I recently left my nice secure job as an instructional designer to work on my PhD in Chemistry. Yup, I'm pretty much insane... but I hope it turns out that I'm insane in a good way. Whenever I have time, I like to create pretty pretty things with beads, crystals, and found objects. My jewelry making lets me keep at least a little bit of sanity in the crazy academic world. I hope to open an etsy shop soon, and maybe a real store at some point. However, time is at a minimum right now as I try to pass my classes, teach labs, grade homework, and conduct research.
Between the end of the semester and Christmas, I was busy creating jewelry for friends and family. however, I haven't displayed the pieces here because not everyone had received their gifts (yeah... I finished the pieces in plenty of time, But somehow I just couldn't get myself to deal with the crowds at the post office pre-Christmas). So, here is a peek at the handmade pieces I gifted for Christmas. I hope you enjoy them!
This bracelet and earrings were for my brother-in-law's girlfriend. I don't usually create things that are so "girly" because I'm a bit of a tom-boy, but she's a girlie-girl and I really wanted to make something she would like and wear. I don't know if she likes pink and purple, but the piece seemed to suit her, and it just kind of came to me. I bought the charms a while ago because I really liked them, but then I never found a way to use them. Somehow everything fell together into this really cute charm bracelet. The earrings were created using a chandelier finding and attaching Swarovski crystals to it. I know she received the pieces the other day, and I hope she liked them!
I created this necklace for my friend Katy. I wore a similar necklace (in red) to a concert we both attended and she really liked it. I decided to create one of her own for her. She really likes black, white, and grey so that is the color pallet I stuck with. To give it a little "wow" factor, I added some smoky grey crystals and the lucite beads with a vintage pattern printed on them. I haven't given it to her yet, but she saw pictures of it and I know she likes it!