Welcome, Melissa of SHIMMERMEBLUE on Etsy. I was surprised to learn that Melissa and I live in the same area surrounding Milwaukee, WI. What a small world it is!
I'm happy to have Melissa here on DZFANTASY as a "featured jewelry artist", and hope you take the time to visit her shop SHIMMERMEBLUE. She has a wide selection of delightful jewelry! First, let's learn a little bit more about Melissa.
What led you to start creating your art/craft?
I actually started making jewelry out of the blue. I have always been a 'crafty' person, and started to see a lot of handmade jewelry. I thought 'I can do this!' I skimmed through several tutorials on different sites, watched a few You Tube videos and started buying beads.
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
I love the look of glass beads, but honestly it was the easiest thing to start out with! As I learn more, I will be making a lot of different things. It just all takes time and practice!
What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
I would have to say, looking at the finished piece and the feeling that I accomplished something. This is especially true when I work on projects I've never done before and the finished piece turns out really good!
If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?
Hmmm, this is a really tough one! Maybe a plum because each one tastes a little different. That's kind of how I design my jewelry, a little different, but still the same in some ways. I don't stick to one specific style, color or pattern.
If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?
I really want to learn how to make handblown glass beads! I think the finished product is so amazing and I would love to be able to make my own beads for my jewelry.
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?
If you are passionate in what you do, go for it! There's nothing better than being able to do what you love, even if you only do it as a hobby.
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
Don't get discouraged if you are not successful and making tons of money right away! It all takes time, work and patience.
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