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For the last twenty years, Debbie Hale has been a hairdresser, using it as her creative outlet. Hale began having trouble in her shoulder, resulting in extensive surgery, making it more difficult to spend long hours doing hair.
“I was in transition for four years of my life trying to find out what the next step for me would be,” Debbie said. “Making jewelry started as a hobby and has become a small business and an outlet for my creativity. It also gave me the opportunity to incorporate my faith.”
Well Soul Jewelry got its name from a song Debbie feels is her testimony song, ‘It is well with my soul’.
“It’s very significant to me because anytime that I have been down, depressed or in need of God’s love, it seems to be like he reveals himself to me with that song,” Hale told us. “When I started making jewelry and wanted to create a page, I was going through a lot of transitions with being an empty nester, moving locations and having to reinvent myself. I took comfort in that song, so it only seemed fitting to call it ‘Well Soul Jewelry’.”
When Debbie first started, she only did wire wrapping. Wire wrapping is a process where you take metal wires and bend them into pieces of jewelry. From there, she started experimenting with mental stamping and moving onto molding clay pieces into beads and other shapes.
“Pieces can take anywhere from an hour to a couple of days to make,” Hale said. “I recently have been experimenting with leather combined with wire wrapping. The options are endless, which I think is also exciting.”
Now, Debbie makes rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, purse charms, charms to hang from your car mirror and blinged out sunglasses. “I am always looking for unique items to make,” Hale said. “I would really like to try my hand at melting silver pieces and I would like to perfect my technique with clay charms.”
Though every piece she makes are her favorite pieces, one of her absolute favorites were little charms to put on wine glasses and coffee cups for entertaining a small group.
“Each charm is a different color and it’s a way for people to mark who had what glass. It is a little more elegant than writing names on a plastic cup.” Custom pieces can also be made.
Debbie mainly sells ‘Well Soul Jewelry’ online, but hopes to do events in the future. “That is totally in God’s hands,” Hale said. “I have been approached about selling it in a couple of places of business and have thought about that and it might be something that I do in the future.”
Depending on the piece, prices can cost anywhere from $10-$50.
If you would like to order a piece of jewelry or have an idea for a custom piece, you can visit ‘Well Soul’ on Facebook or send Debbie an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.