Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rockin' the Customs

Finally, some real blogging from our front!!!! For the first post this evening, I'll focus for a moment on a custom order I recently completed. What is always interesting about custom work, at least one of the things, is that you may be asked to work on pieces that you don't normally do or that are out of your comfort zone. We LOVE to do custom work for that reason and many more. It's such a wonderful feeling to take a special bead or pendant that belonged to someone's aunt, mother or grandmother and make it into a piece of jewelry that they will continue to cherish in a different way. It's always an honor to work on custom pieces.

For this order, I was provided a drop Tahitian pearl pendant and a very long strand of light pink stones that were gifts to the customer by her mother. She requested two fairly simple necklaces that could be worn with many different kinds of styles. Growing up, I was always taught to go above and beyond - when babysitting, leave the place cleaner that it was when you arrived; when at work, put extra effort into the project; etc. This mindset has boiled over into my custom jewelry orders...so I added a pair of earrings and a bracelet to finish up the order :)

I really tried to make simple, yet elegant pieces for her to have and used some of the same beads in each of the pieces to cut down on costs for the customer and so the earrings and bracelet could be interchangable!

So there you have it, an example of a custom order!

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