SPOTLIGHT: Beadiful World

Name:  Debbie Bruce
Etsy shop name:  http://beadifulworld.etsy.com
Website:  http://www.beadifulworld.biz
Blog:  http://beadifulworld.blogspot.com
Location:  Aiken, South Carolina

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations? 
 I originally started out primarily focusing on stringing with lampwork beads.  The details that a lampwork bead artist puts into a gorgeous bead really speaks to me.  I am in awe of their talent.  When I was just starting out, I couldn’t afford expensive semi-precious beads, so I would string lampwork beads with inexpensive glass beads.  As I began selling my jewelry, I was able to expand my inventory to include semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, etc.  When I’m designing a piece, I love to mix all kinds of materials together for a more eclectic look.

2. How did you get into this form of art? 
I was having a lot of back trouble which prevented me from sitting for long periods, so in the evening after work I needed something to do that I could do standing up at my kitchen counter.  I tried several things, but found that jewelry was really where my passion was.  I’ve always been the type of person that had to have jewelry to match each outfit, so making my own jewelry just seemed the natural thing to do.  I found that I had a natural talent for it, and other than a couple of specific techniques, I am primarily self-taught.

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you? 
If I’m making a piece for myself or a customer, then usually the outfit is the inspiration. If I’m designing a piece which has a focal lampwork bead, then the colors in the lampwork bead are the inspiration.  I also try to keep up with the colors forecasted for the upcoming seasons.

4. Do you have a certain design style? 
 My style tends to be more eclectic.  I especially like to make multiple strand necklaces with various styles, colors and shapes of beads.  I also enjoy making eyeglass leashes that don’t look like what your mother wore – I like them funky and fun.

5. What is your favorite technique? 
I love hammering on metal — it really lets you get out your frustrations.  And I love the fact that it isn’t intended to be perfect, it’s meant to have a rough look.

6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations? 
On my website, http://www.beadifulworld.biz.  I’ve done some wholesale selling, and also I consign in a local art gallery, Aiken Center for the Arts.  I also participate in as many craft shows as my work schedule allows.

7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD? 
The members in this team are a wonderful support group.  They are great about giving you a pat on the back when you need it, and they are all SO talented.  I feel privileged to be included in a group with so many talented artisans.

 

          

SPOTLIGHT: Beads of Heaven

1. What kind of material do you use in your creations?
I love smooth stones, sparkling crystal, sterling silver (when possible) and cast pewter. I don’t like to use crystal bi-cones because of the sharp edges.

2. How did you get into this form of art?
A few years ago I was working in the custom framing shop at Michael’s, and every day I would walk past the bead aisles. Those beads were calling to me! I started making simple stretchy bracelets, and I went on from there.

At some point, I started making rosaries and that just goes beyond jewelry. Rosaries are an aid to prayer, a connection to heaven.

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you?
A rosary, whether it is a full rosary, a single decade rosary, or a rosary bracelet, has a set number and sequence of beads, so the “plan” is there. Beyond that, I love the feel of smooth stones moving through my fingers, so I look for beads to coordinate with the stones.

Rosaries are meant to be used often, so I want the piece to be comfortable, with no sharp edges, sturdy and beautiful to look at.

4. Do you have a certain design style?
My designs are traditional, with something extra, something unexpected.

5. What is your favorite technique?
I like to make traditional linked rosaries and rosary bracelets. They drape so nicely. And I especially like to make single decade rosaries because they are so easy to use. No tangling!

6.Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
I have a website that I’m working on at www.beadsofheaven.net.  I also sell jewelry at www.mltbeaddesigns.etsy.com. 

7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
EtsyBEAD is a great group of people, and even though I often don’t have time to do more than read through the digests on my e-mail, I learn so much from all of you!

SPOTLIGHT: CSERPENT

Name:  Susan Estrada
Etsy shop name: http://cserpent.etsy.com
Website: http://www.cserpentDesigns.com
Blog:  http://cserpentDesigns.blogspot.com
Location: San Diego

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
I use a variety of materials but mainly sterling silver, gold filled and copper metals, artisan lampwork beads, semi-precious and some precious gemstones, swarovski crystals (gotta have some BLING!), czech glass, seed beads and whatever else strikes my creative fancy.

2. How did you get into this form of art?
I was playing in a soccer tournament here in San Diego and one of my teammates talked me into going to a wirewrapping class between games.  I had so much fun that I took a few more classes, started buying supplies and here I am 4.5 years later having a great time designing jewelry and trying to learn more techniques to create jewelry.
3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the
materials “speak” to you?

4. Do you have a certain design style?
I don’t think so.  I’m pretty much all over the map.  I do basic stringing, wire wrapping, and am now starting to do beadweaving as well.  I’m also trying to use more metals in designs so I’m starting to hammer and polish and do more intricate wire wrapping.

5. What is your favorite technique?
Hmm – that’s a tough one.  I’m really enjoying beadweaving now that I finally took a class and understand it better.  But I also REALLY like wirewrapped dangle designs since they sound so neat with all the glass and metals tinkling against one another and they have so much flash with all the dangles.

6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
I’m selling on consignment on both the east and west coast.  You can find my designs at Gili Anna’s in La Jolla California (http://gilianna.com) and at The Bead and Glass Boutique in Pitman, New Jersey (http://www.beadandglass.com)

7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
I love the challenges we’ve done and hearing ideas/problems from fellow beaders which helps us all know we’re not alone with the various (and often similar) problems we have with our businesses and sales and we can all be inspired by each others idea.

Here’s a picture of my most favorite wire wrapped dangle bracelet:
http://www.cserpentdesigns.com/gallery/springPassion.JPG

Here’s a picture of my favorite watch style – wraparound.  This is MY watch – with some gorgeous, one of a kind lampwork beads all in purple!
http://www.cserpentdesigns.com/gallery/purplePower1.jpg
http://www.cserpentdesigns.com/gallery/purplePowerOn.JPG

I attached a picture of Tony (my hubby) and I in Paris on top of the Arc d’Triomphe (hubby and I were on vacation) with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Yes we did walk up all 254 steps to get to the top!

SPOTLIGHT Linda B

  Linda B

Name: Linda Blatchford
Etsy shop name: http://lindab142.etsy.com
lindab142 (I didn’t know when I signed up that your username was your shop name and I don’t want to change it because everyone knows me as Linda B.)
Website: www.LinorStore.com
Blog: http://linorstorecom.blogspot.com/

Location: Illinois

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
Swarovski crystals, various gemstones, glass beads, lampwork beads, sterling silver and other findings, stamped greeting cards, ink and pipe cleaners for new bead cards / bookmark product idea.

2. How did you get into this from or art? 
I made a bracelet at a women’s event and enjoyed it because it was so relaxing. Then I went to a bead show and the eye candy was too much. I had to bead.

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you?
I’m inspired by others giving me feedback on existing designs, making design adaptations from Beadstyle magazine and laying out beads on my beadboard to see how they’ll look. I get ideas while driving or in the shower.
Sometimes, I just start stringing and see what happens. Two of these resulted in items I can’t part with.

4. Do you have a certain design style?
I range from classic looks to asymetrical designs. I choose colors first or gemstone meanings for healing purposes. I like working with glass and gemstone pendants.

5. What is your favorite technique?
Making earrings with different lengths of bead or a bracelet or necklace with a repeating design.
I’d like to learn more about beadweaving and wire wrapping, but I’m having fun doing what I’m doing for now.

6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
www.LinorStore.com

7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
The friendliness of other members. And knowing that I can be mentored and that team members can help each other to be successful.