Update: Centerpiece bracelets

Last month, I watched a webinar on creating new product lines, which introduced me to the idea of collections.  I realized that while I do have some products (like angel pendants or collaged word pendants) that could fall into that category, I have a lot of general jewelry that falls under “wire wrapped gemstone jewelry” without a specific theme.  So, I’ve been working on a new collection: Centerpiece bracelets.  Mostly, it’s assembling already existing pieces and charms, but I’ve also experimented with making my own centerpiece connector.  Here are a few pictures.

They remind me a bit of watches with a focal point in the center.  There are so many possibilities for the centerpiece connection, from buttons to charms to wirewrapped or wirewoven pieces.  It’s been fun to play with this design and see what unfolds.

Practicing creativity and self-care

Yesterday, I was feeling a little anxious.  There’s something soothing about creating a chain through connecting beaded links.  It’s methodical, detail-oriented, and repetitive.  So I decided to make something.

I have a bag full of beads leftover from other projects, or given to me by a friend who didn’t want them.  I’d seen a picture somewhere of necklace created with leftover mismatched beads, and wanted to try it.

This was my result:

Assorted Bead Necklace
Assorted Bead Necklace

This necklace is simple,  yet it stands out because it doesn’t follow a pattern.  I appreciate its asymmetry and variety.

How did I feel after making this piece?  Definitely calmer and more focused.  Creating is part of my self-care practice.  I’m so grateful there are times when I can take care of myself and make something beautiful in the process.