Thank Welcome to Showcase Sunday! I have a number of artisans who will be featured in the coming weeks, but unsurprisingly artisans are busy people. So this week, you get to read about me and BijouBeadBoutique.
Tell about your art.
Simply put, I make beaded jewelry – necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and anklets. Over time, multi-strand necklaces have become “my thing.” I love them. The necklaces are used as the focal point for jewelry sets.
How long have you been creating jewelry?
I began teaching myself how to make jewelry in early 2017. I really had no idea that my curiosity regarding making jewelry would become my primary avocation.
How did you get started?
I began making jewelry because I could only rarely find pieces that I liked. I decided to see if I could make my own. Then I’d have exactly what I wanted.
I read numerous online articles about jewelry making, and watched YouTube videos. Trips to Joann’s and Michael’s for beads, wire, and clasps, and I was set. One project quickly led to another, and before long I had a nice pile of jewelry. It soon became obvious that I would be making far more jewelry than I could ever wear. It was at that point, I decided I needed to sell some of what I was making. Besides, it would be nice if my new hobby could support itself monetarily.
Does anyone help you with your jewelry projects?
My husband, Dan, is my biggest enabler! He has encouraged me from the beginning. He makes runs with me to the bead stores, suggests new tools try, buys books for me on the subject, and helps me troubleshoot any complications that arises on a project.
A gift from my husband and newest technique to attempt.
Inventive Wire Weaving by Susan Barzacchini
What inspires you?
Color! I love playing with different colors and textures. Putting different combinations together, and creating something beautiful. I used to do this with quilting, but quilting requires a lot of space. When Dan & I moved into our condo, I knew I needed to find a way to play with color in a way that was more compact. I traded in my quilting fabric for beads.
Our condo – plenty of color!
Is it your main gig?
My main gig is being retired! Still, I work on some aspect of my jewelry sideline for several hours each day – making new jewelry pieces, maintaining my website, writing blogs, learning new techniques, and interacting on social media.
What do you love most about it?
I love the challenge of making a new piece of jewelry, and am especially gratified when a customer loves something I’ve made.
What do you find the most challenging?
Two things: Keeping track of all the ideas skipping around in my head of pieces I’d like to make. And secondly, fibromyalgia. It adversely affects my energy levels and ability to concentrate.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“The world is a comedy for those that think; a tragedy for those that feel.” Horace Walpole.
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