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I Learned How to Make Jewelry this Summer
Caribbean Blue Bracelet
A DIY Project with Mom Turns Into a Much Loved Hobby!
This summer I spent about three weeks visiting my mom and her husband, and one of the many DIY projects Mom and I took on was making our own jewelry. Well, maybe I should say, Mom already knew how to make jewelry, or "bead", as she would say, and decided I needed to learn, too.
I must admit, I was definitely skeptical and more than a little hesitant to try beading in the beginning. I had all these negative thoughts going through my head telling me how hard it would be, and how it would look "homemade" instead of professional. In the end, as most moms are able to do, she convinced me to dive into this new project, and I am super glad she did!
By learning how to make jewelry, I have opened up another part of my creative side, I did not even know existed! What is even more exciting is, I now know how to make my own pieces, which is both fun and money saving! In this lens I will share with you some of the pieces I created this summer, and some other discoveries I made while making jewelry.
Turquoise Spike Necklace
Beading: my new way to relax.
The learning curve for beginning beaders like myself was not too steep. However, I will say for any new skill, practice makes perfect. My biggest problem was realizing I needed to be patient with myself, and not expect to learn everything all at one time. A positive trait I have in my pocket is my determination. When I really enjoy doing something I become unstoppable! No matter how many times I fail, or have to start over on a piece, I keep going until I get it right.
The same is true with beading, and it was during one those many "do over" moments, a light bulb went off for me. I paused, looked at the clock and was startled to discover several hours had passed while I was working away on my project! Despite being tired from my efforts, I was utterly taken aback by the realization I had thought of nothing else, but the piece I was working on during those hours. Seriously, nothing else crossed my mind. I was in utter disbelief when I discovered all worries, problems, and thoughts of my ever present "to do" list were gone. I don't know about you, but I found this extremely liberating and relaxing!
My jewelry making skills are still at the novice level, but I am thrilled I have found a new creative outlet in which I can put all my anxious energy to great use! I am ever so grateful to my lovely Mother for introducing me to the art of jewelry making, or beading, without her gentle push I would never have attempted a craft like this on my own. Finally, the best part is my Mom and I now have a mutual hobby we can share together, and nothing can replace that!
Jewelry GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
Have you tried making your own jewelry?
I love my beading board! This allows me to work with the beads better, and this board is easy to store when I am not working.
Do you like crafts? What type of crafts do you enjoy?