Greetings and Happy Saturday to everyone out there! I hope your weekend is going well and that you’re able to relax and enjoy a bit.
I know that I’ve been really busy for the last couple of months creating new jewelry for the upcoming Car Show at the South San Francisco Elks Lodge that’s taking place on October 20th, where I’ll be having my very first jewelry booth. I’ve been scouring Google for blogs and articles on preparation for having a booth at an event and I found a great Craft Show Checklist at artisimportant.com in pdf format, plus I’ve created my own forms for if people would like a custom piece, as well as a form for people who purchase at my booth who wish to have something shipped. I’m trying to be as prepared as possible, but I know there will be something that day where I’ll ask myself “oh now why didn’t I think of that?”. Isn’t that always the case on the day of an event after you’ve spent hours preparing for it?
Anyway, I recently visited my mom and was able to use her camera to take pictures of my new jewelry and now I can share it with you! Today I’ll be showing you some of my “Shaker Necklaces”. The name came from a former co-worker when I was in the non-profit industry and it just stuck. I’m not sure if there is another “proper” name for this type of necklace and if there is, I’m hoping someone would let me know! A “Shaker Necklace” is one that starts with a chain, usually on the thicker, sturdier side and I hang a stone or crystal on each link of the chain. The stone hangs from a head pin that I’ve made a loop with and then wrapped it around several times. It then hangs from a jump ring that is attached to the chain.
The first necklace which is shown at the beginning of this post is one that I call the “Amazon Glamour Queen” necklace, which features beautiful, genuine Black Onyx and Faceted White Agate, with a hint of 6mm Labradorite beads. It also contains Swarovski crystal elements and silver tone spacer beads, silver filigree and a few other silver tone beads that are larger. There are also 4 round pieces of bone that have a black tree-like design that have been added to them and in the center is a bone mini-tusk. I finished it off with a Sterling Silver Toggle Clasp.