I've been beading for over 30 years and am pretty much self taught. I'm forever amazed at the new and interesting jewelry mediums and fortunately have been able to keep a short leash on spending, due to slow sales this year. Otherwise, my studio would be packed to the ceiling with all the new "stuff" that's out there!
A little bit about me:
Of the preferred
beads? I have to say I love the natural
ones… Pearls and stones… any color stones… except yellow…and pink.. I don’t
wear those colors, although I’m a redhead and maybe I should. Abalone and Apatite are my faves right
now. Turquoise is another one of my
favorites. Lately, I’m into blues and
warm fall colors. I like wood and bone
too and of course – good quality metal beads, such as sterling (LOVE Bali style
beads) and coppers that are of Bali influence,
some silver plate is nice – Tierra Cast makes a pretty good product. Most of my designs include Swarovski, so I’d
love to see something different.. ya know?
Colors: Silver, Copper, Caribbean
blues, black, mustard, olive, warm reds and browns
I don’t care for animal
beads or themed pieces, plastics or acrylic beads. “Cutesy” isn’t for me.
Allergies: I can't
wear ear wires containing nickel.
silver is my favorite, but recently have found that copper is beginning to grow
on me. I’m also discovering antique
brass as well. I like wearing earwires or leverbacks for earrings.
I love toggle clasps, but any clasp is fine other than the screw together
barrel clasps (hate those things!).
Earrings: I don’t
care for post style earrings and have nickel allergies. I like the long dangly ones, but not the big
crazy sandwich plate ones that some girls wear.
I also don’t like straight “stick like” earrings.. I need movement.
Bracelets: I LOVE
metal bracelets – especially the new steampunk and stamped metals that are
out. I haven’t tried my hand at them,
but would love to…. Strung bracelets are good too. My wrist is 6 ¼” (the only thing left on me that's small!), so keep it under 7 inches.
style. I really like chokers and shorter lengths (15” - 16”). I don't usually wear longer necklaces, but if
I did it would need to hang looooooow – like for sweaters.
Materials: I love
anything that sparkles plus pearls, stones, metals, Lucite, glass and sometimes Swarovski.
Summed up? Earthy, natural and some times sparkly… clear
Now that I know what the "challenge" is:
SSE19 - Sunsets
SSE20 - Full Moon
SSE21 - Tropics