i have been making jewelry for a long time, i am an artist and sometimes the need to paint doesnt work out . i can take jewelry items and work on them almost anywhere. painting you have to have brushes and canvas etc....making jewelry for me is another way to create, its wearable art! i love the Art Nouveau and the Art Deco eras but also love tribal designs and classic old world designs. I love to go to estate sales and hunting in the most crazy places to find vintage beads and jewelry.