My Journey

I took an interest in jewelry making when I was 19 years old. I began by stringing tortoise shell, mother of pearl, sea urchin spines and silver beads. I didn’t know the first thing about threads, jump rings, etc. but I made the few pieces for myself.
I picked up the hobby again when I lost my teaching job and filed for disability to keep my sanity. I learned how to string properly, do some beading, like peyote stitch, spirals and right angle weave. I’ve learned to do wire wrapping, to use the proper tools, set stones into bezels, use jump rings and clasps, knot pearls and a few other tricks. All this was accomplished over the past two and a half years. I think I’ve come a long way, but I still have so much more I want to learn!

This is not my first piece, but it is one I made early in my first year:

Notice how clumsy the head pins are, and they are the wrong color! Ugh!

Now, my latest piece: Empress

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Sharon ...

I am still learning head pins and wire wrapping. I keep reminding myself…practice, practice, practice! :)

Madalynne Homme ...

Great story Donna! Your work is inspirational! Jewelry Designing is a great way to over come obstacles in our personal lives. Lots of my friends say “I wish I had another option for work. You are lucky”.

Donna's trinkets, LLC ...

Thank you, Madalynne. It is a great outlet for my creativity.

Donna's trinkets, LLC ...

Sharon, be patient. I’m sure you will also learn the more you practice.

Bluejean ...