Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Pam enjoys making her jewelry and likes to think of it more of a hobby than a business, a business is too much like work! Enjoy a visit to her wonderful Etsy shop http://www.lakeeriecreations.etsy.com/.
by Lake Erie Creations
My name is Pam and I live in North East Ohio with my husband and son, who will be leaving in August to attend college. I have lived in North East Ohio my entire life. We have many accessible Lake Erie beaches in my area that I walk often. To hear the water meeting the shore is the most relaxing sound to me. I pick up pretty much every interesting thing on the beach including beach glass, shells, ceramic pieces and metal pieces. I am thrilled to find a cobalt blue, red or purple piece of beach glass to add to my collection as these colors are very rare to find.
About 3 years ago I merged my two passions: jewelry and beach glass into my business. It is very exciting to walk along the beach and find a unique piece. I immediately think of what I can make with it! I design necklaces, bracelets, earrings, wine glass charms, rings and wind chimes.
All my beach glass is the real thing! I pick it up off the beach, wash it with soap and water, sort it by color and either drill it or wire wrap it. I do not alter the pieces in other way; I let Mother Nature condition the beach glass for me. The rough water washes it against sand and stone to form it into its shape and gives it a very smooth finish.
My studio is a bedroom in my house which I have many shelves, a large cabinet and table to work at. This room is the most organized room in my house! I usually have several projects I am working on at a time. It is nice to have this space dedicated to my craft so I can leave it for a few days and come back to work on it when I have time without it being disturbed. My beach glass is organized by color in glass jars; these are displayed throughout my house. My beads and findings are organized by color in clear containers. I have learned that being organized saves a lot of time.
Hope to see you at www.lakeeriecreations.etsy.com/
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