My name is Shea, and I’m a self-taught jewelry artist who just recently opened a store on Etsy. I love the feeling of wearing something that I’ve made for myself, and one of my favorite parts of the process is making my own components.
In fact, it never ceases to amaze me how many more compliments I get on my jewelry when I’m wearing something with a handmade clasp or charm ~ I think they’re eye-catching, and a sure sign to other people of quality and artisan attention to detail.
However, over the years that I’ve been beading with other people, I learned not everyone has the equipment and/or patience for this sort of start-to-finish look, so when I decided to set up a shop, concentrating on components seemed like a natural fit. Of course, if you were to look at my listings, you’d see that the finished jewelry outnumbers the component offerings. What can I say? I love working with my own components. If you see something and want to buy a similar piece or part, just send me an email and I’ll create a custom listing for you.
So what was my life like before I decided to turn my jewelry passion into a more formal business venture? Well I spent about 15 years in publishing working on cookbooks and other lifestyle-oriented titles. The joy there was getting to share with people how to make great, delicious food with a minimum number of ingredients. In many ways, this blog is a natural extension of that same work.
Here my goal is to share some great, easy ideas for combining these handcrafted components and a few leftover beads you might have lying around. If all goes according to plan, I think you might find a bit of magic along the way.