Day 10 of Handmade Gift Swap

Today I get to open gift number 10.

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It is a beautifully made hand-hammered metal clasp. The clasp is copper and another metal and both pieces have a wonderful patina. The clasp was made by Cheri Reed.

Cheri is in the start-up phase of her fashion jewelry business, Creative Designs by Cheri. Cheri donates some of her profits to Domestic Violence in memory of her daughter, Brandy Leigh (Reed) Schneider, who was murdered by her exhusband. She also donates  jewelry pieces for non-profit organizations to auction off to help with their cause.

 

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About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. Last September I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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3 Responses to Day 10 of Handmade Gift Swap

  1. Cialis says:

    Hey there are using WordPress for your site
    platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying
    to get started and set up my own. Do you need any coding knowledge
    to make your own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!

  2. ingetraud says:

    No coding needed. It’s actually quite easy.

  3. Pingback: Second Annual Bead Hoarder’s Blog Hop | Inge's Blog

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