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MSchindel is the “Bangles, Baubles and Beads” Contributor on Squidoo

mschindelToday we’re pleased to introduce you to MSchindel. She’s our “Bangles, Baubles and Beads” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
I’m really excited to be Squidoo’s new “Bangles, Baubles and Beads” contributor! I’ve loved jewelry – and jewelry making – for as long as I can remember. I adore learning new jewelry making techniques and exploring different jewelry making materials as well as sharing what I’ve learned with others and helping them succeed with their jewelry projects. I’ve already built a widely used library of articles on making metal clay jewelry, and I’m looking forward to expanding my library of jewelry making articles to include many different types of materials, techniques, and projects.

I will be building this niche with valuable content for both new and experienced jewelry makers. One of the first things I plan to work on is creating a series of jewelry making projects that are elegant and eye-catching enough that even experienced jewelry makers will want to create them, and also easy enough for beginners to make. I’ll be providing detailed, step-by-step directions with lots of photos and sprinkling in some professional jewelry making tips to help ensure terrific results. The first of these is my Romantic Queen of Hearts Earrings Project . I’ve also written an article on Jewelry Making with Vintage Beads and Jewelry Supplies that includes not only my favorite sources for those materials but also links to some of my favorite beaded jewelry making tutorials.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
As I said, I’ve always adored jewelry! My mom had an awesome jewelry collection, and many of the pieces were gifts from my dad over the years. I first fell in love with making jewelry as a girl after my parents came back from Italy with some gorgeous lampworked Venetian glass bead necklaces. My mom took them apart, combined the Venetian beads with less expensive beads from her local bead and crafts stores and restrung them to make her own one-of-a-kind opera-length necklaces. She let me pick out some of the beads and showed me how to string them and finish a necklace (or maybe it was a bracelet?) of my own. Immediately I was bitten by the jewelry making bug, and many years later as an adult I took a one-day class in bead stringing, started reading and watching everything I could find about making beaded jewelry, began collecting vintage glass and crystal beads, and fell even deeper in love with jewelry making. When friends and colleagues at work started trying to buy my jewelry right off my body, I started designing and making one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry professionally. Later on I discovered metal clay, and that, too, was love at first try. It expanded my jewelry making options enormously. I’ve since added polymer clay and resin to my jewelry making repertoire, as well as some basic silversmithing techniques. My house is overflowing with all my jewelry making stuff! Thank goodness I have a very tolerant and supportive husband. :)

Who had the most influence in your life?

I’ve been extremely blessed to have had many important influencers in my life, including amazing personal and professional mentors. My wonderful parents definitely top that list.

You’ll also find MSchindel at the following sites:
Jewelry Making Techniques
Jewelry Design and Jewelry Making Projects, Techniques and Tutorials at Pinterest

MSchindel invites you to stop by and share a review at her Review Your Favorite Bead Storage Solutions .

Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • RenaissanceWoman2010

    I love that your mom encouraged your jewelry making and creativity by sharing those special Venetian beads with you. We are so fortunate to have your talent here in our midst. Wish we were neighbors. Would love to be your apprentice.

    • MSchindel

      Diana dear, you are such a gem! I wish we lived closer too, my friend. We could trade apprenticeships. <3

  • DaisyDixon

    I bet the venetian glass beads from Italy were beautiful! I can really tell by reading this that you are very passionate about jewelry making! I love to buy broken vintage jewelry lots off of Ebay, I find so many neat pieces to work with and they’re usually fairly cheap. I too love this hobby, I just haven’t found the time lately- but when I do I’ll definitely be stopping by your neck of the woods!

    • MSchindel

      Thanks very much, Daisy! I still have a handful of my mom’s (now vintage) Venetian glass beads in my private stash and I cherish them. Looking forward to having you join me on my “Bangles, Baubles and Beads” journey! :)

  • AlleyCatLane

    Perfect person for this niche! I know it will be one of the best topics on Squidoo with you at the helm.

    • MSchindel

      Wow, thanks so much for that awesome compliment, Carolyn! You really made my day. :)

  • DaveStone13

    Born for an into it, Margaret. You’ll make something wonderful of this.

    • MSchindel

      Thanks so much, Dave. I am grateful, as always, for your kind and enthusiastic support of my efforts, my friend!

  • CherylFay

    Such a fun niche. Your a perfect fit! I’ll be sure to stop by for those tutorials of what you. I already seen those adorable Queen of heart earrings. Loved them.

    • MSchindel

      Thank you, Cheryl! It IS a really fun niche, and something I just adore doing and writing about. So glad you loved my Queen of Hearts earrings project for Valentine’s Day! :D

  • Brite-Ideas

    Margaret, what a wonderful interview, I enjoyed reading it – I can just picture you with your mom learning to string jewelry from her (a treasured mother daughter time I’m sure). Love how you said you knew you had something when people started trying to buy your jewelry right off your body, lol (quite a compliment to your talents) – your pieces are very beautiful, and although making jewelry isn’t my particular area, I’m in awe with what you’ve made! It’s stunning. Congratulations on heading this area up…you’re the ideal person for it, and I’ll be reading and following all your works!

    • MSchindel

      Barbara dear, thank you so much for your wonderful response to my interview! As you know, I am in awe of your online marketing knowledge and am learning so much from you. I am truly grateful for your friendship and support.

  • Sylvestermouse

    You are truly the perfect Bangles, Baubles & Beads Contributor! Many times I have looked at your jewelry lenses and admired your work!

    • MSchindel

      Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment, Cynthia dear!

  • nancycarol

    Congratulations Margaret for your spotlight as Contributor for Bangles, Baubles and Beads. I can’t think of anyone more deserving!

    • MSchindel

      Nancy dear, you are always so wonderfully supportive! Thanks so much for your lovely words.

  • grammieo

    Mom’s who see a developing talent or interest in their daughters do well to encourage that interest and passion. Sometimes it starts with just a bead!

    • MSchindel

      I couldn’t agree more! The love for beads and jewelry making that my mom instilled in me was a gift that has kept on giving for many decades!

  • kinworm

    You are genuinely blessed with a talent for jewelry making, Margaret, and your passion and enthusiasm for your topic is going to inspire many other people to take up this craft too. Congratulations :)

    • MSchindel

      Thank you so much for your very kind words and ongoing support and encouragement, Marie! That’s exactly what I’m hoping to do. :)

  • teriann

    It’s amazing how these little things, called beads, create such a huge impact in our life. Glad you got bit by the beading bug and are here to share with us. Congrats on your new venture as contributor with Squidoo. Look fwd to seeing more.

    • MSchindel

      Thanks so much, Teri! Between the two of us, we’ll spread the beading bug and make it totally viral, my friend. :)

  • Mickie_G

    I have always wanted to learn good jewelry making techniques. Now I know where to look!

    • MSchindel

      Thanks so much, Mickie! I’ve got a lot of great tutorials, resources and articles planned to share. :)

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  • cassandra-r-roberson

    I have only seen one of your lens about making earrings and I can tell you it is fantastic and very informational. You have a wonderful talent and you explain things right down to the very smallest detail and I really like that. Congratulation on being the “Bangles, Baubles and Beads” contributor on Squidoo. I think it is just fantastic. Have a blessed evening. <3

  • aswaha yah

    for this niche! You
    are going to make some
    thing amazing
    of this.

  • adventuretravelshop

    Great niche -yuor work is very beautiful and interesting. Good luck with all you do.

  • adventuretravelshop

    Great niche -yuor work is very beautiful and interesting. Good luck with all you do.

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