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!)

Kanji (katakana) Meiyo or Honor Dogtag Necklace

This is a new version of a customer favorite – the dogtag pendant is a bit larger than my previous version (approx. 2″, the size of a standard U.S. military dogtag) with clean lined katakana (kanji) that says Meiyo, or Honor. It’s a best seller in my shop – and I think it’s kind of wonderful that “Honor” is a frequently requested kanji pendant.

Japanese kanji dogtag necklace that says Meiyo, or Honor

Like all Paper Jewels, the color and size can be customized. And of course it makes a great Christmas present.

Just thought I’d mention it 🙂

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?

This personalized jewelry says Jenny in Japanese kanji

These lacquered paper, personalized kanji earrings are made with one of my favorite shapes – the shield. It just works well, it’s graceful, the earrings are petite…but big enough to have presence – and the kanji is pretty!

These have the kanji that says Jenny:

personalized kanji earrings that say Jenny in Japanese kanji

And no, I didn’t make them for myself, I haven’t been called “Jenny” for a while now. And Jen or Jennifer use other kanji. We can do those too 😉

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!

Personalized jewelry – your name in Japanese, part…three?

Okay, I lose track, all right? I just wanted to show you these new earrings. They are personalized, part of my “Your Name in Japanese” collection, and I think the size and shape really work.

personalized kanji earrings that with your name in Japanese... these earrings say Phoebe in Japanese kanji

The earrings are only about 1″ long. The golden (raw) brass leverbacks are comfortable, much kinder to the skin than plated earwires – and considerably less expensive than goldfilled ones (which can be used too, by special arrangement). And, well, I think the slightly curvy, triangle shape is pretty cool.

Let me know what you think 😉

(Of course the colors as well as the kanji can be personalized, too!)

Happy new year!

The earrings I’m showing in this post say Shiawa, or Happiness, in Japanese kanji. I thought they were particularly appropriate tonight – because tomorrow is a new year, and it’s going to be a good one 🙂

lacquered paper kanji earrings that say Shiawa, or Happiness

May all my buds have a great time tonight (I’m leaving in a few mins to meet them). May we all STAY INSIDE for the evening. Let other people drive around with the crazy drunks on the road. We’re going to tuck it in – and have a ball.

And next year? Happiness 🙂