I’ve always liked making my own accessories. I remember as a child, my friends and I would string plastic beads during class recess and we’d each make our own sets of colorful bracelets and necklaces. Sometimes we swapped what we made with each other or simply gave them away as presents.
Lately, I’ve gotten hold of scraps of balsa wood. They’re not exactly strong and they almost resemble plastic foam, but they’re easy to cut and they’re light and they have that subtle wooden texture that I like. So I’ve been turning them into pendants, brooches and key chain ornaments.
I’m currently loving geometrical design as well, so I cut the wood into irregular shapes and angles, mix and match them, and do some color masking with the others to create sharp lines in the design. I cover them with a coat of clear spray to make the wood a little more firm and make the paint hold longer. I had old unused chains lying around so I used those to hold my handmade pendants.
They’re fun to make and I also really like how they turned out so I’ve been wearing them a lot these days. I already made my mom one and I think I’m going to be making more for my friends!
Making these actually gave me the idea to start a Handmade Accessory Swap. I think it’s going to be fun and interesting! It’s a great way to meet fellow craft lovers online and a fun way to learn new types of arts and crafts. If you’re interested, there are still slots to be filled. Simply check out my previous post for more information on how to join.
Let’s all get crafty and accessorized! 🙂