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The perfect ‘flapper’ necklace

(Click HERE to view this necklace

in my Etsy shop)

 

There are many rewarding aspects to being a woman who designs and creates jewelry. It’s great to be able to make custom pieces to go with particular outfits. My friends often notice my jewelry and their comments are very helpful.

The days that I want to wear a new design I get ready in an unusual way. Most women get dressed and then choose their jewelry, right? Not me–at times I decide what jewelry to wear and then find clothes that will go with it. It may be a bit odd, but after all, I am a ‘walking billboard’.

I often get orders for pieces I’m wearing. For instance, I recently had some women over for dinner and we agreed to all wear black….anything from pj’s to a formal gown. I chose a flapper outfit, and after donning my dress, feather headband and black boa I looked in the mirror.  I tried to picture which necklace would best compliment the outfit and instantly thought of one that I had made earlier that day—a long pearl necklace with a bit of a tassel.  It must have been the right choice because one of my guests liked it so much that she ordered one.

Not it’s time to get back to work and design something new for the ‘billboard’.  🙂

 

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Ideas for my designs come from various sources. At times it is something that spontaneously develops in my mind whereas at other times it may be something I see and then work into a new design. The other evening, a necklace someone was wearing on tv caught my eye and I immediately thought of many different variations on the design. This happens frequently, but unfortunately I often forget about it by morning. This time I could not get the image of the necklace out of my mind.

In the morning, I sat down at my workbench and began to experiment to see what developed from the ideas that were floating around in my mind. The final necklace turned out to be one of my all-time favorites. It is a three tier pearl necklace with a teardrop pearl gracefully hanging from each tier. I like it so much because it is simple, yet dramatic. It’s elegant, but at the same time, slightly sexy. I’m so excited with how it turned out that my mind is now overflowing with many different variations on the design—so many I would never be able to make them all.

It gives me great satisfaction when one of my designs ‘feels right’ to me and I get flooded with ideas for other pieces that will have a similar feel. The only problem with being this excited about making jewelry is that I have to make myself put down the pliers long enough to do laundry, clean, and other necessary tasks.  I’m sure that I will finish all of these chores at a fairly fast pace because I’ll be anxiously looking forward to spending time at my workbench working on the new pieces. (a.k.a. ‘having fun’)

I’m very fortunate that I enjoy my work as much as I do. Not only do I get to work in my pajamas many mornings, but I’m doing something I love to do. It doesn’t get much better than that. 🙂

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