I've had an idea for a particular necklace since I came back from Bead Fest Santa Fe last March. I had picked up these ceramic buttons and pendant from Antelope Beads's booth with the intention of creating a sentimental piece of jewelry for myself. I chose this particular pendant because it reflects my daughter's middle name, Hope, in both English and Swahili.
In trying to discover how this piece will come together, I started thinking about other ways I've incorporated sentimental elements into my jewelry designs.
1. Resin: As a jewelry artist, the sky's the limit when working with resin. It's easy to add any type of paper or ephemera that is meaningful to you. In the samples below, I used a page from a catalog to reflect my former profession (and still obsession) as a pastry chef; a few snippets from an old dictionary are a reminder of favorite scripture. Of course, charms or other small embellishments can be added to reflect your personality or favorite things.