Hi, My name is Phyllis Barber and I am the BeadWizzard. I have been collecting and working with beads since I was a little girl. I have always been fascinated by stones of all kinds, even the big ones called Rocks!! I started my love of beading with Indian patterns, culture and their jewelry. This led me into making free style beaded earrings, headbands and wire jewelry in the days of the hippies, starting in 1966. I worked with leather, seed beads, charms and wire forms.
I got older, I graduated into semi-precious gem stones, loom work and
wire wrapping. I experimented with both gold and silver wire, copper,
stainless steel and galvanized wire to get different finishes and designs.
I flattened the wire, and polished it. Pretty soon, I had so many
pairs of earrings, bracelets and necklaces that I went on the craft show
circuit in Michigan. I enjoyed the weekend shows, taking my sister or
my daughter with me to help with setup, tear down and sales. But,
I lost my way for some years when the computer took over my life!!!