Q&A with Stephanie Poo: Creating custom jewelry

September 3, 2011 — by Cecilia Hollenhorst

Designing jewelry comes naturally to senior Stephanie Poo, who has sold original jewelry designs and custom-made pieces for three years. She answered a few questions for the Falcon:

Designing jewelry comes naturally to senior Stephanie Poo, who has sold original jewelry designs and custom-made pieces for three years. She answered a few questions for the Falcon:

How did you get started making jewelry?

I started when my sister received a beading kit for her birthday but never used it, so she gave it to me. I learned the basics from books and a brief lesson from my eighth grade art teacher.

What types of designs do you have?

I use mainly Swarovski crystal beads, pearls, and a great variety of chain. Recently I have been adding bows to my designs.

When did you start selling your pieces?

I started selling my jewelry after my mother wore a necklace I gave to her for her birthday at a meeting. After that, I started a blog (peachsmoothies.tumblr.com) and since then sales transactions have become much easier. I don’t have enough time to make as many things as I wish I could but if anyone has any requests, I am more than happy to comply.

How much do you usually charge?

The prices vary between $7-15. Earrings tend to cost less than necklaces, but it really depends on the materials used in that particular piece.

Do you plan on continuing making jewelry after high school?

As long as I am able to afford the materials, I think I will continue.

What is your favorite thing about making jewelry?

When I see someone else wearing something I made, making jewelry feels especially rewarding.

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