Tell us a bit about yourself and My Addictions ... Handcrafted Jewelry by Patti ?
My shop names pretty much describes me...I am addicted to handmade beads and the jewelry they become! My favorite technique is wire wrapping - it amazes me what wire can do, and when encapsulated with a beautiful bead, well that to me is wearable art!
I started making jewelry a few years ago, inspired by the craftiest of crafters, my mother. She had taken several lapidary classes when she lived in Florida several years ago, and her daughters and grand-daughters were the guinea pigs of her designs....no complaints here!
I spend hours hunting for crystals, gemstones, and handmade artisan beads and components. For me, the bead dictates the design, be it earrings, necklace, bracelet, ankets, even rings. I began by using sterling silver, but have recently ventured into copper, brass, and bronze. The warmth and depth of these metals enhance the beauty of the chosen components.
I hope to one day venture into bead making, lampwork beads in particular. But until then, I will continue my quest in finding the most beautiful beads I can to incorporate into my designs.