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bobbie amberBobbie Hando is a local native of Sheridan, Wyoming. She works from her home studio, designing and creating handmade jewelry, home decor, and art. Her jewelry centers around stones found in Wyoming, and some of her best finds consist of genuine Wyoming amber.

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She doesn't have a shop or store -- just works in her spare room she calls the 'art studio' -- dedicated solely to her work.

Bobbie's a dedicated rockhound; most of the stones used in her jewelry are hand-collected when she's out hiking around the state. She hunts them, finds them, washes them up, and then either runs them through her rock tumbler or cuts and shapes them on her Lortone Lapidary trim saw combination unit. (Whew, that's a mouthful! I'll bet it takes a bit of talent to run it, too!)

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After that, she designs jewelry for her 'finds' -- necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and brooches. The starting point is the color of the stone/s or bead/s or the color of the wire. Each piece generally has only 3 or 4 colors that compliment each other and the stone.

Her favorite discovery was a stash of genuine Wyoming fossilized amber (60,000,000 - 65,000,000 MILLION years old -- from the Paleocene Era!)

She doesn't work this precious and valuable material on the lapidary equipment. Instead, she hand-sands, hand-buffs, and polishes -- spending many hours to turn the rough stone into amazingly beautiful gem-quality pieces. Once they are at that stage, she designs and makes the jewelry with the amber as the focal point -- either in wire-wrapped pendants or bead-embroidered rosette necklaces.

bobbie 3Bobbie is mostly self taught, through trial and error. She has found a few books to be helpful for those working with smaller beads --

Exploration in Beadweaving by Angeley;

Sensational Bead Embroidery, by Serafini;

Timeless Wire Weaving, by Barth; and

Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry, by Kaska

You can find her on Instagram at WYOBOBBS and on

I'm so grateful to Bobbie for letting me feature her and her work. I have been horribly neglectful of you bead-lovers out there who do beadweaving, bead embroidery, and other work along those lines. I am a self-avowed BIG BEAD fan, but I SO admire those of you who can work with the microscopic ones!!!

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Until Next Time,




+1 # Kimberly Hassel 2016-03-17 17:54
Bobbie has such talent and does beautiful work! Her creativeness as no boundries. You won't be disappointed! So glad she was featured!
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+1 # sortego 2016-03-17 17:56
Thank you so much for commenting, Kimberly!
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+1 # Carey Caskey Harp 2016-03-17 23:21
Bobbie's work is amazing,and her eye for putting together beautiful pieces of jewelry, or drawing/paintin g pictures is an admired talent. I am thrilled she and her work have been featured today.
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+1 # Sortego 2016-03-18 04:19
Thank you, Carey!
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+1 # Brandi Soltis 2016-03-18 15:39
Bobbie is an amazing artist and crafter! Her pieces are all made with determination and her own personal flair....I have seen the beginning to end results with many of them and am always excited for the final product. I am glad to see that she is finally getting some recognition for all of her hard work. WTG BOBBIE !!!!
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+1 # Sortegosomclaugglin 2016-03-18 16:03
Thank you, Brandi and everyone! Keep those comments coming -- they lead the search engines to Brandi's story and work, which hopefully will lead to unanticipated sales!
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+1 # Terry Wilson 2016-03-21 12:42
What talent she has! I would definitely not have the patience for that, but I'm glad Bobbie does!
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+1 # Somclaughlin 2016-03-21 16:26
Quoting Terry Wilson:
What talent she has! I would definitely not have the patience for that, but I'm glad Bobbie does!

Same here, Terry! Thank you for commenting!
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