Sunday, August 03, 2008

If I had a hammer

Woot! Another fantabulous jewelry making class with my favorite instructor, Irene Huberman! Today it was "Stamped Message Charms" at BCC.

I've always been fascinated by jewelry with words and letters on it. For one thing, I love the idea that I could get something personalized. As I kid, I was resigned to never being able to buy anything with my name on it from the random gift shops in museums and Disney World.

Also, I love books, and reading, and just words in general. One of my favorite pieces of jewelry is a hand-stamped set of sterling rings with the words to a French poem on it. I got it at a boutique in San Jose a few years ago. Unfortunately, I lost one of the seven rings, so the poem is incomplete. Sad.

But today in class, I made a super-personalized bracelet. All metalworking classes start with copper since it's cheaper and a better practice material, but I love the look of it because it's warm and different.

I had so much fun with the stamping, and I'm definitely going to do more of it. I ordered some new small letter stamps today, along with some cute design stamps, so I'll have some new pieces in my shop soon.


  1. that is fantastic! i love the coloring! wow, that seems fun! great blog :)

  2. Ooooh...I love stamped things too. When you start using silver or stainless steel or aluminum or something that won't corrode easily :), I'll hire you to make some doggie tags for L&M. They're still using the cheapo stuff from Petco's vending machine that we got way back when. And maybe a personalized bracelet kinda like the one you made with all my family members (including the new addition) on it too!

    My nights and days are still running confusedly together :P On another note, this season's Project Runway hasn't been too impressive. Not sure if you've been tivo-ing the episodes :) Hope all's well!

  3. @earmark - thanks for stopping by

    @ll - wow, great minds think alike, or something. I was totally plotting yesterday about how I am gonna make you a bracelet. I'm working on the dog tag thing too. I need to make some for Spike and Peanut, just need to find the right metal. I'm going to try copper first since the patina it gets is pretty cool looking, and you can always polish it up.

    Yay, I'm so glad to hear from you. I'm also underwhelmed by PR, but I still watch :D

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