Last autumn a good friend, who is also a maker, ask me to make her a necklace just slightly different from my usual pieces. We worked together to make a necklace perfect for her. We brainstormed a new shape, that of a petal, and went with a new, simpler chain. While we were at it we made the chain longer, this bigger pendant needs to be shown off! This joint venture reminded me how much I love exploring my craft and executing a new challenge. It really is the start of something new, maybe many things new!
As a student I made jewelry which pushed the limits of function. Cocktail rings too large for one to fit their hand in their pocket, necklaces laden with wire too fragile and pokey for hugging, earrings which would get caught in scarves and bracelets which would stop you from putting your arm through a sleeve. Once I graduated and got a real job I started to collect sensible jewelry I could work in. Earrings which allowed me to listen to patients on the phone, patients who needed listening to. Bracelets that didn't get in the way as I typed for hours on my keyboard, rings which didn't interfere with fixing the ever broken fax machine and necklaces which didn't get tangled in phone cords.
Notice I said collect. That was before craft, before I decided not to waste my talents and passion. Finally, I gave up that unhappy life. I unpacked my tools, grabbed them tight and started to do what I love, make lots of noise to create functional, timeless jewelry. Now that I am a maker I make jewelry I can wear while I am making jewelry for others to wear. I think it's pretty awesome. My rings add a little sparkle to my hands but I can still wield a hammer while wearing them. Necklaces are delicate but don't get stuck in whirling tools. Earrings, well, I can pretty much wear what I please as I blast any music I want loud and clear in my studio, no head phones required. Bracelets need to fit well and not get in the way of soldering -as an aside, stacking them up makes for a lovely tune when I wear them while hammering.
So, here's a little post on making and wearing....
Not only do I wear bling in my studio, I wear it running, hiking and backpacking. For me rings and earrings are always a staple. What sparkles won't you leave home without?
thanks for buying handmade!