Many of my favorite jewelry projects are gifts for friends and family. I love the challenge of crafting a piece of jewelry that celebrates an accomplishment or reflects the passion or personality of the wearer.
My nieces, for instance, often get jewelry to celebrate their sporting victories or a play they’re appearing in. In the past, the efforts have ranged from a bangle with lacrosse charms for my middle niece, Erin, to a necklace with a baguette charm to celebrate my youngest niece’s one line in “Beauty & the Beast” (“This bread – it’s stale!”).
Luckily, there seems to be jewelry components to represent nearly every possible circumstance. The ones that give me the most pleasure are the ones that are less literal and more stylish.
I harbor no illusions that Caty wore her bread necklace anywhere.
My most recent effort fell on the stylish side. It celebrates another niece’s role as Jane in “Tarzan theMusical” and I’m very pleased with the result.
I started with three Vintaj wandering vine components, curved to fit a TierraCast bangle and painted with Vintaj patina paints (moss and a touch of verdigris). A lightly brushed moss patina on the bangle also.
I “lashed” the vines to the bangle with green craft wire and distressed the whole bracelet to bring back some brass highlights. I think it’s fashionable enough to be worn long after Meghan is swinging across the stage.