Q: So this necklace you’re wearing right now, did you make the chain for that, too?
A: Yes, this is a hand-woven chain that I make a lot of. That and beads. I use a lot of beads also.
Q: Does it take a long time to make a hand-woven chain like that?
A: Yes, yes, it does. Three feet of wire makes one inch of chain. So it takes a while. But that’s something that I do as I sit and watch TV or listening to TV or riding in the car. It’s just something on our New Mexico trips — that’s what I do.
Q: Is their a learning curve for creating jewelry?
A: Yes, there was for me because I had never dealt with a torch fire. And it was pretty scary. I owned my own torch for about a year and a half before I ever turned it on at home. I want my teacher here with me before I blow this up. [laughing]
No, really, it’s scary. It was to me. All of the medium is totally different than oil painting or watercolor or whatever else there is. I’ve melted a few things that I didn’t intend to. There is a definite learning curve.
Q: Was that nerve-wracking for you?
A: Yes, for me. It was stressful just because I’m old and I want to do it perfect the first time and that doesn’t always happen.
Q: Well, I’m not old and I want to do it perfect the first time, too. [laughing]
A: But you’d think as old as I am I ought to know. [laughing]
Q: When you’re creating jewelry do you know if you’ll be keeping them or selling them?