Here are two new facts about me,
1) I'm a Jewelry Junkie
2) I've been making and selling Jewelry since I was 8.
My first box of beads was a gift from my aunt Gina. The box was split into three sections; one-third held silver seed beads, and the other two were filled with an assortment of glass and plastic beads. It came with a set of cutters, needle nose pliers, and stretchy string.
I have come a long way since stretchy string and plastic beads. I remember my parents taking me out to AC Moore and buying me all sorts of new tools and tons of beads. I was never into sports at that age so when I announced that jewelry making was going to be my shtick they were eager to help me start up something I'd enjoy. Many moms carried around dance bags or drove their kids to Saturday games; my parents carried around business cards and drove me on late night trips to craft and hobby stores because I didn't have the right charm. It was within those trips and many years from there on out that I discovered that there was a great deal more to jewelry making then I could even wrap my brain around even today.
For example, did you know that there are over a million types of beads? This excludes pendants because there are hundreds of different pendant options as well. For jewelry chording, there's hemp, suede, leather. Jute, paracord, chain, wire and the list goes on. Aside from the different beads and findings, there are also different types of jewelry in itself. I don't really stick to one style, I try to explore as much as I can.
For example, these pictures feature a Victorian/Gothic necklace I've recently made.
A business for someone younger then ten seems silly but I bought my first apple product,
|Creds to google images|
It was over $100 at the time
and a trip the American Girl doll place located in NYC.
As seen above "raw" stones are some of my favorite to work with. Expensive? Very. But oh so worth it... these pictures really don't do a justice with these stones. I think I like them so much because when stones aren't cut you still get different variations of colors and it's kinda fun to be wearing a "nature's wonder" around your neck.
|sleepy owls and seed beads|
|Blown glass beads and puffin charms|
Glass beads can be beautiful as well. These are some of my favorites I have created.
Dyed blue sea shells :)
|A Griffon button|
Lastly my two leather chokers.
It's easy to me to create all these pieces but it'll be hard to go back into business with it. I need updated business cards, and I thought about a tee shirt to kinda self-promote if you will. We've also moved away from the family who used to buy a great deal of my Jewelry...
I thought about an Etsy but I believe it costs money and it might be hard to be noticed among all the other shops listed on there...
If you have any suggestions let me know,
All the love
Hugs from Hayley xx