Tammy Powley is a freelance writer and jewelry expert. She's an author of books on jewelry, who has been creating her own since 1998.
- Has written on the subject of jewelry making for over 15 years
- Manages and writes for her blog, The Crafty Princess Diaries and the author of books on jewelry making
Tammy Powley wrote for The Spruce Crafts on the subject of jewelry making for over 15 years. She is the author of a number of jewelry making books and manages and writes for her blog, The Crafty Princess Diaries.
When Powley started making jewelry she enjoyed working with fibers and beads. In 1989, after making some Christmas presents out of stone beads, people asked to buy her work. That's when she started her own jewelry company. For ten years, she primarily sold her work through retail outlets and art shows.
Powley worked for 10 years as a technical writer, and jewelry was her hobby. During this time, she studied jewelry design for two years at the Winter Park Adult Vocational Center, learning a variety of techniques including fabrication, soldering, wire work, beading, casting, engraving, and enameling. She continues to take classes and has also added the following techniques to her list: fused glass, lampworking, lost wax casting, metalsmithing, wire wrapping, metal clay, and cabbing.
Along with working as a freelance writer, Tammy is an Assistant Professor of English and teaches composition, literature, and technical communications.
Powley earned a B.A. in English, an M.A. in literature and a Ph.D. in texts and technology from the University of Central Florida.
Awards and Publications
- "The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making"
- "Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry"
- "Jewelry and Beading Designs for Dummies"
- "Making Mixed Media and Memory Jewelry"
- "Making Designer Bead and Wire Jewelry"
- "Making Designer Seed Bead, Stone, and Crystal Jewelry"
About The Spruce
The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.
For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.