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Mich L. in L.A.

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Michelle L.
Los Angeles
Jewelry Designer, Vintage Treasure Hunter.

When did you first start making jewelry and how did you learn?

About 6 years ago, I bought a beginner's how-to-make-beaded-jewelry book and followed the instructions. Then became obsessed with trying new techniques and weird ideas that popped into my head. And somehow I just haven't stopped.

Can you remember the first piece you made?

It was a strange, lopsided Fimo clay pendant, with little metal flowers glued on...held together with aluminum duct tape. I still have it and wear it all the time. The tape is still holding, too!

Where do you look for inspiration?

Dollar stores! Yard sales and charity shops. Also, I do lots of construction and building restoration work, so I love to find cool little mystery items in hardware, plumbing and electrical stores.

What's your craft space like and how do you organize your supplies?

I work at an antique desk that belonged to my great-grandmother - it's a small workspace, but jewelry is a small craft. Organize my supplies? I have never used those three words together in the same sentence.

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to craft along to?

Spanish-language telenovelas (while trying to learn to speak Spanish).

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I've tried fusing glass for pendants, and have also done leaded stained glass for houses I've helped restore. My favorite hobby is hunting for weird or beautiful vintage objects of desire - some to keep, some to sell online.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I'm not what you'd call a patient person - so no long-drawn-out, detailed crafts for me. No quilts, no basket weaving. No elaborate seed-beaded statement necklaces. I love shortcuts and super quick crafts, and that's what I try to design and showcase on my blog. My favorite thing is getting people hooked on making their own jewelry, and the best way I know is to convince them it's wicked simple, and they can absolutely do it themselves!

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Project Runway
The Green Pajamas (psychedelic, angst-ridden indie pop from my hometown, Seattle)
Toy Story
anything by Georgette Heyer
Craft Supply
anything hardware; anything plastic and colorful that isn't actually meant to be a craft supply
Craft Tool
a skinny metal poker for melting holes in plastic