Mike's Original Bronze Doorbells

Mike's Original Bronze Doorbells features bronze doorbells designed and modeled by...well...Mike, of course!

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Mike.
I happened rather by accident back in 1981. I was just out of the Navy and looking for something to do. I answered an ad for computer training, but through a clerical error did not get in. They called me a couple of weeks later and told me about an opening in a Jewelry Modelmaking course. With nothing better to do at the time I signed up. I turned out to have a talent for it and the rest is history, as they say. I've been doing it ever since. I worked for a couple of different jewelry companies for the next 20 years. I went on my own in 2000 and never looked back.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
For me it's a relaxing vacation with the family. Whether it's in Colorado or the backyard, I enjoy stepping back from the rat race for a while.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
I think I need to do a better job of promoting my shop, and getting more involved in the Etsy community to accomplish that goal.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I'd have to say, the lizard style doorbell since it's my very first design that started this whole thing.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I thought for sure I was going to make a career in the US Navy.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
There's a jewelry shop that I think is pretty cool! It's paviadesigns.etsy.com

What does your future hold?
I hope it holds health and happiness for my family and friends, and continued growth in my modelmaking endeavors. I hope to have a long and successful partnership with the Etsy family.