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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.

Japanese weave sterling silver bracelet

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.

Copper byzantine bracelet

I looked into what other metals could be used in the weaves and Niobium just shouted to me. The colours are just stunning!

Niobium Cuff bracelet
Niobium Jens Pind Bracelet
Jens Pind Niobium Bracelet
Niobium full Persian bracelet with crystal

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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