Custom Jewelry:Redesigned -- Part I

I’m excited to start a new service offering for {tula in bloom} handmade jewelry + accessories. While I have always centered my work around making unique jewelry by recycling old pieces and other existing materials, I’m taking it a step further, getting even more customized and sustainable. I’m taking customers’ retired collections and remaking them into pieces they will love again and wear often, while cleaning up their junk jewelry drawers (which we ALL have, even me).

My first client is my friend Katie, who provided me with a number of pieces from her jewelry collection with which to work. Trusting my taste and design style, her preferences were specific only to the type of jewelry she frequently wears: earrings, bracelets and rings, with the occasional long necklace.

I begin by laying out all the pieces, examining features of each: how they’re connected, colors and textures, and getting a sense of Katie’s style. There are some pieces I see immediately as something else; others require a little play.

I sent Katie a photo of all of her pieces to both confirm what she gave me, and also to compare “before and after” shots.

Here’s where I get to play: I start tacking pieces together to visualize an idea I may have.
Photo credit: Joel Dockendorf
Photo credit: Joel Dockendorf

Photo credit: Joel Dockendorf

Photo credit: Joel Dockendorf

Additional stock materials may be added to fully bring the design idea to life and create a finished piece, giving it a look that identifies it as a {tula in bloom} piece and well suits the client.

Photo credit: Joel Dockendorf

If I’m struck with an idea that may require a structural change to a piece (such as cutting, hammering, complete deconstruction), I like to sketch out the idea and other options until I’m sure before moving ahead.
Photo credit: Joel Dockendorf

I’ll be working on these redesigns for the next couple of weeks and posting the final results here. If you have a collection of retired jewelry pieces that you would love to wear or gift in a different form, email me at info@tulainbloom.com for more details and to schedule a free consultation!
Photo credit: Joel Dockendorf

May the flower of your life force bloom.