few years - one of the best jobs I've ever had. It was like playing and getting paid for it. :D I've recently become addicted to chain maille and am incorporating that into some of my strung pieces - which is mostly what I do now. I also work in paper arts & assemblage - altered books, shrines mostly, and have a line of bath & body products and natural perfumes. I think what I love to do falls in the category of Adornment, for the body or the home.

I'm a Licensed Counselor and am taking a break from it - possibly a permanent one - dealing with a bit o burnout. :( So I'm focusing on getting my website going and building a business from these things that make me happy when I do them.

I'm really enjoying looking at everyone's designs. Such gorgeous work! :clap:

flynfire
03-25-2004, 02:34 PM
Hello Everyone!
My husband and I own a glider flight school in Texas. I began to make jewelry when I had a hard time finding realistic and well-made glider jewelry to wear. Now I sell it at glider conventions, at our hangar, and over the internet via our website to glider pilots all over the world. I especially like working with silver and cabachons. I learned (always learning) silversmithing from Paul Graybeal of Moonlight Gemstones in Marfa, Tx.
I joined WC a year ago, but have been lurking around the watercolor and design forums with no place else to go until Wearable Art appeared. :clap:
Kit

carole c
03-25-2004, 03:33 PM
Hi all,
I'm so glad this board was started. I am Carole Carey. I have been mostly on the glassart board. I have been dabbeling in jewelry making since I was about 15 or 16. I have been lampworking for 2 years after a renewed interest in jewelry lead me to my first lampworking class. I just had to know how to make those beautiful glass beads. I have taken one peyote seed beading class, love peyote stitch. I am otherwise self taught in jewelry making/design. I do subscribe to Bead and Button, Bead Style, Lapidary journal and Beadwork for instruction and inspiration.
Everyones work is lovely. So much talent! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Cyndi L
03-25-2004, 06:31 PM
Hi, I'm Cyndi, and I'm a bead and stone addict...

I was very happy to see this forum open. I have mostly lurked around the glass and the mixed media forums, but haven't joined until now.

I primarily love making large flamboyant pieces that I would rarely wear! Here's my newest piece:

http://www.mazeltovjewelry.com/pink-thing-sm.jpg
(I'm still working on a name for it!)

I love to use a variety of materials, including my own lampwork beads, stones, broken bits and bobs, charms, old jewelry pieces. The necklace I finished just before the pink one included a whole bunch of watch parts:

http://www.mazeltovjewelry.com/my-times-sm.jpg
It's hard to read the neck strap, but it says "My Times Are In Your Hands" from Psalm 31:15

Looking forward to a wonderful new forum :-)

Virginia L.
03-25-2004, 06:56 PM
Hi, I'm Cyndi, and I'm a bead and stone addict...

I was very happy to see this forum open. I have mostly lurked around the glass and the mixed media forums, but haven't joined until now.

I primarily love making large flamboyant pieces that I would rarely wear! Here's my newest piece:

http://www.mazeltovjewelry.com/pink-thing-sm.jpg
(I'm still working on a name for it!)

I love to use a variety of materials, including my own lampwork beads, stones, broken bits and bobs, charms, old jewelry pieces. The necklace I finished just before the pink one included a whole bunch of watch parts:

http://www.mazeltovjewelry.com/my-times-sm.jpg
It's hard to read the neck strap, but it says "My Times Are In Your Hands" from Psalm 31:15

Looking forward to a wonderful new forum :-)
I love your work, if I could afford it, I would sure wear it, here is one of mine, entirely different, but you will appreciate the time it took. It filled the entire bed of the scanner and over the edges - God Bless - Virignia L.

Noah
03-25-2004, 07:15 PM
Hi all! I've been kind of slow in getting to my introduction. My name is Kim and I live in the Oklahoma Panhandle (recently transplanted east-coaster :) ).

I got into jewelry about three years ago. I was wanting to make my mom something for her birthday. I wandered into a craft shop and saw the hanks of seed beads and thought to myself "hey, only $3 for a big bunch of beads? This might be the first inexpensive craft I get into!" Hee hee, little did I know :D

I'd mostly been working with bought beads (occasional polymer clay attempts, but I've found I'm horrible at that), up until about two months ago when I took a class in enamel bead making in North Carolina ... what can I say, I'm hooked! I'm taking a lampworking class at the same place in August and I can't wait.

I'm so excited that there's a forum now for wearable art of all kinds. Just looking at all the pictures everyone has posted is inspiring. Makes me want to drop everything and run back home to play :) (Slacking a bit at work right now :o )

Kim

DonnaBee
03-25-2004, 08:58 PM
Thank you everyone for posting introductions. I read them all, and this is wonderful!

Cyndilee
03-25-2004, 09:15 PM
Holy wow! See what happens when I don't check in for a month!!! Hi everyone, I'm Cyndi~ I've posted a few times in the glass art forum but can't believe I almost missed out on this! I've been making jewelry for about a year now. I'm always involved in some craft or another (such as scrapbooking and cardmaking) but those are taking a backseat to my jewelry design and lampworking (2 months now!) Of course jewelry design is much more lucrative money wise than scrapbooking! I now work mostly with beads and wire but am always trying to expand my craft. Already I'm having fun browsing everyones great creations they've posted and hope this will be a source of inspiration and ideas for myself and others!

Cyndilee
03-25-2004, 09:16 PM
Yikes! The pics came out HUGE! Sorry!!
Cyn

DonnaBee
03-25-2004, 09:39 PM
That's okay Cyn, you can post that gorgeous jewelry as big as you want! :)

TurtleBay Jewelry
03-25-2004, 10:00 PM
Don't sweat the pic size!

We like good eye candy around here. ;)

Welcome, btw!

~Danielle

cnmwife
03-25-2004, 10:25 PM
Hello everyone: I'm Jeri, and I've been lurking around here for a while, and this is my first post. I have been designing and crafting "watercolor jewelry" since 1988, along with painting watercolors. I paint the images on cold-pressed watercolor paper, then after 2 preliminary coats, apply a thick coat of a 2-part polymer for waterproofing and durability. For the earrings, I add a glass or wood bead at the top of the watercolor station/shape, then the ear wire. I also make pins, barrettes, and cabochons that I insert into bracelet and necklace findings. The concept is pretty unique, and has a small audience, unfortunately. You can see what I'm talking about at my website below.

www.wearablewatercolor.com

Rosie2000
03-25-2004, 10:57 PM
Greetings from the beautiful Oregon Coast. I have just reached a point in my life that I can explore the creative side of me. I am Stephanie Fischer, aka Rosie, aka Wild Woman Creations. I am drawing from 56 years of accumulated joy, tears, love, good, bad and expressing it in my art. I began this journey in 2003 and will continue until I am no more. My medium is glass, soft, hard, fused. I walk on the wild side where normal is not an option. When they zig, I zag. I love texture, asymetry and never doing the same thing twice. My beginning work can be viewed at:
www.glassartists.org/wildwoman creations and www.imageevent.com/wildwomancreations. I will certainly welcome the inspiration that I know I will find here. Rosie

Rosie2000
03-25-2004, 11:05 PM
whoops...messed up on my url. Should be www.glassartists.org/wildwomancreations.

Thanks for looking. Rosie :D

Cyndi L
03-26-2004, 10:01 AM
I love your work, if I could afford it, I would sure wear it, here is one of mine, entirely different, but you will appreciate the time it took. It filled the entire bed of the scanner and over the edges - God Bless - Virignia L.

Thank you Virginia :-) I *love* your bag ~ and oh yes! ~ I can certainly see the hours that it took. Some of my neckpieces can take 40 hours or more:

http://www.mazeltovjewelry.com/genesis-sm.jpg

I do wear each one at least once to make sure it doesn't snag or strangle (or fall apart!), but I'm really a jeans and teeshirt kind of a girl :-)

Cyndi L

Aislyn
03-26-2004, 09:12 PM
My name is Aislyn and I make chain. There's a reason that sounds like a 12 step intro, as my fellow addicts are well aware. *g* I'm really happy this forum was created because I've been envying my bead making friends for a long time. So anyway... hello to everyone I know and it's nice to meet everyone else. *s*

Charlee
03-27-2004, 12:18 AM
My name is Aislyn and I make chain.

You're here! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
What fun!


Charlee <-- waving frantically and acting quite silly

Aislyn
03-27-2004, 10:11 AM
You're here!

So are you. Yay! *hugs* Now if people were to start saying y'all, alla y'all and summa y'all, I'll feel right at home. *s*

TurtleBay Jewelry
03-27-2004, 10:30 AM
Glad to have alla y'all here!

;)

~D.

snootyvixen
03-27-2004, 11:37 AM
haha -I often use "y'all" when I'm typing, but not in general speech. Have you ever heard all those "y'alls" with an Australian accent? Not too pretty, I warn you! LOL!

Vikki

Charlee
03-27-2004, 06:41 PM
Have you ever heard all those "y'alls" with an Australian accent? Not too pretty, I warn you! LOL!
Vikki

Couldn't be much worse than my husband's Kiwi accent when he speaks Southern - much to his mother's dismay. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

snootyvixen
03-27-2004, 06:50 PM
HAH!!! I love the Kiwi accent - gotta love them "fush and chups" LMAO!!!!

Vikki

jacy
03-28-2004, 07:52 PM
My real name is Jeanne but I've always used the jacy nick online. Born, bred and live in Chicago. Got into jewelry assembly last summer. I say assembly because I don't feel like I really make anything. Yet! One of these days I'd love to try lampworking, but I think I'll have to win the Lotto first. ;)

Anyway, maybe someday I'll be able to share a show-and-tell item. In the meantime I'm just enjoying all the eye candy and picking up tips here and there.

Kerensamere
03-28-2004, 09:07 PM
My real name is Jeanne but I've always used the jacy nick online. Born, bred and live in Chicago. Got into jewelry assembly last summer. I say assembly because I don't feel like I really make anything. Yet! One of these days I'd love to try lampworking, but I think I'll have to win the Lotto first. ;)

Anyway, maybe someday I'll be able to share a show-and-tell item. In the meantime I'm just enjoying all the eye candy and picking up tips here and there.

Hang in there, keep doing the assembly thing, I first learned how to make jewelry doing the "assembly" thing when I was in college. Now I use those skills to do my own thing.

Getting into lampworking does cost a little but don't be turned away too much. At least around here, Central PA, it costs about $90 for a class and about $150 for a kit so that you can do your own thing at home. BUT our local glass shop offers free demos on lampworking a couple of times a year. I'd highly reccomend taking advantage of that! Then check out your local library and the web for more instruction. If you've got the determination there's no reason why you can't learn how to make beads, at least enough to get started and begin playing, for a small amount of money.

Just keep saving those pennies! Think of it this way: for every "assembled" piece of work you sell, you're that many dollars closer to making cool glass beads! :cool:

Best of luck!
-Jen

Rosie2000
03-28-2004, 09:55 PM
Hi Jacy! There is a time and place for everything. Believe that everything you do adds to the pot and gives you a basis to draw upon. You might take a draw when your 20-30-40 or it might come later. Heck, you might even begin when you are in your 80-90's. It doesnt matter! Just beginning does. So when it feels right, when the opportunity is there, go for it and never look back and you will be amazed at what flows out :D Rosie Wild Woman I of Wild Woman Creations

www.glassartists.org/wildwomancreations
www.imagevent.com/wildwomancreations

happylsds
03-29-2004, 10:47 AM
Hi everyone!

I'm Laura Drosner Schreiber and I live in South Central PA. I have been lampworking for about 6 years now, but am just starting to make finished pieces. (unless you count threading a focal or two on a chain!) My first timid pieces have come out pretty well, I think all the encouragement and inspiration here has been a big help!!

I quit my office job a year and a half ago to make beads full time. (well, as full time as I can while still feeding my family and keeping the house in ab state where I am only mortified half the time when someone drops by unexpectedly!) I am slowly making progress with building a customer base, and have finally quit whining and finished (mostly) my website.

I really enjoy reading the posts here on WC and always look forward to the show and tells!

JAM Creations
03-30-2004, 05:05 PM
Hello! I'm Jodie--and I'm addicted to beads. I've been dabbling in Lampwork for about 2 years, but I've been beading since I was a little girl stringing beads. I'd like to think I've grown up some since then, but you'd probably want a second opinion on that one! I love the show & tells--seeing all that creativity in one place is awesome! I'll share sometime soon, I promise.

Kerensamere
03-30-2004, 09:51 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm Laura Drosner Schreiber and I live in South Central PA. I have been lampworking for about 6 years now, but am just starting to make finished pieces. (unless you count threading a focal or two on a chain!) My first timid pieces have come out pretty well, I think all the encouragement and inspiration here has been a big help!!

I quit my office job a year and a half ago to make beads full time. (well, as full time as I can while still feeding my family and keeping the house in ab state where I am only mortified half the time when someone drops by unexpectedly!) I am slowly making progress with building a customer base, and have finally quit whining and finished (mostly) my website.

I really enjoy reading the posts here on WC and always look forward to the show and tells!

Glad to know there are more people following their dreams and making a go of being a creative person for a living. After the birth of my DD, 2 yrs ago, my DH and I decided that I should stay home with her AND try to make my dream of being a business owner/artist a reality. It's happening! Finances are often tight but it's really happening! And I agree, whole heartedly, that WC is filled with great ideas and encouragement!

Just thought I'd let you know, I checked out your web site and I LOVE your snowflake necklace!! What a cool idea (pardon the pun) :D

OH, check out the Fairy Festival in Glen Rock, PA the first weekend in May, your mushroom beads and perhaps many of your others might find some very good homes there!

Best of Luck!

beadyeyedgirls
03-31-2004, 04:45 PM
i keep getting over here & somehow not posting! i'm jessica, owner of beady eyed girls, which has a domain but only a pitiful home page thus far. i've been playing around w/making jewelry for about 2-2.5 years, & finally made it official last december. i've taken a lampwork class & bought a hothead & some basic supplies, but haven't had a chance or space to set up the torch yet b/c i have 3 little people around, ages 1, 3, & 5. hopefully soon! & i'm also totally fascinated by pmc, & am currently awaiting delivery of a pmc3 kit, including a hot pot. i have so many ideas for things to make! & so little time in which to do it.

outside of bead & jewelry stuff, i am mostly a stay-at-home mom. i do teach history part-time at the community college, for bead money, though!! gotta make those degrees earn me a little something, lol!

beadamaniac!
03-31-2004, 11:56 PM
Well, I'm finally getting around to introducing myself. This thread has doubled in size since I saved it to my Favorites a week ago. So many great stories and so many great pieces! I've been admiring alot of y'alls work for a long time.
My name is Lisa New and I am a Yankee/morphed Southerner. About 8 years ago I started stringing seed beads on fishing line that I had leftover from a Christmas stocking project and the obsession grew from there. I discovered bead catalogs and then stores. My bead stringing led me into lampworking, which I love, but I really love designing jewelry. I adore beads from seeds on up, but semi precious stones are my true love. My jewelry designs are as diverse as my music collection, which runs the gamut.
In September I will be taking a silver class and can't wait!
Here's a recent necklace with one of my beads.

Trishki
04-01-2004, 12:38 AM
Wow! I really enjoyed everyone's introductions! Well, here I am, a little late....if anyone reads this far:

My name is Patricia Santana. Born and grew up in Sweden (by 2 Hungarian parents) Went to restaurant school in Switzerland for 2 years, moved to San Francisco, finished business degree in Hotel Management. Worked in catering for a couple of years in Silcon Valley (burned out after planning and coordinating the second party for 9000 people .) Recruited by an airline catering company, moved to France where I lived for 2 years (longing to go back to California every minute....) flying all over the world, wheeling and dealing airline catering contracts.
Moved back, married my husband (into a family with 2 mexican restaurants) and now I help run those...

Took my first metal (fabrication) class a year ago - got bit by the metal bug immediately. A couple of months later, I took a 3 hour workshop in lampworking, also immediately hooked! Since then I have taken a casting class, workshops in Mokume Gane (a japanese metal fusing technique), torchfire enamel and another lampworking class with Corina. Currently I'm taking a class in Metal Smithing (the first picture is a project in process...the technique is called Chasing and Repoussee)

I have just started selling some lampwork bracelets on demand to friends of friends and through my sister in Sweden, and a couple of auctions for beads on ebay, just to be able to buy more glass and tools!

I lampwork when I should be sleeping, and sneak away to metal classes when I should be working (so I'm constantly stressed, behind at work, sleepy- but finally happy!) It took me 33 years to find what I REALLY love to do, and sometimes I feel that maybe, this is what my calling is. (HOWEVER, there is no way I can NOT do the restaurants...so I don't ever see myself getting enough sleep...
The bottom picture is a cast ring, a cast brooch and a cast pillbox with a moonstone set on top, all sterling silver.Sloppy pictures...sorry...it's late...

RottweilerMom
04-04-2004, 12:54 AM
My name is Cris and I usually hang out in the drawing and animal/wildlife forums here. I'm a landscape designer for my day job and an equine/canine artist as my night job. I'm married to a US Coast Guardsman who will be leaving the service soon due to a spinal injury. No kids yet, just a rescued rottweiler. :D

My hobbies are knitting and now jewelry making! I'm so new to jewelry making that I don't have much to say about what I have made. :o But, I think I will like playing with it because you can make a piece of jewelry a lot faster than you can a scarf or a drawing. :D So, if I feel the need to be prolific, I'll make some jewelry. (It typically takes me months to crank out a drawing :p )

I look forward to chatting about wearable stuff with you all! :D

froggee501
04-04-2004, 02:40 PM
Hi. :)

I'm Emma. :)

debkauz
04-05-2004, 02:33 PM
WOW, I can't wait to read this whole thread, but as I am cooking right now, it will have to be later.

I am Debbie Kauzlarich. My business name is CoyoteMountaingrove Designs. It's a long story...I started rubberstamping a few years ago, went crazy with that and finally started feeling like I had found my creative outlet. I have several friends who bead and we decided that we would do a monthly 'Beadbabe' night to get together and talk, eat, and 'do our thing.' Well, it was hard for me to bring the rubberstamping stuff I needed along, so I picked up a few seed beads to play around with while we were at each others houses.
Now, I haven't rubberstamped since the holidays and probably won't until the next set of Christmas/Chanukah cards has to get sent.
I started a business about 2 years ago designing jewelry. I have taken classes in lampworking and have 2 torches--since I don't have them set up yet, DH thinks it's just a 'collection.' of torches! Little does he know...I have taken soe classes in PMC but as I don't have the kiln yet, I haven't done as much as I would like to do with that. I sell to a gallery in Palm Desert California for about 6 months a year and the rest of the time, just make jewelry. I do mostly bracelets and necklaces with a lot of silver and either lampwork or semiprecious stones.
I am going to Bead and Button in Milwaukee this year again and finally was able to get into a few classes. I was fortunate enough to get Celie Fago's PMC class and a 2 day beginners Lampworking class (forgot the name of the instructor)
In my other life I have a wonderful DH, 9 cats, and have been an RN for--gasp--30 years! I can't believe it's been that long! I work fulltime in a University Hospital Cardiothoracic ICU with patients undergoing heart surgery, heart transplants, and lung transplants. The usual low key job, you know. No wonder my blood pressure is what it is!
I love the Glass Art forum and although I haven't had a lot of time to explore this one, I think it will be a big favorite, too.
Hello all!

Debbie

Polyclaynut
04-08-2004, 06:34 PM
Hi
I'm Petra and I've just joined WC after spending a lot of time this morning reading numerous threads I really enjoyed.
I'm a polymer clay beadmaker and I live in Christchurch, New Zealand.
My business has recently taken me into the world of wearable arts and its a wonderful new journey I'm on. There is so much to learn but I like being a sponge.
Best wishes
Petra

Andee
04-09-2004, 07:27 AM
Hi everybody,

I’m totally in awe by the stuff you folks make – gorgeous pieces!! I’m so happy I found this forum, it’s really a great source of inspiration!

After delurking yesterday I think I should introduce myself properly: I’m Andee (really Andrea), 38, single, German, used to work in marketing. I live in Duesseldorf which is in the middle west of Germany, but I’m thinking about relocating to somewhere closer to the sea – depending on where I can find a new job.

In one way or the other I was creative all my life – painting (if you want to see some of my paintings – mostly pastels – I have a gallery (http://www.gimme.de/galerie) online - descriptions in German, tho!), pottery, polymer clay, decoupage…

Last May I went to a local bead shop because I was looking for some beads to wrap around a lamp I had just decoupaged (is that a word? ;) ).. I never wore much jewelry apart from earrings and the occasional ring, but I liked the jewelry that was on display in the shop and I thought – hey, *I* can do that!! So I bought some beads, made a bracelet and was hooked! :)

Last July I started lampworking – on the German hardware store equivalent of a Hothead, which I still use – because the idea of making beads myself totally fascinated me… Actually I don’t spend that much time at the torch, there are days and even weeks before I go back to make a bead, I seem to have more inspiration for making jewelry (simple stringing only – I’m way too impatient for making pieces that take hours and hours of time) than for beadmaking. And as I don’t sell (I find it really difficult to part from the pieces I made…) the necklaces and bracelets are piling up (as you can see on my website (http://www.gimme.de/andeesign) ) and I can’t stop making new ones… :)

I’m self taught btw, for some reason I never attended a class for any of the crafts I dabbled in (except for pottery)…

Okay, ‘nuff babbled – here I am! :)


Andee
andeesign (http://www.gimme.de/andeesign)

PS – The picture shows a necklace I made for my mum for Christmas– lampwork mine, bali silver, freshwater pearls and liquid silver.

Linnea
04-09-2004, 08:08 PM
Hi my name is Cathie and I live outside of Chicago. I usually hang out in the glass forum but have started to make jewelry. I live with my life partner Brian and in the summer I do the Bristol Ren fair. Stained glass was how I started in glass ,, then to lampwork and fusing. Love all the eye candy I see keep it coming.

Simply Bea
04-11-2004, 09:12 AM
Well - this is a good forum, glad I found it while 'tripping along'........

I never really introduced myself here on WC because I 'found it' by following a link from somewhere out in cyberspace and got caught up reading posts ........ and just never got around to it.......... so here goes........

My name is Bea(trice) - just simply Bea.......... originally from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, lived in Milan for close to eight years (lifetimes ago) and came to Kangaroo Island (South Australia) via an internet romance.........

Three marriages later, living out of a suitcase travelling the globe for work (not as an airline employee) and having problems remembering which city I was waking up in and what meeting I was supposed to be attending..... you got it.... "THE corporate world!!!".........

I now live the simple life of a guide in a colony of sea lions by day and make glass beads and jewellery in the evenings and on my days off from work. I attended a weekend workshop on glass beadmaking and that got me hooked !! Before that I had to buy beads and drill holes in shell and stones.... but glass is soooooooo much more satisfying..... apart from the basic techniques, everything else I have learnt has been from reading up and trial and error.....

Working outdoors in the elements with all the glorious colours of nature in the sky, sea and landscapes around me I just can't get enough time to try and get that into my glass work and jewellery........

My workspace has just recently expanded into a caravan for my torchwork and cold glass work with my PMC and jewellery area taking over half the living area so my poor patient BF has the sofa and a clear view to the TV while I whiz around getting pieces ready for sale.........

I only sell through the local galleries and my beads and jewellery appears to have gone further than just the island.........

I just LOVE WC for all the sharing and helpful hints here on the forums and have learnt LOTS from everyone here.

Being so isolated I can only learn from trial and error (lots of those) and helpful hints and tutorials I have found here online.

Looking forward to surfing this forum as much as I can......... :D

Bea

Patricia'sglass
04-11-2004, 11:02 AM
Hi Bea,
Sounds like you have a wonderful environment for inspiration! And you have had a heck of a life so far. Go Girl! If you do lampwork beads and wearable art you should intoduce yourself in the glass art forum, too. We all love to see other folks beads and finished pieces. Thanks for joining this wonderful website. I love it!
Pattym

Patricia'sglass
04-11-2004, 11:13 AM
Andee,
Your work is wonderful! If you are totally self taught on lampworking you have learned well! I am self taught too and have way far to go. I love your website witht he aquarium video! Have you introduced yourself in the glass lobby yet? Please do. Thanks for joining in.
Pattym

Andee
04-11-2004, 12:14 PM
Pattym,
Thanks for your nice words, very encouraging! :) When I say self taught I mean I didn't take any classes in lampworking nor did I have anybody showing it to me - I did of course have books! :) You lost me with that bit about the aquarium vid on my website, tho - there's no vid there? *confused* (Or do you by any chance mean www.perlentreff.de?) And yup, a while ago I have introduced myself in the Glass Works Showcase, but never posted much there...
Again - thanks for your warm welcome and Happy Easter! :)

Simply Bea
04-12-2004, 10:37 AM
Hi Pattym

Thanks for the welcome.

I have been on WC for a while now and believe it or not......... just 'plunged in' (clicked on a link from somewhere and was taken to the thread I was interested in....... and went from there) without realising there was a 'lobby' for introductions etc until months later down the track....... and by then it was so late I didn't......

Now I am still stumped by the photography aspect and still haven't worked out how to take a decent bead/jewellery photo with my wiz bang camera which takes incredible macro pics of miniature flowers and great zoomed in shots of sea lion injuries............ just won't focus on a bead or jewellery....... :confused:

So - I will...... but now it's late and time for bed......... and now that the caravan is all set up for torch work and cold glass work I hope to work out the lighting and set up an area to take piccies which will be a bit better than 'really fuzzy'.......

Cheers
Bea

River's Song Art Jewelry
04-12-2004, 01:19 PM
I've been following the forum for awhile now and I've finally got up enough nerve to jump in (I think!!). Anyway, I'm humbled to be in the presence of so many talented artists. I'm not an artist at all--just finding myself as an aspiring (I hope) wireworker.
I'm actually a middle school teacher (nearing retirement) looking for a creative outlet--a way to keep my sanity--I began working with wire as a fluke--after some research at my local book store and discovering wirework through books I decided to try my hand at it. I had pliers and I could get some wire--I told myself--so I was off and running. I later discovered Connie Fox and, well, what can I say, she's been a tremendous inspiration.
So now I'm making bangle bracelets. When I figure out how to post pictures I'll post--right now, I'm not sure I'm even doing this correctly!!!
I love looking at all your creations. Thanks to all of you for sharing your pictures and thoughts--you are a tremendous inspiration as well!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Amaris
04-13-2004, 03:43 PM
I've been hanging around for a few weeks and posting a bit, so I thought I ought to introduce myself.

I woke up one day last summer, on the verge of turning 40, and realized that I had a desire to be an artist. Or to release the submerged/suppressed artist within. In took me a few months to realize that this was valid -- that at my age, I could study, practice, follow my inspiration and desires and be whatever was inside. To be honest, I'm still realizing it, still having to convince myself -- sometimes on a daily basis.
I make jewelry, bags, and other fashions accessories (with an eye toward the larger sized woman), dabble in collage and mixed-media projects, art quilts, occasional paintings, and I'm casting lasts whiles I'm on spring break so that I can begin making my own shoes. I have decided to get a BFA, emphasis in crafts so I can really concentrate on jewelry making and glass work.

Thanks for the warm welcome that I've already received elsewhere on the board.

TurtleBay Jewelry
04-13-2004, 03:51 PM
Welcome, welcome to all our recent additions to the forum!

We are very glad to have each and every one of you with your vast talents and creations. In case any of you haven't been with us long enough to know, we try and get a daily show and tell going with what's on the workbench or what you've been focusing on and have finished. Please feel free to contribute to these threads!

I'm especially grateful to have you here, since we wouldn't have this Wearable Arts forum w/o our artists!

:clap: :clap: :clap:

~Danielle

River's Song Art Jewelry
04-13-2004, 04:15 PM
Danielle,

Thanks for the warm welcome and also your encouraging email response to me. I tried to email back but it wouldn't go through.
I'll start posting my makings--I just had to run my 16-year-old cat, Pheobe, to the vet to have her put to sleep. She must have had a stroke last night and we discovered her disabled this morning. Anyway, I think my bench won't see me today.
Very sad!! No matter how old they are--it's sooo hard. :(

Bronwen

Andee
04-13-2004, 04:33 PM
Bonnie Jane, that's so sad, I feel with you! :( I had to have my cats put to sleep 3 and 2 years ago (at the age of 16 and 17), and I know how terrible that is... I still have a tear in my eyes when I think about them...

Danielle, thanks for your warm welcome!

River's Song Art Jewelry
04-14-2004, 12:02 AM
Andee,
Thanks for the comforting wishes. I did get a couple bracelets started tonight. I'm a teacher and off of school for spring break, so I'm taking the time to create. On Christmas break I had to have my other cat put to sleep--she was old too and was having seizures. I'm now luckily out of cats or I'd be afraid to take another vacation!! Now I've got to learn to live without a kitty because my husband and I agree it's just too hard losing them. We do have one very affectionate springer spaniel--she's eleven years old--I hope God doesn't have plans for her soon!!
Anyway, I love the forum and hope to be an active participant.

Bonnie Jane

sassybird
04-14-2004, 01:36 AM
All of the work I have seen here got me hooked:D I'm new to jewelry making, and I am learning a lot from you folks. I've having a blast!

beclectic
04-14-2004, 07:35 AM
All of the work I have seen here got me hooked:D I'm new to jewelry making, and I am learning a lot from you folks. I've having a blast!
Welcome to a wonderful addiction! ;)

Bonnie Jane - I hope your pain eventually becomes joy at the remembered pleasure your pets brought into your life and shared with you. Entrophy always wins, for me it is about the path not the ending.

DonnaBee
04-14-2004, 08:45 AM
Welcome everyone! :)

MadameKali
04-16-2004, 06:56 PM
Hmm.

I didn't start making jewelry until about a year ago. My then-boyfriend now-roommate was big on stringing simple necklaces--I say "simple," to me then, it seemed amazing. I started making those as well, then branched out into hemp. Meanwhile, another friend of mine was getting into this mysterious stuff called "chain maille." Eventually, I ordered a pair of earrings from her and LOVED them--so much I wanted to learn to make it myself. I bought supplies from her; while waiting for them, I researched all the maille stuff on the 'net I could possibly find. Along the way, I also discovered that with a little wire and some beads, you could add a lot to your maille--or make a whole piece on its own.

I'm very new to this stuff, and my pieces aren't all that extravagant yet. But I'm going to be making a LOT this summer (I have friends who NEED jewelry :D ). I eventually want to be making much more complex wire pieces.

About me. . . I'm a 21 year old student living in Ohio. I am not working, but hopefully I'll be hired soon at a Starbucks where I've had interviews--because I need money to support this habit of mine :\

You guys are so talented, I am going to learn so much!

Susie

Teri.p
04-20-2004, 08:36 AM
I have been involved in needlearts, crafts, and art of one sort or another my whole life. My mother taught me to embroider at age 3, and by 4 I was 'knitting.' Okay, all I did was cast on for a year or so, but it was a start! I sewed all my own clothes in high school, again with my mother's guidance.

In addition to knitting, crochet and sewing clothing, I've quilted, cross-stitched, worked in polymer clay, and now am a lampworker. I've been torching nearly a year now, and have just begun to work my beads into jewelry for myself and friends. I'm also practicing making glass buttons, so I can knit a faboo sweater and use my own buttons - sounds pretty cool, eh?

I'm lucky enough to be self-employed, having left my 8-5 job 5 years ago. At that time I was selling on eBay, mostly items I found at estate sales and so on. I moved to selling books, then to my polymer clay, and now am selling my glass beads on eBay. I don't really have plans to sell jewelry, just continue with the beads... But, boy do I love watching what everyone does on here!!!

Teri

beclectic
04-20-2004, 10:30 AM
Hi Susie and Teri. I've seen your posts around and about on the Wearable Art Forum. Thanks for posting intros. It is a fun and lively group here and we accomplish a lot in between posting, reading about each other's work and looking at all the beautiful pictures of work that is posted here.

joeymagpie
04-20-2004, 11:50 AM
Back from school, I will yak about myself a little now.

Currently, I am interested in "found object" jewelry. I have lurked and read here in Mixed Media, especially the wonderful Altered Books thread that artbabe21 started.

Hello Donna Bee..........I'm pretty new to WC. Your interest in "found object" jewelry caught my eye, as that is what I did for approximately 6 years......I began my own little freelance business back in 1986, I sold at Mall Shows and a few Art Festivals. I sold wholesale to a few boutiques. I never made much money......but ........ enough to keep it going for a while. Guess lately I'm wondering if there is still an interest in it. I just posted under a thread here this morning, "Why do you make jewelry" ..............I've been doing a lot of watercolors for the past several years, but.....find myself wanting to return once again to making jewelry. I wear so much silver, and have always thought that eventually it would make sense for me to go to the local community college and take some courses in silversmithing. But Oh how I love working with found objects. But, I'm sure I will find a way to incorporate both ideas.

I love to read Somerset magazine, and the Lapidary Journal. I am always trying to think of ways to bring unusual objects together to make wearable art jewelry. Including digital art and collage.

I don't have a big portfolio or anything yet, I have only been exploring this a few years, on my own, self taught. I try and learn all the jewelry techniques I can teach myself through magazines or the internet. (Wire wrapping, lampwork)

I make small lampwork beads, and I have made a couple hundred hundred "illusion" type necklaces, that have a single small lampwork focal and with coordinating mixed beads on beading wire. I sold these on ebay and locally. It's still just a hobby to me and I am information gathering.

I am working on sterling bangles now, and trying to think of ways to be very unique, because that is fun to me. I think it is challenging to be both very unique and at the same time make a piece that is appealing to at least one other person to the point that they would spend money on it, and that "works".

I am sort of free associating here... I also love vintage costume jewelry and draw inspiration from it. I have been involved with beading a few years, I am a stay home mom.

I don't think I could ever do shows, I researched what's involved, and it sounds overwhelming. I think maybe one day I could perhaps run a website and sell locally, perhaps one or two "open houses" per year, out of my home.

I would love to get formal education in jewelry design and construction, but I have a feeling I'm not going to choose that.

Beads-Me!
04-20-2004, 12:37 PM
What a great forum this is shaping up to be! Welcome to all the new posters - I can't wait to see some of your work. We'd love to have you post some in the show and tell threads when you're ready to share!

McDuck
04-20-2004, 12:41 PM
Welcome Everyone new! yes Nancy this is shaping up well! I cant wait to see how we all grow from it!
-mary

WillowMajestic
04-20-2004, 02:02 PM
Hello to you all!

I was lurking in the Glass Forum when Danielle began this quest for a Wearable Art Forum. Of course, I voted YES!!! and now here we are. I tend to be very critical of my work and hence .. no pics to share.

I started out a few years ago getting a commercial pilot's lisence ... so, yes, I can fly ariplanes and get paid to do it BUT ... I chose to become an artist instead. Yup, pretty whack according to some people but that is what I chose. For all you glassies it is not a stretch because you know the passion for molten glass! :evil:

So, here I sit with a glass "studio" and jewellry collaboration area. I also dabble in making tassels, silk ribbon work, and anything else that crosses my path! I have been very fortunate to hook up with a few commissions ... one being the biggest peice I have ever done and sold it for $1000.00 CDN so, about 50 bucks US! :p It is a neckpiece (front and back) to be worn as the focal of a dress. Very fancy shmancy!

And this has all taken off for me in less than a year! That is already too much about myself .. I am feeling very vulnerable now!

However, thank you to ALL of you on WC! you have provided tons of inspiration and WAYYYYY helpful insights to the workings of all forms of art! :clap:

Thanks Danielle, I think this will be the area I will call 'home' on WC! :D

Kari

TurtleBay Jewelry
04-20-2004, 05:03 PM
/blush

Awww Shucks, it was nothin'... ;) I couldn't have done it w/o Donna
"ra-ra'ing" the entire time. Tee hee heee...

Yay Kari! I'm so glad to see you step out into the glare of the Wearable Arts forum! :D

No need to feel vunerable. We don't bite, we only nibble if you don't post pics of what we all know is gorgeous work! I haven't seen a bad piece yet from anyone, excluding the Fugly Designers Challenge stuff. /wink wink

I'm glad you decided to post an intro! Look forward to seeing you in the daily show and tells. /nudge

/giggle

~Danielle

resakerns
04-20-2004, 05:12 PM
Hi everyone! Just found your forum a few days ago, and am loving it! I started out on Wet Canvas in the Glass forum -- but, since what I love to do with glass is to make jewelry, this forum was a great additional to my list!

My name is Resa. I'm a law librarian by day, and a single parent by night, and try to fit jewelry and such into my free milliseconds. I've strung beads for a while, have loved polymer clay for years, and have just recently started glass bead-making. I've always done this as a hobby, and don't expect to be able to support my family with it. But, it is tempting to try and support my habit, at least. I'm dabbling with the idea of doing a craft show, so have especially appreciated all the great advice on business matters. I'll let you know what I decide!

Thanks to those who got this forum going!
Resa

jmwash
04-26-2004, 05:02 PM
jmwash
minneapolis area


hi....i have just recently joined wet canvas, and am most intrigued by the wearable art forum. i have been making jewelry for almost 30 years, always gold and silver until i took that one bead class in 1997. i have been addicted since then of course.
i make beaded collars, bracelets, earrings, and some pins.....predominantly peyote stitch with some net stitch thrown in when i want to get finished faster. my husband and i are retired so i feel fortunate that i'm able to bead each day.....as long as my wrists hold out! :rolleyes:
i do two or three fine craft shows each year, and am thrilled when something sells.....aren't we all? i prefer to know who buys and wears my work so haven't gone the gallery route as yet.
mike told me about this site and i am enjoying it alot, although i have been remarkably quiet till now.
i love seeing everyone's work.....it's all quite wonderful!

bubbasjewels
04-28-2004, 08:57 AM
Hey all!
So this is where all the cool kids are hanging out :D and really purty sparkly things! So much talent in here.

My name is Bubba, The Stud Beagle but you can just call me Bubba. I am the top dog of "Bubbasjewels" and sell on ebay and our website. We live in the sticks near a small town in bArkansas. The Mom (Duffy) is typing this for me, so if there are any mistakes, it's her fault. We won't bore you with the details but if you are nosey interested, just check out our me page on ebay or website to get the sordid details of our "beginnings". The Mom just started making blobs um... beads, which is pretty much taking up all of her time so our design ideas are pretty much on hold for the moment. I really don't like the fact that Beagles do not have opposable thumbs which makes some tasks impossible to accomplish. *sigh* Yes, it IS a dog's life :rolleyes:

Thanks for letting me ramble, it's time to start The Mom's daily exercise routine.

WV.Artistry
04-30-2004, 11:32 PM
Hi all,

I also voted yes when the question of a wearable art forum was first proposed. Glad it is up and running.

I've been making beaded baubles since I was a kid thanks to my creative and artistic Mom! (I think I still have my 1st bracelets made on elastic with wooden beads, buttons, and a few plastic beads around here somewhere).

Now I do mostly stringing work - love making necklaces. I also work with PMC and am a newbie at lampwork. I'm in the process of trying to get started selling. I'm working on a web site, I have a piece that's been donated to a charity auction (auction is tomorrow!) and some other opportunities lined up.

I share my house with 2 kitties who think that sitting in my lap while I'm trying to bead is a good thing.

Previously I've taught college (mostly while in grad school) and worked for BellSouth in Atlanta. I moved to Asheville from Atlanta about a year ago to decide what I wanted to do when I grow up and I think jewelry creation is it!

Kathy

DonnaBee
05-06-2004, 08:37 PM
Hi everyone! I just now am catching up reading your introductions!

Welcome, welcome! :D :)

nilaya
05-19-2004, 11:46 PM
Hi Everyone
I had no idea this forum was here! What a shame Ive been mising out all this time (pays to check this list and see whats happening) Im a reg poster over at the glass art forum (i see some familiar faces over here too :D ) and in addition to my glass work have recently started a silversmithing course. Im having the best time (apart from losing all feeling in the tips of my fingers :p ) and once i get the basics down pat im hoping to incorperate my glass work with the silver work. So far ive made a ring wich im pretty proud of (simple as it is) and when hubby gets home tonight ill get it off his finger and post a piccie. Last night i moved on to my 1st design peice..a silver pendant. I also make lampwork braceletes and pendants with my beads.
Cant wait to get to know you all better :)

Lorretta :)

DonnaBee
05-20-2004, 12:30 AM
Welcome Loretta!

Barrie
05-20-2004, 12:35 AM
Welcome Loretta!! We're a fun bunch too!! Welcome to the silversmithing addiction, by the way!! I'd love to see the picture of your ring! I've been teaching silversmithing for 8 years, so if you have any questions in between classes, fire away!! I love to help create new addicts! :evil:

Andee
05-20-2004, 04:17 AM
Welcome Loretta! Yeah, I'd love to see a pic of that ring, too! I only just started taking a class in silversmithing myself, and it's so much fun - but indeed not for my fingers! ;)
Have fun here! :)

Gingerbiscuit
05-20-2004, 05:20 AM
Welcome Loretta! This is a very friendly bunch. You are going to like it here. A lot!!!!

beclectic
05-20-2004, 08:33 AM
Hi Loretta. Welcome to Wearable Art. It is a little slow here right now with show season starting and all the regulars that are going to the Bead & Button convention leaving to travel to the convention. One of my necklaces is going to B&B with Mary of McDuck Creations. Maybe next year I will actually get to go.

Thanks for introducing yourself.

Beads-Me!
05-20-2004, 08:42 AM
Hi Loretta! I'm glad you've found us over here - it's a neat forum! I'm beginning a metalsmithing class this fall and can hardly wait. Definitely post a picture of your ring when you get a chance.

See you around!

resakerns
05-20-2004, 09:05 AM
Welcome Loretta! This is a really fabulous forum.
My current addiction is glass -- but I'm getting the feeling I may need to look into this silversmithing thing!

Resa

gypsysoul
05-20-2004, 10:58 AM
Welcome, Loretta! (who makes very lovely beads!) This is definitely a fun place to hang around. :D

Shirley C.
05-20-2004, 11:33 AM
hello and welcome, loretta! i've gotten terribly addicted to this forum as i'm sure you will too. :D glad to see you out here!

mistymade
05-20-2004, 11:32 PM
Hi Loretta,
Welcome to the wearable art forum!:D

kyyardlizard
05-21-2004, 01:38 PM

kyyardlizard
05-21-2004, 01:42 PM
But she is such a spaz that she forgot to write anything....

Hi guys...just thought I would intro myself for those who don't know me...I post over in the Lobby and have found my way here...

I've been lampworking for 8 months now and totally love it...I have met several of you at the gathering last year and at the bead retreats in MI...
You guys have taught me so much..
I live in Owensboro Kentucky with my DH and 3 daughters and a small dog named Chewy..he does live up to his name...
I can't wait to start showing my stuff.... :D

JAM Creations
05-21-2004, 02:32 PM
Hi there Lizard a.k.a Paula! Got any pretties to show & tell???

Shirley C.
05-21-2004, 03:14 PM
hey, paula! welcome to my favorite place on the net. (well, except for my web site... :D :evil: )

please please please! show us yer stuff!!

Beads-Me!
05-21-2004, 03:32 PM
Well! It is about time you came over here and said hello girlfriend! Go upload a picture - you know you have purty stuff to share!

Smooches! ;)

GardensOnGlass
05-21-2004, 04:46 PM
Welcome Paula! The glassies are a great group, but we're pretty special too!

artbabe21
05-21-2004, 06:12 PM
Glad to have you here but this is a technical forum and I will merge this with the intro thread. All OTs belong in the chat thread...thanks! :)

artbabe21
05-21-2004, 06:16 PM
Glad you are here but I will be merging this with the intro thread IF I can find it. Since this is a technical forum all OTs belong in the chat thread, thanks...:)

DonnaBee
05-21-2004, 07:27 PM
Welcome to everyone who is starting to find this wonderful forum! I love it here! :D

jeffwelsh23462
08-30-2004, 01:26 PM
i have been a lampworker for over 15 years but just within the last 5 years started makings beads, pendants and now bracelets. but as of last week i started doing fused bracelets. it's awesoem! i love it!

Oskadis
08-31-2004, 06:31 AM
Oh wow! Didn't know about this thread.... and I even did not introduce myself.. how rude :wink2:

Let's fix that.

My first encounter with beads and silver wire was in the mid 80s at the age of 12. In my utter innocence I believed that german silver wire must be real silver wire ;) and I got hooked during a summer tutorial to experimenting with wire and seed beads, when I could grab them. Where I lived there was no way - so I had to do it each time I was in Germany.

Out of sheer lack of beads I played a lot with paper - made beads with it :evil: Then I experimented with whatever I could lay my hands on - I recently found again all the fur and found-item brooches I made back then :)

Then came an interruption as I was nearing the end of my school education.
After I moved to Germany and got settled I started roaming the available beadshops and dabbled into beading with more or less interruptions.

2 years ago I got seriously hooked again to jewelrymaking - thanks to Ebay ;)

My materials are mostly of vintage origin (lace, trim, ribbon, glass beads and stones) or recently made copies of the original materials; brass, German silver and pewter being my preferred metals.

I can't define what I specialize in - for me only the concept matters and I will use any technique in my reach to achieve the desired result. What I seem to use most is wire (wrapping it or not), sewing (textile based jewelry), modifying metal parts and wrapping metal parts around glass stones. Sometimes I will use strung beads in brick stitch, raw or rigany- but usually only for custom orders. Oh and I love my Dremel :D

I have visited a few courses over the years - sewing, the wire/seed bead jewelry one that got me hooked. The rest was self-taught using the internet and the old/ancient books I have on sewing/dressmaking and jewelry/jewelry crafting. Yeah .. I am kind of retro I guess.

One of the highlights since I started crafting jewelry seriously has been this forum. I am so happy I found it - very inspiring place, lovely people and lots of inspiration AND eyecandy :) Thanks for being there.

beclectic
08-31-2004, 07:27 AM
<snip>

Then came an interruption as I was nearing the end of my school education.
After I moved to Germany and got settled I started roaming the available beadshops and dabbled into beading with more or less interruptions.

<snip>

Karen, where are you from originally? I had just assumed, Germany since that is where you live now.

Jeff and Karen, I'm glad you found this thread and posted your history.

Oskadis
08-31-2004, 07:49 AM
Well - I grew up in Spain :cool: I am German nonetheless ;)

wccecilia
09-01-2004, 09:04 PM
I'm a lurker, but I thought I'd introduce myself anyway.

I've had no classes, but I love teaching myself things from books, the internet, etc. I've been making jewelry for close to a year now, and I guess you could say I'm semi-professional. I enjoy selling my work, but I certainly am not making a living at it!

I've recently gotten my website up, Shy Violet - Designs by Cecilia (http://www.shyviolet.net). I'd love any comments on my jewelry, website, etc.

Thanks everyone, and I'll try to stop lurking!

Cecilia

Samma
09-02-2004, 06:38 PM
Hi Ya all! :wave: I have to tell you how much I enjoy looking at each days show and tell. You all are so talented...such fabu creations.

I am Sam Parcels (Sam like a guy but I'm not....Parcels like to shipping boxes - have to say that on the phone every time..lol) and am very new here. I live near Indy. I have been an illustrator, glass artist, clay artist, degree in fashion design...blah blah blah.....and so forth. I've been beading for a couple years now. I truly believe it is my love and joy. Mixed media is another fav. I have a muse named Violet and she is quite the slave driver. My beadies talk to me...no kiddin'...I am harmless...really.
Juls that shows such lovely pieces here is my bestest beadie sister. We met on another forum and have become true family.
Again, I sure enjoy all the eye candy. Really makes my day. Here's a link to one of my photo albums if ya' wanna peek.

http://groups.msn.com/TheArtofBeads/samsstuff.msnw

Have a wonderful beady Holiday weekend! Sam

Tammy J K
09-03-2004, 05:44 PM
Hi Everyone,

There are so many people here i can't remember all the names.I probably won't post much but if i do here's alittle bit about myself.I have been beading for about 2 years,started out just simple bracelets then i went through cancer treatment and it was my therapy,made alot of lanyards for the nurses then my friends liked my work and started ordering special pieces.Then made more than i needed so i started selling small amounts at a clothing store in the mall.I like to keep it my hobby i think i enjoy it more that way.My daughters getting married in Oct. so i'm making the jewerly for that i made my daughters tiera.Oh i also have some pieces at a gallery downtown.I also make prayer Beads,earrings,necklaces,now i'm trying polymer clay and clay that can be fired.I would like to make pendants for my necklaces.Now i also am interested in making a altered Book for my daughter & Fiance's Wedding prep memories.There is such a variety of art to wear on here it's Great! Everyone is so creative.Well i'm a jabberbox i better go.Thanks for letting me be a member.

Oh yeah, the birds in the picture live in my bead room.

Tammy J K :)

Tammy J K
09-03-2004, 06:10 PM
Hi it's me again i forgot to ask how do we get our pictures next to our name :confused:

Thanks,Tammy J K

tamjai
09-04-2004, 05:21 PM
I've been posting here for few months now and just realized that i've never done the introductions! :eek:
my name is tamara - jai is my middle name and yes it is spelled like that! I have dabbled with jewellery for about 10 years now (longer if you count beads made with comic strips wound around nails and dipped in varnish - i think i was seven!) While getting my bfa i took a silversmithing class and a casting class - beads were not something i really got into until a couple of years ago when i started simple stringing for my mums home-based business in my sparetime. lampworking started for me in january with a basic class - i'd love to take something more advanced but alas...halifax doesn't know what that is yet! so in the mean time i play with glass, porcelain, silver clay, my kitty Banshee and wait for my sweetie to come back from naval training - five months down, ten more to go!.....you all may be seeing a lot of me!! :D
glad to be here - always inspiring,
tam

No Shoes
09-28-2004, 08:45 AM
Hello, World!

I'm Emma, and I dabble. I like to know how things work and how they're made, so I've done a little of everything I can get my hands on. I spin (a wee little bit), weave, sew, embroider (again, a wee little bit), and dye my fabric, both straight and shibori. I spent the last two years of my geology degree pretending to be a textiles major, and am ramping myself up to go for a master's in textiles, after two (three?) years in the "real world."

I also love to play with metals. I took one silversmithing course and have talked to lots of local people, and now I'm working on skill-building, the metals equivalent of playing scales, I guess. I've also done wire-weaving, chain mail, lamp work, and a tiny little bit of enamelling. My favorite is piercework. Me and my saw, we go way back.

emma

bay75
09-28-2004, 10:11 AM
I also have not posted here, although I am a rare poster as I have lacked inspirtion for any true wearables for a while. I am a textile artist who is developing an interest in jewellery. No formal education, I just enjoy playing. I am located in BC and am really enjoying viewing the forum although my posting has been sporadic if that. My son is just beginning Kindergaten and my daughter is in grade 2. I am battling a small degree of depression from the empty nest and am hoping to get over it and get into making Christmas presents soon. I am looking to possibly learn silversmithing in the new year and hopefully that brings some new work with it. I really believe that I will enjoy hammering and texturing metal and having done no torch work ever I hope this will be enjoyable as well. That's it from me.

Mary

Louise Little
11-02-2004, 07:55 AM
Hi Everyone,
I would like to introduce myself. While I have been a frequent reader ( and an infrequent poster) of the glass forums I have just now discovered this relatively new wearable art forum; so while some of you may know me I'm sure most of you don't. I have been making jewelry for 15 years and glass beads for 7 years. I have lived in Dayton Ohio now for 1 year (and I'm getting ready to go vote in a little while; never knew Ohio was so important!). Before that I lived in Las Vegas NV for 16 years - hence the name of my business - Desert Bloom Designs - and a lot of my inspiration - from the southwest deserts; not the casinos. I just delivered 50 pieces of jewelry to the Dayton Visual Arts Center Holiday show so I thought I would attach a new Desert Bloom necklace to show you all. I was so exhausted making all of those pieces that I thought I would never make another piece of jewelry again until I saw all of the great inspiration here. So I'm jazzed again. I just started making some silver pieces with PMC (no pictures yet), and hope to take more silversmithing classes in the near future. Thanks, and I've posted a link to my website.

my website (http://www.desertbloomdesigns.com)

Louise

McDuck
11-02-2004, 08:42 AM
Welcome Louise, Mary, Emma, Tam, Tammy, Samma, Cecelia, Jeff and everyone else I might have missed, Welcome to the Wearbles! It is a wonder how fast our little commmunity is growing here on WC. So many talented artists signing on to shwo and tell and share their knowledge, it is just wonderful. Now I am going to peak at a few of your websites.

Welcome again!
Mary...errrr...McDuck

gbot
11-02-2004, 09:39 PM
Hi ALL, My name is Gladys and I live in North Dakota. Thats why I didn't say Hi y'all....LOL. Thanks for starting this thread in this wonderful forum. I have learned so much here.

My supervisor brought her sister-in-law's wire-wrapped gem-stone pendants to work with her. I fell in love with them, but sorry to say I couldn't afford them, they were very pricey. Thought about it all day and before I went home that day I stopped by our bead-stone-seashell store in town and purchased some stone & wire. I have loved rocks all my life, always saving those shiney, sparkly ones. Well I practiced, practiced & practiced, and I now have hundreds of agates, rose quartz, amythest, ametrine, citrine, jasper, etc. wire-wrapped pendants. Of course I HAD to buy the natural stone beads to go with the pendants and therefor another addiction was started. I make necklaces, braclets & earrings to match the pendants.

Then I joined e-bay and found the wonderful world of lampwork beads. I love getting them and making beautiful jewelry with them. I sell my creations at local craft shows and word of mouth. I also have some of my work consigned at 4 business places in the state. However small, it is a start.

I have been a crafter for about 30 years. I was looking for a craft that wouldn't take up alot of room and easy to carry into the craft shows. I hated all the "slepping", because of my arthritus, but my love of meeting people, I wanted to continue doing the craft shows. I have found my niche in jewelry. When I retire, I'm going to hit the road and visit other states with my jewels and do craft shows all over. Its a vision!!!!

Gladys :wave:

lauren1024kb
11-03-2004, 01:15 AM
I don't think I have posted yet.

I got started in wearable art as a kid with my mother's and eventually my sewing. Did some beading, but quit in disgust because of the poor quality of what I could get at Michael's (only store in the area). I got started again because of metal allergies (I can wear Sterling and Titanium, but both are hard to find in finished jewelry in my area). I play with leather as well, although that is more or less on hold until I get my sewing machine fixed (who knows when that will be). I like to combine leather with other forms of wearable art although I am still trying to figure out how to do that.

Other interesting things:
>The K key on my laptop is 1/2 broken and I haven't had time to take it in yet.
>I am a HUGE fan of animals, can't live without 'em
>I am majoring in biomedical engineering, so not much free time (or energy)
>I don't own a car, but enjoy riding and working on my bike (adjusting, greasing, etc.)
>I don't mind bugs or humidity (grew up on the coast)
>Enjoy cooking
>Enjoy fixing things
>enjoy taking things apart (which might mean I have to do the above later)
>Enjoy most DIY type things
>I am trying to revive my parents' old printer so I can use it, wish me luck

Spicey
11-03-2004, 05:30 AM
Hi all,

I'm new here. My name is Leslie and I'm originally from Texas, but currently reside in France. I've been making jewelry and other beaded items for about 3 years. I mostly work with beads and do some work with artistic wire. I am hoping to get into PMC soon and am currently looking for the best way to get started.
I also like to cross-stitch, scrapbook, along with other random activities. Sometimes, I even like to think I can sew! :)
I am currently working on my website and I have done a show and am gearing up for some in December. I also sell on eBay on occasion.
I also enjoy writing and am starting to get back into it after a LONG pause!
I joined a few months ago, but haven't had time to get online. Now, I'm here and hope to share and learn with you all. :)

Leslie A.
Texan in France

Thesaly
11-13-2004, 12:06 PM
Hello all! My name is Alison. It always takes me forever to write intros because I never know where to start, and starting at "the beginning" would take way too long and probably bore everyone to tears. :) This will probably be too long even so, but you only have to write your into once! :cat:

I live in CT with my BF, our daughter, my son, and our cat. Like most of you I've done the artsy-crafty thing as long as I can remember. My foremost hobby seems to be collecting how to do things! My primary pursuits, however, have always been fiberarts and jewelry. I spin, knit, weave, crochet, yadda yadda yadda --the list goes on. :) Chances are if it's got something to do with String I've probably tried it, and have almost certainly heard of it! I started making macrame jewelry when I was about eleven- I think everyone I knew got a pair of macrame earrings at some point! When I was in college I took a jewelry making class, and working with silver became my passion for several years after that. I'd always wanted to have a go at making a living selling my work, but I never had the capital to buy enough supplies to have enough stock to be able to do shows and what-not, and this was before Ebay. I sold a lot of things as one-offs, or friends and co-workers would see things I'd made and say "make me one of those!" Unfortunately I lost all my tools about nine years ago (long story), or I certainly wouldn't have stopped!

I got a BS in communications many years back, but haven't done anything with it because two months before I graduated I realized my art minor should have been an art major! I didnt want to start all over again, and figured that if I ever needed an art degree to do something I wanted, I'd go back to school. In 1996 I had the opportunity to teach photography as a long-term sub at my old HS (the photo teacher was on maternity leave), and after teaching HS full time for 3 1/2 months I had an epiphany and realized (as anyone who knew me would have gladly pointed out) that this really was my calling; that I was meant to teach. After all, what else does one do with working knowledge of dozens of different arts/crafts? So I started a MS in Art Ed. I still haven't finished it :( Life and money kept getting in the way.

So now I have much more formal art education than I once had (I was only about six classes plus student teaching away from my degree :crying: ), and I've decided to get back into jewelry again. I had a minor windfall recently and have been able to start buying tools again. I realized that I wasn't going to be able to afford the torch I wanted, and time will be tight, so I thought I'd concentrate more on beading this time around. I realize that it's not likely to be any cheaper (ask me about people who learn to spin so they can save money on their knitting yarn :D ), but it'll be a lot easier to stop and start in the middle of a piece that silversmithing. I need to be able to fit it into my four-hour weekly allowance of "me" time, and still be able to jump up and attend young children. DD is 2 1\2, and was recently diagnosed with PDD-NOS, which means that she's got the reach of a (very tall!) two year old, but her communications skills are more like 16 months, so you can't say No or Stop and reliably have her actually do it. So that means no complicated jewelry work as long as she's awake, which usually runs from 6am to 8pm.

I'm hoping to be able to make a little extra cash with my jewelry in the future. Maybe if I'm EXCEPTIONALLY lucky I'll finally be able to follow through on at least part of my vision. I'd love nothing more than to make a living selling my work, but right now I'll certainly settle for supplementary income!

My new tools and some supplies start arriving next week, and when I've had time to play around I'll show you what I'm doing. AFA selling things - I haven't even gotten my tools yet and I've already got a friend at work who wants me to make some jewelry for her to give to her nieces for Christmas! An auspicious start!

Blessed Be-
Alison

Bangs
11-13-2004, 06:17 PM
Hi Leslie, Lauren, Gladys, and Alison! Welcome to WetCanvas. Of course some of you are regular posters now, but I hope you all will join in when you can and join the fun!

TheBlueBetween
11-13-2004, 08:04 PM
Welcome to all the new folk! If you haven't already, just jump right in - especially if you have pictures to post :evil: :angel: ;)

toozygoot
11-13-2004, 08:22 PM
I just realized that I haven't read this thread! :eek:

I have to go back and read your introductions but welcome one and all!

pat

Kerensamere
11-13-2004, 08:25 PM
Welcome everyone!

Alison, I completely know what you mean about finding time to create stuff while tending to a toddler. I'm a stay at home mom, my DD just turned 3 and my DH works evenings so until she goes to bed (7:30-8ish) I can't get into the studio. Luckily my DH is off Fri-Sun so I get 3 day weekend repreaves. I have discovered that my little one loves to string beads! OK so they're big foam beads but SOMETIMES I can get her to sit at the table stringing her beads while I do mine! Might be something to look into. I've found big tubs of foam beads at the craft store with a long piece of clear stretch cord for about $7.00, got it 6 months ago and we still haven't run out of 'em. She also likes to dump the out and pick them up, we even do some sorting games with them (pick up all the yellow stars, etc.). I don't have a special needs kid but I'd be glad to share any ideas I have with you. Trust me, I'm no expert and my child is no angel, but we Mom's have got to stick together! :D

OH, by the way, I also have a BA in English Communications with a minor in Art. Had to laugh when I read your intro. I'm teaching a writting course at a local college as an adjunct instructor (is a visual arts school that offers an 18 month/certificate/associates program so they don't require a masters for adjuncts). Small world! Welcome again!

-Jen

Thesaly
11-13-2004, 10:46 PM
Time is always the biggest factor! I work nights (leave for work around 8:30 pm), and have three days off, so that means I have those three days between 8pm when Scarlett goes to bed and 11pm when I (try to) go to bed to divvy up between myself, my BF, and my son, who is 12. Adds up to about nine hours a week. :( I'm trying to convince work to give me a dayshift position, and I've been told that if one opens up that I qualify for I'll be first in line, but that could be months away. With Scarlett being clasified as special needs she qualifies for the town preschool program, and will be starting that full-time at the end of April as soon as she turns three. PDD is an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, so even though she's not autistic she'll get the same type and level of services, which is a good thing. I love my daughter, but dealing with her all day every day, especially now that we're going to be getting into more active intervention therapies (by February or March I'll have intervention therapists in my home five days a week for three hours at a time!) is both mentally and physically exhausting! Once she's in school part of the day I'll have a lot more time for things like sleeping and making jewelry! Oh- and that nasty "housework" thing that keeps rearing its ugly head :D

BTW - I live in Glastonbury, which really isn't all that far from Stafford Springs. I'm thinking maybe 1/2 hour 45 min?

Blessed Be-
Alison

Kerensamere
11-13-2004, 10:57 PM
Time is always the biggest factor! I work nights (leave for work around 8:30 pm), and have three days off, so that means I have those three days between 8pm when Scarlett goes to bed and 11pm when I (try to) go to bed to divvy up between myself, my BF, and my son, who is 12. Adds up to about nine hours a week. :( I'm trying to convince work to give me a dayshift position, and I've been told that if one opens up that I qualify for I'll be first in line, but that could be months away. With Scarlett being clasified as special needs she qualifies for the town preschool program, and will be starting that full-time at the end of April as soon as she turns three. PDD is an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, so even though she's not autistic she'll get the same type and level of services, which is a good thing. I love my daughter, but dealing with her all day every day, especially now that we're going to be getting into more active intervention therapies (by February or March I'll have intervention therapists in my home five days a week for three hours at a time!) is both mentally and physically exhausting! Once she's in school part of the day I'll have a lot more time for things like sleeping and making jewelry! Oh- and that nasty "housework" thing that keeps rearing its ugly head :D

BTW - I live in Glastonbury, which really isn't all that far from Stafford Springs. I'm thinking maybe 1/2 hour 45 min?

Blessed Be-
Alison

Goodness but you do have your plate full! Good luck with the transition to pre-school. Make sure that you make time for yourself too (even before she goes off to school). If you don't take good care of yourself you will not be able to take good care of your family. Remember, although you do need to do the housework, it doesn't need to be perfect. It's taken my husband 11 years to pound all of that into my head. He still has to remind me once in awhile :rolleyes: but I think we're all a lot happier and healthier as a result.


Hang in there!
-Jen

bonvogue
12-30-2004, 12:49 PM
Hello everyone.

I just joined and already benefit from the supplier list post. I had been looking for the right size of poly zip lock bags forever.
Although I had been beading/selling for about 3 years, and beading had outlasted my job, and boyfriends as well as place of living!, I still call myself a beginner. I mainly play with wire wraps and simple weaving. Samples of my craft and trade are in my Store www.bonvogue.com and Ebay http://stores.ebay.com/Bonvogue/. This holiday season had been specially kind to me, as I got engaged and had a excellent selling season. My favorite beads are undoubtedly Swarovksi Crystals, and Bali silvers. I had been collecting alot of gemstones and using them. But color choice wise, nothing compares precious crystals. ;D

My day time career is a fashion designer for a retail firm's private label, I called that my support job. ;) In my scarce free time, I am a unrated fencer, play plenty of my current obsession - Final Fantasy XI, and cuddle with my beloved Fiancé. He is extremely supportive even tho sometimes there are beads all over the floor and some of them ends up in the plate of food. ;)

I am very happy to be here and thanks everyone!

--Best Ragards,

Anna

beclectic
12-30-2004, 01:35 PM
Welcome Anna, glad to have you here. I saw your flower garden analogy in your eBay store and I loved it. I also loved that beautifule flower bracelet. Hope you are planning on posting some of your work in the Show & Tell thread we have every day.

Have a good day,

katecarol
12-30-2004, 02:27 PM
Hi,

I am new to wet canvas, and would like to introduce myself. I have been making jewelry since 1993, and just last year retired from my full time job as a clinical laboratory manager. Now I take care of two grandchildren 4-5 days a week and should have more time to make jewelry, but it seems to be about the same :) I work with wire and beads, and am entirely self taught. Maybe I'll find time for some classes some day.

Thanks for welcoming me to the forum, and I look forward to getting acquainted.

Carol

www.colgandesigns.com

Barrie
12-30-2004, 03:43 PM
Welcome one and all to our Wearable Arts world!! I just realized I've never put my intro in here! And I have to admit to being totally lax in reading allthe intros! Shame on me! I'm problaby one of the more frequent posters in this forum - so I have no excuse! Guess I'll have to rectify that, read all the posts, and give you my intro! Okay, here goes (with the intro!)

My name is Barrie Edwards. I live in a small town near Vancvouer, British Columbia, Canada. I'm the mother of four semi-wonderful boys (ages 14 - 20), and the grandmother of a wonderful 2 year old (born on my 40th birthday - how cool is that?). My hubby of almsot 22 years is still the light of my life, even though he can be a bit of a challenge at times (what husband isn't! LOL!). I've always done lots of different crafts, but they never grabbed my attention and held if for very long, until I discovered silver jewlery. I took a jewelry workshop about 11 years ago, 8 Saturday mornings, and was immediately enthralled with the whole process! Sawing, filing, designing, sanding, every single step!! Once the class ended, I starte working on my own, trying to figure out how things were done, reading everything I could, and lots of trial and error! It wasn't long before I had collected enough inventory to try shows, (8 months later!), and have been doing them ever since. Two years into my jewelry making adventure, I started teaching a beginner's workshop at a local supply shop. I quit my regular job, that I hated, and have been supporting myself with my art since then. About 4 years ago, I took a lampwork class with Corina (a now-famous beadmaker) as I didn't want to start another hobby from scratch! I love making beads now and am constantly torn between making silver (and some gold) jewelry and making beads - both things I get so much satisfaction out of! This past year has taken me in a couple of new directions. I've started teaching internationally (in Chicago, IL and Olympia, WA) and hope to have a few more courses organized for 2005 (yes, I'm going back to Chicago!!). I've also begun organizing shows myself. My first endevour was the Fraser Valley Bead Show in BC, which was a resounding success. So for 2005, I'm hoping to organize another show, having learned so much from the last one! Never a dull moment for me, that's for sure!!

I hope we see each and everyone of you in the Wearbles forum occassionally! Check out our show & tells, say hi in the daily Wear It's At thread and if you have a question or suggestion, fire away - we love to hear from all of you! (And no, I'm not associated with WC in anyway, just one VERY satisfied member!)!

You can check out my work at the two sites listed in my signature - hope you like them!

toozygoot
12-30-2004, 05:04 PM
:wave: Thesaly! I finally got around to catching up with this thread. And no! YOu're not far away at all! Perhaps we can meet this summer, I hope! I certainly admire the energy it must take to deal with a night time work schedule and family life that takes up the rest of the day. At least Glastonbury must offer very fine professionals for your daughter's needs. I hope you get your work hours that you want! I look forward to seeing your jewelry!

Anna - welcome to Wearable! It does take a very good man to deal with all our spillage doesn't it?!?!!! I will have to check out your website right after I post!

Carol - a big welcome to you too! Happy REtirement! I, too, got to care for two of my grandkids the first two wonderful years of their lives. Need to check out your website!

Heck! I don't think I did an intro either Barrie! Glad you did!

pat

Kerensamere
12-30-2004, 08:54 PM
Welcome one and all!

Barrie -- It's about D#$%n Time! :D

Anna- I just checked out your site, your work is just lovely! I also think your site is very nice, easy to use, extremely atractive. I was skimming your post while talking to my DH when your fencing comment caught my eye. He was once rated as a "C" in fencing, competed nationally at one time (long before we met). He taught me how to do fence a little and when we were first married we participated in some small local competitions. He said to tell you that he's now happily fat, married and a daddy so he's no longer fencing but would love to get back into it again. His love of fencing led him to a local Ren. Faire MANY years ago and he started creating Ren. Costumes as a result of not being able to afford what he liked and not liking what he could afford. We ended up having a full Elizabeathan style wedding (velvet, brocade, hoop skirts and OF COURSE swords). He made 9 out of the 10 costumes for the wedding. So, long story short, it's a small world! Welcome!

-Jen

NataliaH
01-05-2005, 01:07 AM
Hi everybody,

My name is Natalia. I am totally new here. I was told about this forum just a few days ago by Barrie. Barrie, thank you, for giving me this link!

Well, some words about me. I am a student and learning how to become a professional jewellery maker. I love beading too. I even started from making beaded jewellery, but I found that it was tough in Canada to sell beaded jewellery or even to make an advanced bead course. This is why I ended up in college studying metalwork :)

Now, I will go to look through this forum, and, hopefully, meet you all there :)

PS. Excuse my mistakes, if I do any. I am originally not English-speaking. My native language is Russian :)

Barrie
01-05-2005, 12:37 PM
Welcome Natalia! We're a chatty bunch, so if you check out our Wear It's At thread, you'll find many of us check in there daily. And show & tell is one of my favorite parts of this forum! Hope you can post some of your gorgeous beaded pieces soon!!
By the way, I'll be talking to that store I teach at about your ead classes early next week - I'll let you know how it goes! :)
Have fun!

Bangs
01-05-2005, 06:56 PM
Welcome Natalia! And, er welcome, Barrie, LOL!!! :D

NataliaH
01-06-2005, 01:23 AM
Barrie, thank you! Brenda, thank you too :)

Now I see, what is happening here :) Could not understand about those abbreveations... I will read a little bit to understand better and join you :)

Actually, this is my first forum in English language. Before I just could not make myself to read so much in foreign language. It looks like I am getting used to it :)

Barrie
01-06-2005, 02:30 AM
Your English is great Natalia! If you have any questions about weird abbreviations we do sometimes, just ask! We love to share! :) (aren't these little smiley guys great?!?)

Su Poole
01-06-2005, 04:29 AM
*stepping up to the microphone and tapping it nervously*

Hi, I'm Su, and I'm a wearable artist.

I recognize some faces in the crowd from other places, but there are a lot of new ones here that I look forward to getting to know in the fullness of time.

I've done many arts over the years, starting with sewing for my Barbies when I was old enough to thread a needle and ever since then I've been obsessed with making things to wear or put on others. My poor daughters claim they're not scarred for life, but at least they'll admit they had great Halloween costumes.

I've been to two universities, studied physical therapy (how it ended up being that I dunno because I don't like blood), history, art history, folklore (yup, almost got a degree in folklore) and ended up with a paralegal certification right before they started requiring degrees. I've driven a horse-drawn carriage in Louisville, been a lifeguard, a professional costumer, raised two daughters and am in the process of raising my late-in-life son who is five and has aged me beyond my real 52 years, leaving me with snow white hair, a hooked nose, a squint and a propensity for offering apples to young women.

I got my husband, Mike, interested in lampwork last year as a way to keep him occupied while he's off work long-term with illness, and never told him it was simply a way for me to get more beads than before. I'd sold macrame jewellery when I was young and groovy in the 70's and now with my youngest in school and some free time on my hands it seemed like a Good Thing to take up making things for wearing again.

Oh yeah, I live on a boat. In the UK. I wouldn't live on dry land again if you paid me.

-Su

Bangs
01-06-2005, 10:27 AM
Natalia, your English is just fine and I would never know you had any difficulty with it! We'll always be glad to explain anything, too. Don't be shy!

You either, Su. Welcome!! Oh how fascinating to live of a boat, and how very smart of you to get your husband into lampworking. Sounds as if you've had an interesting life already and will continue to do so with a five year old :p Welcome.

CosmicGW
01-06-2005, 01:17 PM
Wow - I need to get out a little more often. I am visiting from the glass forum and this forum seems really interesting.

I used to be fascinated by original pieces of jewelry - I was constantly buying earrings.

I have always been into beady crafts since I was a child, but shortly after 9/11, I wanted to make some beaded flag pins, but everyone was out of red, white and blue seed beads. I got the local phonebook out and found an actual bead store - my first. I went there and stayed for hours - there were so many beads comapred to what I usually saw. I purchase losts of beads and signed up for my first earring class - have been making jewelry ever since.

I am also a lampworker. I became intrigued with the more expensive lampwork at the local beadshop a couple of years ago and a friend told me about a stained glass shop that taught lampworking - haven't stopped making beads since!

It is great to browse around and see all of the great pieces.

Thanks!
Becky

Bangs
01-06-2005, 04:01 PM
Becky, welcome to the "other" forum :D We're a pretty nice bunch here, so drop in any time!

Andee
01-07-2005, 11:43 AM
I'm really behind events, mea culpa! :D

A belated but heartfelt welcome to you all, you will like it here! Please don't forget to show us your work in the daily Show & Tells! :)

hmdundas
01-08-2005, 10:51 PM
I suppose one must step forward and begin somewhere, and this seems the place to do so. First, WetCanvas! is an awesome place! Though after several months of 'lurking', I can somewhat navigate my way around the site, there is so much to see and so much great information, I think one could spend ALOT of time here!

My name is Heidi, I'm from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, married to my sweetie from high school (who is still the love of my life), a mother of 2 teenagers, 2 labradors, 4 cats, 12 fountain goldfish, and 2 bettas. We have lots of love to go around! :cat:

It seems the women in my family are all "artsy". My mom may be out here on the site somewhere, and if not, some of you may know her from other bead sites - NiteRiderBeads. Beads seem to be the current obsession of the living women - my mother, myself, my daughter, though we all have our own "flavor". Mom does a lot of work with seed beads, I work mostly with gemstones & lampwork, and my daughter loves anything vintage - mostly vintage glass.

Art in some form has always been a part of my life. My grandmother taught tole painting, and taught both my mother and myself, though mom had a lot more practice then I did! I like to charcoal sketch a bit more, and my daughter does as well. I have tried to convince her to join in those forums here, or at least maybe let me post some of her work - we'll see...

I have tried my hand at about anything I could - fabric-dying, quilting, and then of course, making ren-faire costumes! Weaving, batik, pottery (which I was no good at), photography - (fairly good at), watercolor, pastels (not very good at these either!), macreme, and polymer clay - which I found I am pretty good at - making pretty little roses which I can make into beads - heh! I think lampworking may be the next thing I try, but we'll see. I always thought I'd like to try stained glass as well, but didn't really look forward to getting my fingers all cut up! Anyway, I still love to do most all of these things, some I spend more time at then others. Mostly I spend my spare time now making jewelry (or oogling supplies!). ;)

Anyway, thanks for letting me share! I look forward to getting to know more of you as I continue to find my way around. I recognize a couple names from some other groups already - it makes me feel like not such a tiny grain of sand on the beach out here!

HollyLee
01-10-2005, 10:08 PM
My name is Holly Howe. I am trained as a scientist (cancer epidemiology) but always had something artistic going on in my free time. I have been intrigued with geological formations and the resulting polished “rocks” for many, many years. I had invested in a few semi-precious beaded necklaces about 20 years ago. Over the years, I had dealt with a needed repair to a necklace at a local fine jewelry store. The beads were not strung properly and the lines of the necklace were never right and although it had been a favorite, I rarely wore it again. When two years ago, I had a string break on another of these necklaces, I was looking for an alternative solution for the repair. I decided that with some books, the resources on the Internet, and some practice, I could learn to repair my own necklace. So this would make me totally self-taught.

My personal repair efforts led to discovering the world of beads with access to gems and pearls from all over the world and establishing relationships with gem dealers and lampworkers all over the world. A few repairs quickly grew to personal investments in these gems, selling to friends and colleagues merely to finance the hobby, and then early in 2003, I obtained a business license, started a web site, and got serious about sharing my craft.

I have sold my jewelry in local arts shows and in trunk shows in Buffalo, Denver, Honolulu, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Albuquerque, Clearwater, Atlanta, Cocoa Beach, and Washington, D.C. This year, I am working to introduce my designs into retail gift stores, boutiques, and other outlets that are interested in colorful jewelry made from natural stones and precious metals.

I create my jewelry designs using gemstones, pearls, often combined with one-of-a-kind artisan lampwork glass bead(s). My taste is for a simple design where the bead(s) blend and complement each other enhancing their beauty and the appearance of the jewelry.

Bangs
01-10-2005, 11:38 PM
Welcome Holly and Heidi :wave: It's great to see you both, and thanks for de-cloaking and making yourself known. I've found this to be not only a knowledgeable group, but a warm and friendly one, too. Make yourselves at home!

Beads-Me!
01-11-2005, 11:17 AM
Hello to everyone! It's fun going back and reading everyone's intro's... What a nice group of people. Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourselves!! :)

CosmicGW
01-11-2005, 11:37 AM
Welcome Holly & Heidi - now I am no longer the newest person on the list!

Becky

VindictiveMuse
01-22-2005, 07:53 PM
Hi everyone!
I'm fairly new to beading--I've been doing it for about two years, and it's such a fun hobby/addiction. I was taught how to do jewelry basics and picked up how to do wireworking on my own, but I still struggle with it. It's so hard to get the wire to do what you want!

I recently took a class on how to do wax ring carving and send the wax model away for casting. I got some of my own wax to experiment with, but so far I haven't really made anything spectacular. I'm still trying to get the hang of it.

I briefly delved into some PMC work, but got a little intimidated by it. That clay is impossible to work with, but some of you have made very lovely stuff with it.

I've been lurking around for a few weeks, looking at the S&T and tutorials and stuff, they're very helpful and inspiring.

Also, I realized my name sounds a little scary, but it's not. I was looking around for some name out of mythology to choose for my name here, and I found a bunch of stories about how the Muses turned people into spiders and ripped out their throats for daring to compare their artistic/musical talents to the Muses'. Sometimes I feel like my muse is smacking me around and making my work look crappy.

And that's my introduction.

JoeyW
01-24-2005, 11:58 PM
Greetings all!

I've been lost in this forum for days. :wave: What a lovely bunch of creators you all are! I've amused my family sitting here going "wow!" "Oooooo!" "YUM!" and many more ("oh there she goes, mom's talking to the computer again") words.

Let's see... I've got my learner's permit for beading and I have a slight addiction (BIG) for beads...I have to have them, I have to touch them... I just have too! I'm not that good at it... but I am learning. I love making necklaces and bracelets mostly and I make them for family and friends now as I learn. I'm practicing and studying the mechanics for the most part.

I'm married, we have 2 boys.. ages 19 and 14. I have worked at the same place for 27 years. I am a floral designer and love my job. So I guess, beads, color, design and such just make sense to me and I want to know more! I've been in love with and studied color for years. I'm 45 years young. I love plants and gardening.

I'll probably be a slow learner (grin) because of my job, and other obligations, but I think I am here to stay. :wink2:

I truly am in awe of the talent I see here! I feel like a kid in a candy store!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Jo

Barrie
01-25-2005, 12:04 AM
Welcome to our candy store!! :) :evil: We have a very good time here, so please join in whenever you want to!! We'd love to see what you create - remember we've all had our learner's permit at sometime!! Oh, and you don't have to sugar coat it here - you got it BAD!!! It's an addiction that grabs hold and just won't go away! Thank goodness!!! On a plus note - there is usually some pretty awesome eye candy to savor when you need a 'fix'!!! (I'm one of the local 'bead porn' pushers! :evil: )

Looking forward to seeing some of your goodies!!

JoeyW
01-25-2005, 12:16 AM
Ooooo how exciting! Yeah, I got it bad! I promise, I'll work on posting some of my trials and errors for all to see. I need to take some pictures (work on camera skills as well) very soon.

Thanks for the welcome! :D

Bangs
01-25-2005, 12:20 AM
Jo and Muse, welcome to WC! Hang out, have fun, and join in!

Musicbeads
01-26-2005, 09:41 PM
I think this is the most awesome site on the internet and am grateful to a friend for telling me about it. I have been lurking for several months and love the S & T's.

I started out with a lampworking class which I really like to do. But...it takes a lot of time (which I don't seem to have enough of) to become proficient at it. And....of course I want to be able to make the most complicated beads on the planet. So...I started making jewelry because I still wanted to play with the beads.

I've taken several classes and played around with a lot of different techniques. I especially like loom work and all forms of peyote stitch. The thing that I like best about all this is that in the end it is my creation. It seems that all the other crafts I've ever done were someone else's original idea and I was just copying it or following their directions.

In my other life I am a music and communications teacher. I am very fortunate. I love my students and the work that I do with them. The bad part about it is that it is cyclically stressful. ( I hate Christmas music - but please don't tell anyone I said that.)

I am married to a Jack of All Trades. He even takes a turn at making jewelry at times. We have no children. We live in the country with a houseful of 6 kittens.

Again, I am delighted to have found wetcanvas and know I will be here often.

Linda

Bangs
01-26-2005, 11:46 PM
Linda, welcome! Glad you have found us! :)

cosmosgrrl
01-27-2005, 10:29 AM
I just realized that I have not posted an "official" introduction here, and figured it was time I did!

I've been making stuff pretty much my whole life. My first significant memory is of receiving a set of markers and a pad of paper for my 3rd birthday. Even today, I still remember the thrill of opening that package of rainbow colored goodness, and my kids know that I'm a sucker when it comes to buying them new crayons, paint, markers, etc. They know I enjoy using the stuff as much as they do!

I took the requisite high school art classes, and even attempted to major in art in college. I say attempted because that was where I first ran into the whole b*tchy "art" versus "craft" thing. I so clearly remember this snippy little woman who was visiting my college from NYC for the semester and teaching studio art. She would totally lift her nose in the air to everything I produced as being too "crafty," while slobbering over this other arty girl who produced things like a plastic Jesus submerged in a cup of urine to show the commercialism of Christmas. *gag* I made it through the semester but never took another formal art class again. I did however continue to explore various art forms on my own. I eventually found my way to stained glass, which led me to jewelry and beads.

I work mostly with seed beads right now, but have wanted to try my hand at lampworking and polymer clay. I found Wet Canvas through my friend Juli (known around here as Juls), who runs her own Bead Board, The Art of Beads, over on MSN. I am always so inspired by all the fabulous work I see here and over on Juli's site.

In my other life, I am a librarian -- a job which as strange as it may sound has allowed me to incorporate my love of beads, jewelry and other art forms into my daily work. Two of the most fun things I get to do is buy art and craft books & videos, and plan & present art and craft programs to our users! I have been amazed over the last few years at the huge increase in the number of people (men, women, teens, kids, seniors) who are into handmade work. I get requests for books on subjects as diverse as altered books, quilting (a BIG one), wood carving, glass blowing, shrine making, spinning, oil & watercolor painting, and fresco work. I also produce an art show once a year in our library meeting room that showcases the work of local artists. That is always a big draw in the community.

I live in western New York, in a suburb of Rochester, am married to a great guy, Cosmo, and have two splendid kids -- Scott, 12, and Lizzie, 9. Well, since I have seem to written a BOOK, I guess I'll stop now.

Patty

Beadsomine
01-27-2005, 07:25 PM
My name is Kristen Noelle Khan. I was born in Southern California, and spent most of my time growing up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in a very small town named Oak Creek, about 20 miles from Steamboat Springs. I have lived in Stoughton, Wisconsin and Parker, Arizona as well. I am now 34 years old and live in Northern California. Brentwood, no, not the O.J. Brentwood! We're a quickly growing City of 33,000, mostly agriculture here. I have lived here since 1997 with my Dear Husband, Joseph and three kiddies, Nelson, 14 J.J.13 and Noelani 10.
I love making jewelry and making beads. I've been making beaded jewelry for about three years and making beads for about 7 months.Of all the forms of artistic expression there are, I enjoy jewelry making the most.
I have always been into art and have considered myself as an artistic type, I, however wouldn’t call myself an "artist" because I'm not sure if that is a title to give myself. It seems to be such an honorable title; I think it would be rather presumptuous to give myself that honor. So as my skill sets grow, I will let the critics and Art aficionados decide! One of my goals, artistically, is to make an Altered Book. They fascinate me and I consider it a good endeavor. I like the concept; it goes much further than collage, journaling, or scrapbooking!
Thanks to all who share and bless us with their knowledge and beauty everyday!
Kristen Khan

Andee
01-28-2005, 04:35 AM
Welcome Heidi, Holly, VindictiveMuse, Jo, Linda, Patty and Kristen! Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourselves - I'm looking forward to seeing your pieces in the daily S&Ts! :)

Beads-Me!
01-28-2005, 08:58 AM
Welcome Heidi, Holly, VindictiveMuse, Jo, Linda, Patty and Kristen! Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourselves - I'm looking forward to seeing your pieces in the daily S&Ts! :)

:D What Andee said! Please feel free to share any and all eye candy over in S&T as soon as possible! ;)

MeltingPoint
01-31-2005, 05:42 PM
Hello Everyone
My name is Darlene.......I've been lurking on Wearables a few days reading the intro's and trying to get to know some of you. I see some faces from the Glass Lobby where I usually hang out. Even though I've been a member since 2003 most of my post have been made in the last couple months I think.....trying to unlurk. I'll try to be brief.......I've been beading for a couple years now.....started out collecting beads for silk ribbon embroidery and crazy quilting and got hooked!! So bought more beads and started learning peyote and other stitches and got MORE hooked.......soon my other addictions......ah..err....passions started getting a little dusty. The other passions being sewing, quilting, embroidery by hand and machine, knitting and crochet, silk ribbon, crazy quilting, spinning, felting wet and dry, soft sculpture dolls, fabric dyeing and painting, and you get the idea...also COLLECTING.....fabric, beads, buttons, glass, supplies for future passions, information, and just STUFF!!! I'm a pack rat and if I'm interested in it I have to find out everything I can about it. My latest is trying to dive into the lampworking ocean. I have very little in the way of supplies; but I'm getting there. Waiting on my ventilation system so I can torch again.......I torched all summer outside and had a ball; now all I can think about is when can I fire up the torch again. Until then I bead just about every day, work on my dolls, or other projects. Right now I'm trying to get some new things together for the 2 galleries that I have my stuff in; but people keep buying it before I can take the stuff in or I give it away. This weekend I'm teaching a beading class to the Fiber Guild that I belong too. Hopefully I can do more teaching......anything for more supply money..ggglol....other then that I spend my time being part of a often crazy; but wonderful family. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and have 3 children ...a son soon to be 25, a daughter soon to be 20, and another daugher that we adopted when she was 14 and she turns 18 in July. My son and his girlfriend have a little boy...my first grandchild and I'm in LUV; his girlfriend also has a little girl already so I have 2 grandkids!! My oldest daughter is expecting in June!! Gosh that makes me sound OLD; but we started waaaay to early really..gglol....My DH retired a couple years ago after doing 21 years in the Marines...OOHHRA!! We've moved around a lot and finally settled in NC after he retired. O.k. that's the condensed version!! Hope to learn lots and become a happy beady member of the Wearables!!!
I've attached a couple of my favorite pics of some of the stuff that I do.
Darlene

Kerensamere
01-31-2005, 08:03 PM
Darlene! Welcome!

Your work is just lovely! I would love to see more of your dolls too. Talk about painstaking work, WOW! I can't wait to see more of your work!

-Jen

MeltingPoint
02-01-2005, 08:19 AM
Darlene! Welcome!

Your work is just lovely! I would love to see more of your dolls too. Talk about painstaking work, WOW! I can't wait to see more of your work!

-Jen

Thank you Jen!!! I just love creating dolls. I get to combine a lot of my different passions into one creation..gglol...it's lots of fun. I'm trying to get pictures together to do a picturetrail since I'm not ready for the headache of a website. Will let you know for sure when I do. Now if I can only find all the pictures......some dolls were given away or sold before I could even take pictures.....and I have a huge family that always want some kinda art from me.....can be fun.....SOMETIMES!!!
Thanks for the welcome!!!
Darlene

Beads-Me!
02-01-2005, 08:56 AM
Welcome Darlene! Your work is amazing! I can't imagine how much time is involved... Oh and I love the doll too - more please?!?! ;)

Andee
02-01-2005, 09:11 AM
Darlene - welcome to the Wearables! Great work, can't wait to see more of it in the daily S&Ts! :)

menopausal maiden
02-01-2005, 09:23 AM
Hi, my name is Kim and I'm an addict :p I started this beading stuff when my daughter ( now 21) was 9 and visited the flea market with a friend only to bring home a cute little mouse without a cage. Being the creative mom I was I insisted she go to friends and neighbors and beg/plead for any spare cages they might have. She came back with an old aquarium filled with gravel and..oh my goodness these look like beads!! Semi precious stone beads jadite, lapis, coral, onyx, rose quartz, turquoise, mille fiore (old, but I didnt know it then), jade, aventurine, and other things I had no idea about but was sure were not meant to be pooped on by fish. I took it back to the neighbor and asked if she was sure she wanted to give it away and she told me they had belonged to her old room mate who had moved out and left them and she didnt want them, I spent lots of time seperating beads from gravel and asked a beady eyed girl I had just met to tell me what they were. She was happy to do that and take a couple of bags home with her. She also taught me a little about stringing...very little, I wasted lots of beads. At Florida State they had an open air market on Weds. and I started selling my stuff there. Over the years I learned more about stringing...like..thread rots and fishing wire doesnt have a sexy drape. Oh, and Wal Mart isnt the place to get seed beads. I traveled to Grateful Dead shows inthe summer and learned a lot there..hair wrapping..incorporating peyote stitched beads as well as adding thin wire and beading the wraps themselves. On St George Island, during the day in summertime, I spent time wrapping hair and selling jewelry on the beach....and night time serving cocktails to the women I had sold my work to during the day! Now, I'm dying to try lampwork...as soon as the IRS repays me I'm buying a hothead torch and some glass. I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism..medieval fun...and I adore researching beads/jewelry for period garb. Those silly italians didnt sew seedbeads onto clothing!
I guess I talk too much! I discovered WetCanvas last year, but just joined...I'm trying to paint...my daughter took a painting class and is responsible for this new interest as well. I guess I owe her a lot. I still haven't learned how to resize photos, so I can't post any yet. Besides...my daughter is the one with the digital camera!!

jewelry731
02-01-2005, 10:20 AM
Hi Folks!

Just a quick note to introduce myself. I've been a member here for several months, but don't think I've posted in this thread.

I create gemstone artisan jewelry, and custom design bridal/wedding jewelry.
My website is: www.donwolford.com. Please let me know what you think!

I'm looking for a new webhosting situation...rubylane has great tools, but the artisans are a tiny portion of the "shops", most being collectable shops. So any webhosting advice would be appreciated!

I'm also interested in networking and having great conversation with other artists and artisans in the Chicagoland area!

Cheers,

Don Wolford
Barrington, Il.

Andee
02-01-2005, 10:28 AM
Kim and Don - welcome! Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourselves! :)

Kim - wow, a whole aquarium full of goodies, you must have been so thrilled! :)

kissmyglass
02-01-2005, 10:36 AM
Hi! Where have I been????? I am a lampwork artist and I usually post in glass art - I didn't know you guys were here!!!!!!! I love to make lampwork beads but I am also in love with finished jewelry design although my skill bank is a little limited in that area. i hope I can learn more here and get some good advice. Sincerely, Katherine

CosmicGW
02-01-2005, 11:43 AM
Hi! Where have I been????? I am a lampwork artist and I usually post in glass art - I didn't know you guys were here!!!!!!! I love to make lampwork beads but I am also in love with finished jewelry design although my skill bank is a little limited in that area. i hope I can learn more here and get some good advice. Sincerely, Katherine

Hi Katherine! I recognize you from the glass forum - welcome to this side of WC.

Becky

darlingart
02-20-2005, 04:57 AM
Hello everyone - after finding this new forum and lurking around for a while admiring all the lovely work, I thought I had better introduce myself:) I'm Michelle from Western Australia and I am addicted to wire and beads (especially gemstones):) I have three great kids (9, 5 and 3), a wonderful hubby, a beautiful shar-pei, a snotty nosed cat, assorted fish and an abundance of wildlife in our backyard - we live in the Darling Range surrounded by beautiful aussie bushland (inspiration for my art and my WC username).

Like most here, I have been into arty/crafty things all my life, especially drawing. Due to time constraints I havn't done that in a long time (colour pencil is such a time intensive medium!), but the urge to create once again overcame me late last year and I started playing around with wire and beads.

I was actually introduced to jewellery making by my mum when I was about 12 (she used to make jewelery which she sold to many boutiques - polymer clay and leather creations mostly), I started making and selling my own basic beaded jewellery 7 or 8 years ago, only did it for a year or so before having my second daughter, teaching myself to sew and designing a range baby wear which I have manufactured and sold for nearly six years. The designing process was fun, but mass production certainly isn't, so nearly all the jewellery that I make is one-of-a-kind:)

I have sold a few pieces recently, (some were sold from a local shop, but I have taken the rest back for the moment as the shop is up for sale) and my hubby is currently creating a website for me...it will probably be a while before it is working, which is ok as I am definitely moving away from the simple beaded pieces that I have made in the last few months towards more wire-work. LOL - of course, I have to sell some of the stuff I have made in order to by more sterling wire for all the designs that I want to try, so I am actually getting more sketching time at the moment than jewellery making time.

I would love to learn lampworking in the future, but for now, I just have to drool over everyone elses lovely creations. LOL - I think I've said enough about myself for now, so here are a couple of my pieces: Sterling and chrysoprase pendant, rose quartz with amythyst accent beads, copper cherry quartz ring, copper bangle with large turquoise, moss agate and onyx beads (I don't sell copper jewellery, these are the first ones I have made just for practice). The bangle design was inspired by Eni Oken's beautiful wire work.

Cheers
Michelle

Ombos
02-20-2005, 06:36 AM
Hallo everybody

In terms of the introduction Michelle made the race :clap: , - hi Michelle :wave: .
I am very amazed by your warm welcomes, but on we go with the introduction.
My name is Christiane Strauss and I live with my DH in a small village in Southern Germany.
My family name “Strauss” could be interpreted as “ostrich” which gives name to our small business, as OMBO is the Herero (a tribe in Namibia) name for ostrich.
The reason of our deep affection to Africa dates from my youth which I spent in Namibia.
Our dear flat mate is a huge St. Bernard called Luke which weighs almost as much as DH roundabout 85 kg, and he is so sweet.

Like most of you I have been through numerous attempts to hold my fingers busy and finally found lampworking and jewelry making fits me the best. The most amazing thing about this combination are the different arts/crafts and materials which are used.
I very seldom do a lampwork-bead-set without having the finished piece in mind.
In most cases there is a gemstone or something else like a set of black felted balls that give me the inspiration to do some matching lampwork.
I love to buy accessories for my future pieces especially during my frequent visits in Namibia at my sister, who is an upcoming lamp worker / jewelry maker as well.
I am sorry, that I could not manage to translate our website in time, but I’m working hard on it, all those flowery descriptions are no problem in your first language but when it comes to translation of adjectives OMG give me some time…
Meanwhile you might just take the pictures as an inspiration.

The picture of the necklace below is not too good, but I liked the stile with Coral pieces and bone beads accompanied by lampworkbeads in coral/coppergreen.

Andee
02-20-2005, 08:36 AM
Katherine, Michelle and Christiane - welcome to the Wearables, and thanks for taking the time to introduce yourselves! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work in the daily S&Ts! :)

Bangs
02-20-2005, 10:51 AM
Indeed, Katherine, Michelle, and Christiane, it's so wonderful to see you here and the beautiful things you've made. I hope you'll come often and share this little corner of the world.

SarahM.
02-20-2005, 08:14 PM
Hi everyone!

I am new to this forum- I mostly post on the glass art forums, but now that I've found this wearable art forum, I can't wait to share!

I'm 24, and live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I'm a glass flameworker - currently focusing on boroslilicate beads, most of my pieces are coldworked to. I work with Andrew Brown (www.kbglassworks.com) - and I'm currently working on a website for my beads and finished jewelery. Can't wait to get to know you all you better.

:)

SharonP
02-20-2005, 08:20 PM
Boy, this is great, I didn't know the forum was here till I did a search on Shirley Cook (hi, Shirl!)

I'm Sharon, and I'm usually over on the glass forums. I make lampworked sculptural beads and since they're multi-part I mostly wire work them into pendants, but for the last 6 months or so I've been trying to come up with some decent necklace designs, learning the techniques as I go.

I'm sure glad you guys are here, I'll probably need some expert advice! Here's a pic of a couple that turned out not too bad....
*sharon*

Nolly
02-20-2005, 08:28 PM
Sarah and Sharon, welcome, welcome!

Nolly

beclectic
02-20-2005, 09:32 PM
What fun it was reading so many new introductions. I've seen a few of you posting in Show & Tell. Your work is wonderful. We are glad to have you join us here in Wearable Art.

Doxallo
03-18-2005, 12:59 PM
Thank you again for welcoming us in this forum, should we each do an intro and tell a bit about ourselves and how we are involved in the Jewelry/Wearable Arts?

Have you had classes? Self taught? Hobbyist or professional? How many years?

I promise I will post mine when I get back, I have to go do the school pick-up thing. :rolleyes:

See ya in a bit! :D


HI all, trying to follow directions...LOL. So here's my intro in this somewhat dusty thread here.

:wave:
I'm Janice. Live in MD....am a jewelry artisan (LOL...sounds so riduculous when I say that....) I am NEW to jewelry design/creating. I am coming up on one year. :D I am self taught over the internet, but I did just order my first few books!!! And I am taking my first classes in April at the Expo in PA (anyone going???)

I do mostly wire work...but a tiny bit of stringing too. I am interested in learning some metalsmithing and perhaps eventually lampworking. I will attach a few pics and a link to my photobucket album so you can see some of what I do.

I am mom to two beautiful children (you may see them in the photobucket album too ...not sure what all is in there) Jessica is 16.5 and Sam is 3.5 - they are a gift. :) I work FT outside the home, single mom - sole support - so I don't get as much time for my jewelry as I would like...I grab what I can and figure one day I'll have more time to devote to these things.

So anywya, thats me - this looks like a great place to be -- I've been clicking on everyones sig links and am so inspired! Hope to get to know everyone in time and if you have any questions or whatever.....just PM me! (or email through my profile - can you do that here???)

Hmm*wanders off to try to attach some photos*

Ok, think I have a few- a heart pendant, a necklace I did for a NAtive American theme, a coper bangle trying herringbone weave direct onto the bangle, and umm, oh a silver bangle with a nice peruvian ceramic focal that I fell in love with...

and my photobucket gallery is at: http://photobucket.com/albums/v451/WireyWoman/

there is a whole mess of misc pieces there. Enojy!

beclectic
03-18-2005, 01:17 PM
Janice,

Thanks for joining us on the Wearable Art forum and welcome.

That woven herringbone bracelet is beautifully designed. It is very impressive. I enjoyed all your photos at your link. Very nice body of work.

I work FT also so I know what you mean about grabbing time when you can.

Have a good one,

Doxallo
03-18-2005, 02:21 PM
Janice,

Thanks for joining us on the Wearable Art forum and welcome.

That woven herringbone bracelet is beautifully designed. It is very impressive. I enjoyed all your photos at your link. Very nice body of work.

I work FT also so I know what you mean about grabbing time when you can.

Have a good one,

Thanks for the welcome Barbara!! I am really enjoying look around here and seeing that there are people in my neck of the woods! This is GREAT!

Thanks also for the feedback. That herringbone bangle was a first attempt so I did it in copper and I actually really like it like that, but think I am going to try it in silver this weekend and oxidize it.....I've seen the herringbone done on individual beads but never altogether like that on one frame -- I like the way it turned out. (though I am sure its been done before, seems there is nothing new under the sun in this biz....well, most of the time...)

Andee
03-18-2005, 02:23 PM
Sarah, Sharon and Janice - welcome to the Wearables! Your pieces are gorgeous and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of your work! :wave:

Doxallo
03-18-2005, 03:14 PM
Sarah, Sharon and Janice - welcome to the Wearables! Your pieces are gorgeous and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of your work! :wave:

Thanks so much Andee!! I really appreciate it. :) I took a little tour around your site - BLIND! lol....nice work. I like! I like!

Beads-Me!
03-18-2005, 06:54 PM
Hi Sarah, Sharon and Janice! Let me add my welcome to Wearable Art!

TurtleBay Jewelry
03-18-2005, 09:16 PM
I've been catching up on some of you throughout the day today! Welcome to WA! We hope you all love it here as much as we do. It's quite a warm li'l haven from the rest of the world.

:wave:

~Danielle

aussiejules
03-20-2005, 04:40 PM
G'day to everyone!

I've just found this channel on WetCanvas, have spent a lot of time in the Glass Art Channel. Anyway, my story starts with me making earrings for myself (because I was too cheap to buy them in a shop and thought I could make them myself)! Yes, I could make them, and that led to making more. Friends liked them, made more for them. And then started selling the jewellery I had made (had branched into necklaces and bracelets) in shops.

Several years later I moved to Sydney where there are loads of markets, and started the first of 6 years at markets. 2 in Balmain, 4 at the Opera House.

Now I'm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, indulging in my glass obsession. Making beads, but have also started playing with PMC and still making jewellery. Just totally immersing myself in it all with the aim of making this a full time thing.

I've just looked at my photos, and don't really have digital pictures of anything that is wearable and worth sharing, but I look forward to sharing more with you all soon!

Cheers....Jules

justhandleit
03-20-2005, 06:26 PM
Wow, even the posting here looks complicated. LOL Hi everyone, my name is Patti and I just joined the group this past week. I have to say that I am totally intimidated by the extraordinary talent of this group. I was going to continue to lurk for a year or so, but thought I better introduce myself.

As alot of you, I was always into some type of arts and crafts. My best job was as the bookkeeper/accountant for a Quaker study center. While there I learned floor loom weaving and pottery (both hand and wheel). I continued to do pottery for the next 5 years but never quite got to the place I would have liked to be. Next door to the study center is our local arts center where I have taken more classes in pottery and weaving.

I am married to a great guy, Jim and we have one adopted son, Ian who has been dx'd with Asperger's Syndrome. For those who don't know what that is, it is high functioning autism. That whole adventure is one book alone. If anyone would like to know more, I'd be happy to talk with them.

I have an associates degree in business, a BA in psychology and a MA in elementary ed and early childhood ed. This alone should tell you how confused I am!!!! I have probably had just about every job one can do. I do bore easily! LOL

When I finally got Ian situated in a good educational environment, I began to notice a decline in my health. A lot of little things over a long period of time. When I finally became so fatigued, I decided to check it out with a doctor. (I didn't usually go to doctors for much of anything if I could help it and I have ALWAYS been a 4 hour a night sleeper, never taking naps or sleeping in cars, etc.)

As usual there is confusion with my health as well. I was officially dx'd with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and Fibromyalgia. Although several doctors felt it was MS (a neurologist couldn't confirm or reject that). So that's still up in the air! Anyway, the CFIDS mimics MS but is treated very differently. My doc insisted it was CFIDS but she has since ran away from practice following a divorce and left alot of us CFIDS patients hanging. (Alot of doctors don't believe in CFIDS). I am no longer working and have been on SS disability for the past 3 yrs.

I was trying to come up with a way to earn money on a limited basis from my home. That's how I got involved with jewelry. Basically, I am just a bead stringer with some wire techniques. I'm in the process of learning how to do: wire-working, wire sculpture, PMC, and pearl knotting. I am sick alot so my jewelry learning and making time has been very limited.

I started with inexpensive glass beads and gemstones. Sold over 100 pieces on ebay my first 2 years. BUT my prices were too low and as I improved, my prices went up. My sales went DOWN. I can sell at the higher price just not at the quantity I was selling before. I have a Ebay store which I've been using just to hold my small jewelry inventory. Have not been currently auctioning.

This is becoming way too long and boring so I'll end here. Honestly, I would really welcome any constructive criticism or praise. I am still so unsure of myself as a jewelry designer. I don't have my own style yet and almost every piece I do is very different. Confusion again!!!! This looks like a great place and I'm happy to be here.

Patti
http://stores.ebay.com/Pdunn-Designs_W0QQssPageNameZstrkQ3amesubQ3astoreQ3a50QQtZkm

PS Here are a couple pics of my work. The pin is just a copy of the ones in shown in the January Bead Style mag.

http://i19.ebayimg.com/02/i/03/ag/f6/84_1_sbol.JPGhttp://i17.ebayimg.com/02/i/03/ag/90/06_1_sbol.JPG http://i1.ebayimg.com/03/i/02/62/2a/89_1_b.JPG http://i5.ebayimg.com/03/i/02/60/96/86_1_sbl.JPG

Spiderlace
03-20-2005, 07:52 PM
I am a jewelry maker wannabe. I make glass beads, and then they pile up, and out, and over ... occasionally I wire them up into small pendants and earrings, and an occasional bangle (screw on only!), but I am wearable-art-challenged! Hoping to learn and be inspired, while I aspire! I own many findings that have caught my eye, but get stymied when it is time to put something together.

I'd love to learn to do really simple things to start! And drool over all that you guys do!

Elise

Andee
03-21-2005, 02:27 AM
Jules, Patti and Elise - Welcome to the Wearables and thanks for taking the time to introduce yourselves! :wave:

Janice - thanks! :)

touchmetalguy
03-21-2005, 09:05 PM
I've been posting over in the Argentium thread so it only seemed appropriate to stop by and do the intro thing.

I've been making jewellery off and on for almost six years. What got me started? I think it was frustration at not being able to find jewellery I liked so one thing led to another and I started making my own. First it was belt buckles, then a few chains and simple rings, and then I took a big gamble and made our wedding rings when we got married. That was a pretty big success and it's been "no turning back" since.

So far it's been a hobby but I'm now working toward getting a lot more serious about it. So, fingers crossed, my wife and I are building a website and I hope to shift into semi-pro status soon. If it flies it will be my fourth career change in twenty years. If not, c'est la vie, I'll do it anyway just 'cause I can't image not doing it.

I'm self-taught other than machine shop skills that I picked up from my father when I was a kid. That turned me into a life-long tool geek and probably made it inevitable that I would end up doing something like jewellery making. It certainly feels that way when I'm at the bench.

Today my "studio" is basically a big shelving unit and a narrow workbench. I'm reasonably well equipped except when it comes to casting which is fine because the bulk of my work and interest is in fabrication and forging. I've recently started using designer cabs and semi-precious gemstones and hope to someday get into cutting and carving my own for use in my jewellery designs.

You can see some samples of my early work at http://www.touchmetal.com/samples_1.html

Thanks for reading.

Sunbandit
03-22-2005, 03:24 AM
I just joined Wet Canvas today. Very impressive. I make knitted wire jewelry.
I use copper wire for now. I like the way it handles and it looks nice with almost any kind of beads. I am looking forward to checking out other artist's galleries for the rest of the night!
Thank you!
Bridget Becker

Andee
03-22-2005, 04:46 AM
Trevor - welcome to the Wearables! I checked your work and it's beautiful! :)

Prudence
03-22-2005, 06:06 AM
Bridget, One of my classmates uses a wooden spool to "knit". Is this similar to what you do? She makes individual encased beads, necklaces and bracelets. I was amazed at the beautiful texture. There's a recent thread about "viking knitting" not sure if this is the same thing. Pru

Nolly
03-22-2005, 06:27 AM
Welcome, welcome all to wearable art. Great of you guys to write such informative intros; I know you will be wonderful contributors to the forum.

Nolly

toozygoot
03-22-2005, 07:27 AM
:wave: Bridget and Welcome to WC! I love knitted and crocheted wire work and I can't wait to see yours! I'm so glad you joined us here!

pat

touchmetalguy
03-22-2005, 07:42 AM
... I checked your work and it's beautiful! :)

Oh, blush and thank you, I'll bet you say that to all the boys.

Andee
03-22-2005, 08:43 AM
Oh, blush and thank you, I'll bet you say that to all the boys.

Trevor - LOL, no, only to the ones with cute cats! ;)


Bridget - welcome to you, too! Please let us see some pics of your work! :)

RunUndefined
03-22-2005, 04:51 PM
Hello everyone.
I am new here.. I have been swimming around the site today, .. I can't seem to get away from the computer yet.. this is such a WONDERFUL, very inspirational and informative site.

I am a jewelry designer, I have been doing my thing for about 15 years. (my mom, Chroma here, is my inspiration)... I started out doing a bead and thread piece with her, after she took a class. I have not been able to control myself since! My mother is an extremely creative person and has really helped me develop my talent. She makes lampwork beads for me as well... and is getting VERY good!

I am very much into dichro, Hill Tribe, Bali, lampwork, Pearls, beadweaving.. and anything funky. I have considered my work just a creative outlet, a hobby I guess, until very recently. I now am jumping in and making it my "day job"...

I have a couple of galleries that sell my work and also I have a store I have built on e-bay (learning HTML too!)... I am surprised how fast things are moving.

I have so much to learn (business wise) and will be posting questions (probably will drive everyone batty!), I am concerned about several things...

I have no formal business training, so I am a bit overwhelmed on that end.

my site is:
www.geocities.com/carykmartin

ebay store:
http://stores.ebay.com/ART-To-Wear

(I see some of you have links to your sites.. not sure how to do that yet!
I am going to try to post a pix of one of my recent pieces...

thank you!

Andee
03-23-2005, 04:06 AM
Cary - welcome! Gorgeous bracelet, please show us more!! :)

mtncate
03-25-2005, 08:49 PM
Hello - been lurking for a while (a looong while as you can see by my join date) and figured it's about time I introduced myself. I've got a super slow dail up connection - our phone lines up here are super old and won't even support 58K dial up - but I just can't give up on my almost daily dose of WetCanvas wearables S&T. You guys are amazing and have given me tons of inspiration!

I've been creating jewelry off and on for over 10 years, starting with basic wire wrapping and stringing that I sold to friends at the place where I was waitressing. I have gotten more serious about it lately since I've been hanging out at home with my two little ones and have found out that I can actually do something now for about, oh, 5 minutes or so without one or the other of them bugging me. :)

My work area is a small corner of our living room and the dining room table, but we just finished a large garage/workshop (bigger than our house, LOL), and I get a corner of it, so I'm pretty excited to move into my new bigger, better space! I do mostly wire work and some stringing, and hope to get started on PMC and glass fusing soon - have a new kiln in the garage and am really excited to start using it.

We live near a small resort town and there are quite a few galleries around. I'm working on getting my jewelry in some of them (right now I have some in a craft store at our little mall), and am doing a few shows around the area. One of these days I hope to have a website, but it's hard enough to find time to work on my jewelry, so I guess that will have to wait for now.

Right now I'm working toward my paramedic certification and volunteering at our local fire dept. but I hope to get more serious about making and selling jewelry. I figure working 10 (long) days or so a month will give me plenty of time to work on my jewelry! I'll have to figure out how to show some of my things here on WetCanvas to get some feedback from all of you amazing jewelry artists!

'Bout time for me to start working on dinner, so I guess I better say bye. I'll try to "delurk" a little more now that I've made my introduction! :)

Cate
Grassy Mountain Designs

Wildchild
04-02-2005, 08:53 AM
Hi everyone! My name is Patty, and talk about lurking! Ha! I joined about 6 months ago and had a hard time getting around here, but a friend finally helped me out and here I am!

I have been making jewelry off and on for about 25 years. It all started when a friend took me with her to a bead shop! The rest is history! I have taken several classes over the years, stringing, PMC and metalsmithing twice, one class being a college course. I love working with metal, wire and beads. I have only recently been introduced to lampwork beads. I had no idea they even existed unil about 8 months ago! Where have I been, you ask, with my head stuck in a hole in the ground I guess! LOL!!

I have been doing arts and craft shows for about the last 10 years or so and love doing them. I love all the feedback I get from customers. You can never have enough compliments! That keeps me going! :)

I have been married to the same man for 26 years, with one daughter and a dog named Buddy. I have lived in Michigan most of my life and enjoy it here, we have all the seasons, but winter seems to be the longest! LOL!

I worked as an Admin for 30 years in a hospitl and last year my position was eliminated and I am now floundering around looking for a job and making jewelry. No one seems to want a 50 year old anymore... So I am hoping to make my jewelry pay off and maybe spend more time doing that. Right now I am a temp going from job to job, that is when there are jobs available...

Thanks for listening to my rambling.... Wish I knew how to download the thumbnails thingy, I would show you some of my work....

Andee
04-02-2005, 09:04 AM
Cate and Patty - welcome to the Wearables! Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourselves! :)

khia
04-04-2005, 04:48 AM
Hi I'm Stéphanie (Khya or Khia). I'm very happy to be part of this incredible forum. I'm a graphic designer, and I've been making jewelry for about 4 years now. I've tried many different styles, but must say that what I really would like is to solder, but round here, Belgium, there aren't many classes available. Over here, Swarovski is the big thing, everybody is beading, it's crazy! I'll join a few pics of the different things I've tried out up to now.
Here goes!

http://site.voila.fr/khia74/images/3-picture5.gif
http://site.voila.fr/khia74/images/5-picture3.gif
http://site.voila.fr/khia74/images/6-picture2.gif
http://site.voila.fr/khia74/images/6-picture5.gif
http://site.voila.fr/khia74/images/6-picture6.gif

That's about it, have alot of swarovski rings but don't have any pictures.

Byebye!
Stephanie/Khya :wink2:

Sorry, don't know what I have to do for the pictures, so it'll have to be links! A little lesson on uploading would be appreciated!

Andee
04-04-2005, 05:35 AM
Stephanie - welcome to WetCanvas! and the Wearable Arts forum! :)

To upload pictures:
When writing a reply to a thread or starting a new thread, you click on "Manage Attachments" (it's a bit underneath the text field you write your answer in). A new window opens up which enables you to upload 5 different files. Click on the button next to the first free "slot", then you can search your hard disk for the file you want to upload. After clicking on the file you want you can either choose the next file in the next free "slot" or you can upload the pics by clicking "Upload". The upload will take a short while. When the upload is successful you'll see the uploaded files in the bottom of the window. If you're done with uploading, you then hit "Close this window". Above the "Manage Attachments" button you will now see the uploaded files. Now finish your text (if you didn't do already) and click on "Submit Reply". That should do it!

khia
04-04-2005, 05:41 AM
Thanks Andee, I thought that was how to do it, but as I'm at work, oups, not doing much work, I don't have them on this computer, so it'll have to be links for now.

Bye

Andee
04-04-2005, 05:46 AM
Stephanie - you're welcome! :)

silverglass
04-05-2005, 11:37 AM
Hi to all,
My name is Mary Barnes and I live in Washington state. I've been a silversmith for over 15 years but until recently it's been tough to really get involved with my work on a daily basis. My husband retired for the navy several years ago and we have finally settled here in the northwest. My husband has set me up a wonderful studio/shop in our 2 car garage. I am now teaching some private classes and enjoy a nice large work space.

I also make glass beads and I am starting to fuse glass as well. I have 7 natural-colored wool sheep that I have had for almost 2 years. I'm interested in learning about spinning but am trying to manage my time well enough to include that. I have just too many things I enjoy! Silversmithing and sewing are my passions and will only give them up when my hands will no longer cooperate!

I'm excited about the possibilites of sharing AND learning on Wetcanvas!
I'll post a picture as soon as I figure out how to make it smaller.