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

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