Jewelry making hasn’t always been a hobby for Cheyenne. It wasn’t until she was given the opportunity of a lifetime that her talents in jewelry making were discovered. Cheyenne Kline is currently a sophomore at the University of Missouri where she is studying journalism. She was recently accepted into a summer internship program in the beautiful land of Indonesia. Cheyenne was given these opportunity through a photography program run by National Geographic.
Name: Cheyenne Kline
Role: Founder and designer of Beads for Bali
CollegeFashionista: What was your motivation for starting Beads for Bali?
Cheyenne Kline: For the past couple of months, I thought I would be spending my summer interning in New York City, but a few weeks ago, I was accepted into the National Geographic photography internship in Bali and couldn’t turn down the opportunity. The program covers all of my expenses while am I there; I just had to fund my travels to Bali. After I had told a friend about this amazing opportunity, she recommended I watch Eat Pray Love as it takes place in Bali. I noticed throughout the movie that Julia Roberts was wearing a necklace that I fell in love with, and I wanted to try to make my own version of it. This is where the idea of Beads for Bali started.
CF: What type of materials are you using to making your necklaces and bracelets? What is your price range?
CK: I wanted to stick with a more earthy feel for my jewelry, especially because the purpose behind making them is to allow me to explore such a beautiful place. I get a lot of the beads I use from my grandmother. She tends to be somewhat of a hoarder, but it’s helpful to me! Most of the beads are made from glass or wood, and I just thread the beads onto a piece of string. Since I have been getting the majority of the beads from my grandmothers’ collections, the prices are very reasonable. I sell the necklaces for 10 dollars and the bracelets for five dollars.
CF: Do you think you will continue making your jewelry after your summer in Bali?
CK: I think so. I have gotten such a positive reaction from it so far. In some way, it is therapeutic for me to make them. I really enjoy it and am getting requests to make ones that girls could wear on game days here at Mizzou. Originally I planned on just making necklaces but I’ve already expanded to making wooden bead bracelets as well since they are becoming such a hit with my friends.
Learn More: Check out Cheyenne’s Etsy page to place an order yourself for one of her handcrafted necklaces or bracelets.