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New Blog…New Location

Hey, everyone! Just a quick blog post to let you know that I have moved the blog to It is appropriately called “Wire Rapper,” and will feature a variety of articles from things to think about when starting a craft or art type business to just how life is going in the wire world. […]

Who Let the Dogs Out? or…Why the Heck Do I Want to Turn my Hobby into a Business?

Because of comments, questions, and concerns recently posed to me about where and how to market handmade items, I have decided to take the Beaded Wire Blog in a different direction. Whether you are a home crafter (artist) of anything, a designer of jewelry, jewelry maker, or one who just likes to purchase handmade products, […]

2013 Show Schedule

My 2013 show schedule is starting to fill up, and I am so grateful to Sami of Sami Shows and all my other event coordinators for including my shop this year! These are always great shows, filled with a variety of quality items from many different genres. They are ALL definitely worth the drive, so […]

Thanks for Your Patience

The day of Christmas is over, but I hope you all keep the Spirit in your hearts all year long. I am personally looking forward to another great year! I want to thank you all for your kindness, loyalty, and patience. A business is a business and should be treated as such, but with all […]


You can probably tell by some of my work that Peridot is one of my favorite gemstones. The lovely greens and touch of gold makes Peridot a fascinating¬† gem to use in a wide variety of jewelry pieces.¬† Peridot was used in jewelry as far back as 1500 B.C. in ancient Egypt, and was priced […]

Always Learning

Since I am fairly new to this artistic genre, the jewelry genre, I have become an information sponge. I find that everyday brings something new to my craft, my business, my art. I meet amazing people, and it doesn’t matter where they are in the process of their own abilities, I can always give something […]

Is it Rhyolite or Jasper?

That is the question. I’ve heard the argument before. “It’s Rhyolite. No, it’s Jasper.” So, which is it??? Research shows that Rhyolite, by definition, is magma related. It is an igneous, volcanic rock, that is typically light in color, but can range from buff colors to pinks, rusts, or even darker green. It is similar […]