I've always been an artist/maker. I've lived as a full time jewelry artist for the ...
I've always been an artist/maker. I've lived as a full time jewelry artist for the past nine years. The more successful jewelry pieces evolve into classes, beading kits, bead patterns, or magazine articles. I love sharing my knowledge about making jewelry, and have found teaching and writing to be a very rewarding part of my artist life. I do a little bit of everything; bead-weaves, wire-wraps and metalsmithing. This all comes together for an harmonious whole. I really believe having all of these skills is what gives my jewelry it's unique quality and I always encourage my students to learn as many techniques as possible. I have a lot going on; teaching, writing, supplying boutiques and galleries, an active web presence, bead shows, and art fairs. I have had twelve articles published in various national bead magazines, and have two jewelry pieces in the Lark Showcase 500, Beaded Jewelry that was out in August 2012.
The Plum Blossom Beaded Bead, made in China for centuries, was where this all began. When I had mastered the basic Plum Blossom, I started playing around with different Czech bead shapes and substituting those shapes where a round bead once would have been. What a wild and wonderful journey I have had with this bead. Using all types of bead shapes has opened up into a never ending creative adventure. Come join in the fun.
Every beaded bead in this bracelet is slightly different and you will learn how to make each variation in this in-depth tutorial . Each step is illustrated with accompanying instructions. Spend a little time learning the basic Plum Blossom beaded bead and soon you will be making each variation with ease. It all comes down to learning a little formula that you can switch out what type of bead you use in various location. It is endlessly creative.