member spotlight: Barbara Beads

Heather Loves Green... Necklace

Heather Loves Green... Necklace

Name:  Barbara

Etsy shop name: Barbara Beads

Blog: Barbara Beads

Location: Rockledge, FL

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations? Beads, Swarovski crystal, semi-precious stones, vintage beads, sterling silver and anything that is unique, fun or different.

 

2. How did you get into this form of art? I saw something in a store that was far outside my price range but I thought, “hey, I could make that.” So I did!  That was the beginning over 7 years ago.  Since then, my creativity and love of color have taken over and I enjoy using jewelry making  as one of my creative outlets.

 

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you? Oh everything can be inspiring. Particularly, I find that my friends and fans inspire me. An outfit, a dress, a color can launch a work of art. The beads usually do speak to me. Usually, many of them speak to me at once and bam, suddenly I have a whole necklace done.

 

4. Do you have any particular influences? More than anything I think color influences me. I love having monochromatic pieces but taking them to the next level.

 

5. Do you have a certain design style? Fun! Don’t get me wrong, I love sophistication too, but I love to have a bit of fun with my jewelry. Sometimes that means bold color and others it’s a sparkly dangle or something a little more subtle.

 

6. What is your favorite technique? I love using sterling silver chain and wire wrapping beads onto them for dangly pieces and earrings.  

 

7. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?

For right now, www.barbarabeads.etsy.com is the only place to find my work.

 

8. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?

The best thing about being part of the group is chatting with everyone and seeing their work during the bi-weekly promotion.

 

 

Just Like a Star in the Sky Necklace

Just Like a Star in the Sky Necklace

Come Sail Away... Caribbean Blues Necklace

Come Sail Away... Caribbean Blues Necklace

Pink Flowers in a Meadow Necklace

Pink Flowers in a Meadow Necklace

 
Denim Dreams Necklace

Denim Dreams Necklace

member spotlight: Angelic Adornments

Mauve Triple Strand Faith, Hope, Love Necklace 

 

 

Mauve Triple Strand Faith, Hope, Love Necklace

Name:  Sabina Dougherty

Etsy shop name: Angelic Adornments

Website: Sabina24.etsy.com

Blog:  Bina’s Blog

Location:  New Hampshire

 

Long Necklace and Earring Set with Religious Symbols

Long Necklace and Earring Set with Religious Symbols

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?

 

All kinds of beads and wire — I’m  sort of addicted now.

 

2. How did you get into this form of art? 

 

My 16-year old daughter and I took a beading class together during one of her school breaks.  It was pricey and having done crafts to sell before, I knew I could make the items cheaper if I searched out wholesale sources for the beads and findings.  I was right, of course, but that didn’t stop me from investing thousands of dollars into the beads to start my own business — so thinking back — maybe I should have just stopped with the beading class if I had wanted to really save money.  lol

 

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you? 

 

Well, this is complicated and some folks will probably think I’m  weird, but I started making spiritually inspired jewelry because I didn’t see any out there and I thought it might be a niche for me.  So I started looking for items that I could incorporate into that theme.  I tend to walk around listening to an ipod full of worship music, because I feel it keeps me close to my Papa God.  I started doing that when I went looking for beads and findings.  What I discovered was that the materials I bought while listening to the music were more useful than some that I had purchased when I wasn’t listening.  What was even more amazing was that pieces that came together “easily” were the ones where I was listening to music.  So the music has become my inspiration.  I know a lot of people wouldn’t understand this aspect of my creating process — but it works for me.  Obviously Papa God has a hand in a lot of my designs. 

 

4. Do you have any particular influences? 

 

Not really.  When I first started making items at home, I bought a couple of “beginner” books to get the basics and I’ve expanded from there — I’m  not usually inspired to duplicate anything I see in a book or magazine.  It might jiggle my brain to create something of my own, but that’s rare.  I was this way when I was scrapbooking — others were content to copy layouts in magazines and books, but I always tended to “do my own thing”.  Must be that 60’s mentality of don’t put me in a box…

 

5. Do you have a certain design style? 

 

I like simple pieces.  I’ve created some elaborate ones, but mostly, I’m  a simple girl.  I keep thinking about that Shaker song about ’tis a gift to be simple.  I find that the simple pieces tend to be the ones that people want to buy. 

 

6. What is your favorite technique? 

 

I don’t know that I have one.  I’m always up for learning something new and when I do and I can accomplish it to my satisfaction, its really cool.  I love making earrings — but I don’t make as many of them as I do necklaces and bracelets.  I know some people hate doing the wraps, but I think its fun — although hard on old hands.

 

7. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations? 

 

Well for now Esty is it — although people could contact me at my home in New Hampshire.  I will be doing craft shows at some point.  I have done them before.  But right now I’m  trying to find a paying job to support my habit!!  lol

 

8. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD? 

 

Well, I’m  fairly new, but already I can see where the resources will be helpful to me.  Just having other people to talk to and bounce ideas off of – to encouragement when things seem bleak – its all good.  When I had my scrapbook store and my sewing business, I belonged to similar groups.  Its was encouraging and helpful.  So I saw no reason not to join something geared for beaders.

 

Wire Wrapped Cross Necklace

Wire Wrapped Cross Necklace

Lampwork Glass Flowers Ankle Bracelet

Lampwork Glass Flowers Ankle Bracelet

 

Cherry Delight Necklace and Earrings Set

Cherry Delight Necklace and Earrings Set

Dove and Cross Dangle Earrings

Dove and Cross Dangle Earrings

Spotlight: PurrfectlyDivine

Frosted Circles and Crystals Bracelet

Frosted Circles and Crystals Bracelet

Name:  Donna Marsh

Etsy shop name: Purrfectlydevine’s Jewelry Designs

Website: http://purrfectlydevine.etsy.com

Blog: Life As I Experience It

Location: http://purrfectlydevine.blogspot.com/

                       

purple and teal sensation

purple and teal sensation

  • What kind of materials do you use in your creations?

My favorite materials are Swarovski crystals, pearls, and silver.  I use some semi-precious stones.

  • How did you get into this form of art?

I bought a pretty bracelet that was strung on stretchy cord and it broke.   I wanted to learn how to fix it and add a clasp.  So, I took a basic beading class, bought a tool kit.  Then I bought so many beads and crystals, I had to make pieces to sell because there was no way I could wear all of the pieces I’ve made.  Sales help finance my “habit” of wanting to buy all of the pretty offerings at my local bead store.

  • What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you?

My inspiration comes from many sources.  Sometimes I’ll see a piece in a bead magazine and one aspect of the design will fascinate me and I’ll start there and go off on my own to create something entirely different.  Sometimes I’ll have a blouse or dress that needs a necklace, so I’ll design one.  Sometimes I have a plan, which changes, since I am fairly new to beading.  There are times where my ideas require more skills than I currently possess.  Sometimes I’ll buy a component with no idea what I will do with it; I buy it simply because I like I and try to design a piece around that component.  I’m working on a piece now using a silver component that I bought because I thought it was interesting.

  • Do you have any particular influences?

 Every beading teacher I’ve had has influenced me.  My sister is a good sounding board for design ideas.

  • Do you have a certain design style?

Yes.  A great majority of my designs are all about symmetry, patterns, and balance.  While I admire others’ freeform or asymmetrical pieces, I have extreme difficulty creating such a piece.  I don’t make many big, “chunky” pieces, since I personally rarely wear such jewelry.  When my sister had an Open House for me, I had to leave my comfort zone to design larger pieces, and pieces in colors I normally don’t use, because other people do prefer larger jewelry and other colors.  Many of my designs use the cool colors that are jewel tones and variations of those colors.

  • What is your favorite technique?

Stringing, since at my skill level I am not always happy with my wire skills.  I’ve done some right angle weave and would like to learn other techniques to expand my design possibilities.                 

  • Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?

 Right now, only on etsy, although I have looked and am still looking into other venues.  I did two Open Houses last December and did quite well.  I would love to find a place to sell my pieces on consignment.  Because of a full-time job, a part-time job, and preparing for my daughter’s wedding (I’m making her veil, embellishing her tiara, and making the jewelry for the bridal party) I don’t have as much time as I would like to build a bigger inventory, which I think I would need to support additional venues.

Crocheted Summer Blues Necklace

Crocheted Summer Blues Necklace

 

Lampwork Flower Necklace

Lampwork Flower Necklace

Pearls on a wire

Pearls on a wire

 

Pink and purple Swarovski crystal

Pink and purple Swarovski crystal

Spotlight: Square Effects

 

turquoise and coral freeform copper wire necklace

 

Name:  Shannon Lea Egan a.k.a. “Square”

Etsy shop name:  www.SquareEffects.etsy.com

Website:  www.SquareEffects.com

Blog: www.SquareEffects.blogspot.com

Location: Syracuse, New York

 

four colors of 'Y' necklace and earrings sets

 

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?

I love working with copper wire and silver-plated materials.  I also have a fondness for turquoise and crystal, especially Swarovski.  I also do a lot with copper and gunmetal findings.

 

 

2. How did you get into this form of art?

I was at a craft store about 18 months ago and wandered by their clearance section and saw some intriguing beads.  My significant other is an avid reader, so I had the thought to make him a ‘manly’ beaded book thong.  After 45 minutes in the bead aisle, I was hooked.  And he still uses the bookmark to this day.

 

 

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you?

It depends.  Sometimes I have a specific purpose in mind, and the finished product turns out close to how I envisioned it.  Sometimes I will have a customer ask me for a specific item, sometimes a customer will have a vague idea of what they want and after discussing ideas, the design will take shape.  Other times I find a certain material I really enjoy or a new technique I’d like to try, and I follow where the beads take me.

 

I also find inspiration in ‘odd’ places.  I love working with copper and wire, so I will come up with an idea walking through Home Depot or Lowe’s.  I’ve been inspired for projects with resin in the grocery store.

 

4. Do you have any particular influences?

My grandmother is a huge influence in my designs and my life.  She was a divorced single mother of three at a time when this simply wasn’t done.  She is an incredibly strong woman, and for all her hardships over the years she’s always been the first one to do something for another, especially in her family.  When she got to a point where she was living comfortably, she did a fair amount of travelling, and purchased several hand-crafted turquoise pieces out west in the 50’s and 60’s.  She’s given many of these to me, and turquoise is absolutely one of my favorite materials to work with.  She also collects Swarovski crystal, and my mom has bought her the Swarovski snowflake Christmas tree ornament every year for over 20 years.  I am attracted to the simple brilliance of Swarovski, the superior quality and craftsmanship of their crystal, and am starting to invest in these for my creations.  Both my mother and my grandmother have influenced me in that I don’t mind paying more for something of quality.

 

 

5. Do you have a certain design style?

I’ve been told I do, although it’s very difficult for me to define it for myself.  I like balance in pieces, but this doesn’t necessarily mean symmetry.  I tend to limit colors within a piece, working with shades of the same color, or two coordinating colors.

 

 

6. What is your favorite technique?   

I really enjoy chainmaille, and am trying to expand my ability with different weaves.  I’m also having a very enjoyable time experimenting with resin.

 

 

7. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?

I sell locally (my mom is my best marketing manager and brings my inventory to work with her a few times a year).  I also have a website that is for now a gallery/showcase but eventually I hope to do all my online sales through my own site.  I also sell on iCraft, which is an online marketplace based in Toronto, Canada http://www.iCraft.ca/SquareEffects as well as on DaWanda, which is an online marketplace based in England http://en.dawanda.com/shop/SquareEffects .  I also sell my photography and related items at CafePress: http://www.CafePress.com/SquareEffects

 

 

8. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?

I enjoy being exposed to other artisans with different talents, styles, and abilities.  There’s a constant sharing of information, and I’ve found the members to be very willing to share of themselves, their individual gifts and strengths.  I am truly amazed on a regular basis just how many incredibly talented people there are, and also at the variety in style among the different members.

Ceramic and copper necklace and earrings

memory wire bracelets from hex necklace, bracelet, earrings sets

memory wire bracelets from hex necklace, bracelet, earrings sets

 

Periwinkle clouds resin pendant

 

blue bellflower small cluster necklace, bracelet, earrings

blue bellflower small cluster necklace, bracelet, earrings

Swarovski crystal large cluster necklace and earrings

Swarovski crystal large cluster necklace and earrings

SPOTLIGHT: Studio Marcy

Etsy shop name:  Studio Marcy
Website:  www.StudioMarcy.etsy.com
Blog:  www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com
Location:  Marietta, GA


1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
  I use mostly soft glass rods from Murano, Italy,  Lauscha, Germany, the Czech Republic and the United States.  I have some rare glass from Russia that I use too.
2. How did you get into this form of art? 
I painted watercolors previously.  I love layering colors and mixing, so this was a natural companion to doing that.  I had wanted to try large scale glass blowing and thought it might be smarter to start smaller and see whether I was still afraid of flames and broken glass.  I got over both of them.
3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the
materials “speak” to you?

Just about anything that makes me smile, inspires me.  I look at life as sculptural beads.  It drives my family crazy.  I look at little children, pets and nature and say, “Oh how cute. They’d make such a great bead.”  My family just groans.
4. Do you have a certain design style?
Generally, most people describe it as “whimsical” and it’s definitely sculptural.  Some of them are “cute” and others are just plain “weird”.
5. What is your favorite technique?
Sculpting molten glass.  It’s similar to the viscosity of thick honey when I work with it.
6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
Well, right now I’ve got work in a traveling juried show that is at Bead & Button and then will be going to Oakland, CA next.  And I have lots of beads in my kitchen and studio, and I have photos of some beads on my old website that I don’t use www.mambobeads.com, and I am at the Indie Craft Experience this weekend.  I think my etsy shop is the best place to find me.

7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
I love the members.  What a bunch of really nice people.  They are cool, supportive, smart, generous with their knowledge and assistance and kind to each other.  You can’t beat that.

                           

          

                                  

SPOTLIGHT: CatiesBlue

Name: Brandi
Etsy shop name: My finished jewelry shop: CatiesBlue (http://catiesblue.etsy.com), My destash and supply shop: CBStash (http://cbstash.etsy.com)
Website: www.catiesblue.com
Blog: http://catiesblue.squarespace.com/blog, but I’ve been really bad about updating it lately
Location: Dallas/Ft., Texas, USA
 
 
1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
I use sterling silver, fine silver, gemstones, and occasionally Czech glass. My newest obsession is artisan lampwork, borosilicate (boros) beads specifically. I’m having a grand ol’ time collecting those!! They are soo pretty.
 
 
2. How did you get into this form of art?
I feel like I was supposed to be a jewelry designer, it just wasn’t the time before now. I remember getting a jewelry kit from my grandma, the kind with gemstone chips. I don’t remember how old I was, but I do remember that I loved playing with the stones. Jump ahead to college, where I got to take a jewelry/metalsmithing class. I wasn’t the world’s best metalsmith, but I still liked the beads. Jump ahead a few more years, when I was a representative for a jewelry company. I stumbled into a bead store by accident, and four days later, I was taking any class I could. The rest is history, but if you’re wondering what I was doing between the jumps, I was painting.
 
 
3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you?
I have a general idea, but most of the time, I’ll adjust that idea if the materials are speaking to me. I approach jewelry in the same manner I approach a painting. Basic idea of where things will go, but once I start, I may like the way a particular brushstroke looks and just paint around it, rather than over it. It’s a pretty organic way of doing things, but it works well for me. I appreciate the creative process just as much as the end result, so I’m open to any changes that may happen as I work.
 
 
4. Do you have a certain design style?

I’d have to say that my style is probably more contemporary than anything else. I still love gemstones, and I love boros. I have my own color language, and style language, so I’m just trying to stay true to that.
 
 
5. What is your favorite technique?
Clusters. Hands down, I just love the way they look.
 
 
6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
To purchase? The occasional home party, and that’s about it right now. I’m exploring other opportunities, but my Etsy shop is the only place to buy my work right now. As far as being visible online, I have several profiles – Flickr (http://flickr.com/photos/catiesblue), TalentDatabase, and Indiepublic, just to name a few. To find out more, visit my website at www.catiesblue.com.
 
 
7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
The people. etsyBEAD members are so friendly and helpful, and that makes it so easy to be a member. It’s nice to know that I have a place to go when I’ve got questions. There are certain things only other jewelry designers and fellow Etsy sellers can help with.
 

       

SPOTLIGHT:Ivonnardona’s Creations

 

Name: Tammy L Sexton
Etsy shop name: Ivonnardona’s Creations
Website: http://tlsexton0913.etsy.com/
Blog: http://ivonnardonascreations.wordpress.com/
http://ivonnardonascreations.blogspot.com/
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.
     

                 

                                                                                        

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