1SBS Gratitude List Invitation – Consider and be thankful. Share if you dare.
- Take a picture of a project you’ve recently completed.
- Can you count all the projects you’ve completed? How many?
Thankfully, I have completed hundreds of pieces of jewelry.
- Name the friends you’ve made jewelry for.
To name a few: Mom, Megan, Gretchen, Darla, Cathie, Kathy, Lori
- Name the friends who’ve made jewelry for you.
Joyce, Cindy, Nura, Louise, Megan
- Name the friends you’ve made because you make jewelry.
- Where do you make your jewelry?
In my studio. Sitting in my chair. At the kitchen counter. At 1SBS. On the plane. At my Mom’s house in TX. In my car. On my porch. At a friend’s house.
- List the bead stores and events you’ve been to.
I can recall places better than names: Tulsa, OK; Baton Rouge, LA; Lafayette, LA; Cincinnati, OH; Ashland, OH; Spokane, WA; Alabama; Asheville, NC; Canyon, TX; Amarillo, TX; Powell, OH; Gahanna, OH; Santa Fe, NM;
- Think about how much you’ve learned since you first started making jewelry. How many techniques have you learned?
I’ll be general: bead stringing. Bead weaving: peyote; herringbone; right angle weave. Wire: wire wrapping; wire sculpting; wire writing; chain making; wire weaving; coiling. Kumihimo, soutache’, bead embroidery, soldering, polymer clay, etching, sawing…. more and more all the time.
- Which piece of jewelry is most meaningful to you?
That’s a tough one! I’d have to say that of the pieces I’ve made, the first one I wire wrapped is significant because it was the beginning of my love for wire.
- Which piece is your favorite or which do you wear the most often?
The answer changes every time I make something new!
- Who has taught you the most about making jewelry?
Actually, I think teaching has taught me the most about making jewelry. Each time I work to teach others the art, I walk away with a better understanding of the mechanics of things. I gain a wider appreciation for individual creativity, and how to create variations of the piece.
I also learn a great deal from my mistakes.
- How many classes have you taken?
I’m so grateful for our 1SBS teachers. I’ve taken several classes, and I’d like to take all of them.
- How many jewelry-making YouTube videos have you watched?
YouTube has so much to offer. I’ve watched too many to count, and, while I still use YouTube as a resource, the best learning experiences are real, live instruction/lessons.
- Who is your jewelry-making hero?
Jeanne Rhodes-Moen, jewelry designer and author of Silver Threads: Making Wire Filigree Jewelry. She is also a lapidarist and sells her beautiful stones on Facebook. I’m grateful she allowed me to visit her at her studio in Asheville, NC a few years ago!
- What is the toughest jewelry skill you’ve learned?
I think the toughest thing I’ve learned is to trust my instinct, my own creativity.
- What is the most interesting/most artistic piece of jewelry you’ve made?
That’s a toss-up between an etched brass cuff and a wire woven necklace with a purple emerald-cut crystal. One is rather hippie-like and the other elegant.
- How much time do you get t.o spend beading?
I appreciate every little bit of time I get to make jewelry, whether it is for the store, a customer, a gift, or for myself.
- What is your favorite bead storage item?
The Box ® is a huge cabinet that once housed my scrapbooking supplies. It is now home to my bead stash, some tools, and the materials for various jewelry making techniques. This thing opens up to huge proportions!
- Who is your favorite beading buddy?
My favorite beading buddy is Cathie.
- What’s your favorite beading tool(s)?
I love my nylon pliers! When that wire gets crazy, the nylon pliers can make things right.
- How many Pinterest jewelry-making pins do you have?
2,504 give or take a few
- What’s the best advice anyone gave you about making jewelry?
When you get stuck or frustrated with a piece, leave it for a while. Later, come back with a fresh and open mind, and it will work out.
- Think of a time when beading/making jewelry got you through a tough experience.
Making jewelry is therapeutic and has definitely been a calming factor during high-stress times!
- What was your biggest beading purchase?
I fell in love with the red and blue Tibetan beads, so I got enough for a long necklace and a pair of earrings.
- Who got you started making jewelry?
- What is your favorite color of Swarovski crystal?
Crystal Paradise Shine
- What is your favorite natural bead? (from the earth)
- Who in your life fosters your love of jewelry making even though they don’t share the love?
My sister, Lori. She has invested in my jewelry making from the beginning!
- Which is your favorite bead newsletter?
- Which is your favorite place to shop for beads?
1 STOP BEAD SHOP of course!