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Debra_Smith

Debra_Smith

Well, I explained a little in a question I posed. I have been making jewelry ever since I could put thread through a needle and string anything with a hole in it. My family noticed right away I had something, because it wasn't the usual macaroni (lol) jewelry that all the 6 year olds come home with, I would break popsicle sticks and scrath designs on them and tear buttons off clothes, string flowers, anything that could stand to be strung and some that couldn't. I took apart old watches and clocks and anything machanical, found lots of stuff, BUT daddy wouldn't let a child near the welding torch SIGH...I have had noone to teach me, i inherited lapidary equipment and molds and casting stuff, but have no clue where to start.I live in a small town and came from a smaller one and no one wants to give away "secrets" or introduce competetion for the small amount of income sources here. So I struggle with designs in and and out of myhead with no outlet. I had a motorcycle accident 4 months ago and reconstrutive tendon surgery on my right hand( I am right handed) so jewelry making isn't only my passion, its my therapy as well. Working with glass isnt going well, since I dont have much strength to cut it. But I have learned Celtic Knots, polymer clay tends to give me fits just learning the medium, gemstones are my passion, have loads but can't identify alot of them, yet. would LOVE to work under someone but no one is close enough. Have done lampwork, can't work with flame right now,hand isnt far enough along. wirewrapping is what i am trying right now , but cant find enough to make it worthwhile economically. And any of the beaders around here want to sell you there stash at a mark up, so it isn't feasable to make and sell. have also dabbled in body jewelry, carving bone stone , all different types of medium...I feel like a kid in a candy shop, its all so wonderful...I admire those who have made a name for themselves and hope one day to be known as well..