Caron is another talented fellow Aussie bead artist that I’ve met through the Starving Jewelry Artist Forum.
She specialises in semi-precious stone & wire work pieces.
All of her designs are quite unique & incredibly eye-catching.
Caron agreed to go under the spotlight…
NAME: Caron Reid (aka BeadSire)
HOMETOWN: Brisbane, Australia
1) What time of day are you at your creative best?
I love to sit down in the evening when everything has settled down for the day and have some “me” time – doesn’t happen on a regular occurrence but when it does and I’m on a roll – I have been known to stay up all night!
2) Where do you find your inspiration? Do you have any ‘rituals’ to help put you in the creative state-of-mind?
I like to work around a pendant – usually something I’ve created from a piece of stone and building on from there. The colour and the texture will inspire me to design something unique to that piece of stone, the whole necklace will flow on from there.
3) How do you squeeze crafting into your busy life?
It’s not easy to find the time, but recently my daughter has started to bead as well, she is designing a children’s range of bracelets and sells them at my stall at the farmers markets, so on a Sunday afternoon we will sit down on the lounge room floor and use the time to spend it together beading and talking. It’s a great combination and very relaxing.
4) What are you working on now?
I have a number of works in progress as well as unfinished objects (UFO’s). Mostly the pendants have been created and I need to make the chain to finish the piece off – one is a pearl shell coiled wrapped in wire and another is quartz glass pendant (pics attached). I’ve also started to create a few pendants for my Etsy shop which I hope to have up and running shortly.
5) What three tools could you not live without?
My round nose pliers, bent nose pliers and wire cutters – they are the three basic tools of wirework and with them you can do anything!
Have a look at Caron’s website, or if you should be at the Mitchelton Farmers Markets or the St Williams Catholic Church Art & Craft Markets – Brisbane – see if you can find her and say hello.