Candie and Michelle: Tell us about yourself and your business.
Bonnie Rogers: When I was unemployed in 2008, I found these beautiful wire-wrapped crosses on the internet and decided to learn how to make them. Once I learned and mastered the technique, I created a full line of jewelry that didn't just include the crosses themselves, but also key chains, Angel Crosses, Bookmarks, and various other beaded jewelry.
Candie and Michelle: I have looked at them all and they are gorgeous. How did you come up with the name “Faithful Cross”?
Bonnie Rogers: I wanted to glorify God with the crosses I was making and be a faithful servant of the Lord. Faithful Cross, to me, is the what my business is all about. My motto is Glorifying God, One Cross Necklace at a Time.
Candie and Michelle: Love it. :) Have you always liked making jewelry and been naturally talented and creative?
Bonnie Rogers: I have always been crafty. When my daughters were young, we always hand crafted Christmas presents, ornaments, made jewelry and pins for people in our family. I was a Girl Scout Troop Leader for years and I always tried to inspire the girls to be creative. I always came up with interesting craft items for them to make and share with others.
Candie and Michelle: I love making handmade things with my kiddo too. I was also in the girl scouts when I was younger. :) I loved it when my troop leader would do creative things with us. How long have you been making jewelry?
Bonnie Rogers: I have been making jewelry since my girls were little but I didn't actually make jewelry to sell until 2008 when I created Faithful Cross. I remember taking a beginners jewelry class at Hobby Lobby years ago. I only took one class to learn the basics of beading and jewelry making. I then added the wire-wrapped cross as a pendant or charm to create some unique pieces.
Candie and Michelle: Hobby Lobby definitely offers some great classes to take. We are so glad you did so that we could have this amazing jewelry line. How long does it usually take you to make a piece of Jewelry?
Bonnie Rogers: It all depends on what I'm making. If I make a beaded necklace, bracelet or earrings, it can take 30 minutes to one hour depending on the size of the item and how much work is involved. If I'm making a wire wrapped cross, about 10 minutes, but then I have to dip it in a protective coating and let it dry. Once it's dry, I have to add the cord, wings or lapel pin and put it in a plastic zip lock bag with a card that tells the meaning of the cross.
Candie and Michelle: :) What is the most difficult part about making jewelry?
Bonnie Rogers: Letting my jewelry go once it's sold. I find that I get extremely attached to each piece that I make and it's hard for me to let them go to someone else. This is my passion and I'm hoping that other people enjoy my jewelry as much as I do.
Candie and Michelle: I can understand that. I call the book I wrote my second child. Lol. What is your favorite piece of jewelry that you ever made?
Bonnie Rogers: I love my Angel Cross Necklaces with wings. I think the wings added to the cross says it all about our faith in Christ and his birth.
Candie and Michelle: I do love the wings on your necklaces. How do our readers get in touch with you if they are interested in buying your jewelry?
Bonnie Rogers: There are several different ways to get in touch with me. I'm on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faithfulcross where I give away free cross necklaces each week. I also have a website at www.Faithfulcross.com. My email is Faithfulcross@gmail.com and I'm on Pinterest, Etsy, Twitter and Ebay.
I also have great wholesale prices for people that would like to sell my jewelry themselves. I have several people that sell them at craft shows, their own brick and mortar stores and on Facebook. My jewelry can be a great business for someone else too! You can find the link to my wholesale prices here: http://www.faithfulcross.com/wholesaleprices.html.
Thank you so much Bonnie for taking the time to sit down with us. We look forward to having you back again.
-Candie & Michelle