1. How did you first get interested in what you do?
I started making jewelry because I couldn’t find pieces to coordinate with my work attire. I discovered that I really enjoy the creative outlet. I’ve come to crave coiling wire, which I’ve discovered creates an almost meditative state. I also love being able to hammer components into submission. lol Creating little wearable expressions of color has become a stress reducing therapy for me. I am self taught, but inspired by many. You can not even imagine how MUCH copper wire I have used practicing and experimenting with a shape or wrap, before trying it out in sterling.
I was wearing the things I created to work and received lots of positive feedback, and sales! from my coworkers. It seemed a sensible step to create someplace to showcase them online, as many of the individuals I know aren’t in the same state. Etsy seemed the logical choice.
ShinyAdornments is artisan handmade beaded and wire wrapped jewelry, handcrafted in my Wichita, KS studio. I use sterling silver, gemstones, SRA lampwork, glass, and polymer clay beads. My jewelry shop includes bracelets, bangles, earrings, necklaces and cocktail rings for both work and play.
I make jewelry I would wear myself. The materials depend on my mood and inspiration. My goal is to create wearable items for work and play that offer an interesting statement about the women who wear them.
My blog is http://shinyadornments.com/wordpress
You can find many many photos of my work in my flickr pool at http://www.flickr.com/shinyadornments
2. Who is your favorite artist?
I'm a big fan of Salvador Dali.
3. What are your top 5 favorite Etsy shops?
I love the clock works of art from yeetufield.etsy.com
LOVE the boro beads from firelily.etsy.com