The Mysterious Lanterns of Elsewhere
Okay, there’s probably a story or a poem in these, too...
One of the things jewelry makers tend to do is buy more beads than we can ever possibly use. And then we foist some of them off onto our other jewelry-making friends when they visit, who then go home and delve into THEIR overflowing bead stash for things their friends might like, and the entire cycle repeats itself endlessly and we can justify buying more beads because hey, sharing is good, right?
Yesterday my friend Kate gave me a handful of square beads (amongst other things) that looked like perfectly nice but not extraordinary grey glass beads, but they were a good size to fit in some square bead caps I’d just gotten, and so I put them on my workbench together today. And then the sun hit them and WOAH WAIT WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
They’re grey at some angles. And a muted teal at others. And sometimes they’re purple, or cobalt, and I think I’ve seen green but I can’t get it to show up when I look for it, which seems about right.
My silver wire is .999 fine silver over a copper core, encased in a durable clear enamel coating. (My gold, bronze, rosegold, and copper wires also have the clear enamel coating, unless otherwise specified.) I have been using this wire since I began making jewelry in 2003, because it is extremely non-reactive - people with metal allergies can wear it! - and it does not tarnish. It is also easier for me to manipulate than solid sterling wire, which allows me to hand-sculpt it into the intricate fwooshiness of my trademark style despite the extensive hypermobility caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
In the interest of being environmentally friendly, I keep my packaging as minimal as possible while still protecting the contents. Most orders are shipped in small kraft boxes inside bubble mailers, with items packed together whenever possible rather than using a single box for each piece of jewelry in an order. (If you ever need an extra box for gift-giving purposes, just ask!) Larger items are usually shipped wrapped in tissue paper in a Priority Mail box.
I am transitioning away from using packing slips or other paper inserts; while many small businesses like mine routinely include handwritten thank you notes in every order, I feel it is more environmentally responsible to express my appreciation for your patronage via email rather than contributing to the contents of your recycling bin!