It’s confession time, ladies and gentlemen (but mostly ladies). For far longer than I have been the Bored Cashier of WordPress, reviewing games and writing eloquently about whatever else I want, I have been a designer of jewelry. I still clearly remember buying my first earring kit and 3-in-1 tool from the store I work at. I had been eyeing these items ever since I started wandering into the crafts department. There was a growing desire within me to start creating things. I wondered how far my burgeoning creativity could take me and how skilled I could become at crafting jewelry. I wanted to see if I could create some truly breathtaking pieces . . . and some money while I was at it.
I had no idea that I was in for one heck of a trip. My jewelry making journey began in September of 2012 and I would spend the next three years:
- Amassing a respectable collection of beads
- Developing a portfolio consisting of photos, select writings, and a design book of hand drawn diagrams
- Dabbling in and out of web design
It was quite an eventful time.
I made hundreds of pieces − earrings, necklaces, bracelets, that one anklet − and developed my own simple, ‘classic’ style. I did everything I could think to do with this it, including make nice things for myself. I haven’t bought a single piece of jewelry from any store in YEARS! The truth of the matter is that I was felt I would be better off just my own accessories. (Spoiler alert: I was right!)
Anyway, to my surprise, and that of many others, I got pretty dang good at it. Soon, no one cold tell that all the pretty jewelry I was suddenly wearing was handmade by me. I still don’t know whether to feel flattered or insulted. I remember almost getting into any argument with a lady that I work with because when she accused me of not wearing my creations when I had been doing that for well over a year by that point in time. Nothing has really changed since then, except that my work has gotten much better and now people have an even harder time believing me when I tell them that I made what I’m currently wearing. Le sigh.