How I Started

This is the first piece of jewelry I made (as an adult, anyway). This was in about August of 2007. I was quite pregnant with my youngest kiddo (hence the binky charm). I was invited by my neighbor to come play in her gemstone and silver beads. Running my fingers through that mixed box of catch-alls was so meditative . . . cathartic . . . enthralling. I was transported back to my childhood memories of searching for seashells and sharks’ teeth on the beach. How often had I sat and run my fingers through little treasure boxes filed with my finds?

That was it. Full stop. I was instantly hooked on a medium that was tactile, colorful, rooted in eons of human expression, and absolutely unlimited in skills to be learned.


Heidi Kingman