My name is Mags Bonham, and my husband and I have lived in Vermont, outside Burlington, for nineteen years. My husband is a craft beer home brewer, so we spend a lot of time enjoying his beer, and all the other great beer being made in Vermont. We love to travel and spend time with our golden retriever, Barley.
Many years ago, I made some hop jewelry to wear at beer festivals and the jewelry really caught on. (Hops are the ingredients in beer that give it the most flavor.) With the help of some local breweries and Etsy, the line has grown and is now the majority of my business. Its growth is what got me involved with digital cutters. There was no other way to keep up with the demand.
Hopping From Brewing To Crafting
When I’m not making hops jewelry, I like to come up with teachable projects using the machines and sharing them with both the polymer community and Silhouette users. I love my job as a polymer clay artist! Whether I’m working or playing, I usually have clay in my hands. I mostly make jewelry and decorative functional items. I accent my pieces with beads, pearls, and crystals.
I LOVE color. I like classic designs that are ageless. I wouldn’t say that I am one that gets into short-lived fads. Oh, and I’m a bit of a magpie—I really like shiny things like rhinestones and metallics. I get my inspiration from many places. I have always loved the aesthetics of Asian art & design, which influenced the Art Deco period, another era I look to for design inspiration.
Using Curio To Craft With Polymer Clay
Polymer clay is my choice of material 99.9% of the time because it is so versatile. There are tons of ways to use polymer clay so here is always something new to try. It is a fairly inexpensive medium to work with so you can experiment and make mistakes.
I have been using Silhouette machines for over three years now. Curio is my favorite machine for polymer clay. It works so well with polymer clay. With Curio, I can cut thicker sheets of clay than with the CAMEO.
Sharing With The Silhouette Community
I have so much fun learning and experimenting with the CAMEO and Curio machines. I have gotten a lot of support from the folks at Silhouette to help me share what I’ve learned, both with crafters who want to add a new material to their Silhouette arsenal and with polymer clay users who are looking for a new tool to add to their studio/craft space.
Quick Facts About Mags
Night owl or early riser?
Absolutely a night owl! Working from home gives me the leeway to work whenever I feel like it. I stay up late coloring while watching the TV shows my early-riser hubby doesn’t like.
Ice cream or frozen yogurt?
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, of course. We live not far from the original factory.
Bagels or donuts?
Totally depends on the availability and quality. But can’t I have both?
Cake or pie?
Hands down—no contest—cake, with lots of icing. Now that I think about it, I don’t even need the cake. Just the icing!
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