Wire Jewelry Inspiration: Jewelry for a Cause

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by Narlene Allen, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for
July 3, 2013

Jewelry for a Cause

We all wear jewelry for different reasons; some of us for symbolism, some to show status and some for identification.

Personally, I have several rings which have been passed to me by my mother and grandmother. I don’t actually wear them because they are too small; however, I cherish them because of what they represent. My history, my family lineage and past experiences.

Stacking Rings

Stacking Rings

Form and Function:

We all understand that dog tags are used as identification for anyone in military service. On the eve of our Nation’s freedom celebration, do you consider them more than identification? Are they pieces of jewelry?  How do they represent more than just a name?

Jewelry for a Cause:

Do you create jewelry for a cause, for example, to sell to raise money for a charitable organization or individual in need? Any other reasons? If so, please share some of those experiences with us!

Sheila Mosher's wire wrapped garnet angel with red recycled glass

Sheila Mosher collects gemstones as well as sea glass and recycled glass. This wire wrapped angel is made from red recycled glass, with a sash of garnet chip beads.

What is the form and function of the jewelry that you make? I would love to hear from you.


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    Lisa Coyan

    July 3, 2013 at 7:25 am

    When we started making jewelry, my friend and I decided to donate 10% of all proceeds to breast cancer research. We have a selection of breast cancer jewelry, but donate proceeds of all the jewelry, not just the breast cancer jewelry. Our ‘Details Jewelry’ has been going on for 7 years now. I’d like to think we make a small difference.

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    July 3, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Nature and the environment are big subjects with me. Last July I had the opportunity to create two necklaces to be offered in the Pens for Paws Auction supporting Fat Kitty City. As a writer, my jewelry making at that time was limited to gifts for friends. The auction gave me the necessary nudge to share my creations with a larger audience.
    One year later…I have a new blog site focused on crafting, an online store waiting for new inventory, and plans to donate several pieces for an event this October.
    Creating jewelry for a cause, whether it is a one-time agreement or a full line of items tagged for charitable proceeds, offers a chance to give back to others. I find that taking time away from “profit thinking” refreshes my spirit.

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      July 5, 2013 at 8:12 am

      What a wonderful, selfless sentiment! I have also found that jewelry made as a contribution for charity seems to take me to a different level, both creatively and spiritually. I do lots of angel earrings at Christmas, and jewelry for Cancer Awareness also. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Gayle Knapp

    July 3, 2013 at 8:45 am

    As a Dyslexia tutor, I am active with our local literacy NPO, Bridgerland Literacy. We have an annual fund-raising event, a Scrabble tournament, which includes a silent auction of donated items. I always donate a piece of jewelry that is inspired by a literary theme. The inspiration is usually a vividly described scene which I “paint” in stones, pearls and/or seedbeads. This year, Nevada Barr’s “The Rope” contained a wonderful description of the light and shadow on the water of a narrow slot canyon. If there is the possibility of recreating a close (all stones are unique) copy of a design that I can sell–Bridgerland Literacy receives a substantial percentage of the profits.

    In a previous contribution I was inspired by a movie (“Like Stars on Earth”) about a dyslexic boy. That is a popular design and Bridgerland Literacy gets small donations every time I sell a necklace or pair of earrings.

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    July 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I make wire wrapped angels with Swarovski crystals. I gift them to friends or family members as “Memory Angels” for loved ones they have lost. I also sell them.

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    July 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I like to make chased silver initials with natural birthstones dangling or silver wire wrapped birthstone cabs to commemorate special occasions or to remember a loved one.

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    July 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Where I work we are having a picnic at the zoo. Some people can’t afford the entry ticket so we are having a silent auction. I donated a wire wrapped cameo and will probably donate a few other pieces. I only put about $3 into the materials for the cameo. It will be fun to see how much it goes for.