At work with Alison: jewelry designer

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MARION COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) - When Megan Brown realized she had a talent for art and design, she decided to share that talent by starting a jewelry business—The Pretty Pickle—in 2010.

One of Megan's most popular pieces are her West Virginia necklaces. Here, she places a daisy in the middle of a WV border.

After a few years of experimenting, Megan found her true passion when she started combining nature with jewelry.

"It started when I got a flower press as a gift," she said.

Then, Megan started working on some resin-based projects with her dad and her idea started to take shape.

"I decided to combine the resin with the flowers," said Megan.

Megan creates her pieces using botanical elements like pressed flowers, pine cones, and even ocean flora and fauna like starfish. Her other specialty is using delicate butterfly wings to create wearable works of art.

"I start with a pressed botanical, so that there's no moisture. Then, I mix the resin and choose the bezzle, which is the metal part. Then I put the resin into a vacuum chamber, to get out all the bubbles," Megan explained.

After that, she pours the resin into the bezzle, places her inclusions inside, and then caps it off with more resin. Once it cures, she adds finishing details like chains and clasps, then packages them and they're ready to be sold.

She says she would love to open a brick and mortar store someday, but until then, she will continue experimenting with new products.

To hear more of Megan's story, check out the video above.

You can check out The Pretty Pickle online shop by clicking the related link.