Field Trip: Brooklyn Charm

I will never be a jewelry designer. It is really hard work, even when you're just stringing trinkets together. If you want to see someone born to be a jewelry designer, look here. Not at me.

How do I know of my shortcomings? A little field trip to Brooklyn Charm. It sounds like such a great idea. Come in! Pick up some trinkets! Pick out a chain! Yay, you made a necklace! In reality I walked around the store clutching a tiny tray of every trinket I liked. So. Many. Trinkets.

Big skulls, little skulls, harmonicas, monocles, flowers, crystals, silver feathers, tiny brass coffee cups, compasses, whistles, patina-encrusted hearts, teeny scissors, little fists, little hands. Which all sounds fine. But then I had to figure out how to pair them together and get them to sit on a necklace without looking like a messy keychain.

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500 years later, this is what I came up with.


{Had the vintage Ford key. Got the skull & necklace}


{I liked this one best in the store but least at home -
a cornicello and a harmonica! Necklace for Italian hobo?}


{coffee mug, feather and compass}

{whistle, hand and rose}

I had them all put together so I could use the same chain (savings = $21!) for all the clusters of charms. (Thankfully I had a LivingSocial thinger so my final tab was significantly reduced.)

I am sufficiently humbled by this experience and look forward to hearing about your successful or equally challenging jewelry-making endeavors.


  1. I don't wear a lot of jewelry because I hate most of what I find in stores, and had toyed wight the idea of checking that place out to see if I could make something I'd actually like. I'm ridiculously impatient though so after you experience, I don't know if that's the best idea. Haha!

  2. Oh, I love this idea for a store. I want to make my own jewelry! I had a friend in high school who was very into jewelry making. She had a huge tackle box full of beads and wires and strings and tools. I made an awesome pair of earrings once that I still have somewhere, but mostly we were making pony bead candy bracelets with boys names on them...

  3. Hey! you did well! I particularly like the last one.

  4. HAHAHAHAHA just went to the Hoggle link. I love Labyrinth forever.


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