How Has Your Jewelry Making Style Evolved?
Of all the things I’ve learned during my career as an artist, the most important factor to being a successful artist is that you have to be willing to let yourself grow and change and discover new things.
For a while, I did off-loom bead-weaving almost exclusively. I started learning how to bead with seed beads during the winter when my husband and I moved to Lake Placid, New York over fifteen years ago. To keep myself sane while I was finishing college and learning how to endure the long, cold winters of the northern Adirondacks, I would stitch up amulet bags and make brick stitch diamond earrings. (Remember those?) I remember trying to teach myself how to do peyote stitch by working up a charted peyote stitch pattern from a beading magazine during that first winter at our tiny apartment in downtown Lake Placid. One evening, I realized that I had been beading steadily for over 3 hours, and that’s how I knew that I was hooked.
But after that, I started exploring other kinds of jewelry-making. For a while, I played with wire and taught myself how to make spirals and curls and perfected my techniques for making wrapped loops so that I could make bead and wire chains. When I wanted to find the perfect lampwork glass beads for my beading and jewelry-making projects, I did what any sane beader would do: I bought a torch and taught myself how to melt glass.
My jewelry-making explorations have led me to play with things like epoxy clay and crystals (fun and sparkly!), making embossed metal findings and playing with alcohol inks for adding color to metal (messy and fun!), resin jewelry-making (makes me feel like a mad scientist), and most recently, incorporating things like leather and fibers into my jewelry-making projects.
Since I started making beaded jewelry over 20 years ago, I’ve watched my style evolve from being rather unrefined to becoming more artistic and earthy. I discovered that I’m happiest when I’m playing with a variety of mediums and coming up with new ways to incorporate them all together. So that’s why I’m always excited to see our special issue magazine, Create Jewelry. With over 50 beaded jewelry designs using all kinds of beading supplies like gemstone beads, chain, metals, fibers, leather, and more, you’re sure to find something to inspire your own jewelry evolution!
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Has your jewelry-making style or interest evolved over time? How so? Have you found your way into the world of seed beads, or have you followed the path to different types of jewelry-making techniques? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your stories with us!