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

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.

 

 

SPOTLIGHT: Beadwright

    Nicole Campanella

Name: Nicole Campanella
Etsy shop name: Beadwright
Website: http://www.nicolecampanella.com
Blog:http://www.beadwright.blogspot.com
Location: on the beach in Florence, OR
1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations? I incorporate so many different materials in my work.  To list just a few, of course glass beads, gourds, just about anything from nature including animal parts.  I harvest most of the bone from hunting camps. I was taught to use all things in respect. When creating with hide, feathers, bone, or fur the art is to honor the animal. The same is true when working with drift wood, plants, rocks or shells.  I also draw, paint, do leather work, basketry, wood work, I love power tools, a bit of welding.and all of it has beads somewhere in the pieces.  I call myself a multimedia artists who specializes in beads.
2. How did you get into this form of art? It started when I was 16 years old selling my embroidery and beadwork on Market street in SF. I have been creating and selling my art ever since. I will be 56 on April 27, so 40 years.

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you?I never have a plan and I don’t work with patterns. It comes so natural to me. I see or hold an object and I know what I will create with it. The idea may change during the process, however, I never take anything apart.

4. Do you have a certain design style? I don’t have a design style. Every piece I make is so different from the previous piece.

5. What is your favorite technique? Without a hesitation Peyote stitch. I am known in bead circles as “Peyote Woman”

6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations? I don’t carry too many finished pieces on etsy or any other online venue.  The reason is that I have clientele that I cater to. I also find that online buyers for my type of art do not see the quality or detail of my pieces, therefore they don’t want to pay the prices I ask.  However, you can see some of my work on my website or blog.

7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?  Hands down the members of etsyBEAD group. I have come into contact and even become friends with some of the most amazing people. Each one an artist along with other skills that make the group a pleasure to be a part of. Other online groups that I have been involved with were actually boring with nothing to do. etsyBead members strive to have something going on all the time. Oh and chat.  Our Tuesday night chat is the first time I experienced chat. It was so much fun and everyone made me feel so welcome and at home. Now I don’t miss Tuesday night unless it is an emergency.

     

 

 

            

 

 

  

 

 

             

SPOTLIGHT: SToNZ

Name: Susan
Etsy shop name: SToNZ
Website: www.stonz.etsy.com
Blog: http://beachstonz.blogspot.com/
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stonzware/
Talent Database: http://thedb.com/stonz
Indiepublic: http://www.indiepublic.com/profile/SToNZ
Location: Cleveland, Ohio

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
I mainly work with beach stones, sea glass, sterling silver and freshwater
pearls.

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

I have been making art as long as I can remember. My art passion led me to
art school where I followed the path of commercial graphic arts. This in
turn, led me to illustrating greeting cards for a huge corporation for many
years and eventually running a graphic design/illustration business from my
home studio while I raised my twins.

I took many jewelry classes when I was younger and have always enjoyed
creating jewelry. One summer I was walking on a beach collecting smooth
beach pebbles and seaglass and was wishing I could ³wear it² somehow.
It dawned on me that I could turn it into high quality jewelry. I bought a
drill and experimented until I found my own style.

I have also always been a beach girl, collecting sea glass, shells and beach
stones from every beach I visit in my travels. When I discovered I could
actually combine my two loves: making creative and fun stuff with hanging
out on beautiful beaches collecting natural treasures, I knew I¹d found my
dream!

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials ³speak² to you?
It¹s all the materials. I have bowls all over my studio full of pebbles and
other found objects. Sometimes when I discover a new style of chain or
finding, I look through my bowls for the right little stone to go with it. I
just try different combinations until something fits just right. Often the
final piece turns out much different than what I first imagined it would
look like.

4. Do you have a certain design style?
Well, now that depends. I am also a graphic designer/illustrator and my
³style² on those areas has always been rather whimsical and cute. (And
juvenile! I have also done a lot of designing for children¹s products) With
my jewelry, I am much more serious. I think the seaglass and wrapped wire
adds a touch of whimsy, but my StoNZ jewelry is far from cute. I am not into
bling and sparkle. It¹s casual, natural, organic, tactile, textural,
dimensional, and modern all at the same time. My homage to Mother Nature.

5. What is your favorite technique?
Well, I know it¹s frequently overused these days, but I am completely hooked
on sulphur oxidization. I just love the way it adds depth to silver. I do
feel it¹s important to buff the silver after darkening it so it¹s not just
all black. The point for me is to add dimension to a piece and have a
delicious contrast between the bright silver surface and the darkened inner
crevasses. I love what it does to silver chains as well. My family hates the
smell when I do it in the kitchen, though!

6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
There is an adorable interiors shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on Main St.
called three.home that carries StoNZ jewelry. I am thinking about more
venues, but that¹s it for now.
The owner found me on etsy and I couldn¹t say no when I saw how cool her
store was!

7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
I have learned so much from the team about beading techniques, marketing
ideas, and supply resources. And it¹s inspiring to see what they are doing
and how they do it!
Creative people need to share ideas and encouragement to keep the energy
flowing. Sometimes connecting with like minded folks is the only way to stay
inspired when things, forgive the pun, get rocky!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPOTLIGHT: GalleriaLinda

         

Name:Linda Harrell
Etsy shop name:GalleriaLinda- finished jewelry
                              GalleriaLindaLoft – supplies and vintage
http://gallerialinda.etsy.com
http://gallerialindaloft.etsy.com
Website:  www.gallerialinda.com
Blog:http://gallerialindashowcase.blogspot.com
Location:Lakeland, FL

                            

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
I explore designs right now that utilize glass beads and seem drawn to glass
because glass can become what it is not with metallic finishes, fire polish,
lampwork, crackle, and more, they are just interesting! I love the way light
dances in the glass.

Recently, I have explored using quality acrylic, which has brought to me
some inspiring surprises.

Mixed metals of all kinds are a favorite, have explored polymer clay for
pendants, and am starting working with silver wire.

You will notice that a lot of my designs incorporate Swarovski crystal
pearls of various sizes. My design perspective is contemporary and I like to
use traditional materials in an unexpected way.

 2. How did you get into this form of art?
I was interested in making jewelry in college (a “few” years ago), and
although I did not have the time to take jewelry classes, I hung out with
those who did! I have an interior design degree so my career has had an
artistic and design focus going from interior design to graphic design to
web design, and now back to jewelry design.

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

If I ever HAD to plan out a piece – I doubt it would happen! Frankly, I love
to look at the materials to see what catches my eye with textures, colors,
and finish, then they are put together. I am known to go into a bead shop
with a list and come out with “so off the list” items that just caught my
eye – things that I would never “list” to buy — but they work!

I also get inspired by the photography. I have worked hard to improve my
photos and have retaken photos many times trying different backgrounds,
props, and lighting. The photography is a creative outlet for me as well.

 4. Do you have a certain design style?
I would say contemporary is my overall style. Because of my studies in
architecture and interiors, I am drawn to clean and simple as a design
style.

 5. What is your favorite technique?
I think one thing that is different about my designs are the mix of colors
and materials. I like to use materials classically but in a different way.

 6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
My web site www.gallerialinda.com is the site that I promote because it hosts my Etsy mini that links back to the shop. I wanted a central place
where people could access my shop and blog and anything else I add. I now
need to update it to add my 1-month old supply and vintage shop!

Several of my good friends in Indiana and Texas are “Galleria collectors!” I
will be shipping of a portion of my shop to Texas for a jewelry home show.

Be sure to stop by Lakeland, FL to see the most latest designs from
GalleriaLinda.

 7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
The etsyBEAD group is a very unique creative group. I enjoy the friendship
and the sharing of ideas the most. The organization team does a fabulous job
for all of us. They are to be commended for their commitment and work to
make us all look good!