Friday, April 25, 2008

Jewelry making

I have discovered a new ...passion I guess. I've been wanting to learn how to make jewelry for a while now. The other day I finally had a chance to go to the craft store by myself and look around and buy some great starter stuff. And I love doing it! I made 4 pairs of earrings and it was totally addicting! I think I'm good at it since I've been doing it in my head for years. I go to the store with a picture in my head of the perfect earrings and search until I find the closest match. Now, instead of going to the store to buy the jewelry, I can go to the craft store to buy the supplies and make them myself. And while I'm at it I can make another pair to sell!

Now if only I could get my camera to focus on such tiny things. The above picture is as close as I could get without them going fuzzy. And I just don't think anybody is going to buy something from my Etsy shop that they can only see in a grainy, dark photo. So a new camera may be in our future.

Which ones are your favorite? I admit, I like the bottom, left ones so much that I made myself a pair. And, for a little market research, what do the earrings look like that you've been watching for at the store forever? You know the ones: the ones to go with that one outfit, or to offset your eyes perfectly, or to help you feel dressed up even when you're wearing jeans and a tee. Describe them to me. Maybe I can make them!

After I feel like I've mastered earrings I think I'll move on to bracelets. I want to start making baby bracelets since I feel like there are a lot of *way* over-priced ones out there and a decent sized market for them. And I want to learn how to bend wire really intricately so I can make so *really* groovy and unique things. That will require some more investment in the right tools, though, so it might be a while for that. I am so excited about this!

6 comments:

chelsea said...

I also really like the ones on the bottom left. I don't dream over accesories and I should... i also comment to myself how well you know how to accesorize. Maybe I'll start thinking about it more and paying attention and i'll let you know! i don't think the picture looks bad at all.

Kelly said...

The bottom left ones look cute. I would suggest putting something beside the earrings for people to see the actual size of them because I can look at them and think oh my, those are huge but in real life they're not. I'm not a huge accessorizer either. I just look at things on sale and think, oh, that's kind of cute, maybe I'll get that.

daisy said...

I like the top left ones...but I'm extremely partial to green. Congrats on learning a new skill, and putting it to work for you!

Thanks for visiting my giveaway, and I thought the same thing about the turquoise description afterwards...but I thought just saying "watch" wouldn't sound very interesting, and the turquoise color is what attracted me to the watch in the first place. So in it went! Maybe I could have said "cute daisy watch" instead. And maybe thinking of jewelry triggered the turquoise stone thing a little more quickly for you, too. I'll put you on my bloglines and check back to see your creations soon. Happy Friday.

Cocoa said...

This is another one of those things I really want to learn but haven't had the time. My favorites are also the bottom left ones.

Rebecca Reid said...

Hi Nancy,
cute creations. I think my ears are allergic--even the gold plate hurt my ears--so I don't wear them anymore. But I love simplicity. I think I like the bottom right the best. If only I could wear them....

angela michelle said...

I like top right the best. I can't wait to share some of your new talent! :)