Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Artisan: Lucky Sea Glass Jewelry



Meet Jean our Saturday Artisan this week. She is the amazing artist of Lucky Sea Glass Jewelry. It is such a pleasure to feature an artist who specializes in Sea Glasses, and made them into beautiful jewelries. Jean can be found on FB and Blogger.


Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?

After retiring as a licensed school psychologist for many years, I am now able to pursue my passions of beachcombing for sea glass, traveling, and creating beautiful sea glass jewelry designs. In the past, I have knitted and crocheted, painted, and did various crafts, but for almost ten years I have been totally focused on designing and creating sea glass jewelry. 

 



What is the story behind your shop name?  

Sea glass is becoming a rare find. While there are many man-made, faux look-alikes, genuine sea glass is only found on beaches where it has been tossed by the waves. Therefore, it is a lucky find!

Also, some of my customers feel that wearing a piece of Lucky Sea Glass has brought them good luck I put some of their stories on my website.

Sea glass has brought me good luck also, in that I have discovered a passion that brings me and others pleasure, have learned new skills, and have met others through our common love of sea glass.

So, Lucky Sea Glass Jewelry has brought a lot of good luck!

 



Who is your target market?

Men and women who enjoy jewelry, ecological materials, and unique designs.

 



Which part of creation process that you enjoy the most?

I love the challenge of working with a piece of gem quality sea glass to bring out its beauty. I often experiment with new wire working techniques and I enjoy learning new ones frequently. When I was in Greece a number of years ago, I saw wire crocheted designs, and I have used wire crochet techniques with some of my sea glass jewelry.

 





Could you share on how your organize your products, we all can use a little tips here and there in this department?

I keep a spreadsheet on the computer, so I can keep track of the designs, where they are and when they sold, etc. Before that, I had a notebook, but it became too complicated to keep track of it all, as I started selling in shops as well as online.

 



What is your best seller?

My necklaces are probably the best sellers. Each one is one of a kind. The earrings also are popular, but I don't make as many, since it is hard to find two pieces of sea glass that are well matched.



 





What inspires you?

Nature, art, the sea glass itself, traveling and seeing other cultures.

 



What is your goal for 2014?  

My goal is to be able to increase my skills as a jewelry designer/creator and to expand my audience. I am looking forward to traveling, too.

 





Saving money is important; tell us one thing that you do to save money?

Buy supplies online with discounts.

Enjoy 15% off of any item when you become a facebook fan of Lucky Sea Glass.

 

Would you like to be featured as a Saturday Artisan and sponsor a giveaway? Here is how to apply.



 

67 comments:

  1. Beautiful pieces Jean! I have always loved sea glass.

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    1. Thank you Melanie. I truly have a passion for sea glass-- and love collecting it and creating beautiful jewelry with it!

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  2. Your pieces are beautiful. When did you decide to work with a sea glass medium"?

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    1. It is kind of a funny story. I learned about sea glass when my book club read a novel called Sea Glass. After that, I started collecting it whenever I could, then started creating my designs, received some support from shops, friends, and others who enjoyed my designs, started the website, and voila -- here I am seven years later!

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  3. Beautiful. What is your dream piece you have not attempted?

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    1. Haven't really thought about that. I did recently start creating hangings -- I have a lovely fish design at my kitchen window with sea glass scales and a pearl and shell eye! And, I did make some Christmas tree ornaments -- people bought them to wear as pendants!! So, maybe I will work on creating a whale or dolphin design because I saw some amazing dolphins in South America recently.

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  4. I would love to know which kinds of jewelry are her favorite to make? (Taj Kingston)

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    1. I enjoy the challenge of creating new designs all the time! Whether it is a ring, necklace, bracelet, barrette, or pin -- I love trying to create something beautiful with the sea glass that is artistic and wearable! The sea glass has a special glow and aura that I love. When I wore my green sea glass ring in China at a jade jewelry store, the salesmen gathered around me and asked me where I had purchased my ring. They thought it was jade!

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  5. So pretty , how do you clean the sea glass.
    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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    1. I simply use detergent and water -- nothing harsh. Some people add vinegar to the water. If you want a shine, just dab a little baby oil on a cloth, and carefully wipe the sea glass.

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  6. I absolutely love your jewelry! It is so gorgeous and creative!

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    1. Thank you so much Jasanna. Please remember that my Facebook fans receive 15% off at the Store on the page. Good luck to you!

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  7. Your pieces are so beautiful, what inspires you?

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    1. Literally, the sea glass itself, my travels, even my daughter's pet dachshund! I love the challenge of learning new techniques and then trying them out on my designs. Sometimes, I just go with the flow -- but each piece is unique.

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  8. i was going to ask what inspires you, but thats already been covered! so, what time of day do you work best? morning or evening?

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    1. Hmmm. I think I work best in the afternoon! It varies, of course, if I get involved in a piece, the time escapes me.

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  9. My question was already asked. I just love your pieces! They're beautiful. And I love the story about your shop name! It's brilliant!

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  10. I love sea glass and wire wrapped pendants made from sea glass. I'm always amazed at how folks can take a found object and create a beautiful piece of art, Happy hunting for more sea glass!

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  11. Great interview and what amazing pieces she makes!

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    1. Thank you so much. I love creating the designs and am always happy when someone likes them!

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  12. Do you cut the glass into smaller pieces or do you always use them the way you found them?

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    1. I only use natural, genuine beachcombed sea glass. I don't alter it except for sometimes drilling a small hole. But, usually, I just work with the sea glass as it is and wire wrap.

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  13. Your jewelry is gorgeous, love everything :)

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate your support and hope you get a piece of Lucky Sea Glass sometime.

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  14. Your jewelry is so unique and very beautiful. Excellent work. Do you make everything yourself?

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I am a one woman show. I find the sea glass, design the jewelry, and create it, photograph it, and hopefully sell it!

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  15. I love the look of sea glass, but have never been fortunate to find any whenever I'm at a beach. That's impressive that you can find all those pieces.

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    1. It can be frustrating at times -- there are places where I have walked a lot and found nothing. But, keep on trying. It is addictive!

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  16. Do you live near a beach? You must to be able to find all that beautiful sea glass! Your jewelry is beautiful.

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    1. Actually, no. But, I do travel extensively around the world -- and always look for sea glass. I am very lucky, I feel to be able to pursue my passions for sea glass, travel, and jewelry.

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  17. I think your pieces are really beautiful and unique and there are so many that I would love to have to give as gifts.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  18. I love your jewelry Jean. Everything is so beautiful!

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  19. Very interesting interview, Nat. Thanks for sharing this jewelry artisan with us.
    Anna

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  20. I love your jewelry, they are breathtaking. My wife is a very 'earthy' type and I know she would LOVE your creations. Honestly there isn't anything on your site that isn't beautiful. You should be proud. I plan on making a purchase. :D

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    1. Thank you so much. Quite a few of my customers are men purchasing for their wives! And they let me know that their wives are happy with their purchase. (Check out the review on my Storenvy site by Wayne) Please let me know if you have any questions -- my email is seaglassluck@hotmail.com

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  21. Fascinating interview and wonderful creations from an obviously talented artist. Congratulations on finding your passion in creating with sea glass.

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  22. I am so enchanted with your jewelry! What a unique and beautiful vision you have.

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  23. I love your unique jewelry. Do you have a favorite piece of sea glass jewelry you made? If so, what color sea glass, what kind of jewelry did you make with it, and where was the sea glass found?

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  24. Thank you. I actually have a number of pieces that I love, and it has been hard to part with some of them! I have a couple of pieces from Antarctica that are special to me because of that wonderful trip, and I love to wear my sea glass and rubies necklace ( I made another one to sell). I enjoy wearing my logo sea glass earrings, too. I often receive compliments as I wear a piece of Lucky Sea Glass every day, just for good luck!!

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  25. I have such great memories looking for sea glass on the beach! i absolutely love it. i still look every time. your pieces are beautiful!

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  26. I'm on the Jersey shore and never noticed sea glass. How hard is it for you to get?

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  27. These are so beautiful! In addition to picking out nice glass samples, you really have good taste in making stunning jewelry!
    Miz Vickik

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  28. Are there any places in the world you would like to go to find some sea glass that you have not traveled to yet?
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Yes. I would love to travel along the Adriatic coast, also England's coast, and lots of other places!

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  29. I wonder if the smaller pieces are harder for you to use

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    1. Not really. They are good for earrings or smaller pendants or rings.

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  30. I LOVE seaglass and I sure could use some good luck...lol. Lovely pieces you have made!
    via Rhonda W G.

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  31. how do you find the seaglass??

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  32. The pieces are gorgeous, I have always loved sea glass, where and when did your love for it and crafting start I wonder? :)

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  33. these are so pretty I love sea glass we think we found a couple of pieces here in florida where we live in the holmes beach area .. where do you find pieces like this in Florida??

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    1. I have not found much sea glass in florida, other than Amelia Island. I've searched on both coasts! Next time I am there, I will try Holmes Beach!

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  34. Many of the pieces I have had the honor of viewing are very beautiful, and the elite groups of others I am sure are honored as well! The beauty that is brought on by the creative mind is nothing compared to the art that is done through the use of the hands! This particular trade is ever so admirable, for you see, I was injured in an accident where I suffered (presently) with a condition known as RSD / CRPS and I dont have the use of my right upper extremity (arm / hand). This was caused by an accident where as I was walking, I was injured by a driver that had no insurance and have been stuck paying back medical and every day bills - instead of having the honor of getting something for holidays & / or birthdays!

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  35. so incredibly beautiful and rustic - sea glass is way underrated in its beauty and artistic presentation.

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  36. she already answered my question - was wondering if she cut any of her pieces

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  37. How do you decide what the glass pieces will become?

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  38. Id like to know if its possible to date seaglass and what is the most unique piece youve found.

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    1. Yes -- a good resource is Pure Sea Glass by Richard LaMotte. If you want a cheaper alternative to this book, try the Identification Deck of cards, based on the book. I am just suggesting this -- no commission or anything --

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  39. I just want to say, you do fantastic work of turning a piece of beautiful sea glass into stunning jewelry!
    I absolutely love the obvious attention that goes into creating each piece.
    I want to wear your gorgeous, unique jewelry!

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    1. thank you again, Cassandra. I do appreciate your interest and hope you will find a piece that "speaks" to you. Many of my customers are repeat customers, year after year!

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  40. Thanks Jean! I love sea glass. It is so pretty and beachy. You make some beautiful pieces.

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  41. I love your beautiful jewelry. Where do you get the ideas for your designs?

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    1. thanks, Buddy. The creative process is a mystery to me! Sometimes, I am inspired by the sea glass itself, other times just random things like nature, animals, spiritual feelings.... it varies. My designs are all originals, one of a kind, handmade by me.

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  42. Where do you make your beautiful jewelry? Do you have any quirks that help you get into that creative space while making jewelry (i.e. playing certain music)?

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  43. Your work is amazing. What is your inspiration?

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