Linda Sue Barnes

Making jewelry is fun…

I make jewelry because it is fun. My favorite part of making jewelry is using natural stones and fossils. I love to cut into a slab of stone and see the beautiful cabochon emerging. The challenge is to find a way to display the stone or fossil securely without covering much of its beauty. I like to use plants and animals as models for the jewelry I make; it is interesting to see how many ways I can incorporate daylilies into my jewelry. I have begun to do enameling and plan to hone my skills in that area. I also work with my husband in the wood shop making pens, ornaments, and whirligigs and have begun to use scrap pieces of wood to make beads or focal pieces.

Retired Professor of Biology–Methodist University

Media–natural stones, wire, metal clay, enamel, resin, wood. Much of my jewelry has a nature theme. When I’m working at the botanical garden or walking in the woods, I find myself wondering how I can use that twig, leaf or seed pod in a piece of jewelry. I’m constantly trying new things and am now working with copper metal clay, enameling on sheet metal and silver and copper clay, and making lampwork glass beads. I also enjoy making kaleidoscopes.

Other interests include growing daylilies and attending daylily meetings, photography, volunteering at Cape Fear Botanical Garden, and teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir at Bluff Presbyterian Church.


Phone: (910) 483-2838  (910) 308-0643