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About the Artist

Necklace Photo My aunt Gerry will be the first to tell you that she is notorious for sending birthday and holiday gifts...well, less than on-time. However, I will be the first to tell you that when her gifts arrive, they are always a wonderful and well-appreciated surprise! She has an impeccable knack for sending just the right thing at the right time.

Take my twelfth birthday, for instance. Usually, turning twelve years old is not a particularly special birthday - you're still a kid but you don't really want to be, you're agonizingly close to being a teenager but not quite there, and you're still years away from getting your driver's license. What's a girl to do? Well, my aunt seemed to know that I'd be needing a hobby. For this rather insignificant birthday, she sent me a small, unassuming jewelry-making kit.

At first, I didn't think much of it. It came in a red, cardboard box, the kind you keep your crayons in during second grade. Inside, there were two small, comb-like objects, a couple of pieces of double-sided sticky foam, a bag of tiny little multicolored seed beads, a spool of thread, and a needle. If it had come on my actual birthday, I probably would have put it aside in favor of some other gifts. Instead, it came just before my school's winter break, a prime time for needing something new to do.

So I gave it a shot. And boy, was I hooked!

Since then, I've moved on to a much wider (and higher quality) variety of tools and techniques. While I still pick up the occasional seed bead, I prefer working with Swarovski crystals and gemstones. Instead of thread, I use flexible beading wire and sterling silver.

Over the years, I have broadened and honed my skills to make jewelry that I am proud of. While most of my skills have been self-taught, occasionally there is a technique that can be learned faster with the help of a seasoned instructor. In October of 2008, for instance, I had the opportunity to learn silversmithing from Don Norris. Don is a wonderful character who has been teaching students to make beautiful soldered jewelry for over 30 years.

Now that you know a little bit more about me and my background in jewelrymaking, I hope you will take some time to look around my website and view my designs. If you have any questions, please send me an email at jenny@by-jenny.com. Thanks for stopping by!

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