Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Changing directions

About a month ago, I became fascinated with the art of jewelry making.  I wanted to make a necklace, bracelet, and earrings for my daughter's wedding on Nov. 1.  I'd already spent most of the previous six months knitting a lacy lightweight beaded wrap in case it was chilly that night (she got married on a yacht on the lake at Walt Disney World); it's frequently in the 50s-60s at night in November.  But I wanted to make my jewelry.

I made an appointment for a class at the bead shop in Islamorada (Flash Beads, or Flash Island Beads, something like that--she doesn't keep up with her website at all).  One day I learned basic stringing and made part of the bracelet; the next day I worked on the earrings and necklace.  I was thrilled with what I made, and another expensive hobby was born.

Now I feel fairly confident that what I make won't fall apart, so I'm starting to sell my creations.  Right now I'm selling bracelet/earring combos for $12, including first class postage.  Shortly I'll increase my prices; I'm interested in having people wear the sets and see how they hold up.

Here are some of my creations.

Redline marble, SOLD.

Amethyst. Earrings have hypoallergenic Glinter earwires. Bracelet is 8", can make a smaller one if desired.

Earrings made for a friend.  Those sloppy wire spirals have really caught my eye.   Hypoallergenic Glinter earwires.

Snowflake obsidian.  7.5" - 7.75".  Hypoallergenic Glinter earwires.

Blue aventurine, 7.75"  Hypoallergenic Glinter earwires.




Two sets of these.  One 7.75", one 8".  Glass beads.  Hypoallergenic Glinter earwires.


Freshwater pearls, dyed.  Will have hypoallergenic Glinter earwires.

Seed beads and slices of...something.  Tom says this looks like teeth and is ugly.

Any of these can be mailed to the UK for about $12, which makes them kinda steep.


Georgi said...

HI, glad you are enjoying your new hobby. Is your house all finished?

rita said...

HA! No, the living room and kitchen are in decent shape, but it'll never be finished. I'll have to dig up some photos. Are you my friend on facebook (Rita Jinkins Post)? I have some up there. Tom and his brother put a new toilet in our "master bathroom" for me; right now the room is just a storage room with a nice new toilet that only I use ;) His brother comes down once a year and does a lot of work, but we have no money to do much. Next will be a deck, I hope, with an outdoor shower which is something I've wanted for years. We've done nothing upstairs except to do some work on the tub when a pipe broke, and we put in a new vanity with sink.

It's a long, long, LONG process!