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:
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
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!
I have to say, I am having a good time with these new earrings! Case in point:
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.)
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:
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.)
I’ve been on a “stars” kick lately. Possibly prompted by the coolness of Chris Hadfield and his music video from space – and by the way, here’s a link to his YouTube video via my Pinterest page. The guy is just great (and he can even sing!)
But anyway, all that just reminded me that I get a kick out of star earrings – and so did a special customer who wanted Green and White. Here’s a peek at her earrings:
Available by special order in your choice of colors – I haven’t even got them onsite yet. And oh that’s right – very temporarily we’re having a little shopping cart issue, so if you’d like to request some custom work, just send me an email – there’s a link on every page at Paper Jewels.
Gotta love little computer / shopping cart arguments! But it’ll be cleared up pronto
Yikes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted! Don’t know how that happened but I am definitely getting into it lately. And right now, just wanted to post a pic of a new necklace I just finished.
The kanji Ai, or Love, is probably the most popular and requested kanji for custom work. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised (and I think I’ve mentioned it before). When somebody is asking for a custom necklace or pair of earrings for a loved one, well, they want to convey that love! And hearts, well, to a lot of people in Western culture anyway, hearts mean Love.
And that’s a nice sentiment for a present, I think
I thought I’d show you another example of a request for custom-made earrings. These were more of a departure from the original pair…design does morph in interesting ways! This was the pair that started the discussion:
She wanted some purple in there, and maybe a floral pattern rather than the sort-of-geometric heart pattern here. So, well, one thing led to another – and did I mention she needed her earrings to be clip-ons? By the way that’s never a problem, I can always adapt a pierced earring style to make clip-ons. Or vice versa.
And after the back-and-forth process, here are her earrings:
And, gotta say, the absolute best part – is that she loves them
I recently had a request for a redo of a pair of earrings a customer had found online. I thought this would be a nice way to show that yes, custom colors are always possible!
Here are the earrings she saw onsite:
And here are the custom colors she requested:
They could have been radically more different, of course. Black background. Bright colors. The thing is, the customer – that’s you – you get to choose