Definition Jewelry

February 24, 2012

jewelry: n. Ornaments, such as bracelets or rings, made of precious metals set with gems or imitation gems.

Dear American Heritage College dictionary: I beg to differ. I’ve spent the better half of this month making multiple jewelry pieces that don’t feature any sort of jem, but instead feature my favorite definitions. From the book that I hollowed out here in my first craft post, I saved the pages so that I could take my favorite words and feature them in jewelry. I love the look and the style of necklaces and earrings that have resulted from this treatment.

Book page jewelry

Book page jewelry!

Definition Jewelry

  • Materials needed: I found these wonderful bases and glass pieces here. Then, I decided to use definitions, an excerpt from The Book Thief, and a few illustrations as the base. You’ll also need some standard glue and cardstock.
  • Time it took: This one is hard to say due to the assembly of parts and the amount of time the glue took to dry. I left my glue overnight, but I’m sure different kinds would work differently.
  • Things I learned the hard way: Glue! How in the world do you get a piece of glass and a piece of paper to stick to a necklace base without anything showing? Also, keep in mind that the earrings are small and only allow for one word to be featured on them.

How did I do it?

I bought several jewelry bases here. Then, I cut out circles for each of my pages and glued them on. Simple!

Words I used:
efferent – for my best friend, who recommened the word.
eloquent – also for my best friend, who works better with language than I ever will.
dream – two words for the earrings
enchantment – the first book that my boyfriend gave me, even before we knew we’d end up together. It was a fabulous book by my favorite author, Orson Scott Card, and the word is lovely as well.
love – because I know that someone, somewhere, will want that on a necklace.
The Book Thief – for my sister, because I cut that book up without her consent. Sorry, sis!
Illustrations from a random reader’s digest: I found trees, a compass, and a few flowers that I thought would look fabulous behind glass. I was right!

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One Response to “Definition Jewelry”

  1. Megan Says:

    Absolutely LOVE this idea!

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