Evie and Beth McCord
EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC
Where is Home?
What is it that you design and create?
We are a mother/daughter team creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from our handmade flameworked glass beads, enameled copper and Viking Knit.
What is your favorite part of the design process?
How did you come up with your business name?
EB is a combination of our names and we work with beads and metal, so that is the rest of the name.
When and how did it all begin?
June 2004 for Beth – Beth took a management class and had to interview a small business owner – Sharon Owens of Inspired Fire. Beth had a wonderful talk with Sharon and Beth remembers talking to Evie about the store, so Evie bought Beth a beginning flamework class. Then Beth found out the Purdue University offered a Jewelry and Metalsmithing major and that is when her passion started.
During Beth’s time in class and making beads, Evie would help her by cleaning beads and measuring necklaces (Beth is not good at measuring). Evie would also help with Beth’s design ideas.
In 2006, Beth brought Evie into the madness of sawing, flameworking and enameling. That year Beth bought Evie a beginning flameworking class and Beth also taught Evie how to saw and enamel.
Evie finds sawing a soothing process and does most of the intricate piercings in copper, while Beth loves to play with the enamels to see what kind of colors can be created – that is the same with the flamework beads.
Who or what inspires you?
Colors inspire Beth – seeing what kind of colors she can create from the enamels on the copper pieces and the glass when she makes beads.
Evie – likes to see the visual lines of a piece as she is sawing out the copper and how far she can take the saw blade before she breaks it.
What advice would you give other independent artists who are just starting out?
Stay true to yourself – don’t let others tell you what and how you should create!
What music are you listening to?
Beth – iPod is on shuffle
Evie – Jonathan and Charlotte, Jason Derulo
What TV show are you hooked on?
Beth – Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Almost Human, and Ancient Aliens
Evie – Ancient Aliens, Dancing with the Stars, The Following, Grey’s Anatomy
What was the last movie you saw?
Beth – Red II
Evie – Christmas in Conneticut
What is your favorite food?
Beth – Chicken Pad Thai
Evie – Pot Roast
What is your favorite candy or treat?
Beth – Reese’s Peanut Butter – Easter Egg
Evie – Crème Brule (fixed properly – hot)
Coffee or Tea?
Beth – Coffee (Starbucks) and love my sweet tea
Evie – Neither (as she makes a yucky face)
What store could you walk around in for hours and be happy?
Beth – Von’s and Inspired Fire
Evie – Von’s and Inspired Fire
Beth – 4 cats and my mom
Evie – 3 cats and Beth
Favorite place to visit or would like to visit?
Beth – would love to go back to Munich Germany and visit New Zealand
Evie – New Zealand and go back to Munich Germany
If you could be a superhero, what would your name be and what superpower would you have?
Beth – never thought about it
Evie – have no idea , but would like to have healing powers to heal the soul
Beth – Lucio Bubacco
Evie – Sean Connery
Beth – any time I get off work
Evie – Christmas
Tell us something about yourself we don’t know
Beth – lots of tattoos
Evie – use to do Judo and Kenpo Karate and tattoos and piercings
What do you secretly wish you could do or be?
Beth – I wish I could do beading, enameling, and jewelry making full time!
Evie – retire from full time job and devote my day to sawing, sawing, sawing
Favorite piece of clothing?
Beth – Dansko shoes and jeans
Evie – Bohemian blouses and blue jeans
Do you speak any languages or want to learn one?
Beth – learned Russian, German and Japanese in high school and was a Russian Linguist in the Army.
Evie – Spanish in high school and learned conversational German from her time in Germany. Evie started to learn Russian while Beth was in the Army to speak Russian with her. But Beth got out and said she never wanted to speak Russian again.
Plans for the yourself/business?
Now that the house is done (extension built on the back of Evie’s house for Beth to move back home) and both of us back on the road of healthiness, we can focus on creating and enjoying what we love.
These are the beautiful Lamp work beads these two wonderful ladies bestowed upon me. :) Pinks, reds, orange, golds. Yummy.
I used all Vintaj beads, and components.
Vintaj Soaring Sparrow
Vintaj clasp and jump rings
Shell beads that pick up the hints of gold in the lamp work beads perfectly
The pink rounds are 8mm Rhodonite gemstones.
Thank you Evie and Beth for sending me these beautiful beads to work with and for joining me this year.
I also invited Melissa Meman this month. Please visit her blog to she what she cooked up.
I’m giving this set away if you pay priority shipping and handling costs. If you’re interested just send me an email with your address.
Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer
and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club
and the ever popular Do Over Challenge
. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives.