I've actually done just the opposite from you. I started in metals,
was using the studio at the school where I learned until one fall
found that I was without (the school had a small fire which caused a
lot of smoke damage) I had severl large craft shows scheduled later
that fall and had nowhere to make my jewelry. So I said to myself.
"I guess I'd better learn to do beadwork!".
So I bought a bunch of books and learned. That was several years ago
and I still focus primarily on metalsmithing.....but accent my work
I think you'll find that this puts you in a much higher category
insofar as what you can charge for your work because beaders are
beaders...meaning, they buy their findinings and simply assemble
(I'm not saying there's no creativity in this......there certainly is
in the choices of beads to incorporate) but when you create your head
pins....when you make the clasp when you solder the jump rings YOU
made to the necklace YOU made and THEN attach the beads.....well,
you get some serious respect and most importantly, can charge a whole
So, in my opinion, you're not changing mediums, you're simply
augmenting. I mean, you're not going to stop beading because you're
working with metal, now are you? See how you can mix the two. I
think you'll find a whole new world. Surf the net to get inspiration.
There's a whole lot more you can do with both areas under your belt.
Oh and about who you are to the jury......you're mixed media, Cause
you are! (as Martha says, "it's a good thing".) Good luck to you! And
if you want to go to Tucson for the gem show, let me know. I'll send
you the info on the house I"ll be sharing with other
I hope this helps,
Mary Amalia Jewelry
148 High St.
Portland, Me. 04101