I started by simple wire and beaded dangles and very quickly was obsessed.
I started my shop in 2009. My name comes from the Beatles song Michelle, and the "b" is for Michelle, my belle.
I was once a school teacher. Not for me. (no patience for more than two children at a time) Then went into retail for eight years.
It wasn't until my father died of Leukemia two years ago that I realized that you only live once. I joined the Etsy group TeamEPE, and ran a marathon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I went part time at my job, and finally left it for good in June. I am a bona fide Quit your Day Job woman. I hadn't had three Sundays to watch football since 2003.
I am lucky that learning skills comes easily to me. I can read a pattern or instructions, look at a photo, and just make it. I have the patience to unknot chain for an hour. I prefer unique and one of a kind over making something 50 times. But I can't pass up a pretty bezel ring, and I have made about 30 for myself.
There are many techniques which I have tried, PMC (i bought a kiln), resin, enamel, soldering, wirework, casting.
My fave is soldering. How much fun is it to play with fire and shiny metal? Indeed. Each time I light my torch and the flame is just right and not a giant burst of flame is fantastic and a bit scary, but that's the fun part!
If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life.
Thanks so much for having me as the JOD! I am so excited to be part of this group.