By Denise Yezbak Moore
Each month the Halcraft Collection team picks a designer to spotlight from our Beaded Jewelry Facebook Group. For the Month of May I am happy to announce that Shelly Owen is our Spotlight Designer. If you are a member of the group I'm sure you've seen Shelly's boholicious jewelry designs. Congratulations Shelly!
When did you first start beading & what drew you to beading in the first place?
I first started being in the early 90s after a recycling project for a class. I created a few bohemian pieces from an old leather fringe purse (way ahead of the boho trend). My dad, who is Choctaw and Cherokee, introduced me to Native American bead loom designs shortly after. I dabbled back and forth between loomed and recycled pieces up until college.
(Hat Band created for her Father pictured below.)
What is your favorite project that you’ve finished recently, and why is it your favorite?
Lately, I have been experimenting with resin. These stud earrings have really captured my imagination. With all of the metal flakes mixed with the colored resin, these earrings make me think of little planets.
(Resin stud planet earrings pictured below)
Do you have a jewelry business?
Yes, I have a jewelry business. My business is The Feathered Elephant (www.thefeatheredelephant.com). I guess my decision to start selling came in 2004. The church I was attending need to raise money to purchase additional space. I started making simple jewelry pieces for the church to sell, and I sold as well at my job. I really didn't think I would ever make a career out of making jewelry until the day a lady I knew convinced me to sell her the necklace and earrings I was wearing. Before I knew it, people were coming to me asking me to make them jewelry. It just built up after that.
What are your favorite beading techniques and materials?
My favorite beading techniques include bead weaving and wire wrapping. Some of my favorite materials are gemstones and metal.
What techniques would you like to learn?
I would love to learn metal clay and polymer clay. Both of these mediums are very versatile, and I am very fascinated with the technique.
What are some of your favorite beads or components on the HalcraftCollection.com website?
My favorite components from Halcraft include gemstone beads, the feather rhinestone pendant, and the Costa Rican Rosewood.
Where do you get your beading inspiration? What most inspires you?
I find inspiration everywhere I look whether it's in nature or looking at fashion magazines. What inspires me most is the strong community of jewelry makers I have met online who love to strength each other and build each other up.
If you had room for only two tools in your bead kit, what would they be?
Only two...wow...I guess the two tools I would have would be wire cutters and round nose pliers!
Shelly lives in the state of Mississippi.
She loves all things jewelry, travel and COFFEE.
Her other passions include painting, writing, singing and spending time with family.
She is former Bead Corner Design Academy Instructor for Michaels Stores.
Enjoys creating new ways to display her jewelry. Recently, she designed a spinning earring rack, bracelet rack and a necklace display board from recycled wood.
You can follow Shelly's work online by visiting her blog or Instagram. Please click links below.
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