5 questions with Dianna Mooses

Learn more about the work of our Reader's Choice Award Winner for August 2017!
Dianne Mooses A Day At the Beach
For our August Design Challenge, we asked our readers to kick off their sandals and make something summery.  We were looking for pieces inspired by being near the water, perhaps featuring natural materials like beach glass, shells or bits of driftwood. Maybe our readers were inspired by mermaid motifs or creatures from the ocean deep! Whether you paddle fresh water or breathe ocean air, climb the dunes or doze in the late afternoon sun, you're going to love this piece: OCEAN WAVES. 

The winner of our A DAY AT THE BEACH Challenge is Dianna Biehl Mooses, a transplant from the Chicagoland area now living in Lehigh Acres, Florida. The winner of our Reader's Choice Award, voted on by Facet readers, OCEAN WAVES features shells encased in resin, and then wire-wrapped in sterling silver wire. 

We caught up with Dianna to learn more about her love of wire-wrapping. 
Ocean Jasper Larimar and   pearls
Ocean jasper, larimar, and pearls
Ocean Jasper bracelet
Ocean jasper bracelet
Gunnery Point from Roger Dumbolton
Gunnery Point

TELL US HOW YOU GOT YOUR START IN JEWELRY MAKING. 

I fell in love with jewelry as a child. Also, while attending college, I took classes in Silversmithing and Lost Wax casting. Needing to have a real job, I also turned to Graphic Arts.

After my two delightful daughters were grown, I ended up going back to jewelry making. I learned a lot from taking classes at first. After moving to Florida and finding no classes available near me, I turned to books, magazines and online teachers.

I also find that belonging to wire groups on Facebook has helped me tremendously. So many lovely people out there that will help you out with advice and even free tutorials. There is a huge amount of  information also on YouTube. After learning techniques, I started doing my own thing.


SO IS IT A HOBBY OR BUSINESS FOR YOU?

It’s a little of both. I have been making jewelry in one form or another for about 15 years or so. I started out with a fascination of working with seed beads. Then I learned about wire. I found out that I loved this medium.

Needing an outlet for selling my jewelry, I started participating in local shows. After that I got up the nerve to approach some galleries.


WHAT STYLE OF JEWELRY DO YOU MAKE?  HOW DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?

Currently, I do wire weaving around cabochons. I mainly use sterling silver. Depending on the stone, I also use copper wire. 

I start out by looking at the shape and color of the stone. I very rarely draw anything out before hand. I feel that I have a friendly muse sitting on my shoulder that helps guide me along the way. Somedays, she is not so friendly! 

I find inspiration in my work from many places: nature, filigree work, tattoo designs.


WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE THAT YOU EVER GOT FROM A TEACHER OR A MENTOR?

There are so many things. First and foremost is to keeping practicing! Learn the techniques first. And don’t have a death hold on your wires! 

WHERE CAN PEOPLE SEE MORE OF YOUR WORK?

Please check out the Facebook page for my business, Dianna Von Biehl Jewelry! 

I also have an Etsy shop called DVB Jewelry Art. Many of my pieces are for sale there.

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