Sunday, August 26, 2007

A Guy Making Jewelry

I’m a guy making jewelry and that puts me in the minority. I’m aware of this disadvantage, so I frequently ask my wife’s opinion. While all of the design ideas in my Etsy shop, Wired, are mine, some of them have been influenced by her. I have also made some jewelry specifically for her where we have collaborated on the design (here’s an example).





My latest creation is this Budding Branches bracelet. It fulfilled a desire of mine to work with Irish waxed linen. I already had the design in mind so when I got the cord in the mail yesterday, I started creating it right away. I made some adjustments to the design along the way as I got a feel for the piece.







One design I’ve created again and again are these bird’s nest brooches. I use different types of wire, from copper, to steel, to brass, and I like giving each one a unique design element. The flowers and the butterfly are made of Lucite. Czech glass leaves and Swarovski pearls and crystals spruce it up. These have been popular internationally, with sales to England, Canada, Singapore, Korea, and the United States. You can read more about this one here and if you have a good name for it, leave a comment in this blog entry. I’m stumped.

7 comments:

Stephana Designs said...

Wow...awesome post Craig!

irina'sStudio said...

Nice designs!!! and blog!!!!
I have shop on etsy too for two months now. http://irinasStudio.etsy.com

and blog about etsy as well

Andy Mathis said...

Cool looking birdnest brooch.

JasonsJewelry said...

That bird's nest is awesome. :)

C & L said...

Thanks everyone! I sold that bird's nest and made another one called First Frost. I appreciate the kind words.

Diane said...

Any way of letting us know how to make the birds nests???

C & L said...

diane - I was wondering if there would be any interest if I wrote a tutorial, but you're the first person to ask. I may just do it!