Kanji earrings that say Tora, or Tiger

These pretty purple paper earrings (say that three times!) have the Japanese kanji, or more properly katakana, that says Tora – which means Tiger.

lacquered paper kanji earrings that say Tora, or Tiger

I’m not sure why, but I just love this kanji. It’s very graceful. Or maybe it’s just that I am very fond of the big cats. Maybe it’s because I find it interesting that “Tora Tora Tora” was a sort of rallying cry for Japanese soldiers, or at least the kamikaze, during World War II. And yes I know we (Americans) were on the other side, but by now we can admit that soldiers are soldiers, usually honorable, usually doing the best they can for their country and their officers. It’s the higher ups that are usually messed up – not the grunts.

But I digress. Pretty purple earrings, lacquered paper, a bit over 1″ long, totally wearable day or night, comfy and fun. And they don’t have to be purple, of course. But… pretty purple paper earrings. Just struck me as cool 🙂

(I’m about to list them for the first time – if you don’t see them onsite, just send me a note!)

Where does the time go and, Yay for the Cubbies!

Somehow life went going in other directions last year (yes, my Etsy jewelry supplies shop) and somehow a year has slipped by!

But you know, I’m not willing to let Paper Jewels slip away. I still love the idea of paper jewelry, if it’s made strong and durable – and mine is. It’s eco-friendly, which I love. And it is – sometimes anyway – original and interesting and different. And comfortable (I’m real fond of comfortable).

katakana or kanji dance clipon earrings

I like that it’s a little different. Apparently my customers do too – even with my shop on the back burner, I’m getting inquiries lately for custom work. Christmas presents, maybe?

So: let’s do this. Paper jewelry. It’s fun. It’s more expensive than my glass jewelry because, hello, takes a week to finish (and the glass gemstone work takes, hmm, fifteen minutes). And I’m doing a lot of new work these days. Stay tuned 🙂

P.S. No, it’s not related, and I’m not baseball obsessed, really, even though I do seem to keep mentioning it. But. The Cubbies! They won the Series! You don’t even have to be a baseball fan to love this. I’ll shut up about this now, really. But I mean. The Cubbies!

Pansy earrings. These are clip-ons :-)

Pansy earrings have been among the most popular earrings I’ve made the last few years. I’ve got several styles, in white and pink and purple…. and I’ve got some pretty ones on my new clip on earrings page.

purple and white pansy clip on earrings....made with lacquered paper

And though I am not supposed to say it, I really like them too 🙂 They’re feminine, they’re big enough to be seen and have a bit of design impact (a bit over 1″ long), but they’re not gaudy and showy. And of course they’re comfy. And since they’re made with lacquered paper, they’re great for that first anniversary gift you guys are looking for.

I think I’ve mentioned this before. Flowers. Jewelry. Paper. First anniversary 😉

Clip on earrings – new page

Clip on earrings are kind of having a resurgence these days. Pierced earrings – chandeliers, studs, etc, tend to get most of the attention – and manufacturers often assume that everybody has pierced ears. Well they don’t 😉

And I’ve started updating my “clip on earrings” pages. The new page is up here and there will be more to come.

Check out these clip on heart earrings:

red purple and orange clip on earrings

They’re available in custom colors of course – but I think the bright red, orange and purple ones are really fun 😉

And like I said – more are on the way!

Red rose earrings – paper jewelry :-)

I love the simplicity of these earrings – the oval shape, the rich vivid color:

lacquered paper red rose earrings from paperjewels.com

These earrings will make your outfit. I know, it’s just a pair of earrings – but they’re pretty, and the color is great, and they’re just big enough to give a vibe without being in your face. For work, for play – these can do that 🙂

Plus: lacquered paper, lightweight, easy to wear and comfy. Did I mention I’m really into comfy?

Pink Gerbera Daisy Disc Earrings

I’ve done different incarnations of my pink gerbera daisy earrings – they’re a customer favorite and I do like playing with variations. The first pic here shows my “classic” daisy earrings:

pink gerbera daisy earrings on paperjewels.com

And this second pair is my new version – made with antiqued brass backs with an overlay “face” of lacquered paper (rather than 4-6 layers of paper). What this means is that they’re less labor intensive – and cost less 🙂

pink gerbera disc earrings

They’re brand new onsite – I think they turned out pretty well, and of course they’re still lightweight and comfy (and can be made with natural brass earwires or leverbacks, or precous metal upgrade). I’ll be curious to see what you think!

New pansy earrings

These are a more modern version of the traditional “first anniversary” pansy earrings that are so popular. They’re clean-lined marquis ovals, almost abstract – but still recognizably pansies. And pretty, lightweight, and fun 🙂

modern pansy earrings in my Paper Jewels shop

As shown here, they’re about 1-1/4″ high, though I’ve almost made them quite a bit smaller (about 3/4″) – and one time, almost 3″ high! The customer wanted big lightweight earrings, and she loved that she could wear them all day in comfort.

Because I totally believe in comfort – And style, of course 😉

Pansies, the traditional first anniversary flower

This is something I hadn’t known till recently: pansies are considered the traditional “first anniversary” flower. I’ve always thought pansies were beautiful, with their wonderful variety and colorations. Now I have another reason to love them 🙂

And they’re probably the most popular flower in my shop, for earrings and necklaces – and now I know (another reason) why. Tradition. Wedding anniversaries. Pansy flowers. They go together like, well, love and marriage.

pansy earrings at Paper Jewels...with amethyst and Swarovski crystal elements

Plus: girly, pretty, and feminine. Just like flower earrings should be 😉

Pretty floral earrings

I like to try new designs, and occasionally really big earrings, because with paper earrings they can still be comfy. But I tend to come back to more delicate shapes, and little floral patterns are among my customer favorites. Like these:

red floral paper earrings at Paper Jewels

They’re just over 1″ long (big enough to have some presence, but still delicate and of course lightweight). And the little Swarovski crystal beads add just a bit of sparkle. And they’re girly, when you’re in that sort of mood 🙂

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 🙂