Sunday, November 11, 2012

Inspired Beader: Ellie’s Bijoux

Today my guest is Suzette of Ellie’s Bijoux jewelry, whose fun designs have been featured in Bead Trends, Bead Style and Stringing magazines.

Inspirational Beading: How did you first get into jewelry design?

Suzette:
I first learned how to make jewelry just 3 years ago while visiting my parents on vacation in Charleston, South Carolina. My step-mother had been learning how to knot pearls, and of course I was so interested she showed me how to do it. I knotted my first necklace and since then I fell in love with everything about jewelry design/making and have begun to advance my skills even more.

Inspirational Beading: Do you remember your first design? Where is it today?

Suzette: Yes, it was a knotted pearl necklace...it has been taken a part several times to perfect my skills.

Inspirational Beading: Do you have a favorite kind of bead or jewelry component?

Suzette: Some of my favorite materials to work with are chains, charms, crystals, enamels, semiprecious and precious gemstones, glass, metals, and pearls.

Inspirational Beading: Where do you find the most inspiration?

Suzette: Everywhere...and especially in nature

Inspirational Beading: What was the inspiration behind your favorite design?

Suzette: I make one-of-a-kind pieces so they are all my favorite.

Inspirational Beading: Is there a material or technique that you would love to work with, but haven’t tried yet?

Suzette: Over the past few years I have learned several jewelry making techniques including soldering metal, which is more of what I want to do.

Inspirational Beading: Who do you hope to inspire with your work?

Suzette: I want to make my jewelry line personal where I can connect my true passions (counseling & jewelry design/making). I want to create a line of jewelry that inspires women and gives them the confidence to pursue their dreams.

You can see more of Suzette's jewelry designs on her Ellie’s Bijoux blog, or on Facebook.

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