Jewelry has always held a magical fascination for me for as long as I can remember. I feel very lucky to be able to combine my 3 greatest passions: beautifully crafted jewelry, writing and teaching.
My jewelry-making career started in 2001 when I took a silversmithing course at my local college. After qualifying, I abandoned a career teaching modern languages in high school and established my on-line business Martic Jewellery supplying boutiques, selling at craft fairs and home events. Branching out into bridal jewelry was very successful and made me discover a true vocation for wire work.
Once a teacher always a teacher… I joined the website jewelrylessons.com founded by Eni Oken as a teacher right from its inception in 2006 and continued to post tutorials there until its sad demise in June 2016.
I only ever entered one jewelry competition and to my surprise won first prize for wirework ! This was in 2009 and run by the British magazine Beads& Beyond (Traplet publications). Apart from the fantastic parcel of goodies that went with the prize I was asked to become their resident wirework expert. I contributed a 5 page project every month for over 3 years, writing 2000 words and supplying all the process photos.
Writing for a magazine requires a great deal of discipline in word count, accuracy, formatting, meeting deadlines, not to mention having to dream up a new design every 30 days!
In 2011, I was approached by Kalmbach Books (publishers of Beads & Buttons magazine) to write the Wire Jewelry book in their 6 books series: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide and in 2012 “The Absolute Beginner’s Guide: Making Wire Jewelry” was published. It has now been re-printed 3 times.
This is a new phase in my career, I intend to develop this site as a learning resource for jewelry-makers everywhere. Many resources will be free but I do need to make a living so the more elaborate tutorials, e-books and courses that you will find on this site will have to be paid for but I guarantee that all will be excellent quality.