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Polymer clay beads and handmade jewelry, Interview with Jetta Sellers (Jettabugjewelry) + Giveaway

Polymer clay beads and handmade jewelry, Interview with Jetta Sellers (Jettabugjewelry)

Polymer clay owl beads by JettaBugJewelry

This month my guest in my series of interviews with bead artists is the very talented American Polymer clay and jewelry artist Jetta Sellers.
Jetta creates lovely whimsical jewelry and polymer clay beads which she sells on Etsy under the name Jettabugjewelry. Her work is published numerous times in magazines like Stringing. I admire her work for a long time and yes, her beads found their way into my not so little stash as well. Some of her gorgeous pieces as well as one of my pieces with her gorgeous beads will be published in the 2014 issue of 101 Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings. So I’m thrilled and honored Jetta agreed to do this interview.

Interview

Q: Can you tell us a bit of  the beginning of your career as an artist. When did you start your career and what did you do before. Was this transition difficult?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade unique necklace with ceramic and polymer clay beads

A: A 50% off sale in the bead section of my craft store is how I fell into making jewelry. I had always loved working with my hands: flower gardening, needle art- cross-stitch, crewel, embroidery, and historic costume making but I had never thought of jewelry making. But that day in the store I just went for it and bought some beads and a stringing chain. I was happy with the results but it wasn’t until my mom, literally, took it off my neck for her own that I contemplated making jewelry. I became more confident as time went on and decided to try a contest in Stringing Magazine. Iwas picked for editors choice! My confidence was boosted to try my pieces for publication after that. Then my closet of jewelry grew until I had to try and sell it or stop making jewelry- gasp! So I opened my Etsy shop with my fingers crossed.

Q: Are you self-taught?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade polymer clay owl beads

A: Mostly. I am very visual and have loads of books and magazines that I go to for inspiration. I am always game for experimenting with an idea and seeing where it will lead. I started out my jewelry making journey with bead weaving projects- seed beads were an inexpensive start. Then I noticed my tastes veering toward chain maille and dabbled with that until prices of silver became too high. But one magazine I came across had polymer clay projects that really captured my whimsical nature. I visited my craft store again years later and bought a rainbow of polymer clays and started to play.

Q:  Why did you choose the medium polymer clay? Are you planning to explore other materials as well in the future, like glass, ceramic or metal?

Jettabugjewelry, polymer clay squirrel bead

A: I love the feel of the polymer clay in my hands, shaping it between my fingers. It is the one medium I have tried that allows for mistakes, to reshape and try again. I sculpt and shape each bead individually, taking up to and over an hour per critter. I feel like I breathe life and personality into each piece. I am so proud of them when I place them in their box and send them off to a new home. I won’t be giving up polymer clay anytime soon!
But like most artists, I am tempted to try new things. I am very intrigued with metal clays and would love to give that a go one day if I can find a kiln to borrow. But the one thing that I really want to experiment with most is enameling. One day when the children are older I will buy a torch and some enameling powders and play.

Q: What inspires you in your work?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade polymer clay bird beads

A: Nature, texture, shapes and colors.  My grandmother loved the great outdoors. She taught me all the names of our native birds and could do their calls. I think of her every time I create a bird bead. The texture of feathers or flower petals is exciting to see come to shape in my hands. And I have had lots of wonderful suggestions from customers who inspire me to make a critter that I had not thought of before.

Q: I am curious: what does a typical day in the life of Jetta Sellers looks like?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade polymer clay bunny beads

A: Ha, ha…ever changing, patience is a must! I wake up between 5:00-5:30 and try to get as much done as possible before my children, Andregg 6, Wrenn 4, wake at 7:00. I made the huge decision to home school my son for kindergarten this year. My time creating has changed a lot. I do get to return to my work room at nap times and check my emails before heading to bed at night. I am not producing as much now but I am happy to be able to work on projects I love and spend my days seeing my children blossom. I have a very fulfilling life.

Q: There are a lot of bead and jewelry artists. Is there a particular artist you admire or who you consider a role model?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade jewelry with ceramic beads

A: Such a personal question, it makes me think of so many lovely artists inspiring and encouraging me. For polymer clay it is almost 100% Christi Friesen’s magical polymer creations. Hers was the project in that magazine long ago that caused me to buy my first block of clay- the way I approach blending my clay and the whimsical realism of my critters are inspired by her work. But never once did I think to make my polymer clay creations for my Etsy store until my good friend, Teresa Hulley of Bo Hulley Beads saw this bracelet using her beads and one of my first birdhouses. She loved it and suggested I make more and see how they do in my shop. She was also the one who said, “Let’s try birds.”
But for jewelry personal style shines through in everyone’s work. I love Anne Perry’s clean lines, Kristy Abner’s way of evoking a since of the past in her pieces, Erin Seigel’s love of fiber and Lorelei Eurto’s bold and unerring since of color, shape, form and sizing.

Q: Do you have a next goal you want to accomplish?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade polymer clay bird beads

A: My biggest goal is to streamline my time and use it more wisely to be more productive. Ideas are always swirling around in my head and making it onto paper in the form of little sketches. I plan on making jewelry on a more regular basis with my many boxes full of gorgeous artisan beads.  I am also challenging myself to make at least one polymer bead a day.

Q: If you were not a bead/jewelry artist, what would you be doing?

Jettabugjewelry, unique handmade bracelet

A: Jewelry and bead making are so a part of my daily life and such a joy to play with every spare moment. I’m not sure what I would be doing…I definitely miss working on my cross-stitch and embroidery project. But I was running out of wall space and I couldn’t wear any of them. In college I wanted to write novels and did make inroads into a manuscript. I would love to go back to it when the kids go off to collage to fill my empty nest.

Q: Do you have a life motto and if so, would you like to share this with us?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade unique jewelry

A: Keep searching until you find what you love to do, the missing puzzle piece. And then throw your whole self into it. If you love what you are doing others will, too.

Q: Do you have tips, tricks or advise you like to share with us?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade unique jewelry

A: Find friends who share your interests. There will be times when you feel stuck, lose your focus, or feel you are not good enough. My beady friends have given me advice, insight, and support that helped create a better me. And always let your instincts guide you.

 

Thank you so much for this lovely interview Jetta. I love to read how you started your business and your life motto is a very good one.

You can find Jetta Sellers’ gorgeous jewelry and beads in her etsy shop
She also has a facebook page were you can find the latest news.

And of course this interview would not be complete without a give-away.

The first give-away

Jetta is generously giving away these gorgeous critters. To be honest, I was tempted to keep these all for myself. Aren’t they just the cutest beads ever?! But I will behave so you will be able to win these.

Jettabugjewelry, give-away, handmade polymer clay beads

The second give-away

I made two bracelets with those super cute bunny beads from Jetta. The winner can choose.

1 Polar bunny

I paired the polar bunny with soft blue agate, off-white Czech glass and a handmade lampwork bead by Grace Ma in the same blue hues as the blue eyes of the bunny and the blue agate. This bracelet reminds me of the glaciers we saw in Norway.

Handmade bracelet with polymer clay bunny bead by Esfera Jewelry

Handmade bracelet with polymer clay bunny bead by Esfera jewelry

2 Spring Bunny

This cute bunny is jumping around in the woods (old Nepali Bodhi prayer beads) with some spring flowers (Ceramic bead by Golem Design Studio and glass teardrop beads by Unicorn).

Bracelet with bodhi prayer beads, ceramic, polymer clay, glass by Esfera Jewelry

 

Handmade bracelet with bodhi prayer beads, ceramic, polymer clay and glass by Esfera Jewelry

 

 

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post, to get a change to win one of these give-aways. yes, it is that easy.

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Please don’t let the captcha scare you off. It is to prevent the spam robots enter this give-away as well.

The draw will close at 10am GMT on Sunday June 8, 2014 and I will randomly select and announce the winners later that day.

The next artist in this series of interviews with Bead Artists will be Linda Newnham, well known for her beautiful lampwork beads.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope to see you next time.

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8th Bead Soup Blog Party

Unfortunately, I am having severe computer issues and have been unable to post pictures. I will try again Sunday, May 4th, if you want to check back to see what I created.

I do realize photos where to be posted by 12am.

Marianne Hurley
Posted from my iPod.

New York City Beads and Bling

JEWELRY SUPPLYS

STERLING STONE IMPORTS INC.

286 5th Avenue 1st Floor New York, New York vast selection of drilled fresh-water pearls; precious and semi-precious, glass, and shell beads; and sterling silver beads and findings  Some of the harried, very busy store personnel  can sometimes tell you what the stones are.

METALLIFEROUS

34 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036 212-944-0909, Fax 944-0644 Base Metal Catalog, Vol. 2 $4.00, New Silver Catalog $4.00, both for $7.50. Metal beads and findings: brass, copper, rich low, nickel silver, sterling silver, niobium, pewter, aluminum; sheet, wire, circles, rod, tube, stampings, machine brass parts, patterned brass strip, hoops, solders, casting alloys, enameling shapes and supplies. Although the store can get extremely busy, if you have questions about how to do something, even the most simple thing, most of the staff are very patient and willing to help out. I love this store.

MYRON TOBACK INC.

25 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036 212-398-8300, Gold, silver, and gold filled beads, beading supplies.

YORK NOVELTY IMPORTS

10 W. 37th St. New York, NY Czech seed and all other glass beads, including beads from India and Japan.

PHOENIX STONE AND BEADS IMPORT, INC.

5 West 37th Street, (btw 5th & 6th) New York,  NY 212-278-8688 wholesale. semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver and gold-filled findings, crystals, seed beads, organic beads, wood, nuts, laminated beads, horn, bone, etc.  This is a wholesale store, but they let anyone in.  If you spend $200 in one visit, they will give you a “member” card which entitles you to a 30% discount on all purchases for 1 year.  They will even apply the discount to that first $200 purchase that got you the card in the first place, so you end up spending only @$140.

BEADS WORLD

Broadway btw 37th & 38th Good selection of Swarovski, Chinese crystals, Japanese and Hong Kong seed beeds, as well as some bead strands.  Single beads, charms, and findings by the piece or multiple pricing.  Possibly the widest selection of base metal chains in the city, as well as a good selection of beading wire, leather and other cords.

Rock Star Crystal Warehouse

150 W. 28th St ,2nd fl (btw .Sixth and Seventh Aves) New York, NY 212- 675-3065 This is not exactly a jewelry supply store, but if you are looking for nice undrilled tumbled stones, or crystal points for wire wrapping, it is definitely an interesting place to visit.  They have a sister store in Park Slope, Brooklyn, as well. STONED Park Slope 82 Fifth Avenue (btw St. Marks and Prospect) Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 718-789-0595

MARGOLA CORP

48 W 37 St. New York, NY 10018 Nifty store for fans of Czech pressed glass beads.  They are the New York City supplier for Jablonex Czech glass beads.  Around since the 1960s, they have big chest-high tables (no more back-aches like you get from leaning over the beads in the Chinese stores) laden with glass beads of all sorts, arranged by color.  Under the tables there are more shelves with more beads. Buy onesies, or buy a gross of the beads you like – the prices are very friendly, and the store help is most gracious and helpful.

CJS Sales, 16 W. 36th St., 2nd floor, NYC This is a wholesale warehouse filled to the rafters with vintage beads of all sorts, Swarovskis, Japanese glass, plastic, wood, glass pearls, chain…. you name it, if you dig long enough, you may well find it.  Go there in clothes you can get dirty and carry hand cleaner – you will get dirty.  You must have a TIN to buy here.  Purchases under $100 are cash only.

TOHO SHOJI

6th Ave. btw 36th and 37th Japanese-style bead shop. Mostly deals in onesies of costume-jewelry type beads.  Staff has limited English, so don’t go there to ask how-to questions.

NEW YORK BEADS

Sixth Ave. btw  37th and 38th Sts. mostly single beads, some strands.  Higher priced than some others. Chinese proprietors do not necessarily truthfully represent what the stones are.

BEADS OF PARADISE

16 E 17th St New York, NY 10003 (212) 620-0642 Exotic beads

LEEKAN DESIGNS

4 Rivington St. New York, NY Exotic beads and other exciting things

FUN 2 BEAD

1027 Sixth Ave. New York, NY Single beads, some strands. Higher priced than some others. Chinese proprietors do not necessarily truthfully represent what the stones are.

BEADS ON FIFTH

376 5th Ave. (corner 35th) New York,  (NY) 10001 212-244-6616 Sister store to New York Beads.  Same experience.

B & Q TRIM

102 W. 38th Street Manhattan This is not a bead store, per se, but, when you enter, you will see a small assortment of beads and findings (not like you find in the Chinese bead stores, even though this is a Chinese outfit).  Walk in further, and you find strings of rhinestones (for sale by the yard), all sorts of things you might co-opt into jewelry items (or else anything else you are up to making).  At the back of the store, you find cords mixed in with yarns, lace, trims, and some other interesting things (I have to tour the whole store each time to see what new things they have, or what things I have missed previously).  The staff do speak English, so, if you can get someone’s attention, you can ask for the particular thing you are looking for and they will do their best to produce it or convince you that what they have produced is it!)  I’d say, on the whole, this is a friendly shop, with all sorts of possible jewelry-making things, with helpful but not intrusive employees. 

Elliot, Greene, and Co.

37 W. 37th Street New York, NY 10018 212-391-9075, Fax 391-9079 beads: charlotte, seed, pony, crow, 2-cuts, 3-cuts, Czech Republic glass, wood, metal, plastic, porcelain, fire-polished. Sequined and beaded appliques of all kinds .Their shipping charge is 10% of your order.

Elvee Rosenberg

11 W. 37th Street New York, NY 10018-6235 Phone 212-575-0767, Fax 212-575-0931, Toll-free 877-575-0767 fashion beads, simulated pearls, cabochons, sterling silver, and austrian crystal components and related jewelry parts. Huge collection of original vintage glass beads. . No minimum order.

MODE INTERNATIONAL INC.

5111 4 th Avenue Brooklyn , NY 11220 718-259-9224, Fax 718-259-9090, 1-800-MODE(6633)-527 Direct importer and manufacturer, Bohemian Glass, buttons, pearls, Czech glass beads, glass beaded jewelry. Strictly wholesale with a minimum $250 per order of combined merchandise.

BEADS ON 4th:  Retail outlet of Mode Internation, on the 2nd floor of the Mode International offices. No minimum required. Open Monday to Friday.

STAR GEMS & BEADS 38 West 48 Street Suite 1004 New York, NY 10036 Toll Free: 1-888-391-GEMS (4367) 212-391-7799

AURORA’S BEADS & JEWELRY DESIGN

242 E 28th St New York, NY (btw 2nd & 3rd) (212) 779 -1729

Bead House (NY) LLC

12 Rewe Street Brooklyn, NY 11211 212-714-1420

Bead House, Inc./Plastic Methods Co., Inc. 256 West 38th Street, 7th Floor New York, NY 10018 Tel: 212-714-1420

Beads and Gems International 66 W.37th St (@ Sixth Ave.) New York,  (NY) 10018 212-904-1690

Beyond Beads LLC

1204 Broadway, Ste.303 and 304 (btw 29th & 30th) New York,  (NY) 10001 212-679-3178 precious and semi precious beads and fancy cuts, fresh water pearls, sterling silver findings, chains and charms, etc.

Bruce Frank Beads

215 W. 83rd Street (off Amsterdam Ave.) New York,  NY

I liked this cozy place when I passed by there.  They have an odd assortment of onesies and strings.  Prices are high, but there are things you don’t often see – I’ve added this place to my list of places to check out when I am stuck for what to do with a particular design.

Canicas Gems, Inc.

(212) 532 6444 29 W. 30th St. 4th  fl New York NY. wholesale

Dikra Gem Inc.

56 W. 45th St, Ste 1005 New York,  (NY)

DRS Jeweler’s Department Store

56 W. 47th Street New York,  (NY) 10036 212-819-0237 800-223-8960 Tools, jewelry manufacturing supplies and accessories, findings, colored stones and beads.

Eastern Findings Corp.

116 County Courthouse Road Garden City Park,  (NY) 11040 (one block from Merillon Avenue Long Island Rail Road Station) 516-747-6640 base metal (brass, copper, etc.) beads and findings

Emaco Co., Inc. 48 W. 48th Street, Suite 600 New York,  (NY) 10036 212-382-0123 Beads, cabochons, semi-precious shaped beads.

Exquisite Beads

40A West 37th Street  (btw 5th and 6th ) New York,  NY 212-302-3332 Gemstone, semi-precious stone, freshwater pearl, m.o.p (shell), coral, turquoise, findings, gemstone jewelry.

Himalayan Crafts 2007 Broadway New York,  NY 212-787-5000 full-service bead shop specializing in antique African Trade beads.

Lavaliere Sterling and Stones, Inc.

1006 Sixth Ave. New York,  NY (between 37th and 38th) 212-278-8133

Lucky Gems and Jewelry Factory

1220 Broadway, 3rd fl. New York,  (NY) 10001 212-268-8866 Manufacturers of semi-precious stones, faceted beads and fresh water pearls.

Ross Metals

54 W. 47th Street New York, NY 212-869-1407 800-654-ROSS Wire and Plate, Castings, Findings, Solder, Chain. Probably wholesale

Shri Impex Inc

17 W 45th Street # 404 New York,  NY 212-575-0298 silver beads, gemstones, cut stones and silver jewelry –

Stone USA, Inc. 1204 Broadway Suite#301 1170 Broadway Ste 1011-1014. New York,  NY 212-447-5268 wholesale

Taj Co. 42 W. 48th Street, Room 203 New York,  NY 10036 212-944-6330 Beads, semi-precious beads, precious gems.