I'm a self-taught jewelry maker who loves sparkly things perhaps a bit too much. If everything could be covered in glitter and crystals, I'd be happy.
I use a variety of glass, crystal, and stone beads, with some acrylic, metal, and shell beads. Basically, whatever catches my eye. I don't make any of my beads (even though I wish I had the time and space to learn.)
And Tizzy is my darling ferret. She thinks she's good at helping me make jewelry, because I don't need those rubber-handled pliers at all. She also likes chasing the cat and climbing into drawers to steal kitchen knives. But I love her to pieces anyway.