I began bead stringing several years ago when I was holidaying with my great friend and work mate Anne Oberin in Darwin.
Designing jewellery was just a hobby at first, but as time passed and bead making became a passion, Marilyn Hayes Originals was born. Helen Peake in Darwin has been my teacher and mentor during each step of this adventure and her brillant artistry has greatly inspired me. .
In late 2005 on another great holiday in Darwin with Helen, she taught Anne and me the art of hand-flaming glass beads.
When designing and creating I use only the best quality fresh-water pearls, semi-precious gems, crystals and sterling silver or vermeil (sterling silver plated with gold) findings. I source these components from around the world. .
When making my glass beads I use American Bulls Eye, Venician Moretti, New Zealand Gaffer and German Reichenbach glass. I frequently use Fine Silver Foil, Gold Leaf and Fine Silver Wire on my beads as these give the beads depth and a distinctive look.