Not too long ago, I made my first purchase from Michaels' jewelry aisle. I know absolutely nothing (nothing!) about making jewelry. (I barely know anything about wearing jewelry.) But like many crafts that I've never done, I figured it couldn't be that hard. You'd think I'd know by now to never make that assumption.
Back in November, there was a vendor at the Sacramento Scrapbook Expo that was selling adorable ceramic scissor charms in a tiny bucket for 25 cents each. They looked just like little Fiskars scissors. Aren't they so cute?!
I had a dollar in my pocket, so on a whim, I bought 4. My plan was to make necklaces for my two newest Fiskateer recruits (Sheena and Amanda), the Fiskateer who recruited me (Jennifer), and myself. Every Fiskateer has a number, so I wanted to personalize the necklaces with those numbers.
I decided to work with shrink plastic. I used the Fiskars Stamp Press and Staz-On ink to stamp the numbers on the shrink plastic. Amanda is #7259.
I cut the shrink plastic into the shape I wanted, punched the hole, and shrunk them. Perfect! I was really pleased. Gee, these necklaces were going to be so easy to make!
Then I went to Michaels. I'm not sure what I was picturing, but whatever it was, I couldn't find it. Instead, there was a dizzying assortment of jump rings, clasps, end caps, and chains of all different sizes and finishes. I must have stood there for 30 minutes picking up packages, studying the instructions on the back, and eventually putting them back. It was all so confusing!
Eventually, I bought a long piece of chain, a package of jump rings, a set of end caps, and four magnetic clasps. The instructions on the packages were very brief and not at all helpful... didn't they know I was a total beginner?! I cut the chain into lengths. That went smoothly. As for the rest, I didn't have the right tools and attaching those tiny pieces was tricky! I kept trying. I eventually googled jewelry making and learned that I was opening the jump rings incorrectly. Oops! Doing it the right way made a big difference.
Here are the four necklaces (from left: mine, Jennifer's, Sheena's and Amanda's):
And here's a close-up of mine:
Well worth the effort, I'd say! My friends all liked theirs, and I've received many compliments from other Fiskateers. Still, I don't anticipate more jewelry making in my near future- at least not without some instruction in the basics!