First of all, pick a place, any place, every place is a winner. It doesn't even have to be far, and could be within your very own city. Hometown pride plays on this idea making sports arenas, college campuses, parks or other recreational buildings an ideal choice for immortalizing in jewelry. Perhaps you'd rather pick a far-off place, one you may not have visited, but still holds your interest--including popular tourist areas in other nations. Wherever you choose, each piece holds history and a story, something most people enjoy in their jewelry purchases.
|Map It Out
This incredibly popular style has a bit of a weathered look to it, as if the piece of jewelry actually traveled to, explored and came back from the destination. For this reason, repurposed maps are an excellent choice to create a vintage effect. Don't have a map? Piddix crafting paper has a "World Tour" sheet with famous landmarks. Use all the steps for ''Creating an ICE Resin® Frame Pendant'', but instead use a map clipping. Note: Be sure to seal the map with regular Scotch® tape first to prevent color bleeding. Any closed-back mount, bezel or setting will work in small to large sizes for pendants, bracelet charms, earrings and more.
|Cut It Out
Do you have a favorite state? This could be where you were born or raised or somewhere with an attraction you love to visit. Create pendants or brooches by cutting metal sheet of any color with a jeweler's saw into the shape of the state or shapes affiliated with the state--think (big) apple for New York. Use a heart or star to indicate the capital or favorite place. State abbreviations are popular embellishment possibilities, too. Attach these with glue or use cold connections such as riveting to give an extra touch of handmade.
For other ideas on jewelry inspired by locations, read the ''Longitude and Latitude Wedding Jewelry'' article, but apply the same principles to your travel adventures rather than those of a to-be wed couple. The world is at your designing fingertips.
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