My Wearable Art Background

First, I would like to share a brief but funny story about how my business got its name. One evening, I was standing around with a group of friends and we were talking about my wearable art. One of my friends asked me, “Where do you get your beads?” I replied, “Local bead stores and bead shows.” The same friend then asked me, “Do you get stoned when you go to the bead shows?” Everyone laughed out loud, including me, and at the same time it brought to mind many other similar words like Wired, Hammered, Twisted, etc. In the next moment, I exclaimed, “Wired, Hammered, Twisted, & Stoned!” Everyone laughed out loud again and thus was born, Wired, Twisted, & Stoned!

I live in Raleigh, NC and love it! I initially moved here to attend graduate school at North Carolina State University, and upon completion of my doctorate degree, I continued to work and live in the area.

Beading was on my “to-do” list for about ten years. While I was in grad. school at one point, I went to a bead store for the first time and bought a few materials, which made me realize that beading is cost prohibitive for a student at any level. After I began teaching full time at a local college, I revisited my interest in beading by going to a bead store in Raleigh where I made my first pair of earrings right then and there at the project table!

I also signed up for my first beading class, which was a beading “boot camp” class because we were not allowed to eat, drink, or take breaks for the duration of the class…lol! We learned three techniques in one day: (1) stringing and crimping; (2) knotting; and (3) making wrapped loops with head pins.

I attended a second class that involved the making of simple loops with head pins and beads, and attaching them to chain for a finished necklace. After that, I was hooked on the wire working and attended every class I could that involved wire working of some sort. I continue to broaden my bead and jewelry making skills by continuing to learn new techniques, especially those that involve wire working and metalsmithing.

As a result, I consider myself to be a self-taught wire and bead artist and I love working with wire because there are no rules! Well, there are two rules: (1) There are no rules; and (2) Always refer back to rule number one! If you forget rule number 1, just remember rule number 2!

As a natural progression, I have moved into metalsmithing, particularly cold connecting (connecting without using heat), folding sheet metal, and fusing. Other techniques I enjoy are stringing and knotting, and I like to mix a variety of different techniques into each design!

I only use all natural materials in my designs, including semi-precious stones, gemstones, crystals, freshwater pearls, glass pearls, glass beads, and sometimes wood beads. I also use solid base metals, including copper, brass, nickel silver, and pewter.

I can and continue to be commissioned to make wearable art pieces with gold-filled and/or sterling/fine silver metals and metal components, including charms. I can and continue to be commissioned to make pieces to your specifications based on your favorite semi-precious stones and/or favorite colors/color schemes, etc.

What are your favorite handmade types or styles of jewelry? Please leave comments below!

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