Design Idea C150 Earrings
by Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Moms are important in each of our lives. They are the women who nurtured us from day one, witnessed our first step, our first tooth, our first word. As we grew older, Moms drove us to school on rainy days so we didn't have to walk and get wet, and were sure to pick us up right after school so we were not late to a Girl Scout or Boy Scout meeting--without thinking twice. Moms listened to our sad tales and made us feel like our problems were just as important as hers, even when they were just a small disagreement with a neighbor over a doll or toy.

In addition to taking care of us, most Moms also took care of the house, the food shopping and paying the bills. They also cleaned, folded and put away the laundry and tended to the never-ending chores of cooking dinner then cleaning up. And even though I was raised to appreciate how much my Mom did for me each day, I'm sure my thanks didn't cover half of what she really did.

Design Idea C11G Bracelet Mother's Day is a wonderful opportunity to do something special for your Mom and jewelry is a wonderful way to convey your love and appreciation for all she has done for you. Whether it's a gift for her or something you wear in her honor, using words makes your message clear. Words can be in the form of sayings that commemorate her or her life accomplishments to the names of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Customize your special words using metal punches that make it easy to apply letters neatly in metal clay or in metal sheet and blanks. Add in a bit of color with crystals or gemstone beads to represent the birthstone of each child, grandchild and great grandchild. Does your Mom like wire, chain, beaded strands--a bracelet, necklace, earrings? Use these ideas to springboard your design direction, and then incorporate your metal components and birthstone colors for a design that is tailor made for your Mom. Design Idea B38S Bracelet

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