Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Custom Order - Book Charms!

This is just a happy little entry to show off something I've been working on recently: 
custom book charms!

(Which, as a side note, is a great deal of fun, because I was working on these before the Book Challenge was even announced--apparently, between these and NaNo, it's just a bookish November!)

The finished custom order: three book charm necklaces.

So, here's just a little bit of background…

I have made necklaces like this one before, using pre-made book charms… And in fact, that Little Red Riding Hood necklace shown above was made with one such charm.

But, the customer also wanted a specific book that I didn't have--namely, the Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. 

(Which, incidentally, is a great book… I'm trying to think of a way to describe it, but failing. The Amazon page for it is here… Basically, it involves Jane Eyre, and is set in the future, where time travel is an accepted reality, and literature is taken very, very seriously. It also has a very satisfying ending.)

Of course, this was the first time I've actually tried making book charms, so it took a lot of trial and error (mostly error). My first ideas on how to do it fell rather flat, but thankfully Plan B went quite well.

Also thankfully, the customer was extremely gracious and patient, and let me take my time to get them just right. And, what can I say… I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!

Now, one of these days, I look forward to making more little books like these--except of books that I have written. (Although, I suppose The Adventures in the Landus Fantasticus: Book 1 might be a little bit difficult to fit on something so small.)

…In any case, it is certainly a happy goal to work towards! :)

And, in the meantime, thank you for letting me share this project that I've been working on… It's always so satisfying to finish something like this. 

Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone is having a lovely day!


  1. Fantastic! Love the book charms. You are a true artist.

    1. Thank you!! That means a lot, coming from someone I admire so much. :D

  2. These are totally cool! Wonder how difficult it would be to make mini charms of Works in Progress as a motivation to someone to write the dirty darn book!!! A fantastic idea. Have seen little Nancy Drew charms like these and thought they were darling - but I'm sure it was difficult to actually make one.

    1. Thank you so much, Donna! I'm glad that you like them. And, using Works in Progress as motivation to finish the darn books--that's a great idea! :D


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