I have only been making jewelry for about three years, but I love it! I had a small rock and mineral collection as a child and enjoyed polishing stones with a rock tumbler I was given for Christmas in high school. I also enjoyed sewing, knitting, macramé and counted cross stitch. For several years I made stained glass crafts. As I pursued my career in veterinary medicine and established my own small animal hospital, I had little time for handicrafts and unfinished projects were stashed away in closets.
I needed to find a stress-free and relaxing hobby where the projects could be finished quickly, require minimal working space and minor set-up or clean-up time. I signed up for a necklace making class at a nearby store. It was simple bead-stringing, but I enjoyed working with the endless array of colorful glass beads. After making several dozen necklaces and bracelets, I wanted more options, so I took a series of classes making wire jewelry–chainmaille, Viking knit and wire crochet. My lapidary interests were renewed as I began to use quartz crystals, colorful jaspers and agates and many other naturally colorful stones.
I have experimented with lampwork beads, dichroic fused glass and precious metal clay, but my favorite designs are still a combination or wire and stone. It has been very rewarding for me to know that other people admire or appreciate my designs enough to actually pay for them and I hope they are worn and enjoyed for may years. My other interests are training and competing with my Shetland Sheepdogs in agility and obedience trials, growing orchids and wildlife rehabilitation.