by Linda. (in a Pennsylvania Town) I became disabled years ago. I used to make things for my mom who died 20 years ago from breast cancer. My sister convinced me to start making things again. My Vtmoriginals on etsy is dedicated to my mom. I use rocks, buttons, porcupine quills, nuts, washers, and just plain junk. The quills I got from a dead road kill. … [Read more...] about Unusual Jewelry and Rocks and Buttons
Disabilities & Jewelry Making
by Annette Revilla. (Montebello, CA.) I used copper eye pins and the short ends which created accent swirls. I used pink & orange acrylic beads. It is about 7 1/2 inches long for a disabled client with a hand brace. Annette Revilla Re-Imagined by Annette … [Read more...] about Summer Bracelet
by Nancy Vaughan. (San Diego, CA) For the past few months I've been experiencing stiffness in my hands due to arthritis. This has changed the way I make jewelry. I'm doing more designs with leather cord, chains, beading chain and wire. Softflex and beadalon stringing wire are out along with crimp tubes. Luckily I can still work with copper and brass … [Read more...] about Changing Methods of Making Jewelry
by Danica Lively. (Atlanta, GA) I gave birth to a son 27 months ago and was severely injured. I have had 8 surgeries, 12 hospital stays, an ileostomy, a leg muscle graft and now I have a colostomy. I am unable to work so I make jewelry and sell it on my Etsy shop. It is my therapy. I've learned so much from Rena. Danica Lively The Lively Bazaar The … [Read more...] about Flower and Seed Bead Braided Bracelet
by Chris Rehkop. (Ashland, MO) While home recovering from surgery over the winter, I was itching to work on jewelry design. Once I was able to sit long enough to work on jewelry, I thought since spring is right around the corner, I'd make floral pieces to welcome in spring. All these pieces went to a local shop (The Eclectic Corner) where I sell my … [Read more...] about My “Rehab” Jewelry
by Rena Klingenberg. A toggle pendant necklace features a toggle clasp worn front and center - plus a pendant hanging from the toggle's ring. The clasp becomes a beautiful focal part of the necklace design, instead of being just a functional closure at the back of the neck. It draws attention to the pendant - while also adding interest above the … [Read more...] about Toggle Pendant Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rashida Cotton. (Macon, GA) Hello all! I have a jewelry design, and I want to use the profits from the design to help fund an organization to help abused children. Does anyone know who I can pitch this design to? Thank you! Rashida Cotton … [Read more...] about Jewelry Design to Fund a Non-Profit Organization – How to Find the Person to Pitch It to?
by Nina. (Miami, Florida) This piece is made with a Murano heart as the center part, some wire wrapping, and rose quartz. I used clear Jewelry Wire to put all the components mostly on one side, so it looks like the necklace is hanging on the air. Also as you can see the clasp is hand made and placed as part of the piece and not hidden in the back. I made this … [Read more...] about The Heart of Hope
by Dirah Bonnie Earnest. (Martinez, CA) I just wanted to share a helpful little item that knitters and crocheters use. I found these little items so helpful with organizing or keeping in place in my chains for placing beads. I have used these for my chains that are measured out to keep size together, keep toggles clipped, and so many other things I use for my … [Read more...] about Helpful Item for Jewelry, Borrowed from Knitting and Crochet
by Sherine Steele. (Visiting Colorado) My name is Sj Harrington. As many of you, I've made jewelry since a girl in high school, but stopped when the real world showed up. At this stage of life, I'm a disabled veteran suffering from conditions that prevent me from walking in my beloved shoes! But hey, now I don't have to WALK in them to wear them. I used … [Read more...] about A New Way To Wear My Favorite Shoes
by Lisa Winters-Baldwin. (Phoenix, Arizona) I was so excited to read the posting in your last newsletter called There's a Big Audience for Jewelry with Easy Open Clasps because I have recently started giving customers options for easy to open clasps in my own Etsy shop. That posting taught me to use the toggle closures as well as others. Currently, my ideal … [Read more...] about How to Promote My Jewelry with Easy to Open Closures?
by Mary Anne Enriquez. (Urban Woodswalker) May I say something to all the fantastical jewelry designers out there? There are millions of us baby boomers and we LOVE to buy hand made jewelry. A lot of us are experiencing carpal tunnel and arthritis in our hands. The types of closures make a HUGE difference in whether someone might buy or not. I can no … [Read more...] about There’s a Big Audience for Jewelry with Easy Open Clasps