making jewelry with the citybirds nest

29 April 2011

hi my best friend jules readers! my name is cb and i am from the citybirds nest and i am here to talk jewelry! as you know these ladies offer a great selection of drool worthy jewelry here on their blog and i thought it would be great to tell you a little about what i do and how i got there!

i wouldn't call myself a jewelry maker...yes, i dabble in it and i LOVE jewelry but it is only a little bit of what i have under my craft belt :D as an artist i love trying new things and a couple of years ago my mom started making her own jewelry. she made some really great pieces and then started giving me little presents of her things. i started to buy her beads for her collection and whenever we were together she would bust out her kit and start making necklaces. i thought it looked like so much a 3d puzzle that you could wear!

so one day she took me to dinner and surprised me with all the tools i needed to start making jewelry! (i really have the best mom!) and gave me a little demo on how to start beading and i was hooked!

here is what she gave me and since then i have stocked up on tons of little things that i think would make interesting pieces.

a jewelry organizing kit...mine is a bit messy but i can navigate my way around it pretty good :) and some jewelry pliers & wire cutters. the pliers are used to bend wire....and it is sooo important to have a towel down so that when you clip things they don't go shooting off into the abyss or roll around on the table. having the towel makes it easier to lay everything out and assemble your piece too! 

at first i started making things for confidence grew as people were responding to the earrings i was making and now i sell them as part of my craft!

i just finished a bunch of owls that went to 2 local stores here in the bay area and i sadly only have one up in my shop but don't disappear i have a few more that i that are almost finished up!

shake teeth!!!

i thought it would be fun to show you a sneak peak into some new earrings that are in the works...a little different then what i normally make but i have a pair that i made a long time ago and just adore them!

well it is back to work for me! a crafters work is never done! thanks for letting me share my story with you lovely readers! i encourage every one to pick up some pliers and wire and try it out yourself! you'll never regret it! xox cb

14 lovely messages:

Moe said...

I love this 'in the studio' feature. I love making jewelry too. I can't wait until I have my own little place to craft!!!

victoria hughes said...

ah! her work is beautiful! xo

cb said...

thanks for having me ladies :)


Heidi said...

I am loving these earrings!! The dangly ones with leaves and birds are SO cute!

Darcy said...

those owl earrings are DIVINE

Lisa said...

Great post! I love her owl earrings!!

ArtsyNina said...

I LOVE those owl earrings! too cute :)

patience said...

what a fun post! i love the idea of making jewelry but couldn't stand the competition. i think it's nice that you just enjoy doing it and don't make it your life's focus. is that an odd thing to say? i think you know what i mean thought right?

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

so fun, i adore the little owlies! would love to wear those happy chirpers myself. darling organized crafty goodness cb (your mom rocks for supporting you this way!) and wonderful collabz for the guest post. ♥

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