After high school I attended 3 years of college for Fine Arts, mixing medias like drawing, sculpting, water and oil painting, silk screen printing and illustration. I went through many stages while raising my kids- sewing, chrochetting, and other many ways of creating. I found beads about 7 years ago and just can't let go! I am an at home mom with 4 kids and they all know what I love- BEADS.
I create with glass beads and I love gemstones. I use crystal chatons in settings and love mixing the different types of materials. I only use silver and gold plated and base metals (no nickel) because they allow me the creative freedom I need without the expense!
Info for swaps: Bead on! Anything goes! I'd love to see the creativity out there so use anything- any colors, any size, the sky is the limit! (no nickel please) Bracelets: 7-7.5 inches. Necklaces I usually like 18"/41cm.