The Joy of Commissions

There hasn’t been a post in a while because I have been busy!  And it has been the best kind of busy!  I’ve had commissions to fulfill!

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I absolutely love commissions.  Jewelry is about making something meaningful for someone. Something someone wants to wear all day – maybe never even take off!  I’ve done many pieces for people and my favorite part is learning what they like, what is important enough to them to commemorate in a piece of jewelry.

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This violin was a wedding gift to a woman who is part of a band.  I was so excited when she asked her friend who ordered the commission to send me a picture of her next to her new husband and wearing the necklace.

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The whole process of designing and making this little violin was also a great experience.  It was so much fun to see how delicate I could make the filigree-like design and how well I could engrave the lines for the strings along the neck.

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I pretty much enjoyed every moment of it from making the design to hearing that the intended recipient loved it!

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Making jewelry on commission is also about fitting a ring to a person’s style.  Making something someone really wants to wear is at the heart of all the jewelry I like making most.  If I don’t want to wear something I’ve made, then I know I missed something in the process somewhere, maybe got a little lost from what makes up my individual style.

But these simple cabochon rings are all me.  I was excited that someone else fell in love with them enough to order a couple for herself!

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Commissioned jewelry is the best way to make something truly personal.  One young woman asked me to make a necklace with the initials of her and her siblings as a gift for her grandmother.  I was happy to oblige!

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And then there are the times I get to make something special for someone I’ve grown up with.  One of my friends ordered this ring for her sister – another of my friends.  The letter G is the initial of both her daugthers’ names.

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It is simply amazing how thoughtful people can be both in the gifts they give other and the ones they give themselves.  I even decided to make myself a necklace, not for class, but because it means something special to me.

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I’ll tell you more about why I made this necklace in a later post.  For now I am thankful so many people have trusted me to make jewelry especially for them and those they love.  It is amazing to be a part of that story and to make an object that will remind them of so many good memories for years to come.

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