About

About, me, Irene Beattie.
Here is the link to Irene’s Jewelry, Etc. ; my page where you can check out my jewelry and even purchase it, if that is of interest.

Jewelry Background: Despite, being drawn to jewelry, colored rocks and shiny objects since childhood; I didn’t make jewelry until 1994. A friend gave me a pair of seed bead earrings she had made. I was so excited that I was determined to make my own earrings. I was out searching the Austin bead shops for twisted bugle beads, when I happened upon an Austin Bead Show. Oh my, oh my! As they say, the rest is history. I am largely self-taught. I have learned from failed experiments, books, other beaders and the internet. In addition, I have completed a informal silver fabrication class and a stone setting class at Austin Community College. I now have a glass kiln and love making fused glass beads, pendants and earrings. Dichroic glass is beautiful. Way fun!

Other parts of my life: My official career was working in the high tech industry as an electrical engineer. Treatment for breast cancer in 2003, (in remission) and the effects of my treatment, made me rethink my priorities. Although engineering had treated me well; a change was due. In fall 2004, Irene’s Jewelry, Etc. was born. Life is too short, not to spend it doing things you love. I became more active in my church including serving on the board and as a Stephen Minister. (Stephen Ministers provide listening and care for people going through a crisis or change.) My husband Ed, also retired, and I did a bit of travel. (Israel, and we drove to Alaska in 2007) It turns out retirement and travel were good choices, because at the end of 2008 I was diagnosed with an aggressive leukemia (AML). I had a bone marrow transplant in May 2009. After a long recovery things are well. Hobbies include cooking, books, photography, knitting, crocheting, and rubber stamping/paper crafts. Ed & I are amateur (ham) radio operators, N5KZW & KA5DYF respectively. We have a adult son, Ben, and a very precocious mini-dachshund named Zena.

That's me, Irene, wearing a necklace I have made.

That’s me, Irene, wearing a necklace I have made.

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Fun with Jewelry glass fusing, wire, stringing and life here on the hill.