Recently featured in several national magazines across the country, self-taught bead artist Beth Moser, of Williamsport, has been designing jewelry for more than 18 years.
An expression of herself and inspired by nature, Moser's one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry has been featured in Step-By-Step Beading Magazine Jan/Feb. 2010, The Best of the Best Step-by-Step Beads Magazine 2010 and Beadwork Magazine, August 2010.
Moser, who refers to her pieces as wearable art, said she has been handcrafting jewelry since she was a freshman in college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She very rarely duplicates pieces and said she got her initial start by stringing different colored beads for various sororities and fraternities.
"They appreciated my work and that inspired me," she said.
Although she sites turquoise as her favorite material to work with, Moser said she is always experimenting with different combinations of shells, glass accent beads, crystals and colors. Moser also utilizes various gemstones in her creations and very rarely do two pieces resemble one another.
"I like to think outside the box in regard to my designs," she said. "When I do, it usually works out well."
Moser produces a wide array of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings, and said her favorite type of jewelry to make are pieces that feature bead embroidery, which is a tedious process that takes hours of work in order to produce a beaded visual image. She said her favorite part of the process is crafting the piece and having it turn out exactly how she imagined it.
Her pieces are moderately priced and range from $25 to $149. Most cost less than $50.
One piece Moser is particularly proud of is a beaded flower lay bracelet with pearls. The piece contains 32 flowers that are all individually beaded and coordinated by color. Each flower is etched with sparkley lilac beads to add texture and between each flower is a lilac-colored freshwater pearl.
Another piece of jewelry that has caught the eye of many is Moser's sunburst beaded bracelets. She stitches each sunburst with different colored seed beads and silver- lined bugle beads. The bracelets are very lightweight and comfortable to wear and also come in various colors. Each sunburst features a colored freshwater pearl and has two grey Swarovski crystals on the toggle clasp.
According to Moser, each piece in her collection takes anywhere from half an hour to two weeks to complete, depending upon the design.
To ensure her jewelry is of the highest quality, Moser hand-picks the materials she works with. A trip she looks forward to each year is Bead Fest in Philadelphia. Bead Fest is the largest bead and jewelry show on the East Coast and houses hundreds of vendors and exhibitors.
"It's the coolest and most amazing place," she said. "... and it affords me the opportunity to hand-pick all of my materials."
In addition to crafting jewelry, future goals Moser hopes to accomplish are writing a design book and exploring the possibility of producing more men's jewelry.
The creative mother of three isn't the only artist in the family either. Her husband, Christopher, is a painter who specializes in acrylics and sons Landon, Connor and Drew also have shown an interest in the arts.
Setting the trend and taking her beadwork to new heights, Moser's jewelry is unique, colorful, bold and creative; suitable for any age and attire. Her jewelry will be on display from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 at Christ Episcopal Church, 426 Mulberry St.
Moser's pieces are available at Marc Williams Goldsmith, 430 William St., and 213 Market St., Lewisburg. To order online, visit www.designsbybinah.etsy.com. For additional information, contact Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 220-6248.