Saturday, March 22, 2008

90/90 cserpent

These great examples are just a few of Susan's beautiful designs! Please go to her etsy site and check out all her other great work!

cserpent's name is Susan and she is the creator of cserpentDesigns! Her husband nicknamed her Sea Serpent during their scuba diving days (picture a tall person in a purple and black drysuit with a pink flotation vest coming out of the water with big black fins on her feet ... yep sea serpent fits!). He even got her a sea serpent stamp to use for her "signature" on her hand made cards.

Susan got started in jewelry making when one of her soccer teammates got her to go to a wirewrapping class with her. Susan made her first bracelet in that class (and as she looks at it now she wants to take it apart and redo it to look a lot nicer!). susan then saw a beaded watch band in a magazine and figured she could expand on that idea and make herself a cool beaded watch band in PURPLE! (her favorite color). She started the watch band using gold plated findings, finished it up at another wire wrapping class and got interest from many of her friends and family in having jewelry made for them. Susan still was just dabbling and got really mad when the gold plated findings started to tarnish in a very short amount of time. From that she learned her lesson about making things that last - don't make them with gold or silver plated parts if you want them to last a long time and remain beautiful!

That 2nd wire wrapping class really drove her interest in making jewelry with beads. She took more classes in basic jewelry making (stringing, knotting, ...) and has been making jewelry for family and friends and other customers for 4 years now. Her jewelry designs are also for sale at a gallery in La Jolla, CA - Gili Anna - so she is starting to expand her sales base.

Meet Susan's sometime codesigner!
Her mom enjoys buying beads as well, a little too well if you ask Susan! Since she won't stop buying them Susan told her she'll have to start making jewelry for sale with some of the many beads she's purchased (and which I "store"). She has made many jewelry pieces for herself, family and friends but she buys way more beads than she has used in these designs. So her bead bins overfloweth and her mom has to help clear them out by making designs to sell.
Jewelry Group memberships:
Cserpent is a member of several Etsy team - Jewelry on Etsy (JET), etsyBEAD, California Crafters Club on Etsy (CCCOE), Tranquil Beading Oasis (TBO) and Bead Hive (BHV). These groups help provide support, store promotion, group buys to get discounts and design challenges to help stretch my style and my knowledge.

1 comment:

cserpentDesigns said...

Thanks for the feature!

susan (aka cserpent)