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Upcycled 1970s Shell Necklace

Quirky SuZ designs | Eagle Rock MO

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I challenged myself to make two dozen necklaces using only materials that I had on hand. I pulled boxes of beads, stones, fibers & recycled jewelry off of the shelves & quickly realized that I could make more than 24 necklaces! But, wisdom told me to slow down!

I grouped pieces together and wound up with several piles of related items.

The cards have information on the back listing the types of fibers used to make the cords & the country of production. It’s amazing what a variety of things can be used to make yarn!

The shells came from a necklace I found at a thrift store in Rogers. Very large acrylic beads & shells glued together & dyed wasn’t a good look so I was happy to take it apart!

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Maker

Suzanne M Miner

Business

Quirky SuZ designs

City

Eagle Rock MO

Website

http://www.quirkysuz.com

Bio

Quirky SuZ is the result of many creative ventures throughout my life. My parents encouraged all of their children to be adventurous and share their talents. I don’t remember any phase of my life when I didn’t have some kind of creative outlet.

I moved to the Ozarks in grade school and down to the borderlands after college. Yes, love was involved! After a few years of odd jobs, I became a high school teacher. For thirty years, I taught United States History, geography, and all other Social Studies subjects at Berryville High School. Teaching, sponsoring Student Council, and coaching Quiz Bowl kept me busy at school. I enjoyed decorating my classroom each year and always tried to make the displays attractive, motivational, and educational.

Through the years, I kept doing creative activities and enjoyed learning new skills. Daily work outfits often included jewelry and clothes that I made. Retirement allows me to spend many happy hours in my studio creating wonderful things to share.

My studio is Iris Cottage. It is a wonderful place to spend time and I am so fortunate to have a dedicated creative space!