Today we have a guest post from Pam Millershaski who tells us all about the handmade jewelry she creates for her store WiReD Boutique.
WiReD Boutique came about because I really wanted to do something cool for you that I happened to love too! It all started in January of 2013, when I opened my jewelry shop on Etsy. I had previously opened a cross-stitch shop (www.wiredstitches.etsy.com) on Etsy the previous fall so I knew I’d enjoy that venue. I quickly fell in love with all aspects of creating unique and wearable, handcrafted jewelry from dominoes and scrabble tiles, and the small business aspect was surprisingly fun. It didn’t hurt that my WiReD Boutique jewelry shop really took off, both locally and online.
In WiReD Boutique, you’ll find pendants, necklaces, and bracelets featuring dominoes and scrabble tiles. Dominoes and scrabble tiles are my medium of choice, and I really enjoy keeping them fresh and unique, and to coordinate with your ever-changing outfits. I’ve used everything from scrapbook paper, fabric, ribbon, postcards and stationary (both old and new), alcohol ink, and art pens. I scour garage sales, thrift shops, antique malls; anywhere I might find domino and scrabble tile sets that aren’t complete.
I’ve added a cute, little girl line of scrabble tile pendants in flowers, butterflies, and ladybug designs. The scrabble tiles are the perfect size for young ladies. I love it that girls as young as first grade wear my adorable necklaces to school.
However, I’m not surprised that my personalized photo scrabble tile bracelet has quickly become my best seller! It uses your amazing photos with theme charms and birthstone beads. I use PhotoShop and Lightroom, as needed, to resize your photos for adhering to the scrabble tiles. A high-quality, jewelry-grade resin is coated on top to protect your precious photos and provide a resilient coating. The back of the tiles can be used to spell a name or to show initials. I have two bracelets of my children, and I’m currently working on a black-and-white bracelet of my grandmother, mom, and aunt – vintage style.
I get inspiration from just about everything! While I will occasionally sketch out designs, most of my ideas come about “on-the-fly.” I love to try out a unique drawing or design directly on to the dominoes and scrabble tiles. Through my jewelry business, I’ve met some amazing graphic designers who I am now able to include their beautiful work on my tiles.
Sometimes I come across a wonderful embellishment, flat gemstone, or some other type of filigree. I love to use metal cutters to work these enhancements into my designs just the way I want. I’ve never had to say, “I can’t do that” yet, and I try everything possible to avoid that statement.
WiReD Boutique is going on its third year, and we’re growing strong and solid. I love all aspects of this business! Since opening the Etsy shops, I’ve started my own website and blog; I’ve started sending out emails; and I’ve starting selling at craft and holiday shows in Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. Since I began my career as a legal assistant, I have perfectionism skills that help with the bookkeeping, tax forms, and business details. Now I’m able to utilize my creativity skills in creating all of the jewelry in WiReD Boutique. It’s like I’ve got the best of both worlds!
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