Tell us a bit about who Kerri McAlpin is, and what makes her so incredibly creative.
I'm 23 years old, and I've been making the kind of jewelry that I make now for about 8 years. I've always had a knack for creating with my hands and making things. Halloween has always been my favorite time of year because I love making costumes and usually start working on them months in advance!
I also love creating in the kitchen. I am always creating new recipes and experimenting with ingredients, and I love to bake (and decorate) themed cakes and cupcakes. Making jewelry is a side job for me right now - I work for my father's basement waterproofing company doing sales, job supervision, office work, website maintenance, and anything else that needs to be done. It keeps me extremely busy! When I was in high school one of my summer jobs was teaching craft classes for 4 to 9 year-olds. One of my older co-workers had done craft fairs and made jewelry for years, and she helped me get together a jewelry camp program for 12 to 16 year-olds for the following year, so I got to be a counselor for that. It was so much fun! I make everything from chainmaille jewelry to wire pendants and wire wrapped pieces, and I do a bit of beaded work. I love a challenge, and experimenting with new mediums.
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