Where do I start? I began my early working life as a secretary so I have a background in paperwork. Quite by chance, in 1994 my husband was offered a job in Northamptonshire, were were living in Aberdeen. We up sticks and moved South. With this opportunity now to do what I wanted, I went back to college to train as a Nursery Nurse, why, you ask, I have no idea. By the end of the course I discovered I was expecting twins. Fast forwarding to when the girls were about to start school, I decided I wanted to stay at home, but work. I then went back to college and trained to be a nail therapist.
This was one of the first pieces I made.
Fast forward again, everyone was jumping on the band wagon of nails and I didn’t want to get involved in the cheap as chips mentality which was creeping in. I loved working from home so I Googled “Working from Home” and I came across a website which sold beads and DVDs on how to make simple charm bracelets and earrings.
I decided if I could sell them then I would make more. They all sold. I think I had enough beads in different colours to make 11 bracelets. Very soon everyone seemed to be making the same sort of thing. Yet again I didn’t want to be doing the same as everyone else.
I joined some forums and through chatting I discovered that I loved working with tiny beads. I did some pieces and took them to the craft fairs which I had started attending.
These pieces were very time consuming and it was very difficult to market them correctly.
During this time I thought I might like to try chainmaille, but I needed to be able to do it in quality metals rather than silver plated. My husband bought me a kit – all the rings, clasp and pattern to make a Japanese weave bracelet.
This still remains one of my favourite pieces.
I did lots of research and there were not many people doing chainmaille especially in the quality metals. I decided that I would use copper to practise the weaves as it was much less cost wise than sterling silver and copper is still a beautiful metal so I still have pieces which can go in the online shop.
I looked into what other metals could be used in the weaves and Niobium just shouted to me. The colours are just stunning!
There are many opportunities to have a piece of jewellery made to your specifications. I feel I have now found where I want to be with my jewellery designs.