We love hearing from our customers about the success they have had turning their passion for jewelry making into a successful business. I was blown away by the detailed lampwork beads sent to me from Lisette Root, who e-mailed us photos of some lampwork beads she designed. When I asked if she would like to tell her story, she once again amazed me with her incredible story. Here, in her own words, is Lisette’s tale of turning her creative talents into a successful business:
You know, I had an unusual childhood because I was a Navy Brat and traveled a lot. When I was a young child, I lived in Morocco Africa for several years, and I was exposed to the vibrant colors and intricate patterns woven into the architecture and clothing there. I was entranced with repeating patterns and lush colors as a result, which have carried throughout my artistic life. My husband was a radio engineer and flight instructor during the year, and through the summers, we lived remotely [in Alaska] in the bush and mined gold, and aquired lots of interesting memories!
It was in 1992 when we moved to Arizona where my husband and I ran a flight school, where he taught private pilots and aerobatics, and I was still home schooling my youngest daughter. [My daughter and I] discovered seed beads and jewelry together, and we had to learn how to make the beautiful beadworks we saw, particularly from the Native Americans in our State! I was really into the needle arts such as cross stitch, but my daughter really worked hard learning beadwork, and then she taught me! That started a wave of art. In 1996 we moved to Washington State and started using the public library there, where there were books on every art form you could imagine. Glass beadwork was so amazing we had to do that [too]! From the first bead, it was totally wonderful!
The first bead I made was around 1998, I do believe. I felt like a wizard! I felt magical, and I overcame my fear of bottled gas (which is funny I know)! I have mainly given my beadwork as gifts to my friends and family. I’m the type of person who has to try whatever interests me, but I want it to be really as close to perfect as I can make it. My main motivation for beading and bead making, and the needle works and other art, is basically so I can learn and share as much beauty as possible!
When asked what her favorite piece is that she has made so far, Lisette answered,
My daughter Silver and I were reading the Clan of the Cave Bear series at the time, and I decided to make a Doni bead, which is a faceless female figure with exaggerated body features. I love that bead, and I will never sell it. It has a little piece of me inside it.
To capture Lisette’s style and personality in one line, she put it best when she told me, Life is full of beauty, just waiting to be shared.
If you’re just starting out and looking for a way to sell your designs, check out our Seller’s Secrets page where we share helpful ways to develop your jewelry-making business. Also be sure to sign up to be a part of Shop Handmade, a free site dedicated to helping you sell your ideas!
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