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I think I just love fire... I love the way flames color copper, I love the way glass melts and forms when it's molten...
I have been making jewelry for almost 40 years, Beginning with a button collection from my grandmother, I made some of those little treasures into earrings, then I strung beads and made jewelry like drop earrings, circles, and girdles with a renaissance flair. I sold successfully on eBay for several years until 9/11. After that, the bottom dropped out of my business and as I was working full time with two small children, I put selling my wares on the back burner for a couple of years. I did continue to make jewelry, however! I began "burning glass" when we moved to Kansas in 2005. I use a small hothead torch and make whatever tickles my fancy. I anneal the beads and use them in my sterling and copper jewelry. In late 2015 I watched a video of a man painting some copper leaves with flame and was instantly hooked into copper metalworking. I purchased a ton of tools and materials and whole weekends you can find me in my workshop covered in metal shavings... I really like this medium.
I have listed some of my jewelry on Etsy in the hopes that I can share my love of crafting jewelry with others. ( I also probably need to sell something so I can continue buying materials!!!)
Speaking of materials, Pennies are pretty inexpensive, but what a cool gift when you get them made into a pair of earrings with the date and city of your birth! I don't know if it's going to be a long timeline, but I am currently making earrings from vintage to current-day pennies. I love that they can be shined up and dressed up with beads, and I also love that they are kind of a recycled medium.
I also have a growing little line of Christmas Earrings, called SugarPlums. I usually list them in the fall. They are mostly made from miniature Christmas tree ornaments. Very inexpensive and fun! Stay tuned!

Female, Born on May 6

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