Tuesday, April 23, 2013

JET Artisan Profile - Judy and Bill
of JemsbyJBandCompany

Bill and Judy!
When Bill and I first met, I discovered his love for hiking and the Adirondack Mountains.

Heart Locket with Garnet Red Crystal Dangle

We actually found some garnet in the creek one day. I figured if I was going to have to continue to like hiking in order to keep this relationship going, I may as well find something to look forward to.

I started thinking about ways to use the garnet in jewelry.

I always loved to buy pretty things and hoped others would like what I created. The rest is history.






Hammered Heart Necklace with wire wrapped Chalcedony

I am self taught. I have purchased magazines, books, online courses, etc. to try to come up with new ways of doing things.

I would love to find more time to actually learn soldering and metalwork. 

I love to discover unique and colorful semi precious stones to create with. I also use sterling silver in most of the pieces although I have also created a "costume jewelry" section in the shop for less expensive pieces.


Mookite and Carnelian Necklace



I started to make jewelry in 2004 and sold the first pieces at home with a few people from work, etc.

I then ventured to craft fairs and in 2006 a lovely vendor let me in on ETSY. This is when I opened the shop.

I basically purchase the beads I see and like and then lay them all out on the work area. I design as I go along.








Labradorite and Silver Dangle Earrings

All of my tools are useful!

However, I am partial to the large magnifier light that I hang around my neck so I can see the finer things as I create. It's not actually a tool per se, but it is a huge help.

I learned stamping on metal and made some personalized pieces as gifts. I also learned how to rivet and made some brass and copper bangle bracelets. I hope to be able to do more of that and learn to solder as well.


The workshop at JemsbyJBandCompany   
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23 comments :

capitalcitycrafts said...

It's wonderful to meet the talented artistes of the JET Team! Thanks for another great interview!

DG Jewelry Designs said...

It's great getting to know talented jewelry designers on the JET Team. Great post.

Michele said...

Very nice knowing the talent behind the designs and how it all started!!!! Sweet story!!!

Tracy said...

I love this little snippet into the artists world!

Donna Arena said...

Thanks for giving us a peek into your life and the things that inspire you to make your beautiful jewelry!
:-) Donna

laurastamperdesigns said...

I can tell there is a lot of love in your work. Beautiful.

SendingLoveGallery said...

I just love that you find some of your stones yourselves in the great outdoors!Enjoyed learning more about your work : )

Cher said...

Lovely work, Judy... and you two are just the cutest! Great to see all the different JET talent and what inspires them. I am jealous of how organized you are tho, lol!

LoveStoneArts said...

What a treat to learn a little more about JB, Judy and Bill!

SatinDollCo said...

Great feature! I love getting to know the artist and their work better.

MadeByTammy said...

Fantastic blog post and artisans profile! I love reading and learning more about my Team members - Judy and Bill. You two make the cutest couple! And your workshop is so clean. What's your secret?

TheSilverBear said...

A great story & beaut photos. Thanks!

Beadsme said...

Love love love seeing my Jets.

Oh my your workspace is so tidy.

Beautiful creations Judy.

emeraldpixie08 said...

Awesome blog and profile! Loved to hear about you :)

emeraldpixie08 said...

Awesome blog and profile! Loved to hear about you :)

Leslie Kill said...

What a beautiful story, Judy, thanks for sharing it with us.

Rough Magic Mollie said...

Judy, this is such a wonderful profile! I enjoyed every word and every picture too. And to think it was a garnet that started it all! :) Thanks for sharing!!!

Lori Taggart said...

Wonderful profile! Beautiful jewelry!

NORAH DOWNEY said...

What a great photo of you two! Thank you for sharing a peel into your "behind the scenes"!

Brooke said...

Thanks for sharing Judy and Bill, great getting to know you and your jewelry better.

jemsbyjb said...

Thank you for all the kind words and to Bob for writing this article about our shop. Truth be known, that is my upstairs workspace AFTER it is straightened up. I actually create all over the house especially on the coffee table in the living room. Now my secret is out!!

Bill refers to himself as "manufac
turing" and I am design and marketing. We laugh about this all the time.

Ida @ Adroit Jewelers said...

Great to hear about and see you guys, Judy! Thank you for sharing!

Gemstones on My Mind said...

Judy, it's fascinating that you found the gemstones on your outings with Bill, I love your story of how it all began. You guys look like you would work well together.