Favorite Picks and Projects from Handcrafted Jewelry 2012

Sep 24, 2012

Before I discovered beads, I would make jewelry out of anything I could get my hands on. When we were kids, my sister and I made earrings out of thick watercolor paper, strung bracelets with buttons and thread, and spent hours on tiny needlepoint pendants. Little did I  know that what I was actually doing was creating mixed media jewelry! My sister and I just thought we were having fun!

Turns out that making mixed media jewelry is a lot more fun as a grownup. Maybe it's because I have more beading tools and a huge workshop in my garage where I can play, but every once in a while, I get the urge to create a piece of jewelry with something besides the beads. And in the new Handcrafted Jewelry 2012, I found loads of mixed media jewelry projects -- most of them pretty easy -- that I can take with me out to my garage workshop when I want to play!

I'm married to a hunter. Every year, he goes out and brings home venison, duck, grouse, and the occasional bear. And every year, he goes out and sights in his hunting rifle at the local target range, bringing back the empty bullet casings. I've seen some pretty creative uses for those empty bullet casings, but Beth Shea's Bullet Birdhouse Pendant really got my attention! I've been thinking about learning how to saw metal for mixed media jewelry, and this just might be the perfect project for me to get started.
I've been hoarding at least a dozen different colors of sari ribbons in my jewelry making stash, just waiting for the perfect project to come along. I think just might be it! Chloe Chatenever's awesome Olympic Medals Necklace is the perfect way for me to use that ribbon, along with some of the vintage metal components I've been collecting. (Imagine what you could do with a little bit of color on those rings, too!)
I'm also the sentimental type, and I can't help but get all weepy when I'm sorting through the clothes my son has outgrown each season. Bianca Howell and Carla Rogers have created this awesome Braided T-shirt Bracelet that just might be the perfect thing to let me hang on to memories of my son's childhood!

Ready to make some really meaningful mixed media jewelry? You'll find these and so many more fabulous mixed media jewelry making projects in Handcrafted Jewelry 2012! Whether you love polymer clay, fabric, paper beads, resin, wire, or even feathers, you'll find fun new jewelry making projects to make you feel like a kid again! Get your copy of Handcrafted Jewelry 2012 and play with your jewelry. (Or, if you just can't wait to see all the wonderful projects and ideas for making unique mixed media jewelry, Handcrafted Jewelry 2012 is also available as an instant download, so you can be reading and creating in just minutes!)

Do you have any special memories of creating jewelry? Share them here on the Beading Daily blog!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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Radiance@3 wrote
on Sep 24, 2012 1:04 PM

About the "bullet birdhouse:"  I feel it's morally wrong to celebrate an instrument of death in a piece of beadwork.  I love Beading Daily, and I mean no personal offense to its editor, but I feel very strongly about this and had to say so.

KatherineH wrote
on Sep 24, 2012 10:22 PM

That bullet necklace is in horrifically bad taste. I've got family members who survived military invasions in wartime, and they would have complete meltdowns if they even saw a photo of such a thing. That's right up there with making cufflinks from human teeth.

If you're around weapons so much that they start to look like material for "found object" art, maybe it's time to take a break.

Tammie E wrote
on Sep 29, 2012 6:27 AM

I appreciate the right to comment here. I would like to add that I think the use of a shell casing is quite clever. My parents are state champion cowboy action shooters and I think my mom would LOVE some jewelry made from 'bullets'.  I think the other commenters are forgetting that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and perhaps something they find lovely or interesting is offensive to someone else.  

Just Looking wrote
on Sep 29, 2012 9:43 AM

I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE SAYING, THAT THE SHELL CASING IS SOME-

THING THAT IS OFFENSIVE TO YOU AND YOURS.  I HAVE USED MANY THINGS TO MAKE MY JEWELRY.  I AM A VIETNAM VETS WIDOW.  I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE JEWELRY.

WE MUST LIVE AND LEARN - AND FORGIVE. HATE ONLY HURTS THE ONE WHO HATES....NOT THE ONE WHO IS HATED.  LET IT GO AND LIVE.

BeadPassions wrote
on Sep 29, 2012 6:15 PM

I agree with Radiance and Katherine.  My first instinctual reaction was, NO WAY.  Then I felt angry.  Then I felt sorry for people making jewelry with weaponry when there i so much hate in the world, not to mention our own country.  Now I see that it is just an individual taste, rather BAD taste, in my opinion, but... each to his (or her) own.  Jennifer, I love you -- this just is NOT one of my faves...

ctutt wrote
on Sep 30, 2012 10:24 AM

Um, I actually did make a pendant from some of my son's baby teeth a long time ago...just sayin'...

l.d.spear wrote
on Oct 1, 2012 10:12 AM

When I saw the " Bullet Birdhouse" I did feel it was wrong when there is such a Gun and violence problem in the world I feel its a form of celebrating the gun. My Father was a hunter which always bothered me and to use something that killed a life in a decorative way just isn't right either.  I love the other re-use/recycle ideas you have, just not this one.

PatriciaT@28 wrote
on Oct 1, 2012 12:16 PM

What about "making swords into plowshares"?

K_L_B wrote
on Oct 1, 2012 3:41 PM

I feel strongly about the freedom to own firearms to protect innocent life, and so I appreciate this piece.