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Halcraft Collection is excited to announce our November 2020 Spotlight Designer is Vicky Aleman of Kikita Blue Designs. She is a magician with wire and magically wraps Czech glass & stones into creative, exciting designs. Her style intertwines colors, textures, and techniques to form exquisite one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Read on to learn more about Vicky and her blingtastic designs featuring Bead Gallery® beads, pendants, and charms by HalcraftCollection.com

¿Cuándo empezaste a rebordear? Cuéntanos acerca de tí.
My beading obsession started as a young girl. My auntie gave me a beautiful and shiny beaded bracelet, and I was fascinated by the beads. During my school-age years, I had a little beading kit and created baubles for my BFF! Anything sparkly has always drawn me in! This was just the beginning of my passion for jewelry making. I have always given away bracelets to friends and family for gifts. During my adulthood, I had to set aside my beading for work, marriage, and kids. In 2011 I started creating again, but this time as a form of therapy. I lost my identity when I became a full-time mom and wife. During this time, I had no job and no salary. I wandered into a bead store and purchased a kit to make earrings. This was my first step to leading me back to my passion for creating jewelry.






Cuéntanos sobre tu negocio de joyería.
My jewelry business is called Kikita Blue Designs. When I first started designing, I created for my family and friends only. They convinced me to start selling my jewelry, and I decided it was time to open a window into the retail world. The new market is selling your wares virtually. So I created a business Instagram account (Kikita_blue), opened a Facebook account (Kikita Blue's Designs) and an Etsy account (Kikitabluedesigns) all in 2018.


¿Cuál es tu proyecto favorito que has terminado recientemente y por qué es tu favorito?
I love everything I created this past year. I believe I challenged myself, pushed myself out of the box, and successfully grew. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be my Agate necklace! This design has many details and beautiful beads. This piece of art makes a statement. It features a big agate stone beautifully wrapped in Czech glass beads and copper wire. I accented with ceramic beads, which I bought at HalcraftCollection.com

Visit Vicky's Etsy Store

¿Cuáles son sus técnicas y materiales de cuentas favoritos?
Wire wrapping is my favorite technique! I love using wire. I am more creative and create one-of-a-kind pieces with wire and a pair of pliers in my hands. I only use copper wire and love the look of Czech glass beads. I also like the simplicity of beading with elastic and beads. With the right beads and charms, that simplicity looks fabulous.

¿Cuáles son algunas de sus cuentas o componentes favoritos en el Sitio web de Halcraft Collection
Wow, where do I start? HalcraftCollection.com has such a vast selection to choose from! I love their fire-polished Czech glass beads, gleaming freshwater pearls, agate, jasper, & quartz stones, delightful patina charms, shiny glass charms, special connectors, and glamorous pendants.
 

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¿De dónde sacas tu inspiración de cuentas? ¿Qué es lo que más te inspira?
Nature and everyday women inspire me the most. I love to see a woman and imagine what kind of jewelry I could create for her. My imagination goes to colors, beads, and finally, a design that accents her beauty. Inspiration can also be found in nature. Flowers and autumn leaves create a great color palette. My mind swirls with ideas... Bead choices, correct placement by color, and texture all leading to a one-a-kind piece created just for my customer.

¿Tiene algún consejo para los lectores con respecto al desarrollo de su alcance en las redes sociales?
I'm new to this adventure on social media. I'm still learning, but my advice is to take good photos. Photograph jewelry in natural light (followers enjoy viewing inspiring images.) Always be kind to others, respond asap to messages or DM's. Reply to any comments on your posts. Like and follow back other designers. Think of your social media as your neighborhood.



Visit Vicky's Instagram

Si tuviera espacio para solo dos herramientas en su kit de cuentas, ¿cuáles serían?
This is surprisingly easy for me! I would grab my 6-step mandrel pliers and wire cutters. I could never leave these tools behind. They are essential in everything I create!
 



¿Qué tendencias de joyería te entusiasma incorporar a tu abalorio?

I would love to incorporate chunky, asymmetrical necklaces, earrings, and bracelets into my line. I tend to design "normal" or "square". I look forward to experimenting with big stones or a multi-layered style. This would be challenging and definitely out of my design box.

¿Qué técnicas de joyería te gustaría aprender?
Definitely, I'd like to learn how to brick stitch. This style is stunning, intricate, and piques my interest. I also would love to learn metal stamping. It would be thrilling to make my own charms and connectors.

Fun Facts about Vicky
and more of her blingtastic designs!

Vicky was born and raised in Tamaulipas, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States at 18 years old.

When she first arrived in the US, Vicky lived with her father and his new wife in a cute town called Hillsboro, TX.

She now resides in Dallas, TX with her husband, 3 children (Andres 24, Angie 21, and Axel 19), and 10 dogs (2 Huskies and 8 white Chihuahuas.)

Her family is her world! 10 dogs keep her very busy, but she would not have it any other way.

She would love to take a vacation to Denver, CO.

Some of her other hobbies include making slime (she has a stunning collection of different textures, colors, and scents), scrapbooking, and painting.

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Denise Yezbak Moore es una artesana autodidacta. Es diseñadora de joyas senior de Halcraft Collection y le encanta crear joyas con un toque bohemio. Denise reside en el condado de Orange, California, y disfruta de escuchar a otros jugadores de todo el mundo. Asegúrate de seguirla en Instagram @deniseyezbakmoore