A lenient twist on the "item a day" craft challenge

The "item a day" craft challenge has always intrigued me. But it's a huge commitment! Lots of crafters have work, families, and other obligations that may prevent them from crafting every single day. So I decided to see if I could make 7 things a week. Let's see how long I can keep this up.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Week 27: Pagan Jewelry Week

It's probably no surprise at this point that I'm a certified "tree hugging dirt worshiper".  Being pagan has been a big part of my life since I was little.  I have nothing but respect for all religions, but paganism happens to be the style that suits me the most.  And in celebration of my faith, I decided to do some pagan themed jewelry for this week's project.  I haven't really mixed my paganism and my crafting before so this was completely new territory for me; trying to take important symbols and themes and create items around them.  All in all, the results were pleasing, though some of the designs could use refinement.  Oh well, it's not like I mind another excuse to do a batch of jewelry!

A tree of life pendant.  It was the natural place to go first.  I chose to do mine in red agate because I love love love the  autumn season.

Chakra earrings.  Pretty self explanatory, even if I did do them upside down.  : )  So maybe that just makes them rainbow earrings.

Chakra Necklace.  This was pretty fun to work on; it's the first ladder-style necklace I've worked on.  It was challenging to get all the stone bars the same size, but I think the end results were worth the work.

Wire wrapped pentacle with rose quartz accents.  This is actually my third attempt on this design, and the first that I got "right".  I'm looking forward to making (and wearing) a lot of these in the future.

Moonstone wire wrapped crescent moon pendant.  I'm really happy with how this turned out!  I created a crescent moon shaped wire frame, then filled it with moonstone bead chips.

Spiral Goddess wire wrapped necklace.  This took me forever, but I'm really pleased with the results!  The wire wrapped Goddess is suspended from a chain; when you put it on the chain looks like her arms encircling your neck.  She looked a little plain in just wire, so I added some adventurine beads to give her a pop of color.

"Pathways" multi-strand semi-precious stone necklace.  This is great for when I can't figure out what stone I want to wear during a given day. This has one of pretty much every type of stone in my bead collection.   Smoky Quartz for grounding, carnelian for passion, adventurine for energy; no matter what you end up needing, it's on this necklace.
I truly hope to be able to work some more pagan themed jewelry into my crafts.  I don't often go out of my way to make a big deal of my preferences, but sometimes it is really nice to just delve into the magic and celebrate my faith.  Thanks for stopping by, and we'll see you next week!

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