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Monday, July 16, 2012

Featured Shop for Week of 7/16/12

This week I am featuring a fellow Sheffield School of Design alumni, Debbie Bruce.  Debbie, runs a successful jewelry business via Etsy.  Her shop is Beadiful World.  Debbie has also been featured on the Sheffield School of Design blog.

Meet Debbie Bruce, owner and designer of Beadiful World:

Welcome to "It's a Bead-iful World", my online Etsy store. I've always had a passion for jewelry. When I would buy a new outfit, I would immediately head right over to the jewelry counter to find just the right pieces to compliment it. In an attempt to find a hobby, as Oprah would say, I had an "Aha!" moment. Jewelry had always been a vital part of who I am, and it made perfect sense for me to make my own jewelry. As I began to perfect my jewelry techniques, my hobby and passion grew. I am now retired and a full-time jewelry designer. The majority of my pieces are one of a kind (OOAK). I enjoy creating all styles of artisan jewelry, but I do lean toward an eclectic style. I especially like hand-forging wire (pounding with a hammer is great for releasing tension!). I use all types of beads, from semi-precious and artisan lampwork beads to less expensive plated beads.

 I like to make accessories as well. For example, when I was working, I was required to wear a badge on a horrendous plastic break-away lanyard. Well, that plastic lanyard definitely did NOT define my style so I made my own. Also I am at the age where I occasionally need glasses but don't want to wear an eyeglass holder that looks like something my grandmother would wear, so I make eyeglass holders for those of us that still like a little spice in our life :-)

I am a Self-Representing Artist Jewelry Designer (SRAJD), Member #1478, and a graduate of the Sheffield School Jewelry Design Beading & Wire Working.