My interest in making my own jewellery came about in September 2002 when I spied a Bead & Button magazine at a local newsagent.  I sourced some supplies from retail shops before being introduced to eBay and before I knew it I was addicted...  Yes, to making jewellery and to eBay...  What fun.

I came across my first Lampwork bead on eBay in April 2003.  I am proud to say that it was made by a fellow Aussie, Lorretta, the owner of Green Gecko Designs.  I just had to email her to tell her how impressed I was by it, and I was even more impressed when I received a reply from her telling me that she had only been making beads for 8 or 9 weeks.  I wish I had printed out a picture of this bead as it would have taken pride of place on my "Inspiration Wall".

In August 2003 I reluctantly but necessarily quit my 17 year old job due to work related stress and within days had booked in to attend a 5 day Beginners Bead Making Class in Brisbane with Kathryn Wardill which was being held in September/October 2003.  I found the process hard going the first couple of days but I persisted and eventually found that I could make a bead and by the third day I was well and truly hooked.  I signed on then and there for the 3 day advanced class the following week.

I became firm friends with some of the ladies at the Bead Making class and would pack up my torch and glass stuff and travel to Brisbane once a month over the next couple of years to meet up with them and any others who came along for the day.  I loved it.  One lady, Jenna, would always bring her jewellery stash, so when I wasn't making beads, chatting or taking photos, I would hover around her and watch her teaching others how to make things.  Jenna makes the most gorgeous feminine jewellery I know.  It certainly appeals to my 'girly' side.

 

Deborah Lewis, PO Box 309 Maryborough QLD. 4650, Australia
ABN: 58 687 596 266  E-mail:   Web: www.debbiedoesbeads.com

 

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