1. Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I am a home schooled senior in high school and have been making jewelry for 3 or 4 years.
2. Tell me a bit about your background and how long you have been an artist/crafter.
I started making jewelry 3-4 years ago when I got a jewelry-making kit for my birthday. Then after a little while a couple of people actually paid me to make something for them! This gave me the confidence I needed to start doing a few craft shows 2 years ago, and now I have a jewelry business and an online store.
The first craft I remember doing is painting plaster ornaments to give to friends and relatives for Christmas. (My painting was, and still is, atrocious)
4. What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas for jewelry generally are inspired by the materials themselves.
5. What are your favorite materials?
Glass, amethyst, rose quartz, swarovski crystal and gemstones, as well as wire.
6. What is your favorite color? What colors are you drawn to?
I would have to say that pink and purple are my favorite colors. I am also drawn to jewel tones, especially emerald green.
7. If someone were looking to take up a craft, what advice would you give them?
8. What is your area of interest in crafting? What do you specialize in?
I love making jewelry and learning to use new techniques and materials. Recently I have been playing with sterling wire.
9. What would be your top 5 tips for a beginner?
Don’t expect perfection at first, many of my early pieces I look at and wonder what I was thinking!
Buy materials that speak to you, even if you don’t know what to do with them. Unless, of course, you can’t afford them. 😦
Buy the nicest tools you can afford. Trust me, my $3 craft store pliers wore out fairly quickly and marked up my wire. The cutters and round-nose pliers wore out the fastest, so if you can’t afford an entire set, I would advise getting these two.
10. What would be your top 5 items of essential equipment?
flat nose pliers
bench block and rubber mallet/chasing hammer
set of crochet hooks for making bails/coils/jump rings
11. Can you recommend a technique or ‘tips’ book ideal for a beginner?
There are so many good books and magazines on stringing that it is hard to pick one or two. For wire I would suggest Bead On A Wire by Sharilyn Miller.
12. Can you recommend any brands to look out for, when buying equipment or kit?
I love my Lindstrom Pliers! They fit well in my hand and are high-quality. (Always pick a pair of pliers that fits comfortably in your hand)
I do sell my work, but I make jewelry mainly because I like making it. I guess I sell my work to have money to buy more supplies! 🙂
14. What is your Etsy shop address and name? Where else can we find you?
My etsy shop is: www.LRSOriginals.etsy.com