I had to come up with gifts for my girlfriends at Christmas and had no money to buy a thing. I was 13 years old. What to do? What to do? Somehow for some odd reason known only to myself I had saved the turkey wishbones from feasts in the past. Turkey wishbones? Could I make these into necklaces? Hmmm.....metallic gold paint.....hmmmm. Yup, I painted those suckers ever so carefully, drilled a hole in the top part of the bone , used a ribbon and lo and behold: necklaces!!! Yes indeedy! I gave these as gifts that year and had one for myself. I think my friends thought that I was cccrrrraaaaaazzzzyyyy! I thought it was clever and cheap. And that is how it all started.
Then I noticed that I had some turquoise nuggets! Which I promptly wrapped in silver wire (it was cheap then and Tandy was the only craft place in town) Wish I could find that nugget today! I know it is somewhere in this house - I never threw anything out.
So then I went on to scavenge sea glass, now mind you this was in the early 60's! And there was lots out on the beach when I was 15. These were wrapped in copper wire. And pebbles became pins.
Finally, I moved on to sea shells and making earrings for everyone and myself. I was an earring hog!
The discovery of polymer clay lead me to making some awful stuff! And my mother wore them! But not all.
I continued making earrings, but it just didn't feel creative enough. I needed something hands on, so I took a metalsmithing class last year and this was my first piece
That did it I was hooked on metal!