I started making jewelry for myself, after I bough a couple of necklaces on the norwegian equivalent of Etsy. I was so dissapointed when I received the items. They were not at all how I had envisioned them to be from the photos I had seen. And I was struck how easy they were to make. Neither necklace was expensive, but it was no more work then to apply a small focal to a premade chain with clasp. I can do this I thought to myself. So I did.
I like to see where the real craft is visible in any piece I make now, which is why I am constantly learning new techniques and trying to hone them. Not only in applying beads on a string, but that it involves at least a tiny bit of skill. Often struggling, seldom satisfied – but in this hobby the journey is truly the most important part of it.