So, I’ve been sorta missing jewelry making lately. Bear Chick Originals, the handmade jewelry company I started in 2001, is long defunct but I still have drawers and boxes of beads and findings and other sparkly things. They’ve been calling to me, like the square-wheeled train on the Island of Unwanted Toys. They want to become things of beauty, useful and loved.
Jewelry making, whether stringing beads, bending and shaping wire or creating patterns with jump rings, always made me feel like an artist. I especially loved combining colors and working with wire. But since I retired, writing has dominated my creative hours and the jewelry bug just never got a reboot. (Although, I have been thinking about making themed jewelry as contest giveaways for marketing my books when they’re published…)