Designing New Jewelry with Odds & Ends

by Ann Widner.
(United States)

I’ve felt rather “in a slump” lately. In order to jump start my creativity and come up with some new ideas for my photo jewelry, I decided to give myself a challenge. I have lots of “spare parts” laying around, and I set my sights on creating some fun and different photo jewelry by using my collection of odds and ends and bits and pieces, rather than buying new.

Spirit of St. Louis Photo Pin

Spirit of St. Louis Photo Pin

The result — Two brooches which I pieced together using kilt pins, little pieces of extra chain, orphan photo bezels, miscellaneous connectors, and a few crystals.

This challenge of mine was lots of fun! I feel creative again and also feel proud that I made do with what I had. My favorite mantra is a quote from Theodore Roosevelt: “Do what you can with what you have right where you are.”

Blooming Photo Brooch

Blooming Photo Brooch

I know Old Teddy didn’t have kilt pins and photo jewelry in mind when he penned these words, but the spirit of his idea has sure helped to give my creativity new life.

Ann Widner
Little Visions Photo & Jewelry Art
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