How did you get started in jewelry making?

In the early ‘80s, I started gluing plastic and metal found items from the garage into jewelry. Then a friend and I started exploring beading.  She gave up and I kept going, becoming a self-taught silversmith and moving into chainmail and cutting rings.  I still wear my first ring, a peach moonstone in sterling silver.

If you had to pick a favorite item you’ve made?

Favorite item made: King’s mail necklace

A heavy King’s mail necklace with handmade cones. (Photo from Instagram)

What is the most challenging part of jewelry making?

Marketing is a challenge.  I don’t have a storefront and my Etsy store was frustrating.  I’d like to sell enough to sustain my habit. 

How would you describe your signature style?

Bold, unique, unexpected, and whimsical

What inspires you?

Water, anything blue or green will get my attention.

Tell me about your non-profit.

From the website, “Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is an international marine conservation organization that implements hands-on programs to involve local communities in conservation-focused activities. REEF was founded in 1990 and is based in Key Largo, Florida, its mission is to protect biodiversity and ocean life by actively engaging and inspiring the public through citizen science, education, and partnerships with the scientific community.”