I’ve mentioned before that my family is big on experiences to celebrate special occasions. In December, my mother, sister, and I painted pottery to celebrate my mother’s birthday. This past weekend, we made necklaces at Beadniks.
I used to live nearby so the three of us have made jewelry in the past. I think my general skill level is improving, but perhaps I’m a poor judge as my sister informed me she gets many compliments when she wears a necklace I made a few years back which – I can state objectively – was horrendous.
Choosing beads was daunting. They have so many and I was determined to stay away from the same colors I always use. In the end, I went with blue – a color I’ve used before (but perhaps not in this shade?). My sister paired light green and pink and my mother had beads of a similar shade (neutral and pink) but different sizes.
The best part about making necklaces at Beadniks is that they really do all the heavy lifting. I strung the beads on the flexwire and they did the crimping and wire-wrapping that transformed it from string-of-beads to necklace. It’s nice to know there’s zero possibility that your creation will be a flop.
While we worked, I got ideas for other necklaces I have at home but don’t wear. Sometime after tax season ends I’m going to stop by to rework those beads into new creations.
Oh, and yes – I have ideas on what the three of us will do to celebrate my birthday in April. Secrets!