One funny, interesting, paradoxical thing about me is that I don't wear much of the jewelry I make. I love to see my designs being worn by others but I don't make it a point to be my first customer. The only one of my designs that I wear daily is a very simple macramé necklace. This is not very good, I must admit and I should work on that.
Another thing I needed to work on and that I have applied myself to very much lately was to add earrings to my catalog. A lot of my friends asked for it, I know people who own them by the dozen and they are the flagship item of most of the handmade jewelry designers I know.
So I went into the workshop with my usual wires and pliers. Once I figured out that the 2mm thick wire was too hard to work with and settled for thinner gauges of wire, I came up with a few designs that I was pretty happy with, including one that I made for myself for a beauty contest with a "Boucles d'Ebene" theme.
I didn't win but it was a good start.
I soon found a few tutorials online and put my wire jig to good use. It had been sleeping at the bottom of a box for so long, I started to wonder if it had been a wise purchase to begin with. I am very happy to say that the last couple of days have proven this to be wrong. It's like I can't stop making new things and when I am not making them, I am thinking about what to do next...
It is not without its ups and downs, I make a few mistakes, I waste some material, but in the end, I always seem to come up with something that I am happy with.
I have also figured out the reason why some people don't bother with making pairs of earrings and come up with asymmetrical designs. It is pretty difficult to make two identical earrings ! Especially when you are a perfectionist, like me, and you want them two earrings to mirror each other so that they will both face the same way on each side of the wearer's face.
Anyway, I am happy to announce that the earring section of the shop is now open for business ! One of my first designs was snapped up within hours of it being published on my facebook page.
Here is a sneak peek at the upcoming designs to join the shop as soon as they are finished.