jamesdean

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My Bio

About Me:

My name is Briana and I am a trained bench jeweler. I learned to fabricate rings, bracelet and necklace components out of sheet stock (gold and silver mostly). Also I learned to cast jewelry using both the vacuum and centrifugal casting methods. I recently made the discovery that bench jeweler's aren't as well paid as I believed, so now I am back in school.

I have been beading for about 5 years. I am a self taught beader most of what I do is stringing, a little bit of weaving, and I just started wire work. I would like to combine my bench jeweler experience into my beading. However, right now I don't have the time or money to set up a torch etc.

My bead toolbox is full of multi-colored seed beads, swavorski crystals, silver chain, gray pearls and various findings in silver. I really want to try Delica beads for bead weaving just haven't gotten around to it yet.

I love the freedom that comes from creating jewelry. If you try an idea and you don't like it; it's no big deal just start over.

Also I love the different color combinations people come up with, although I haven't tried very wild color combos (I stick to the traditional blue group, red group, etc.)

LIKES

Colors:

  • turquoise,
  • purple (any shade)
  •  earth tones
  • greens
  •  jewel tones
  •  forest colors

Nature charms:

  • birds
  • butterflies
  • dragonflies etc.

BRACELETS

  • Bracelet Size: 6 1/2 inches
  • Fit: Snug but not too snug

NECKLACES:

Length: Any

Themes:

  • Victorian: beaded swags, cabachons etc. 
  • Steampunk
  •  Nature--Woodland, Sea, Jungle 
  • Stones--any
  • Retro--20's, 30's, 40's, 50's
  • Modern

Earrings:

  • Posts
  • Ear wires
  • Any Length

Dislikes:

I am pretty flexible when it comes to jewelry. I love anything and everything.