For today’s guest post please welcome Kerry Haynes of Twinkles Jewellery.
I come from an artistic family but never quite found my forte, believing, perhaps, I could not do so well. I have tried my hand at many crafts but never really became passionate about it, you could say I gave up too quickly.
Well, about a year ago I came across a beautiful shop full of beads. Never before had I tried my hand at making jewellery but something drew me in. After spending far too much money in the bead shop I began straight away and made my first pieces of jewellery. I found it easy, relaxing and had such a buzz from my finished pieces.
It has now been a year of spending too much money, filling half a room with beads, needing loads of storage and hoovering up a few too many escapees. However, from this humble beginning I now have over one hundred finished pieces. I have sold to family and friends, sold my wares to craft Fayre’s, now I also hold home parties. Word of mouth and a web presence is how I have promoted my jewellery.
I am well and truly hooked. And for the first time in my life I feel I have artistic flair.When I begin a new piece sometimes I have a specific idea in my head but most of the time it grows and develops as it is being made. Maybe that’s how some famous artists created their masterpieces. I know I feel each piece I make is a masterpiece to me.
I gather inspiration from anywhere, things around me, anything really. Each piece is unique and although I have items similar, due to the handcrafted nature one is never the same as the next, this I prefer. The only tip I have is that if you love making items as I do you will succeed and if what you make gives you a buzz when its finished, it’s right.
I love what I make, and apparently so do other people. And, at the end of the day, if a piece of jewellery remains unsold, I can have it myself!
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