My Miscellaneous Mini Morning Project

by Alicia.
(Behind the Scenes, JMJ, USA)

Years ago, when I first “met” Rena online, just like everyone else, I had a line of jewelry that I did turn into a business. However, life took some unexpected turns and that business had to go dark while I took my skills in another direction.

About a week ago I received a freebie in the mail.

Normally, I don’t pay much attention to these things but this medallion was metal; had nice detail and had a bit of weight to it. It didn’t feel cheap at all, but as a whole, the keychain looked a little cheap to me. But hey, it was free. I wasn’t complaining, I just thought I could make it better.

Even taking it apart was fun.

So this morning, before attacking my JMJ duties, I pulled out my tools, blew the dust off them, and remade my little freebie keychain with some hematite beads and silver colored copper wire.

Some hematite beads and silver colored copper practice wire from my stash. I still have my stash. 🙂

I reintroduced my fingers to the joy of wire wrapping with some simple wrapped loops. My personal favorite technique.

Two beads seemed perfect! And…the third dropped and rolled under my desk…so…two beads seemed perfect!


I snapped some pics quickly with my phone right here at my desk and decided to post my first piece of wirework in at least a year.

I can’t believe I forgot how much fun this is!
JMJ Content Specialist


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  • Tamara says:

    It’s nice to get a glimpse of the jewellery artist part of you, Alicia. Those little projects are satisfying – in a short period of time you have a completed piece, and doable when you only have a few minutes. I can relate to the enjoyment of taking things apart, too, and gleaning the good parts. 🙂 Hope you’ll find more times for a bit of jewellery making, now that you’ve remembered how fun it is!

  • Alicia, what a nice quick project to start back in with! The medallion looks so much better with the hematite beads and wire work, instead of the cheap chain.

    And I like your reason for using 2 beads instead of 3! 🙂

    You got some great pics with your phone, too. Thanks so much for sharing this – and I hope to see more of your creations! 🙂

  • Lynda says:

    Hi, Alicia! So nice to get to know a bit more about the JMJ’s content specialist.
    Have to admit that after receiving a few emails from you, I was curious!
    Two beads seem just perfect for this keychain.

  • Anil Valecha says:

    Its very inspiring. Keep it up.

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