In 2013, I picked up jewelry creation as a way of saving money on clothing and accessories. My intend was to create it for myself. It’s been years, since I beaded a couple of things as a little girl.
Because I wasn’t really good at it back then, I never considered picking it up again. However, in 2013, jewelry making was popular to do and beads and other necessities became easy to come by, as so many shops were selling it.
For someone as creative as me, that’s all it takes to get my creativity flowing. So, I got inspired and created my first pieces.
Not Your Average Girly Jewelry Designs
At first, I didn’t want to make my jewelry too girly. I liked the jewelry with leather, ropes and metal accessories, so it was only natural I would make those type of jewelry. I started out with rings and leather ropes.
Mixing It Up
Over time, I created all kinds of jewelry with various techniques, like weave beading or chainmaille. I also use all kinds of materials like aluminium wire, beads, metals, fabric and more.
Most of the jewelry I’ve designed are wearable, but some are experimental just to try out a certain technique.
From November 1st 2015 to September 1st 2016, about 50 pieces of my handmade jewelry were on display at the Zuiderzee community center in Lelystad, the Netherlands. Altogether about 80 people celebrated the opening of the exhibition and we had a blast. There were 4 displays housing my jewelry in various styles, ranging from punk to classic, and even combining it with paintings from local artist Go Flores.
Do I Sell The Jewelry?
This is just a hobby to me and I have no intend to turn this into a real business, but I sometimes sell some of the jewelry I no longer wear to raise money for materials. I post things on my jewelry_by_nora_tol Instagram. If you see anything you like, let me know, I’m usually willing to sell.