September 12, 2012

Our Neighbors: Jones says making jewelry is a beautiful way to spend free time

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Glenda Jones enjoys making jewelry at her home and going to festivals and craft shows to sell it.

She started beading in 2009.

“There’s a friend at church who made some earrings that I thought were very pretty,” she said. “She said she had been beading some and she wore a pretty bracelet that she had made one day. She told me where she had gotten the pattern on the Internet. I got me some beads and saw the video once and started that way making a flat-style bracelet.”

 Jones started making bracelets and giving them to everyone she knew.

“I then decided that maybe I would expand into something else. So I decided to make other kinds of bracelets. Then I got up enough nerve to make a necklace and some earrings.”

She then started making three-piece sets out of different things, mostly Swarovski crystal beads.

“They come from Austria and they are the best crystals. They are not like the lead crystals. They don’t have any lead in them. These are the best crystals that can be bought. I order them from Fire Mountain Gems and Art Beads. Art Beads has some colors that Fire Mountain does not have.”

Jones said she enjoys making jewelry.

“It’s a great pastime. I enjoy going to festivals and craft shows and selling my jewelry. I mostly do one of a kind (pieces). They’re unique. Even if I have two sitting here side by side, there will be something that will come out differently. I will put an extra bead in it or make some sort of mistake. Not everybody wants what everybody else has.”

Jones said if a pattern is followed, the pieces of jewelry can be duplicated. For the Mountain Laurel Festival in Pineville, she created a bracelet and a pair of earrings for each of the queen candidates. She had sent a sample of her work to the festival committee because she knew they always bought the candidates a gift.

“They liked what they saw and commissioned me to do it,” she said. “I made 24. From what I heard they were very pleased with them. They were pink and green.”

She said her husband, Gary, is very supportive of her and does not complain about the cost.

“Some of the beads can be expensive. Good turquoise is hard to find. Crystal beads are 6 cents to 18 cents a bead. Some of the bracelets have $18 worth of beads on them. I don’t make much money. I make $3 or $4 (profit), and on some things less. It usually evens out. I think I’m somewhat lower than most people.”

Jones started selling her jewelry in 2010 at Sights and Sounds of Christmas.

“I did really well. It was the first time my jewelry was out in public. I would like to go somewhere every weekend if I could. This weekend (Sept. 6, 7 and 8) I will be in Williamsburg at Old Fashion Trading Days and I will be going to the Antique Tractor Show in Renfro Valley and the Daniel Boone Festival. October Fest is one day in Corbin.”

Jones is a retired math and algebra teacher from North Laurel High School and a part-time merchandiser for American Greeting Card Company. She is a native of Laurel County. She and her husband have two sons, Christopher and Benny.   

Jones can be reached at 864-5489, 682-3215, or

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