I started making jewelry about 3 years before my retirement from teaching. I started with beading projects and gradually began working with metals. I made a trip to the recycling center and found a large piece of copper to experiment with and I was hooked!!
I began by using spirals made from recycled aluminum and copper. Creating jewelry allows me to play and experiment. It makes me happy. In creating jewelry, there is a wonderful combination of design and process. With each new piece I begin with metal or gemstones. I enjoy the process of taking a piece from an idea to a completed piece. I enjoy the challenge of figuring out what technique to use to put it all together and make a beautiful piece.
I use a combination of aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, German silver, and sterling silver in my jewelry designs. I use recycled metals whenever possible. I love the idea of recycling to help the environment as well as creating something new. I enjoy the process of cutting, forming, embossing, enameling, texturing, riveting or soldering to form a piece that someone will fall in love with.