Friday, March 6, 2015

Product Story: Ladder Necklaces (and then some!)


I sat down at my craft table the other day, not really sure about what I wanted to make. While I was doing so, the kiddo was off to my right, coloring on a piece of paper, as she is wont to do when I make jewelry. After a minute or so of staring at my beads and sighing, she asked me what I was doing, so I told her. She then started playing with some beads, so I let her, because I wasn't doing anything else anyway and I could keep an eye on her. Watching her actually gave me an idea for the necklace below, and the design took off from there...

https://www.zibbet.com/bokbokjewelry/handmade-silver-geometric-art-deco-inspired-necklace

That was the first one I made. I so wanted to add to it, but I've been aiming for simple designs lately that I can market as gifts (as opposed to most of my work, which is comprised of statement pieces that one would more likely buy for oneself), so I refrained from embellishing it. Then I took a longer look at some of my materials left-over from the Victorian-inspired necklace, and all sorts of lightbulbs went off!

https://www.zibbet.com/bokbokjewelry/dark-filigree-ladder-necklace

https://www.zibbet.com/bokbokjewelry/black-chain-necklace-with-filigree-drops-and-pearls


I moved on from specifically the goth-esque materials into the rest of my leftovers - namely, the large-hole beads I didn't use in my DIY business card holder...

https://www.zibbet.com/bokbokjewelry/handmade-pink-and-silver-dangle-earrings
https://www.zibbet.com/bokbokjewelry/teal-blue-and-silver-simple-pendant-necklace-chain-included-handmade

It's really amazing how one simple image (in my case, watching my kiddo put those rod-shaped pewter beads together on a headpin) can blossom into an idea, then a virtual avalanche of ideas.