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5 questions with Tracy Mashburn

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Dragons are the inspiration for Tracy Mashburn of Rio Rancho, NM and she doesn’t see that changing anytime soon!

Tracy's FAERIE DRAGON EARRINGS, one of the winners of our MYTH AND FOLKLORE Challenge, made us thankful that these dragons don't seem too fierce! We enjoyed her delightful description of her work:

Straight from the enchanted forest and into your jewelry box! These Faerie Dragons are lovely and come in any color combination you imagine, for they are made with seed beads and touch of inspiration from the Faerie Dragons themselves.

A hobbyist for most of her adult life, Tracy started crafting when her children were small. She would get them to bed and spend a few precious hours before bed, knitting, crocheting, and creating jewelry. She began slow in beading, then worked her way up to stringing beads and finally (because of the dragons) bead weaving. 

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How did you learn jewelry making?

I blame the dragons and YouTube for teaching me how to bead. My dragon eyes were the first Dragony jewelry I created. I learned to bead around a cabochon and thought I might like a dragon eye. I was just thinking about a dragon eye cabochon with the beading as a pendant or a pin. However, when I got the base down, there were little voices, that said, "I need a background." Then they whispered, "I need an eyelid." And I listened and had to find yet another video to watch each step.
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What different styles of jewelry do you make? Have you ever worked in different style mediums?

My first Etsy shop was mommysmoon, it’s still open. That shop was dedicated to Goddess items and Celestial Jewelry. I still do some of that, but my passion now is the dragons, I love to watch them come to life.

What are your favorite materials to use in your work?

I love seed beads and super-duo beads for my dragons, fortunately, we have a wonderful store here in Albuquerque that specializes in seed beads, Poppyfield Beads.
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What is your workspace like? Where is your favorite place to bead?

I bead in the living room and my table is barely controlled chaos. When it’s totally clean, I can’t find anything! When I’m not crocheting dragon bodies, I love my beading board. Got it off Etsy and the cream side says, “Dragons Rule.”

What’s next for you? What projects are you working on?

The dragon earrings are so much fun, I think there are more versions of them to come. I woke up one morning with an idea rolling around in my head for a Chinese version of the pattern.  I had a friend ask me to make her a dread bead while we are in Tennessee this spring.

See more of Tracy's work at or She will also have a booth at Bubonicon August 25-27th  2017, Albuquerque’s own homegrown Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention.
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