Category Archives: Creativity

Jewelry all over the place

I finally got around to using some of the new materials I’ve been buying the past few weeks. And not only that, but also some recycled material as well. It’s hard finding the time and energy for stuff like that right now, but I managed to squeeze in 4 bracelets in 2 days. It’s not a record, but it’s better than nothing at all. What made me kick my own bum and get something done might have been the fact that I sold some jewelry recently, and my stash is shrinking, which is a bad thing, considering that I want to open an Etsy shop.

12-07-06

A while ago, I got a custom order from a friend who wanted a bracelet to represent every person that meant something special to her, and she gave me instructions on what she had in mind, to which I commented on what was possible for me to do and what not, until we came to an agreement. I began right away, but got slow really fast, as my energy faded into nothingness. Yet, I still managed to get all of them done, and even came up with a good idea for the one that was meant to represent myself. They were shipped as soon as possible, and she got them after only 3 days.

12-07-05

At the same time I did the bracelets, another friend wanted a bottle charm I had posted on Instagram, and asked me to put it on Etsy for her once my shop would open. As I wasn’t sure when I’d get to open, as I’m really busy trying to find a new home, getting a dog, and overall just being alive, I uploaded it especially for her. I was afraid of the shipping part though, as the bottle was made of glass, so I made sure to buy a tiny box to put it in, while shipping it in a normal small sized box stuffed with newspaper. It arrived few days later in perfect condition. She was so happy with it, that she’s getting a custom order ready for me, for another necklace.

12-07-03

12-07-04

Yesterday, our old family counselor stopped by, not only to bring a birthday present my son forgot at her place last week, but also to buy some of my bracelets. It felt rather awkward opening my box of self-made jewelry for her to look through them, but as it wasn’t the first time she was looking, she already knew what she was going for. She grabbed the acrylic rose bead bracelet, and the green faceted glass bead bracelet, as she thought those would suit her best. She’s a sucker for roses! Watching her trying to close the macramé closure by herself for the first time was rather fun, but she quickly got the hang of it, and went out the door with the green one already on her wrist.

12-07-01

12-07-02

During the weekend, I found a nice golden necklace in a second hand shop, and pulled it apart and cleaned it when getting home. The parts were screaming at me to create something with them, so that’s just what I did. I had some old black waxed cord lying around, which I used to create 2 half recycled bracelets, using a piece of chain and a ring from the necklace. Today, I grabbed my newly bought waxed cord in flashy colors, and made some summer bracelets with some of the materials I bought over the past few weeks. I need to get used to working with that kind of cord, but I really like the results.

While sending my boy off to scout camp, I met one of my old friends who thought I should make earrings, as she’s really into self-made earrings, and believed it to be a good addition to my hobby, when already making bracelets and necklaces. I must admit, I never really gave earrings a thought, as I don’t have any holes in my ears myself, but I looked into the idea, and I rather like it. As it requires almost the same materials as I already have, I’ll be sure to at least try it out. But no rings… I’ll never do rings, as they differ too much in sizes for each person, and I’m just not into the trouble of creating such things!

Hope I’ll get more done soon, and that my Etsy shop will be filled with colorful pieces 🙂

Pulling apart, cleaning and re-using

The past few weeks, I’ve been buying a lot of jewelry materials on sale, which of course is fine. I save money, and get new pieces to play with, thus having the opportunity to create new jewelry. After receiving one of two packages I was waiting for yesterday though, I started thinking about my goals with this hobby, and it actually made me kind of sad. Originally, I wanted to recycle old jewelry, and only buy new materials when needed. I’ve gotten off my path, and although I will of course keep buying new beads and stuff, I also want to go back to my original idea!

So I grabbed my boxes containing old jewelry I’ve been buying in second hand shops and at flea markets, and started pulling them apart, trying to get a good idea of what I actually had to work with. It took me 3 hours to pull an old necklace apart, and clean every piece afterwards. But it was worth it! My fingers and arms hurt from pulling and cleaning, but the beads and metal pieces look almost like new, and I can use many of them in new projects.

Today, my other package came, which was mainly waxed cord in various colors, which I need anyway, no matter whether I buy new beads or not. But after being happy about my new stuff, I went back to my boxes of old bling. A lot of chains were repaired today, more pieces pulled apart, and of course everything has been cleaned. I also cleaned out some old and broken stuff, which I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to use. Cleaning up feels so good, and now I know exactly what I have lying around, and everything is sparkling and ready to use.

To be honest, I think my laziness was the main factor for getting off my path. It’s so easy to walk into a second hand shop, look at their old jewelry, and decide what can be used. But coming home, all tired from the day, not having the energy to pull apart and clean what has been bought, lead me to just put it in a box, and partly forget about it. It’s a pity though, as many of the pieces are prettier than what can be bought new, after spending some time repairing and cleaning them.

Back to the idea of recycling though. My main reason to do it is not because parts are cheaper to buy, as the time I spend disassembling, repairing and cleaning them kind of outweighs it. No, I simply want what nobody else can get, and thus create unique jewelry. That old necklace I pulled apart yesterday can’t be bought in the store anymore, and therefore the pieces are rare and exclusive. Everyone can go to the nearest hobby store and buy new materials, resulting in many people creating jewelry that looks similar. It’s true, just try looking around Etsy. Where is the fun in that?

I want to leave a fingerprint on my work though, something that shows the buyer, that this piece is unique, and that I put my heart into creating it. I spend a lot of time in second hand shops and on flea markets looking for the perfect pieces, as well as pulling apart, repairing and cleaning them. That’s what I like doing, and that’s what I want a potential customer to see in my work.

Recycling is also very good for the environment, but that’s something I’d like to write about next week, so keep an eye out for my next post, which will be about upcycling, recycling and downcycling in general 🙂