I got started making jewelry purely by accident.
I have loved making things with my hands since I was a little girl, but had never considered jewelry. I was eating lunch with a dear friend and she kept complimenting me on the necklace I was wearing. She finally asked how much it cost. I blushed and said I spent wayyyy too much money on it, but I had to have it! She said, “You know, Trish, you could have made that yourself.” That’s all she said and the conversation moved forward never again mentioning jewelry. The rest is history.
I bought a cheapo beginner’s kit from Michael’s to see what this jewelry making mess was all about. I was hooked! My bead collection and obsession and Etsy business grew from there.
I bead for many reasons.
Of course I would like to make money from my jewelry business, but it is not the primary reason I make jewelry. When I need a break from the “daily grind”, I shop for beads, I look at my collection, or I make jewelry. The whole creative process seems to speak to my soul.
The beads have a story to tell and the story changes with each individual that picks up the piece. As I create, the stresses in my life slip away. It’s just me and the beads and the creation that comes out of the process. Sometimes I have a clear path I know I am headed on for a piece. Other times, I have no idea what I am making. I begin selecting beads by shape, color, texture…whatever I feel at the moment. From there, I just manipulate until I have something beautiful in front of me. I create to music, while other times I create in total blissful silence.
I do not force my creations either.
If I sit down and complete an entire piece, yippee skippee! If I sit down and can’t seem to pull it all together in a way that pleases my eye, that is perfectly fine too. The creation will come together when it is ready. I rarely ever create the same two pieces. Everything is OOAK: One of A Kind. I recently was asked to make lanyards for teachers at my school. Making 10-20 of the same pieces was incredibly boring. The teachers loved them, but for me, I felt really bored with the mundane. I love making different jewels and looking for new ideas for eclectic pieces. Of course, I would always honor requests for multiple pieces that are the same such as gifts, but I really thrive on the unique.
Lately, I am really drawn to African beads. I find that I am drawn to different beads at different times so I collect and wait until those beads transform into a lovely piece. Creating jewelry is addicting and rewarding for me!