Name: Tammy L Sexton
Etsy shop name: Ivonnardona’s Creations
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
I use anything and everything in my creations. My favorite materials are beading wire, chain, and all kinds of glass beads. My very favorite are the lampwork beads that I collect from those on Etsy who sell them!
How did you get into this form of art?
When I was a child I use to make jewelry from anything I could get my hands on. Then about three years ago, I bought a book about making wire jewelry. It just kind of took off from there.
What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you?
My inspiration comes from everywhere and nowhere. I use the color theory for my pieces, sometimes. Mostly I like to just roll with ever comes up that needs to be created. It is kind of weird in that the materials do sometimes “speak” to me! Sometimes I sit at my jewelry desk and just stare at what I have and them, bam, a specific bead or wire will call my name and I am off and running.
Do you have a certain design style?
I don’t think I have a specific design style, although, I love to wire and chain. I love to pile on the beads in groups on whatever medium I choose.
What is your favorite technique?
I love contorting wire. I’m not sure why, but I love it.
Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
Right now I only post my creations on Etsy. I just got to be such a huge headache with listing on all of the other sites and trying to work.
What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
Even though I don’t participate as much as I would like to, I probably love reading the e-mails and coming across something really helpful. Sometimes I find that others are having the same issues I am and then I feel much better. Plus I get answers to questions and how to handle a particular issue that I didn’t think about before.