My creative journey all started when I was little and my mother threw crafts my way to keep my ADHD hands away from tearing apart the remotes or from swinging from the ceiling fan.

When I was asked the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” the answer changed like the weather: biologist, veterinarian, artist, geologist, writer. What did these things all have in common? Art and science! It wasn’t until high school I mixed geology and art together to make jewelry.

My tumbled stones.

I started with breaking tools, cheap wire, and tumbled stones. My wire wraps were more like a tangled mess, but I wore my little works of art with pride. One day, I wandered to my favorite rock booth at my local street fair. The merchant saw what I had made and gave me a job. I wrapped five stones and got paid in, you guessed it, rocks. Week after week, I wrapped more stones for him. Week after week, I saw improvements in my wire wrapping. The vendor moved on to a different street fair on his quest for profit, but this got me thinking: Can I sell my jewelry at shows too?

I created jewelry all through high school and opened my Etsy shop in 2014. I graduated in 2015 with all of life in front of me and I did what everyone is pressure to do at 18: go to school.

I went to college for a year and a half for another passion of mine, computer science. I had a part-time job of teaching robotics. All the while, I was still creating jewelry. Computer science and robotics didn’t fit me as well as I thought, so I did what all good ADHD people do and did a 180. From coding to art, I decided to spend more of my time on Wire Moon Jewelry.

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.  Albert Einstein

As an entrepreneur, I spend about half of my ‘jewelry time’ creating. From marketing to photography, and from selling in-person to online sales, there is so much more than I thought about owning a small business. And I love every facet of it.

My “practice bars” I use to learn new wire weaves

Making jewelry is my favorite job out of the many I do. I work at the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society, the Fallbrook Art Center, at gem shows across the country, and the occasional video or website designing. Who said you could only have one career?

Wire Moon Jewelry is my passion project. I love wire wrapping. I love my stones, and I cut them myself when I can. I love creating special custom jewelry for birthdays, anniversaries, or for the everyday. I love tweaking my website, posting on social media, creating short videos, talking to all of you, and learning about myself along the way.

Michelle Shearer

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