Welcome to our new Jewelry Stringing blog. We're excited to start an ongoing conversation with our jewelry-making buddies: you! On our end, you'll be hearing from me, Danielle Fox, editorial director of the bead group at Interweave; Debbie Blair, managing editor of Stringing and beading special issues; and Chloe Chatenever, assistant editor of Stringing and beading special issues. Together, we hope to bring you beading news, jewelry inspiration,behind-the-scenes stories, and much, much more.
Today, I can't help but write about my little niece, Pearl (left). She turned one last weekend. I'm proud to say that this fifteen-pound cutie is already a jewelry fan. And she happens to have great taste, too. In fact, her favorite necklace of mine (right) was just published in the Spring 2012 issue of Stringing.
I know, however, that it's not the craftsmanship or the design or even the beauty of the colorful enameled beads by Cathy Collison of Glass Garden Beads that Pearl admires. Rather, she loves the necklace because it's fun to put in her mouth. For this reason, I always try to wash the beads with a clean, damp cloth before I see her. And, of course, I've looked into whether this habit could be bad for Pearl. The necklace is strung in such a way that she couldn't swallow a bead while I was wearing it, and I haven't been able to find any evidence that the beads are toxic. For the record, I am not promoting feeding beads to babies...or adults, for that matter!
Because Pearl likes this beaded necklace so much, her mom, my sister, Heather, asked me to help her make a similar one (left). Something cute enough for her to want to wear, but safe enough if Pearl wanted to put it in her mouth while Heather was holding her. We decided smooth plastic rounds were the ticket (the yellow beads are from MK Beads and the other plastic beads are from The Beadin' Path), and we agreed that undyed leather was a great stringing material as it was strong, flexible, and natural. I love the chain Heather picked, too. It's from AD Adornments.
Have you ever made a piece of jewelry with a child in mind or have you ever made jewelry with your siblings? If so, I'd love to hear about it. Send me a comment.
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