Friday, March 22, 2013

A Charming Time.....



For the past twenty years I have made vintage glass charm bracelets.  Today, as Molly and I were preparing to make up a handful of new kits, she asked me how many bracelets I had made over the years.  I said hundreds....but really it's probably closer to hundreds of hundreds!  Ever since I got hooked on jewelry making, back in 1990, I have been linking old glass beads together with chain and adding in vintage glass cabochon charms.  You would think that I have exhausted the amount of color combinations and themes that a charm bracelet can handle...but oh no...I can somehow always come up with another.  I've had some students come in and tell me that they collect every jewelry kit I design...they don't necessarily make every kit, they just stow it away for a rainy day...and someday they plan on making all of them.  Every once in a while a customer calls and wonders why we leave our kits up online even though they are sold out....and I have to explain we leave them up as a reference for people who have collected the kits but haven't made them up yet.  Frustrating, yes - practical, not really.
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I still own a ton of vintage glass, so I think I will keep on making vintage glass jewelry kits for a while...I even think it might be time for another monthly kit - the necklace and earring kit club! Meanwhile, here are five new kits that we have made up for Spring, all filled with vintage glass beads, charms and findings.  Each kit comes with everything you need to make up a bracelet, you will just need a bit of glue and a jewelry tool or two. A picture card of each bracelet is included with each order, as well as a small how-to booklet on making up the French General Jewelry Kits.  Have fun and let me know if you enjoy making up our kits!  Merci!


11 comments:

Rosa said...

Spectacular.I love all!

Auntie Bliss said...

what she said!!

Wanda said...

Beuatiful...do you ship to APOs? We moved to Germany. :)

Mouster1 said...

Beautiful! Do you sell them already made? Would love to purchase one.

Derrith said...

These bracelets are beyond beautiful. I'm so glad you have shared your talents with the world.

Marlynne said...

Your jewelry is beautiful!!! Oh the Makerie sounds so fun!

Margaret said...

Oh Kaari I have over 24 completed charm bracelets, not to mention necklaces and earrings. I just can't get enough! Thank you for creating and sharing these jewel beauties. Some day I hope to visit your "tons" of vintage glass in person.

corinne said...

OHHH, I like them. I want a kit

Michelle Rose Jorgensen said...

Guess my fav!

Julie said...

Love, love, love! Just got my last beautiful bracelet kit and time to renew! Heading over there now. ;) Of course I would love for the "whole shebang" (necklace, earrings and bracelet) to come back! Thank you for continuing this! xx, Julie

SRG said...

Awesome! I just finished a quilt using a French General jelly roll. Someone in a group I sew with wanted to do the exact quilt herself when she saw it!