Tag Archives: Jewelry Making

The Happy Hobbyist Gets Better At It!

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Rome wasn’t built in a day, and this is especially true when learning some new craft or another. I’ve been working hard to perfect my technique at wire wrapping, which is one of the basic skills everyone has to learn when becoming a jewelry maker. And when I wore my charmingly imperfect Twilight Inspired set out the other night and got loads of compliments on it, I was inspired to make more sets. 

And so I did! I stayed up till about 2:00 a.m. last Saturday night finishing this one…

The best part of this series is that I found those gorgeous gray faux pearls in the WalMart craft clearance bin for $1–what a steal! 

Once my fingers recovered a bit from all the work that my “Silver Dream” set was, I made this one on Sunday. Let’s call it “Blue Fantasy”, shall we? It sounds so much more artsy and professional if you give it a name, don’t you think? 🙂

I am really having a lot of fun learning this new skill! Designing the pieces is definitely my favorite part…it’s a golden, or in this case silver, opportunity to let my creativity flow…

And, I think my work looks pretty good on too…

This class I signed up for is fantastic! If you don’t mind learning via the internet (It’s been my whole life for the last several years), then I highly recommend it: Jewelry Workshop With Max Goodman

Born Perfectionist Faces Imperfections. Retains Sanity (For Now)…

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I was born a perfectionist….

I’m naturally sort of an all or nothing type of person…impatient…my own worst enemy….you know the type. In the past, if I haven’t magically achieved perfection on the first try, I’m the one who quits inexplicably…leaving everyone to scratch their heads and wonder what went wrong. After all, I had so much promise…if I’d only stuck with it. 

Well, I’m trying to turn over a new leaf. From now on, I’m going to strive to be the sort of individual who is openly flawed, makes mistakes–sometimes big ones, maybe even is whispered about behind her back–but stays the course. Until now, I’ve been the sort of individual who is openly flawed, makes mistakes–sometimes big ones, definitely is whispered about behind her back–but disappears into the ether.

To that end, this weekend, I have finished my very first real jewelry project! I brought my jeweled vision to fruition. I wrapped very stubborn, less than freely bendable wire, attached jump rings and clasps, kept curse words to a minimum (well, okay, not really), and made myself a pretty decent Twilight Inspired set of jewelry which I fully intend to wear (proudly) to the long awaited premiere of Breaking Dawn, Part 1. 🙂 

My wires are not wrapped evenly in all spots & my loops are somewhat differently sized throughout, but here it is…my beautiful, flawed, set of Twilight Inspired necklace, earrings, and somewhat loose anklet…As I say on Facebook sometimes to my small circle of Facebook Friends…Ta-Freakin-Da! 

The Happy Hobbyist…

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You know, there are a lot of articles online explaining why we should all pursue a hobby–no matter who we are…child, single adult, mom or dad, or senior citizen. According to all these folks who tout the virtues of having a hobby (or a few of them) we can all benefit! There is a consensus among all these folks that hobbies…

  • Relax and energize us at the same time…
  • Keep our minds active in a way that is healthy for the human brain…
  • Provide potential career opportunities, either by actually turning our hobby into a career, or meeting others interested in the same hobby who can help further our careers…
  • Relieve chronic stress…
  • Relieve boredom…

and…

  • Increase overall happiness! 

I also think that hobbies can…

  • Help us get to know ourselves a little better, and learn to openly express who we really are. 🙂 

To that end, I’ve taken up a new hobby recently (besides blogging). I’ve decided to learn to make my own jewelry! I want to learn to do some of the more complicated artisan type techniques, so I plan to take this class I found online at www.craftsy.com:

Jewelry Workshop: Bead, Wrap, Chain, and Etch

This will obviously be a hobby that I can develop over a lifetime, adding skills as I go along. However, that hasn’t stopped me from making things by simply coming up with a design and stringing a few beads…;-) 

In fact, I’ve managed to crank out a few kinda great, very wearable necklaces, and one bracelet…


This one was my very first, in which I learned to always string the beads up to the clasp for a more finished look…Live and learn when it comes to hobbies, I guess! 

Hopefully, one of these days if I keep at it, I’ll be able to tackle a complicated project like this one featured on the Michael’s website…

Who knows…this could even turn into a second career! I know I’d pay some $$$ for the finished turquoise and coral necklace above…

In the meantime, here’s to hobbies! Hobbies of all sorts, for all sorts of people with all sorts of interests.

If you’d like to find a new hobby for yourself, here’s a great quiz that can help you find one that suits your personality perfectly: Hobby-Personality Quiz 

And, an article on how to make it one that you’ll actually stick with: How to Find a Hobby You’ll Stick With.