|My First Jewelry-Making Project|
|Bazaar Sabado Scene in Mexico City|
I digress again, as this post is about jewelry making. One of the areas we toured was the Bazaar Sabado in Mexico City, which featured arts and crafts produced in Mexico. There were paintings, paper, glass, wood and metal work, woven and embroidered fabrics, jewelry and sculptures, among many many more varieties of items. It was a riot of color. We stopped by a booth selling all kinds of beads many of them made from natural semi-precious stones and decided to purchase some items, dreaming of the beautiful pieces we could make out of them but not really knowing how to start.
|Painting from my Watercolor Travel Journal|
On this trip, we also visited the hill town of Taxco, the silver capital of Mexico on our way back from enjoying the beaches of Acapulco. Here we were exposed to silver findings to go with the beads we bought in Mexico City. Of course some stores also carried beads and semi-precious stones that can be fashioned into pendants. Door after door in the small town featured outstanding handmade artifacts and jewelry made of silver.
When we got home, I had all this jewelry making stuff and was not sure how to proceed so they sat for a while in the corner of my craft room. One Saturday, my husband and I were window shopping in a the town of Geneva, Illinois which featured small boutique shops. We happened upon a bead shop. I told the owner about my trip to Mexico and not knowing what to do with all these beads I have sitting at home. She sat me down on the table in the store, had me select some beads and findings, I chose some silver beads to accent the onyx beads I selected. She then gave me some wire, silver crimping beads and a crimping tool and got me started making a necklace. I finished the necklace in the store and now knew exactly what I needed to work on the supplies I had at home. I also found that crafts stores nowadays had a myriad of supplies for jewelry making. For my basic supplies, I bought wire, crimping beads, Swarovski crystal beads, some jeweler's pliers, a crimper and a design board. And of course, I also had to purchase all kinds of storage containers for my ever growing stash of beads and findings, There are also several online sources, one of my favorites is Fire Mountain Gems at www.firemountaingems.com
Ever since that reunion trip to Mexico, I began to pickup jewelry-making items wherever I travel. Here are some of the necklaces I have made over the years from beads and findings I have collected during my travels.
With beads I purchased in the Czech Republic and religious medals I purchased in Puerto Vallarta
Multicolored glass beads purchased in California
Made with fresh water pearls I purchased in the Philippines, heishi beads and mother -of-pearl discs.
The Beads were purchased in the Czech Republic and pendant in Murano, Italy.
The Chinese pendant was purchased in Beijing
The Cross pendant was purchased in Cozumel, Mexico
|One of the necklaces made from my original purchase in Mexico City. SurprisinglyThe Chinese jade pendant was bought there too.|
More beads purchased during a trip to the Czech Republic, the glass pendant is from there, too.