Pretty heart necklace (a great gift for Mom!)

This aqua, green and orange hearts necklace is a customer favorite this spring – from the comments I’ve been getting, it’s because these are such “happy colors”. I think that’s a fine description :-)

paper jewelry - aqua green and orange hearts necklace

Neutrals are fine, black and white can be jazzy and powerful, but sometimes rich, pretty, happy color is the way to go.

And (hint) this makes a fine Mother’s Day gift :-)

Mother’s Day gifts – these kanji earrings say Mother

These pretty, patterned earrings are making a bit of a splash for me this spring – they say Haha, or Mother, in Japanese kanji:

Japanese kanji paper earrings that say Mother

Like all Paper Jewels they’re lightweight – so they’re comfy. I don’t know about you but that matters to me! Of course they can be special ordered in custom colors (and can be made smaller or larger) – though I do have to say, people have been very receptive to this blue zircon, green and golden combo.

And of course, Mother’s Day holiday is coming. Just sayin!

Earrings that say Bijin – beautiful woman

I’m having fun with color right now! These new paper earrings have the Japanese kanji that says bijin, or beautiful woman – and with the connotation of hot babe :-)

purple and green paper earrings with the Japanese kanji that says bijin... beautiful woman

Yes of course these can be made using other colors – but I have to say, I do like this rich combo. These aren’t huge – about one inch high – but they’ve got a lot of impact. Which is kind of fun, for a lightweight pair of earrings.

We need more fun, don’t you agree? So: we need more of these earrings. Logical ;-)

Pretty pink necklace – the kanji Tenshi says “Angel”

This is one of my new favorites! It’s a pretty little necklace, I love the graceful navetete shape, and, well, moms seem to like wearing a necklace that says “Angel” :-)

Japanese kanji pink necklace says Tenshi or Angel

I don’t know if it’s because they think their kids are angels – or maybe hubby thinks she’s an angel for putting up with them (or him)! Either way, it’s a pretty color, and fun to wear for spring.

And Mother’s Day is coming :-)

Kanji dogtag necklace says “Samurai”

The kanji “Samurai” has been one of my most-requested custom kanji, and dogtag necklaces are pretty popular – I think because both men and women can wear them easily. I just finished this new kanji dogtag necklace:

dogtag necklace that says Samurai in japanese kanji

I think people are drawn to the Samurai kanji because the idea of an honorable, noble warrior is one that we all appreciate – it’s not so far from the strong, silent American cowboy in the Wild West, except maybe for a bit more discipline (and a boss, or shogun) for many samurai. But a brave warrior? That’s an ideal we can respect.

I made this first necklace in dark khaki at a customer request – but there will be more :-)

New japanese kanji earrings that say “Love”

The kanji on these earrings says Ai – which means Love. They’re about 1-1/2″ long but very lightweight (and comfy – I’m big on that) – and they’re just super fun for spring :-)

Japanese kanji pink and purple paper earrings that say Love

I show them here in light purple, lilac and pink – but you can choose your own color combo (of course). Custom made, her favorite colors, and hmm, Valentine’s Day is coming.

This could be a big win-win :-)

Lacquered Paper Penguin Pin – fun customer favorite

Oh dear. That title makes it sound like it’s a favorite of “Fun Customers” when what I meant is, it’s a fun pin that’s a customer favorite. That makes sense, right?

Penguin Pin closeup

I’ve made this little guy (or girl, hmm, I think you have to be a vet – or a penguin – to tell for sure) in several sizes. Mostly the same colors of course, because I’m trying to be sort-of-realistic…. but you know, it tells me that a lot of people love penguins. I know I do – so it kind of makes my day when someone requests one – it’s always a joy to make one of my Penguins :-)

Japanese Kanji Necklace says “Mother”

This is just a sample of the new line I talked about recently – the paper design (with the kanji) is placed under a clear glass cabochon in a silver plated setting.

Kanji necklace that says Mother, with glass cabochon pendant

This pretty pink pendant says “Haha”, which means Mother, or Mom. Because it takes less time than the more labor-intensive “tranditional” Paper Jewels, the necklace costs less, too. I’m going to do more of these – they’re fun, they’re pretty, and of course they can be personalized with her favorite color. Moms love them.

We can play with different kanji, too. It’s up to you!

Fun New Earrings with Crystal, Chain, and yes, Paper

I have to say, I am having a good time with these new earrings! Case in point:

Aqua, cream, orange, and green rystal, chain, and paper earrings

This is what jewelry ought to be: lightweight, comfortable, cute. And did I mention fun? These are made with several layers of lacquered paper (natch), silver plated chain (with an anti-tarnish finish!), silver plated jump rings for a little added movement and texture, and sparkling Swarovski crystals. And they’re only 1-1/2″ long. And they can be made as clip-ons too of course.

Yes, they are not priceless diamonds – if that’s where you’re going my shop is probably not your first choice, and by the way may I say I admire your taste. But if you’d rather have Cool Jewelry than Ultra Fine Jewelry? You are going to love these :-)

(P.S. Yes, we can make them in your favorite colors. Or hers. You know that.)

New Glass and Paper Earrings

These earrings use a new technique I’ve been working on – a way to combine paper jewelry (so good for first year anniversary gifts) with sparkling rhinestones, vintage jewels, and glass cabochons. Paper + glass = sparkly earrings. And this new technique saves me time – which makes them cost less!

Here’s a new pair. The Japanese kanji says Tsuma, or Wife:

Paper Jewels Glass and Paper Earrings with Japanese kanji Wife

The simple black kanji has a smattering of color as if adding a shadow; combined with the clear glass cabochons, the effect is of depth – and of course a bit of sparkle.

Like I said – a great first year anniversary gift. Not that that’s a hint or anything :-)

(Yes, it is.)