POI – Etta B. Makes Wearable Art

20151003_090616_resized_BVBamboo Beach Club Resort Manager Etta B. just celebrated her one year milestone with Global Connections, Inc., and she’s also celebrating delving headfirst into her side passion for crafting and jewelry. Even though she just started making her sea glass-style jewelry in July, Etta’s “Salty Creations” are already generating interest and sales.

Prior to joining Global Connections (first at Beso Del Sol, then moving over to Bamboo Beach Club), Etta spent 35 years as a real estate broker, but she says she’s pretty much been a property manager at heart since her youth. What’s more, she’s always had a passion for arts and crafts.

When a guest at Bamboo Beach Club showed her some jewelry she’d made using a rock tumbler (a piece of equipment that gives rocks and glass a worn, sea-tumbled look), Etta thought to herself “That’s really cool. I could totally do that.” She bought two rock tumblers and embarked on a mission to create one-of-a-kind jewelry from glass.

20151003_090346_resized_BV“It’s the same concept as sea glass, but instead of the sea churning it, I’m doing it in a rock tumbler,” Etta explained.

She finds her glass in some interesting places. Not only does she shop for them, one of Etta’s primary sources for gorgeous glass is alcohol bottles friends give her. That may be why she has creations named Skyy Blue (after the Skyy Vodka bottle). She even has Christine Green, named after a friend and colleague who has given her some Tanqueray gin bottles (the glass from which tumbles into a bright gummy bear green).

To break up the glass, Etta wraps the glass with a towel, puts it in a tote, wraps it in another towel and just hammers away. Once the pieces are tumbled, she wires them together and finds colorful wire that serves as the necklace. Conveniently, Bamboo Beach Club is right across the street from the beach, where Etta finds tiny sea shells she uses to embellish the glass pieces.

Even in a short time, it looks like Etta’s creations are well-received. She wears the jewelry at Bamboo Beach Club and says guests often ask about it. To date, she’s sold about 25 pieces to guests.

She also just did her first craft show, which she said helped her prepare for more craft shows in the future. She’s already booked at least five going forward. She’s even approached some retailers in the area, several of which have expressed interest in displaying her wares during peak season.

20150911_121606_resized_BVBy now you’re dying to see more, of course! You can view catalogs of Etta’s Salty Creations sea glass-inspired jewelry on Facebook at facebook.com/saltycreationsbyetta. If you’re interested in buying, drop her a note or call/text 231-690-5690.