Jewelry Making Shenanigans

I was digging through my closet, and I found the jewelry I made a long while back. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but when I first decided to start a business my initial plan was to create jewelry. I collected a stash of tools and beads, took a ring making class, and then a silver smithing class (in which I nearly blew myself up with a blow torch, but that’s a story for another day). In the end, the process of making jewelry was too repetitive for me, so I moved on to paper products. I thought it would be fun to share a few sketches and finished pieces from my jewelry phase way back in 2007.

jewelry making sketchbook

jewelry making sketchbook

jewelry making sketchbook

jewelry making sketchbook

jewelry making sketchbook

jewelry making sketchbook


  1. abby

    So fun! I love seeing finished products alongside drawings. Your jewelry was beautiful, no surprise there, obviously you are a woman with many talents. Keep it up!

  2. Maya

    I love it! I’m dying to take some classes and learn to solder and set stones. Hopefully I can do that in the next year or two. And I really hope I don’t blow myself up! But I’m glad you chose to share your wit and artistic skills with us in the way that you do. :)

  3. Carmen

    You are so multi-talented! I did a jewellery major at uni back in the day, but found working with tiny objects so difficult. I always admire people who can hand-make dainty little jewellery.

  4. kate

    It’s too funny that you’re posting about jewelry classes now. I’ve been on the fence about taking classes myself. I’ve always wanted to and now have the opportunity. I’m not sure if I want to follow through. It’s a lot of money and I don’t know how often I’ll use the techniques learned later on. Still, I’m intrigued. I take your post as a sign that maybe I should go through with it, even if it just opens another door later on. By the way, your pieces are lovely!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      For me the classes were worth it just to figure out that it wasn’t what I wanted to do. Otherwise I think I would’ve always wondered if I missed my jewelry making calling!

  5. Jenni @ JARFLY

    I have an old beading box in my attic that is chalk full of hemp necklace supplies (remember those?). And I thought “oh man, these are so out of style, but why do I love them?”. Then I saw a main character on the TV show “Nashville” (not that I, um, watch that…ahem) wearing one. So maybe that is true my true business calling ;) This jewelry looks rad, love the sketches along with them.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I remember those, but I never learned to make them! At my high school the cool thing to do was steal the mouse balls from the computer room in the library and weave them into hemp necklaces. ;)


    Yeah is there something you can’t do. You are so amazing and wow I find it hard to believe this was once a business idea. I mean wow the pieces are beautiful thanks for sharing.

  7. Deanna

    I recently have been experimenting with metal stamping and making simple phrase necklaces. It has been very cathartic! I love the ring you made and the aesthetic of your jewelery!

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