Hello designers, and welcome to this month's spotlight!
Halcraft Collection is excited to announce our August 2021 Spotlight Designer is Patricia Moran of Bayshore Design Studio. This beach babe is inspired by nature and the sea. Her use of stones, shells, pearls, and charms brings warmth and texture to her designs.
Read on to learn more about Patricia and her beachy designs featuring Bead Gallery® beads, pendants, and charms by HalcraftCollection.com
When did you first start beading? Tell us about yourself.
I first started my beading journey 20 years ago. I didn't have much money at the time but loved jewelry. So I started thinking maybe I could make these designs for less. Then, one night while watching TV, I saw an actress wearing a gorgeous necklace that I loved. This inspired me to hunt to find similar beads and make it myself. So I did it and was hooked!
Tell us about your jewelry business.
I have an Etsy shop - Bayshore Design Studio (bayshoredesignstudio.etsy.com). My first love is jewelry making, but I do have a full-time job. My jewelry business blossomed when my design stash grew so large that I had to make a decision... start selling my jewelry or stop making it! So I just woke up one morning and decided to Etsy a try. I opened my shop at the end of 2017. It was a slow start, but it has been a fun and rewarding journey!
What is your favorite project that you've recently finished and why is it your favorite?
Well, it will always be a bracelet! My recent favorite is a larimar bracelet that I create using a magnetic closure and a great artisan enamel charm. I sold it very quickly, and it wasn't around long enough for me to enjoy it! It was a favorite because I am in love with all blue hues. It also reminded me of a trip I took to the Dominican Republic with friends for my husband's birthday a couple of years ago. Larimar is such a beautiful stone.
What are your favorite beading techniques and materials?
This may sound boring, but I always come back to stringing. I find it relaxing, and it's exciting to see the things you can create by combining different bead materials and colors. I love gemstones, so I rarely make anything that does not have at least one gemstone in the design. Recently I have been on the hunt to find new and exciting stones to use in my designs. I also love anything beach-inspired. I like to use shells and charms that remind me of the ocean. During Covid, I taught myself quite a few new techniques to keep myself busy. Some of these techniques include knotting with leather, a little macrame, and some silk knotting.
What are some of your favorite beads or components on the Halcraft Collection website?
I love the ceramic starfish and nautilus beads! They are my favorite! Halcraftcollection.com has a ton of shell beads and pearls, which I enjoy including in my designs. I also found some amazing mother of pearl beads that I really love. Also, be sure to check out their semi-precious bead collection!
Where do you get your beading inspiration? What most inspires you?
Much of inspiration comes from the beach and nature. If you look at my jewelry, you will always see lots of blues. Recently, I started using wood beads this summer and discovered that they mix perfectly with my other beads. Wood is the perfect neutral. If I am ever stuck on ideas for color, I view images online of butterflies and flowers, etc. This always helps me come up with great color combos. I also will look to different beads for inspiration. I made abalone pieces this summer, and just looking at the shell's different colors gave me so many ideas.
Do you have any tips for the readers regarding building their social media reach?
I am pretty new to Facebook, and I still don't understand it completely, so no tips! Instagram is my favorite! I post and interact on this platform every day. Posting consistently is very important, as well as interacting with your followers. I always try to respond in some way to each comment that is left on my post. I recommend using relevant hashtags. I receive a lot of traffic from using hashtags. Also, I make it a point to like and comment every day on other people's posts. Every once in a while, I will search and follow other jewelry maker accounts. I love looking at all the great makers and what they are coming up with daily.
If you had room for only two tools in your bead kit, what would they be?
All beaders know you can't do anything without a good pair of flush cutters and chain nose pliers! These are really the foundation tools that you cannot live without! Little by little, I have been adding additional tools to my stash. For example, I recently got a great metal punch that I am using to punch holes in coins to use as charms.
What jewelry trends are you excited to incorporate into your beadwork?
I will be going on vacation soon. So it's a must to bring a project and tools just in case of a rainy day. I plan to teach myself the brick stitch to make some of those great fringe earrings that I have seen everywhere.
What jewelry techniques would you like to learn?
Taking a metalsmithing class is on my bucket list. Back in high school, I created a simple silver tiger's eye ring in art class. The funny thing is... I don't remember a thing about the process! I definitely would love to learn to work with metal someday.
Patricia resides with her husband and two Boston Terriers in Cape May, New Jersey.
Cape May is a little beach town that she fell in love with while vacationing. It is a dream come true to live in this beach community.
Her past times include going to the beach, decorating, and dining at great restaurants.
Besides jewelry making, some of her past hobbies include needlepoint, embroidery, and crochet.
During the Covid quarantine, she enjoyed painting rocks with her daughter creating cute decorations for her deck and garden.
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Denise Yezbak Moore is a self-taught artisan. She is a senior jewelry designer and content creator for Halcraft Collection and loves to create jewelry with bohemian flair. Denise resides in Orange County, California, and enjoys hearing from fellow beaders worldwide. Be sure to follow her on Instagram @deniseyezbakmoore